Altitude: 667m to 1220m. Gain: 154m. Loss: 668m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
Good travel, there are two very steep sections of 200 m ascent / descent on either side of Moss Pass, in bush on the D'Urville side, and above the bush on the Sabine side. We found that the side stream on the D'Urville side just below the bush line is suitable for drinking water, which would have saved us carrying water from the D'Urville. Most people do this trip in the opposite direction. However, while it is a large ascent from the D'Urville to Moss Pass (about 1,100 m) the view of Blue Lake on descent to the Sabine is magnificent. It is also possible to see Lake Constance on descent.
Descending the Sabine from Blue Lake to West Sabine Hut is steep and quite rough in places, with the track crossing numerous avalanche chutes and side streams, requiring clambering into and out of them at times.