Explore Mt. Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak, near Thredbo Village
There are a number of glacial lakes accessible from Thredbo resort that can be experienced on a guided walk. The walk with a local expert guide heads along the dramatic western side of the Main Range taking in unique alpine vegetation and historic huts along the route.
Scenery during summer is spectacular, from the tapestry of wildflowers covering the alpine landscape, to sweeping vistas overlooking the Kosciuszko National Park. This is an extraordinary part of the Australian High Country.
Alpine Lakes Guided Walk - What You Need to Know
|Difficulty||Level: Advanced Distance: 19km|
|Days||December to April. Check Thredbo Guided Walks for dates.|
|Time||9am-5.30pm (meet at 8.50am)|
|Cost||$90 per person|
|Terms & Conditions||Terms & Conditions:
* The Alpine Lakes Walk is suitable for guests age 15 and over.
* Two guests must be booked in for walk to proceed.
|Where to purchase||You can book the Alpine Lakes Walk with Thredbo Guided Walks. Book early to avoid disappointment.|
Alpine Lakes Walk Highlights
Thredbo guides love taking guests on this walk with a difference, and the Alpine Lakes Walk is certainly that. We recommend taking this as a guided tour as the route from the top of the chairlift to Charlotte Pass is 19km long and the guides can transport you back from Charlotte Pass to the resort rather than doing the return trip on foot. Once at the top of Charlotte Pass enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne and nibbles. It is a walk rated as advanced because there’s lots of walking involved and lots of ascending and descending, requiring a good level of fitness. Here are some of the highlights the walk has to offer:
1. See Fragile Environments
It is a unique opportunity to see these beautiful but fragile alpine ecosystems in summer racing to get the job done before the winter snows fall again. An expert local guide will help you understand how the plants and animals in this harsh environment can survive and thrive. They can also explain the fascinating history of the Alpine area, from both a human and geological perspective.
2. Experience Ancient Glaciers
Get up close and personal with ancient glaciers to see what forces were at work millions of years ago when ice scraped across the land creating U-shaped valleys and depositing water to create the pretty lakes along this walk. Experience history and come back educated.
3. Take in Views from Australia’s Highest Peaks
The Alpine Lakes Walk allows you to view of many of Australia’s highest peaks and some of the country’s most rugged terrain on the Western Face. You will also get that jaw dropping view down into the foothills in the west and get a an idea of the expansive forests and wilderness of the Kosciuszko National Park.
4. A Feeling of True Wilderness
It is a true wilderness up along the Lakes Walk. It may not be far from capital cities but it is truly uninhabited, the only humans you will see are other walkers. You will also see some of the fascinating wildlife that inhabits this challenging yet beautiful environment. You will finish this walk with a real sense of awe and respect this very special part of Australia.
5. Stay Safe with a Local Guide
Your guide will be there to make sure you are safe along the walk, as well as transport you back to Thredbo after completion. The local guides are experts on the flora and fauna, geology and human history of the environment. You’ll also receive up to date information on the conditions of the track and how to best to layer your clothing for the weather. Make sure you read the checklist below to come prepared and dressed for wilderness conditions to get the most out of your experience.
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Essential Items to Bring Checklist
- thermal underwear
- long sleeve top
- fleece jumper
- waterproof jacket and pants
- long pants
- sturdy shoes
- water (at least one litre)
Use our local knowledge to help you plan an unforgettable Thredbo experience.
Ian and Jill Foster came to Thredbo in 1989 to begin working as property managers for the Lantern Apartments complex. Having spent the previous 10 years working and playing in ski resorts around the world, they decided on Thredbo because they believed that Australia offers the best lifestyle and Thredbo is the best ski resort in Australia.
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