Climb to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko to view the incredible alpine sunset and moonrise
Climb Mt Kosciuszko to witness the changing colours of the unique alpine landscape. An intimate guided walk which not only gives hikers the chance to conquer Mt Kozzie but also view a spectacular mountain sunset. When darkness falls you’ll don your headlamps and head back to Thredbo under the stars. A truly memorable experience suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.
Join a guided walk to see the sunset from the summit of Australia’s highest mountain..
Guided Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk - What You Need to Know
|Difficulty||Level: Moderate Distance: 13km|
|Days||December to April. Check Thredbo Guided Walks for dates.|
|Time||4 – 6 hours – departure time dependant on sunset times|
|Cost||$115 adults and children over 15 yrs only|
|Terms & Conditions||The Sunset Walk is only suitable for guests aged 15 & over.
*Two guests must be booked in for walk to proceed.
|Where to purchase||You can book the Mt Kosciuszko Sunset Walk withThredbo Guided Walks. Book early to avoid disappointment.|
Mt Kosciuszko Sunset Walk Highlights
The track to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko is accessible via the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift at an altitude of 1,950 metres. Once off the chairlift you’ll gradually climb to the summit, 2,228 metres above sea level, in time to witness a spectacular alpine sunset. Along with a local expert guide and a small group of walkers you’ll gain knowledge of the flora and fauna of this unique high-altitude region, enjoy stunning 360 degree alpine views and the final colourful flourish of the sun as it dips down below the horizon. Here are some of the best highlights the walk has to offer:
1. Learn About the Alpine Environment & Geological Features
Walking with a local guide means you’ll have the chance to learn about the flora and fauna that live in this high-altitude environment. You’ll discover this other-worldly landscape is home to numerous hardy species such as marsh marigolds, snow daisies and carpet heath that can survive up to six months of the year under the snow pack. Your guide will also point out interesting geological characteristics of this alpine landscape such as glacier lakes, cascading waterfalls and granite rock formations.
2. Conquer the Summit of Australia’s Highest Peak
Upon reaching the summit stand tall on Australia’s highest peak and enjoy 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. From here you can see the Main Range, the Australian Alps and the Bogong Peaks. You’ll have the opportunity to soak up the achievement, take photos and refuel with a well deserved summit snack, plus a hot chocolate brewed by your guide.
Image Source: Absolute Alpine
3. Witness a Kosciuszko Sunset
Guides aim to have walkers on the summit well before sunset so you have time to choose your optimal viewing point. Be sure to have your camera at the ready to capture this special moment as the sun silently slips below the horizon leaving a stunning array of red, gold and pink in its wake.
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4. A Perfectly Intimate Setting
If you’ve missed out the Valentine’s Day Walk then the Mt Kosciuszko Sunset Walk is the ideal chance to experience this romantic setting with a loved one, and stock up on selfies for your memory stick. Alternatively bring along a family member or best mate without feeling like it’s just an occasion for couples to see a beautiful sunset.
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5. Stay Safe with a Local Guide
As darkness falls it is essential to be prepared with extra layers of clothing to ward off the evening chill. Weather conditions can be changeable in the mountains but your guide will ensure that you get safely back down to the courtesy vehicle which will return you to Thredbo. Headlamps are provided so you can see the path which may be dewy or icy in parts. Please take note of our essential items checklist to get the most out of your walk.
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Essential Items to Bring Checklist
- thermal underwear
- long sleeve top
- fleece jumper
- waterproof jacket and pants
- long pants
- sturdy shoes
- Insect repellent
- water (at least one litre)
- backpack to carry the above
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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