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Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko
Time: 6 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km WSW of Thredbo Village
Length: 12.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 12.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 459 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 459 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Hard

This popular walk starts with a ride up to the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, and goes to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. From the top of the chairlift, the walk follows a footpath, passing the Kosciuszko and Cootapatamba lookouts, as it winds up to Rawson Pass. At Rawson Pass, the walk meets the old Kosciuszko road and Australia's highest public toilet. From here, the walk continues up the footpath to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. Enjoy the view, and return the same way. If you would prefer the extra walk, you can avoid the chairlift by following Merrits Nature trail or the Dead Horse Gap track. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko
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Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath
Start of metal walkway
Int of Kosciuszko path and snow pole track
Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Int of Kosciuszko path and North Rams Head loop
Lake Cootapatamba lookout
Rawson Pass
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path
Starting point for this hiking track: Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85252S 
 Chimneys Ridge 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85241N 
 Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 
 Jacobs River 1:100 000 Map Series 8524 

Photo Gallery

 
Valley Terminal
 
Valley Terminal +
 
Bottom of Chairlift
 
Bottom of Chairlift +
 
Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
 
Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift +

 
View from the Chairlift
 
View from the Chairlift +
 
Passing the halfway terminal
 
Passing the halfway terminal +
 
Great views from the chairlift
 
Great views from the chairlift +

 
View of rocks from the chairlift
 
View of rocks from the chairlift +
 
Top terminal
 
Top terminal +
 
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
 
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift +

 
Eagles Nest
 
Eagles Nest +
 
path near the top of the chairlift
 
path near the top of the chairlift +
 
Mt Kosciuszko path
 
Mt Kosciuszko path +

 
Looking at the top of the Dead Horse Gap track
 
Looking at the top of the Dead Horse Gap track +
 
Information signs on the Mt Kosciuszko path
 
Information signs on the Mt Kosciuszko path +
 
Looing to the Rams Head range
 
Looing to the Rams Head range +

 
Crossing a creek
 
Crossing a creek +
 
Looking upsteam towards the Rams Head
 
Looking upsteam towards the Rams Head +
 
Bridge Crossing a small creek
 
Bridge Crossing a small creek +

 
Bottom end of the Mt Kosciuszko metal pathway
 
Bottom end of the Mt Kosciuszko metal pathway +
 
Information sign beside path
 
Information sign beside path +
 
Distance markers on the metal pathway
 
Distance markers on the metal pathway +

 
Looking across to the Rams Head range
 
Looking across to the Rams Head range +
 
Passing the snow pole line on the Mt Kosciuszko path
 
Passing the snow pole line on the Mt Kosciuszko path +
 
Kosciuszko Walk
 
Kosciuszko Walk +

 
Mt Kosciuszko Walk
 
Mt Kosciuszko Walk +
 
View across the Rams Head Range
 
View across the Rams Head Range +
 
Climbing up to the ridge east of the North Rams Head
 
Climbing up to the ridge east of the North Rams Head +

 
Climbing up to the ridge east of the North Rams Head
 
Climbing up to the ridge east of the North Rams Head +
 
Along the Kosciuszko walk path
 
Along the Kosciuszko walk path +
 
Mt Kosciuszko Lookout intersection
 
Mt Kosciuszko Lookout intersection +

 
Signpost on path for Mt Kosciuszko Lookout
 
Signpost on path for Mt Kosciuszko Lookout +
 
Mt Kosciuszko lookout path
 
Mt Kosciuszko lookout path +
 
Looking abck along the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout path to the main track
 
Looking abck along the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout path to the main track +

 
View from the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout
 
View from the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout +
 
View from the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout
 
View from the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout +
 
Mt Kosciuszko from from the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout
 
Mt Kosciuszko from from the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout +

 
The headwaters of the Snowy River
 
The headwaters of the Snowy River +
 
Near Cootapatamba Lookout with some snow on the path
 
Near Cootapatamba Lookout with some snow on the path +
 
Cootapatamba Lookout sign
 
Cootapatamba Lookout sign +

 
looking down at lake cootapatamba
 
looking down at lake cootapatamba +
 
Lake Cootapatamba
 
Lake Cootapatamba +
 
Looking to Rawson Pass from the metal walkway
 
Looking to Rawson Pass from the metal walkway +

 
Rawson Pass
 
Rawson Pass +
 
Rawson Pass Looking towads Mt Kosciuszko
 
Rawson Pass Looking towads Mt Kosciuszko +
 
Stone pathway towards the summit of Mt Kosciuszko
 
Stone pathway towards the summit of Mt Kosciuszko +

 
Path on the side of Mt Kosciuszko
 
Path on the side of Mt Kosciuszko +
 
Sign at the int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path
 
Sign at the int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path +
 
Rocky Path leading to Mt Kosciuszko
 
Rocky Path leading to Mt Kosciuszko +

 
Looking over Wilkinsons Creek from near the summit of Mt Kosciuszko
 
Looking over Wilkinsons Creek from near the summit of Mt Kosciuszko +
 
Changing landscapes of the Australian alpine regions
 
Changing landscapes of the Australian alpine regions +
 
Just before the Mt Kosciuszko Summit
 
Just before the Mt Kosciuszko Summit +

 
View from Mt Kosciuszko
 
View from Mt Kosciuszko +
 
View from the top of Mt Kosckiuszko
 
View from the top of Mt Kosckiuszko +
 
View from Mt Kosciuszko
 
View from Mt Kosciuszko +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 12km
Time 6 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
4.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.8km is flat with no steps. The remaining (690m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 2.4km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
6km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation). The remaining (350m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Covered in snow part of the year Alt = 1597 m
This walk leads through an extreme alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both very hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, snow, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, this walk is likely to be covered in snow/ice, visitors should be carrying and be prepared to use snowshoes or cross country skis. When there is a chance of significant snow on the ground, visitors will need particularly strong navigation and snowcraft skills - tracks and signage may not be visible. For most visitors, it is best to consider this walk closed during the colder months.

Kosciuszko Express Chairlift Alt = 1372 m
This is one of the few lifts operating in the summer months at Thredbo, and is made quite popular by thousands of people walking to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko each year. Lift tickets can be purchased from the store at the bottom of the chairlift. Lift tickets are $31 return ($25 one way) per person[1]. This lift is generally closed during November and May for maintenance each year, but the the Snowgum chair can be used at this time instead, this will add extra walking time to you walk[2]. More info

(0 km) Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift to Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - transport
Length = 1.86 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 558 m Descent = -1 m
This walk heads into the 'Valley Terminal' building, where you can buy a ticket for the lift. Continue through the building and up the steps, where this walk turns right to find the bottom terminal of the 'Kosciuszko Express'. Walk up to the platform as directed by the chairlift operator and sit down in the seat, letting it scoop you up. Once seated, pull down the safety bar and enjoy the ride to the top of the ridge. :)
At the top step of the chair lift and turn left to find the restaurant (now on your right) and track information signs ahead.
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

Eagles Nest Restaurant Alt = 1928 m
This is Australia's highest restaurant, providing great food and outstanding views. It is easily accessible, nestled on the mountain directly opposite the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, and is open year-round. For more information, call (02) 64576019.

(1.86 km) Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift to Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 349 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the top of the chairlift[3], this walk follows the footpath around Eagles Nest restaurant[4][5] (keeping the building to your right). The walk passes the large map[6] and information signs[7], heading up the gentle hill along the paved path[8]. Near the top of the rise, the path leads to a signposted intersection with the 'Dead Horse Gap' track[9] (on your left), where there is also an arrow pointing back to 'Eagles Nest Restaurant'[10].

(2.21 km) Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath to Start of metal walkway
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 196 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mt Kosciuszko Lookout' sign[11] north along the paved path, heading up the gentle hill. The path soon leads past an alcove with two information signs[12], then leads gently downhill to cross a river on a steel bridge[13] to find an intersection (with a narrow track on your right) at a lovely spot beside the creek.

(2.41 km) Start of metal walkway to Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.28 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 117 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the bridge and up the metal steps, keeping the creek to your left. The path soon leads past a large 'Kosciuszko Walk' sign[14] and an 'Everything is connected' information sign[15]. Soon after the 'Thredbo 1.0km' badge[16][17] (welded to the track), this walk comes to a 'Plant communities - keeping a low profile' information sign[18], marking an intersection (where the snow-pole line starts to leave the main track)[19].
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk continues along the metal walkway, heading up the hill[20]. The walk soon passes a 'Flowers emerge with warmer weather' information sign[21], then heads up a series of steps to find 'A rocky mountain home' information sign[22] and a 'Thredbo 1.5km' tag[23] pointing back down the hill. The track mostly flattens out and heads over a gentle rise, soon leading to a clear 'Y' intersection[24] on the metal track, marked with 'Mt Kosciuszko Lookout' tag[25] welded to the track.

(3.69 km) Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway to Kosciuszko lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection[26], this walk heads north-east along the metal path that branches off the main path. The path leads a short distance up some steps[27] to soon come to the metal platform at the Kosciuszko lookout[28][29].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp right to continue along this walk.)

Kosciuszko lookout Alt = 2061 m
Kosciuszko lookout is about 30m off the main Kosciuszko walk, along a metal walkway. At the lookout, there is a larger platform with an information sign about how the landscape was formed over the years. Granting a great view of the Snowy Mountains to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.

(3.69 km) Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway to Lake Cootapatamba lookout
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.94 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 94 m Descent = -45 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the metal walkway north, down the gentle hill (initially keeping Mt Kosciuszko lookout to your right). The walk continues along the metal walkway as it dips to cross the upper reaches of the Snowy River. About 400m past the 'Endangered Mammals Live between boulders' sign[30], the path leads to a faint intersection with the North Rams Head track (where the spur comes down to the metal walkway on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the metal walkway north into the saddle and up the spur. The path then crosses onto the left-hand side of the ridge as it comes to the signposted 'Lake Cootapatamba Lookout'[31] and the great valley view[32].

Lake Cootapatamba lookout Alt = 2106 m
Situated on the Kosciuszko walk, this platform looks down over Lake Cootapatamba, in the valley on the western side of the path. This is a pleasant place to stop and enjoy the mountains and views.

(5.62 km) Lake Cootapatamba lookout to Rawson Pass
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 788 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the lookout[33], this walk follows the metal walkway north[34], down to the bottom of the small hill, keeping Lake Cootapatamba to your left[35]. The path then heads up and around the side of the hill to a clearly signposted intersection[36] at 'Rawson Pass'[37].

Rawson Pass Alt = 2119 m
Rawson Pass is where the old Kosciuszko Road, from Charlotte Pass, meets the metal walkway from Thredbo. It is home to highest public toilet in Australia, this recently-added facility is perfectly positioned for those taking the walk up to the top of Kosciuszko. Rawson Pass is well signposted and 500m south east of Mt Kosciuszko (by straight line). There is also a place for to park mountain bikes for those cycling along the old road from Charlotte Pass.

(6.41 km) Rawson Pass to Mt Kosciuszko
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.65 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 127 m Descent = -23 m
Veer left: From the intersection at Rawson Pass, this walk follows the 'Mt Kosciuszko' sign[38] uphill along the stone pathway. The stone pathway soon becomes a gravel track and winds up and around the hill, keeping the peak of Mt Kosciuszko to your left. About 500m along the gravel track, this walk comes to a 'Y' intersection[39] (with the Kosciuszko summit track on your left), just past the 'Alpine Walks' sign and map[40].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mt Kosciuszko' sign[41] uphill along the upper track. This track winds steadily up and around the peak of the mountain, passing a stone-paved[42] section of track, and also a metal grate[43] before climbing a few steps[44] to the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko[45].

Mt Kosciuszko Alt = 2222 m
Mt Kosciuszko is the highest peak on the Australian continent, at 2228m above sea level. It was named by the Polish explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki and named in honour of the Polish national hero General Tadeusz Kościuszko. Now a popular tourist attraction, thousands of people walk up to the summit each year. On a clear day, the 360-degree views from the summit across the roof of Australia are fantastic. There are higher mountains elsewhere on Australian territory. 'The highest mountains in Australian Antarctic Territory are Mt McClintock (3490 meters) and Mt Menzies (3355 meters).' [46].

Drive from Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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Driving Directions
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Near by


Campsites in the park
Black Perry Rest area
Blue Waterholes Picnic and camping Grounds
Bradneys Gap Camping area
Buddong Falls
Clover Flat camping area
Cooinbil Camping area
Cooleman Mountain Camping Area
Coonara Point Camping Area
Denison Camping area
Geehi Picnic Camping Ground
Ghost Gully Camping Ground
Half-way Flat camping area
Humes Crossing Camping area
Island Bend Camping area
Jacobs River Picnic And Camping Area
Jounama Creek Camping Area
Leather Barrel Picnic And Camping Area
Log Bridge Creek Camping area
Long Plain Hut Camping Area
Ngarigo Picnic And Camping Area
OHares Rest Area
Pinch River Camping area
Ravine Camping area
Rock Flat Camping Area
Rocky Plain Camping Ground
Running waters Camping area
Scotchies Yard Camping area
The Pines Camping Area
Thredbo Diggings Camping area
Three Mile Dam Camping area
Tom Groggin Picnic And Camping Area
Wares Yards Camping Ground
Willis Camping Area
Yarrangobilly Village Camping Area
Yachting Point Camping area
Yolde Camping Area
No Name camping area


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin Adventure Centre Thredbo Turnoff, Jindabyne (02) 6456 2922 28.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 29.9 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 29.9 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 79.5 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 134 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 21 km (to the NW)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 21 km (to the SE)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 34 km (to the ENE)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 49 km (to the NNE)
6 MSS06 C & E Tower MT SELDOM SEEN 67 km (to the S)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary wx71041
Mostly clear.
Mostly clear.
10.0°C (feels like 7.8°)
0 km/h from the CALM
43% humidity     (as at 31/03:00pm)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Kosciuszko National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Kosciuszko National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 31st of August 2014 06:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Island Bend partial closure - Island Bend campground
The former Island Bend Township site has been recently surveyed for asbestos containing material (ACM) by NPWS. As a result of this surveying several areas have been identified where ACM is present in the soil. In order to delineate between the areas where there is a risk of ACM and the areas where visitors can camp NPWS will be erecting fencing, signage, gates and road closure barriers.
Camping will still be permitted in certain areas of Island Bend. View a map of the affected areas (PDF 165kb) or contact the Jindabyne Visitor Information Centre 02 6450 5600 for more information.
The risk to users of the Island Bend precinct remains low due to the low concentration of ACM present at the sites and the fact that the ACM is of a non-friable nature having originated from buildings that were demolished at the site during the 1970s. NPWS have undertaken air safety monitoring at the site and the results show that there is no evidence of asbestos fibres in the air. NPWS is working towards establishing a long term management plan for ACM in this area and would encourage visitors to the site to be patient while NPWS works through this process. In the interim we request that visitors to the Island Bend precinct comply with the relevant exclusion zones and signage. If you have any questions regarding ACM control measures at the site please contact Andrew Miller on 0427 437 391.
Munyang Bridge BEHIND Guthega Powerstation is closed until further notice
Snowy Hydro have advised that the Munyang Bridge behind the Guthega Powerstation at Munyang will be closed to all traffic including pedestrians until further notice.  As this bridge gives access to Disappointment Spur this means that there is no access to Disappointment Spur from the Munyang end.  Access is possible from the Whites River end but this requires then turning around & exiting the same way (via Whites River). 
For further information please call Martin Grant, Maintenance Manager Snowy Hydro on 0429382794
Winter Road Closures (Ends Monday 6 October)

Winter road closures are as followed:-
  • Kosciuszko Road closed at Perisher
  • The Link Road
  • Geehi Dam Road
  • Grassy Flat Trail
  • Murray Gates Trail
  • Davies Plain Track
  • Long Plain Road
  • Tantangara Rd locked at dam wall
  • Bullocks Hill Trail
  • Goobragandra Powerline Road
  • Landers Creek Trail
  • Four Mile Trail
  • Broken Cart Fire Trail locked at intersection of Boundary Road
  • Rocky Plain campground access road off highway
  • Quarry Trail (access to west Tantangara Dam)
  • Kings Cross Road
  • Cabramurra Khancoban Road (KNP 5)
  • Olsen’s Road from the Alpine Way Entrance 
For further updates and information contact the Tumut Region Visitor Centre on 6947 7025 or Snowy Region Visitor Centre Jindabyne on 6450 5600.

Walker Feedback

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Frances IP:20.139.226.xxx | 2010-01-04 00:50:02
Before setting out on this walk, call to check that the Kosciusko Express chairlift is operating! It has a maintenance period each year, and taking the alternative lift means you start with a 500m steep uphill slog before getting to the walk itself.
Rosh IP:148.195.135.xxx | 2010-05-20 05:41:58
Unable the download the PDF file.

Keeps saying the file is damaged. Anyone able to open it?
Crin - Looks good IP:121.44.58.xxx | 2010-05-20 12:12:57
Yes Rosh, I opened the PDF.
admin - re: PDF download Issue Super Administrator | 2010-05-20 20:21:12
Rosh wrote:
Unable the download the PDF file.

Hi Rosh
Sorry for the hassle, you are the third person to report this issue - and I have no idea why it is happening. If you can e-mail me details of what version PDF reader and browser you are using that would be helpful (matt at wild walk dot com). In the meantime I have added a link that allowed the other two people to download PDF OK. Just above the map is a 'trouble downloading the PDF try here' link. Hopefully that will get you out of trouble.
Thanks Crin and Rosh for your feedback
Happy walking, it is a great walk.
Matt :)
Jay - summer or winter? IP:202.172.157.xxx | 2010-06-24 03:18:16
Did you guys walk during summer or winter? I was wondering if we need to go with a guide during winter.
admin - re: summer or winter? Super Administrator | 2010-06-24 03:53:40
Jay wrote:
Did you guys walk during summer or winter?

I last did this walk in Autumn. In winter it is covered in snow. There are XC ski trips that take a similar route, this might be a better option if wanting to visit the summit in winter.
Matt :)
Pawel - re: IP:122.104.230.xxx | 2010-07-06 01:25:52
Frances wrote:
Before setting out on this walk, call to check that the Kosciusko Express chairlift is operating! It has a maintenance period each year, and taking the alternative lift means you start with a 500m steep uphill slog before getting to the walk itself.


Indeed, this is what happened to us at the beginning of May. Not a big deal in the end - more meters to walk, which is good ;)
Lisa - October conditions IP:124.182.211.xxx | 2010-08-06 01:36:29
Can we walk the track in early October or is it covered in snow? And is it relatively easy for kids to complete? Cheers.
admin - re: October conditions Super Administrator | 2010-08-09 00:42:36
Lisa wrote:
Can we walk the track in early October or is it covered in snow? And is it relatively easy for kids to complete? Cheers.

Hi Lisa
Usually Oct will be fine, most of the snow will be gone. With the kids, it depends, the walk is not to difficult (assuming you get the chairlift up) but it is fairly long. If the kids are used to walking these kind of distances then I imagine they would enjoy it. You have a few months to get ready, enjoy a few walks with the kids before you go and you will get a good sense of what they can do.
Hope that helps, have a great time.
Matt :)
ross - when is it closed for winter? IP:64.104.238.xxx | 2010-12-16 01:31:25
Hi
does the track have a closing date for winter?
thanks
admin - re: when is it closed for wint Super Administrator | 2010-12-16 02:09:17
ross wrote:
Hi
does the track have a closing date for winter?

Hi Ross. The track is not formally closed for winter as the route is used by cross country skiers and snow shoers. But for walkers, there is generally snow on the ground from around May/June. But the closer you get to winter the more likely you will be effected by white outs and extreme weather. Oct/November to March is the most popular and reliable time to do the walks high in the snowies. Out side this time I would be carrying snow shoes, always check the weather forecast before you set out.
Hope that helps.
Matt :)
Bruce - re: October conditions IP:211.30.206.xxx | 2011-02-27 22:30:50
Lisa wrote:
Can we walk the track in early October or is it covered in snow? And is it relatively easy for kids to complete? Cheers.


I would actually say that October sees more (than less) snow covering the metal grid on the track to Mt Kosciuszko and snowshoes useful for that month. November then they become “optional” depending on conditions. While the track is occasionally exposed the walking off Trail and snow cover is usually not so patchy on the upper ridges.

Kids snowshoes are available for hire (but only from 1 or 2 specialty hire outlets – Wilderness Sports have a number in hire in Jindabyne and Perisher).

Rooftop maps also just released last week The Kosciuszko Northern Activities Map that incorporates Kiandra – Tumut.

Regards,
Bruce
james IP:110.33.250.xxx | 2011-03-26 06:57:43
can we walk early october or is covered with snow
admin - re: early october Super Administrator | 2011-03-27 23:08:38
james wrote:
can we walk early october or is covered with snow

It is likely to have snow. You can hire snowshoes and still walk the track if you are comfortable walking in snowy and icy conditions.
Matt :)
Andrew - August walk IP:80.237.234.xxx | 2011-07-04 20:41:44
Hello, We're thinking of going for the walk in August (provided that the weather be fine). If snowshoes are recommended, can one hire them on place ? Thanks.
Matt - re: August walk IP:210.7.19.xxx | 2011-07-06 22:34:16
Andrew wrote:
Hello, We're thinking of going for the walk in August (provided that the weather be fine). If snowshoes are recommended, can one hire them on place ? Thanks.

Hi Andrew
I would carry snowshoes, you are mostly going to need them, hopefully for the whole walk. Best place I have found to hire them is at http://www.wildernesssports.com.au these guys are based in Jindabyne and Perisher, and have a good range and experaince.
Have a great walk.
Matt :)
John - Weather Late October? IP:121.217.217.xxx | 2011-09-18 08:26:24
Twenty years ago I jogged from the Thredbo chairlift to the summit in early December. The weather was perfect - no wind, around 20 degrees and snow still on the last 70 metres of the summit.
I'm wondering what I should expect in six weeks? Will there be cold winds and how's the snow cover this season at this time?
admin - re: Weather Late October? Super Administrator | 2011-09-18 21:19:44
John wrote:
I'm wondering what I should expect in six weeks? Will there be cold winds and how's the snow cover this season at this time?

Hi John
Generally speaking there is likely to still be patchy snow on the ground, but you could still undertake the walk. The weather tends to get more stable and warmer in January. Watch the forecast for the day, you are likley to still have cold winds, but the day may also walk up, so you will need to be prepared warm weather as well. check out the blue box at the start of these notes that will give you more info and links for snow and weather reports.
happy walking
Matt :)
Santosh - Walking in 1st week of october IP:139.130.193.xxx | 2011-09-19 07:03:33
hi,

I did the main range track in summer, it was wonderful. We are thinking of going to the summit via Thredbo in 1st week of October which is two weeks away. I was just wondering do we need anything specific other than warm clothes and good boots. we are two adults boys.
Regards'
Santosh
admin - re: Walking in 1st week of oct Super Administrator | 2011-09-19 07:17:29
Santosh wrote:
We are thinking of going to the summit via Thredbo in 1st week of October which is two weeks away. I was just wondering do we need anything specific other than warm clothes and good boots. we are two adults boys.
Regards'
Santosh

Hi Santosh,
You will need to keep an eye on weather and snow reports between now and then, but at this stage I would suggest you would need snow shoes and be ready for extreme alpine weather. The conditions now are very different to summer, you are much more likley to be walking through significant snow, and much more likely to have freezing weather and white out conditions. There are many other great walks in the area, that are lower in the valley that could be a good back up plan for you and the family.
Matt :)
gene wilder - recommended clothing IP:125.7.33.xxx | 2011-10-03 04:29:47
What sort of clothing is recommended when climbing during the summer months?
Pete - when to walk IP:144.137.71.xxx | 2011-10-03 12:53:47
hi - would like to walk thredbo to the summit while there is still some snow at the top of the summit, but be able to walk most of the distance without having to use snowshoes. any suggestions as to best timimg?
thanks, Pete.
admin - re: recommended clothing Super Administrator | 2011-10-03 22:35:50
gene wilder wrote:
What sort of clothing is recommended when climbing during the summer months?

Hi Gene
Be prepared for the hot sun. So a good hat, clothes that protect you from the hot sun and comfortable running shoes. The flies can get pretty friendly so insect repellent is a great idea. ALSO be prepared for the cold. It can and it does snow in summer months. So check the forecast before you go. But I would also be carrying some clothes to keep you warm (beany, fleecy top, etc). A reasonable raincoat is important to carry, it is obviously helpful if it rains but also offers good protection from the wind.
Hope that helps
Happy walking
Matt :)
admin - re: when to walk Super Administrator | 2011-10-03 22:43:05
Pete wrote:
hi - would like to walk thredbo to the summit while there is still some snow at the top of the summit, but be able to walk most of the distance without having to use snowshoes. any suggestions as to best timimg?
thanks, Pete.

Pete tough one to call.
A few days ago I would have said go then, but just yesterday they have had a nice dump and you can ski again.
The chances of having some snow on the ground in the next few weeks is still good. But if you want any reasonable snow on the summit, then there will still likley be snow on the track. If you are wanting any significant snow on the ground, then I would recommend snowshoes, they are cheap to hire and make walking in snow/ice much safer and enjoyable. Towards the end of October there is still likely to be snow drifts on the south (shaded) sides of hills and rocks.
this is the best link for snow conditions in the back country - keep an eye on that http://www.wildernesssports.com.au/content.toy?content=weather
Happy walking
Matt :)
gene wilder - weather forecast IP:125.7.33.xxx | 2011-11-07 20:55:24
I'd assume the weather conditions can vary from bottom of mountain to summit. Can anyone recommend a website which can provide a weather forecast? At the moment im just going "hit and hope"
Thanks.
admin - re: weather forecast IP:211.30.222.xxx | 2011-11-07 22:41:35
gene wilder wrote:
....Can anyone recommend a website which can provide a weather forecast? .....

Hi GW
There is a link to the BOM in the blue box at the top of the tracknotes. This is a good place for weather forecasts. "Thredbo Top Station" is probably the most relevant station to look at.
Enjoy the walk
Matt :)
Annie B IP:58.107.225.xxx | 2011-12-05 06:53:06
Thinking of doing the walk in Jan...is it recommended at this time of year?
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-12-05 07:33:22
Annie B wrote:
Thinking of doing the walk in Jan...is it recommended at this time of year?

January is the most popular time to visit, a great time to visit. Still always check the forecast before heading up though.
Enjoy the walk

Matt :)
Sharee - Difficulty rating IP:138.130.66.xxx | 2012-01-09 10:07:16
Hi Thinking of taking a small group of women up in Feb/March. What is the difficulty rating? Is track easy to follow? Have a group that fitness ranges from average to above average. Would this walk be suitable?
admin - re: Difficulty rating Super Administrator | 2012-01-09 10:17:39
Hi Sharee

Sharee wrote:
Hi Thinking of taking a small group of women up in Feb/March. What is the difficulty rating?

The is a class 4 (out of six) using the Australian Standard 2156.1 - most people would probably say it is medium/hard
Sharee wrote:
Is track easy to follow?

Assuming there is not much snow (usually OK that time of year) and that the weather is favorable - do check the forecast before heading up.
Sharee wrote:
Have a group that fitness ranges from average to above average. Would this walk be suitable?

This is a popular walk with tourists visiting the area. Assuming the weather is OK and you are well prepared for the the weather to change (see the notes) then it sounds like an ideal walk.
Enjoy
Matt :)
hamish - children IP:101.172.149.xxx | 2012-01-11 11:06:43
hi,

Thinking of taking the walk with wife and kids over australia day weekend. Will it be crazy busy that weekend (i.e. too busy to enjoy the walk)? also, my kids are 4 and 2 respectively, and we're looking to take a pram with us. is that at all feasible, or am i dreaming?

Hamish
admin - re: children Super Administrator | 2012-01-11 20:45:12
hamish wrote:
Thinking of taking the walk with wife and kids over australia day weekend. Will it be crazy busy that weekend (i.e. too busy to enjoy the walk)?

It is a busy time of year for the walk, assuming the weather is favorable. Their is likely to be a lot of people on the track, but this can be fun as well. I still think the walk is worth doing. Following the old road from Charlotte Pass is still popular but usually less so, might be an alternative for you.

hamish wrote:
also, my kids are 4 and 2 respectively, and we're looking to take a pram with us. is that at all feasible, or am i dreaming?

It is possible but I would not recommend it. There are a few stairs that a fairly steep that would make taking a pram difficult and potentially dangerous. The track is also narrow in places making passing others difficult. A kid carrying backpack might be a better alternative. Again the old road from CP might work better if the pram can handle plenty of rocks, but it would be a fairly bouncy ride. There are still a few steps to deal with this way after Rawson Pass.
I think you would be better off looking into a backpack system if that is at all feasible. Please remember that kids are more susceptible to extreme temperatures then adults, especially when carried in a pram or pack. Please ensure you have plenty of good sun, wind, rain and cold protection for the kids (and adults).
Matt :)
Von Kays - Early April conditions IP:89.211.38.xxx | 2012-02-28 11:21:35
I am coming to Australia the first week of April. What are the weather / snow conditions on the metal walk at that time?
Von Kays - Maintenance period for express IP:89.211.38.xxx | 2012-02-28 11:23:07
Will the express lift be down for maintenance in earlly April?
admin - re: Early April conditions Super Administrator | 2012-02-28 20:34:55
Von Kays wrote:
I am coming to Australia the first week of April. What are the weather / snow conditions on the metal walk at that time?

Hi, Generally a good time to walk. Obviously the weather on the day could be anything, but the snow cover at the beginning of April is not usually significant.

Von Kays wrote:
Will the express lift be down for maintenance in earlly April?

Maintenance this summer is from 30 April - 25 May 2012, but during this time Snowgums chair can be used instead - but this will add some extra walking time. But it sound like this will not effect you.

Hope you enjoy walk and your time in Aus.

Matt :)
Edward - walking in June 2013 IP:101.103.172.xxx | 2012-12-06 00:19:59
Is this a recommended time to do the summit walk ?
What do I need to consider for this time inc availability of chairlifts ?
I'm a fit 62 .
Cheers,
Admin - Time of year IP:211.30.210.xxx | 2012-12-06 03:58:35
In June this walk is likely covered in Snow you would likely need snow shoes or cross country skis as well as the skill to navigate in the snow. So most people would consider this walk closed in winter. Consider some of the walk low in thredbo, like the river walk.
Matt :)
Geoff - waiking in first week in may 2 IP:124.184.187.xxx | 2013-01-18 22:30:30
Will the chair lift be operating in the first week in may,if not what are other options,will this be a good time time to walk to the summit.Thanks Geoff
admin - re: waiking in first week in m Super Administrator | 2013-01-19 06:36:21
Geoff wrote:
Will the chair lift be operating in the first week in may,if not what are other options,will this be a good time time to walk to the summit.Thanks Geoff

Hi Geoff
May is generally fine - but keep an eye on the weather and the forecast. Snow can fall anytime of year but can start settling in May (but generally June). You will need to call Thredbo to see their plans for closing the lift, but if it is closed you they generally open another one nearby - adding a little extra to the walk. Or there are several walking tracks that will take you from the village to the top of the chair. Happy walking.
Matt :)
Mahadevan - snow? IP:203.163.97.xxx | 2013-02-15 03:09:38
hi...I am planning to cover the track by May end...

will it start snowing then? being from a tropical country, I would love to see some snow... :-)
admin - re: snow? Super Administrator | 2013-02-17 23:24:01
Mahadevan wrote:
May end...
will it start snowing then?

Hi Mahadevan
Maybe but unlikely - We sometimes get a dusting of snow then - but not reliable. a reasonable chance for some patches up high in the shaded gullies. June/july is when the main snow comes.
Matt :)
Judy - ms IP:123.243.200.xxx | 2013-03-30 05:11:13
Hi...I am thinking of going to Thredbo in July/August ski trip with my family. I am more interested in the walk to the submit and would this be recommended time to hike up the submit? I have only been to the ski field once in my life and would love the snowy scenery. Are there any other walking tracks available or worth checking out if the submit walk is closed?
Thanks
Admin IP:110.143.94.xxx | 2013-03-30 09:44:12
Judy wrote:
Hi...I am thinking of going to Thredbo in July/August ski trip with my family. I am more interested in the walk to the submit

Hi Judy
It is a great walk but covered in snow during these winter months. It is not closed, as such, but you will need snowshoes and alpine navigation skills to do the walk at that time.
Otherwise the walks at the bottom of the Thredbo valley can usually be done that time of year, Thredbo River walk etc. There are a few snow shoe walks listed that are worth trying -- start with something short and easy but it is a lot of fun.
happy walking
Matt :)
Kelly - Track question IP:101.161.161.xxx | 2014-01-23 08:52:22
Hi I was just wondering where the stairs are on the track! We are wanting to do the walk but have an 8mobth old.. How far would we be able to go with a pram??
Thanks
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