Wanting to trek to Australia’s highest peak of 2228m above sea level? The 13km return track from Thredbo is definitely the most popular option as it is rated an easy-medium grade and is great for most fitness levels – including families. If you’re visiting Kosciuszko National Park in the warmer months, a walk to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko is a must-do.
If you are not up for walking the full 13km then there is a look-out point at 2km [4km return] which overlooks the Kosi Peak.
Starting at the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift at Thredbo, this popular day walk takes you to the rooftop of Australia. After the scenic chairlift ride, the boardwalk takes you through the rocky granite outcrops of Ramshead Range, and through alpine wildflowers (spring).
The track crosses The Snowy River, before climbing above Lake Cootapatamba [a glacier lake] and on to Rawson Pass [where there are toilets]. From here, it’s a gradual climb to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko (2228m). The sweeping 360 degree views across the Snowy Mountains, Monaro Plains and Victorian High Country are sure to impress. Stay a while at the top to breathe in the fresh alpine air.
Start Of Walk
We highly recommend to catch the chair up to Eagles Nest Restaurant so that you can experience the amazing view of Thredbo and the Snowy’s. The scenic chairlift takes about 15 minutes and is open 365 days a year. Tickets are purchased on the day from the ticket office located at bottom of the chair at Thredbo. Alternatively you can walk up Merritts Nature Track from Thredbo Village to the top of the chairlift. This difficult 2km track takes around 1-1.5 hours uphill.
Things You Need To Know
- There is a National Park Fee to enter the park. View most current fees here
- Thredbo charge for the chairlift. You will find the up to date prices here
- Pack a few layers of clothing + a waterproof wind jacket as the weather can change drastically. Read these safety tips before you head out.
- Make sure you wear good shoes [as often there is snow up the summit in Nov/Dec/Jan] and pack plenty of water, sunscreen + a summit snack.
- The track is generally covered by snow between June and October, and possibly at other times. You can get to Mount Kosciuszko on cross-country skis or snowshoes at these times, but there are no snow poles marking the walking route.
- While some people can do the walk in 2.5 hours – give yourself plenty of time to soak in the views. We recommend 4-5 hours.
- If you are planning on camping out there for the night make sure you read Think Before You Trek.