Wild Pedder’s four-day guided trips run from early November to late April; cost is $2200 a person, all-inclusive. Trips can be tailored on request. Contact: 0456 869 092; hello@wildpedder. com.au . •wildpedder.com.au
The trunks of long-drowned trees provide an occasional kayaking hazard, as well as a ghostly reminder that we are paddling over former riverbeds and valley floors. I could happily spend weeks exploring the lake’s hidden recesses in this way. However, the following day our paddling arms are rested and our legs tested, as we scale the steep slopes of nearby Mount Eliza.
Four hours of vertical foot-slogging in unusually warm conditions — the last section clambering over large, lichen-painted boulders — has me longing to return to the cool depths of Lake Pedder, which unfolds below us with each upwards stride.
However, aching legs and sunstroke are quickly forgotten once at the summit. A 360-degree view of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, from 1289m, is a panoramic who’s who of mountain ranges. There’s Mount Field to the northeast; Federation Peak, Precipitous Bluff and the mighty Arthurs to the south; and to the north the Thumbs and Frenchman’s Cap.
This roof-of-the-world feeling is matched only by the spectacle below of Lake Pedder, revealed in its full glory,