It's time to step outside your comfort zone and experience something unique! This 490-355 million years old Mount Kosciuszko is a great option for an adventure.

Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in mainland Australia at 2228m (7308ft) offers stunning views from its summit and requires quite the climb up the tallest mountain peak with steep slopes. 

This mountain is one of the most popular hiking destinations both during the winter and mid summer months. It's a hiker's dream because of its many trail hikes!

It can be climbed easily by beginners through mountain biking or walking with a moderate level of fitness, plus it offers majestic views of New South Wales. 

Fun fact: Highest public toilet in Australia can be seen here!

Mount Kosciuszko will surely be a memorable experience for you especially during summer and warmer months!

Hiking the beautiful Mount Kosciuszko

How long does it take to climb Mount Kosciuszko

The summit climb is usually completed within two to four days. From the east, you will go through a series of trailhead alpine ways and open forest before reaching the head of your valley; this trail up to the top will be steep, with narrow passages and slippery patches in between. The rocky granite outcrops of Ramshead Range will be your first major landmark as you begin walking. 

Mt. Kosciuszko from the west is a popular walking track with a much steeper climb. The trail climbs through Narrow Neck and the Valley of the Waters to a saddle at 9,000 feet, then onward to the summit at 8,228 feet on the skier's right of Snowy's highest peak (Mount Gingera).

Visit this trail map for a more detailed guide.

How to prepare for the hike

Pack enough food and water

A few snacks can really help for a long walk at Mount Kosciuszko Summit. There are some great options that will give you lasting energy without weighing down your bag: nuts, dried fruit, crackers or high-protein bars. To stop dehydration during your climb, always take in plenty of water.

Bring waterproof matches

Bring your matches in waterproof containers for a fun "melting snows ski pole" fire. We've all been there, stuck out at base camp with only the dull light of day to see by! So make sure you have some good ol' fashioned tinder and kindling handy or else it's going to be an awfully long night.

two hiking snow poles

Bring hiking snow poles

If you're going to do any hiking, then don't forget your poles. They can be a really handy tool when stuck in rough terrain or up on the main range top. You can also use them to probe for crevasses on snowy mountain peaks. Although most people prefer carbide climbing poles, they do cost more than the aluminum kind. If you just plan to go out for a day climb, go for the lightest pair you can afford.

Bring map and compass

You might want to bring a map and compass just in case something goes wrong along the way to the mountain range and neighbouring peak.

Bring a camera

It's easy to get carried away with the excitement of new scenery like the Blue Lake, glacial lakes or the silver snow daisies, but it is always important not to forget your camera.

I'm sure you will want photos as proof that you've climbed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb the tallest mountain really happened. You'll want to make sure you capture all the scenic views from this once in a lifetime trip up Mt Kosciuszko.

an open book beside a camera

Pack a book or two

At the summit, you should have an abundance of time to unwind and enjoy yourself! Plus, they'd be great props for picture taking - and it'll look like you're the type who's always reading something new.

Collect your gear before you leave

It's a good idea to collect your gear before you head out, but don't pack too heavy. You'll want the flexibility to go with the flow without feeling bogged down!

What's the hike up the mountain like?

If you're not used to walking up hills and inclines then it might be a little tough for you. 

Mount Kosciuszko's hike up tends to be pretty difficult unless one is accustomed to uphill walks; luckily there are plenty of resting spots along the way so that those who need them can take a quick break before continuing onwards.

The summit is not too high, just below 3,000 metres above sea level. So it is achievable by people of all fitness levels. 

The trail to the summit has two different routes: via Charlotte Pass or the Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo Village 

Via Thredbo, take a scenic ride on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift station from Thredbo to the start of the 13-kilometre Kosciuszko walk, which takes four to five hours to complete.

The alternative summit walk begins at Charlotte Pass and takes about six to eight hours to reach the desired destination. Mountain bikers can park their bikes at Rawson Pass and walk 1.4km to the summit, which is 2,228 meters high.

The only difference between the two routes is the duration of the walk.

Take a tour of Kosciuszko Road using Google Street View Trekker and get to know more about environmental concerns and the management trail. Alternatively, you may visit this page for your guide.

What are some dangers that could happen?

Man had an accident when climbing Mount Kosciuszko

1. Hiking accidents

Slips and falls can occur at any time, especially at the peak. But it can be avoided by keeping a gap between you and your climbing partner. And if you are a newer hiker, it is recommended that you climb with someone who has experience.

2. Exhaustion

This is not an easy climb, and you are expected to sweat, strain and climb for long hours. Your muscles need at least 48 hours of rest before you can start hiking again. Although it is not really necessary, it is recommended that you take at least one rest day on the trail to acclimate yourself to the altitude so that you are less likely to get tired. And during your journey up the mountain, always take breaks in between to catch your breath.

3. Exposure to extreme weather

The rugged terrain of New South Wales is one thing to get used to. It is also common to have wind, rain, and foul weather. Kosciuszko Road valid winter will be unforgiving so always make sure you're prepared for everything it throws at you on your hike - it's going to take more energy than usual and increase danger levels significantly

4. Low spots in a trail

Low spots are usually impossible to identify until someone hits them. High-visibility clothing with bright colours is recommended to make it easier to distinguish the trail.

5. Wet conditions

Wet, slippery conditions are very common in New South Wales. This means you'll need to pack the right gear if you're hiking and get really acquainted with some waterproof jackets.

Fees and passes to Kosciuszko National Park

In the winter peak season, from June long weekend to October long weekend the day's park entry fee costs $29 per vehicle. The other seasons are cheaper - only costing $17 for vehicles during that time period. 

The NPWS concession pass is available for application by eligible pensioners, which allows them to enter the park for free.For more info on park entry fee and vehicle entry stations, visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Do's and Dont's

It's a good idea to collect your gear before you head out, but don't pack too heavy. You'll want the flexibility to go with the flow without feeling bogged down!

Permitted

  • Cycling is authorised on public roads and most trails outside wilderness areas. Cyclists should give way to walkers when riding within a nature reserve and mountain bikes must be left at Rawson Pass and will walk to the summit.
Enjoying the view of Mount Kosciuszko on a mountain bike
  • Between October and June, rivers and streams are available for fishing. To fish in all NSW waters, you are to get a recreational fishing license. Fishing is allowed year-round in dams and reservoirs, but some rivers can close temporarily or have restrictions.

Prohibited

  • Drones are not allowed to be flown in this area for leisure purposes. Drones can have an impact on public enjoyment, protection, and privacy, as well as park operations and wildlife.
drones are not allowed to be flown on Mount Kosciuszko National Park
  • Pets and domestic animals are not allowed (except for trained assistance animals).
  • There are no designated smoking areas in NSW national parks. Though certain commercial and outdoor areas within these resorts like the alpine resorts of Thredbo, Charlotte Pass among others are excluded.

SAFETY WARNINGS 

All visitors to Kosciuszko National Park who intend a long walk, an off-trail or overnight adventure, or a visit to a remote part of the park should fill out the trip purpose form and bring a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Learn more about hiring a PLB and completing a trip purpose form available at the Snowy Region Visitor Centre.

Alpine Safety

Alpine regions have unique safety concerns. Conditions can be severe and change quickly, particularly during the winter. It's important to be trained and learn how to remain safe in alpine environments.

Mobile Safety

In case of an emergency, you may dial Triple Zero (000). Before you go, download the Emergency Plus app, which uses your smartphone's GPS to help emergency services find you. Also, be informed that cell phone coverage is poor in the park.

Mount Kosciuszko is not for the faint of heart, but it's worth every ounce of effort! The best thing about this hike? It can be climbed easily by beginners with a moderate level of fitness. If you're up for an adventure that takes your mind off everyday life, give this climb a try! Make sure that you book your accommodation at Lantern Apartment which you can do by clicking here or email us at bookings@lanterns.com.au to reach us quickly.

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