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Snowy Mountains and Mount Kosciuszko Self-Guided 7D/6N

Kosciuszko National Park which has UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status is a mecca for walkers who are keen to experience rugged scenery, beautiful wildflowers and climb to the top of Mount Kosciuszko. There’s a real sense of completion as you wind your way through the Mountains and over the plateau from Wragges Creek via Guthega, Perisher and Charlottes Pass to Thredbo with spectacular views at nearly every step.

Walk alongside rivers and undulating valleys and above the treeline to the glacially formed Blue Lake and along vast snow plains reminiscent of Middle Earth.  Follow the Aqueduct Trail and on the last day take the chairlift ride back to the top to walk down to Thredbo via Dead Horse Gap, capping off what is an amazing unbroken linear trek through the Alps.  This is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most breath-taking landscapes.

Tour Highlights

  • Summit the highest Mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciusko
  • Panoramic 360-degree views over the vast valleys of the Australian Alps and the Great Dividing Range
  • Witness millions of years of glacial, ocean and volcanic activity, walk through snow gum woodlands and colourful alpine wildflower-carpeted meadows
Price from

$2,595.00

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Tour Information

Includes:

  • - 6 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • - Cooked breakfasts, two course dinners (on most nights) and substantial walkers lunches
  • - Vehicle transfers and luggage transport
  • - National Park admission
  • - Navigation with comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • - 24/7 ground support
*Advertised pricing is on a per person basis*

Departures:

Departs Daily, December - April

Itinerary

Day 1: Jindabyne

Start in Jindabyne any time after 2pm.

There is no walking scheduled for today but if you arrive early enough you can walk for many kilometres around the picturesque Lake Jindabyne.

Spend the night at the Jindy Inn

Day 2: Transfer to the Mountains Walk to Guthega and Beyond

After a transfer high into the mountains, the walk behinds with the easy Aqueduct Trail.

Marvel at one of the greatest engineering feats in the world – the might Snowy Mountains Scheme build in the 1950s and 60s to change the direction of the rivers and provide water for the farmers on the dry inland plains. The path meanders beside the scheme’s aqueducts, rivers and dams that opened up this isolated country. The route continues to Guthega Alpine village, set on the banks of the Snowy River.

Spend the night at Altitude Lodge.

Day 3: Guthega via Perisher to Porcupine Rocks

Traverse through Blue Cow alpine ski resort to Perisher Valley.

Hike to Porcupine Rocks for spectacular views of the Great Dividing Range. The ancient snow gum trees here are twisted and gnarled through centuries of harsh winters. After rain or fog these tree trunks change colour to brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow and green.

Spend the night at Altitude Lodge.

Day 4: Charlottes Pass, Blue Lake, Caruthers Saddle and the Snowy River

Even if you weren’t aware that Australia has glacial lakes, you’ll see several on this walk above the tree-line.

Cross our famous Snowy River, walk through fields carpeted in wildflowers, stroll along high grassy ridges and chill your drink in icy Blue Lake.

The highest peaks in the west are a striking visual teat as you walk above the tree-line. To the east sub-alpine woodlands of gnarled snow gums give way to tall alpine ash, cypress pine and mountain eucalypt forests in the dry rugged areas along the Snowy River. Watch out for sphagnum bogs – large mossy plans that hold six times their weight in water, releasing it slowly into the alpine streams.

Spend the night at Altitude Lodge.

Day 5: Charlottes Pass to Thredbo via Mount Kosciuszko

Reaching the summit of the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko, is a highlight not to be missed. You’ll get to share the summit with people from all over the world.

Finish the day with an exhilarating ride down the country’s longest chairlift. Hardy walkers can choose to walk Merritt’s Track steeply down through unique mountain ask forests and waterfall valleys.

Spend the night at Boali Lodge.

Day 6: Thredbo to Dead Horse Gap Lodge

Take the easy way and ride the chairlift up.

Today’s walk descends through fields of alpine wildflowers and snow gum forests to the Thredbo Valley. You might just be one of the lucky ones to spot wild brumbies roaming the plains. Walk quietly in this special, pristine place.

Finish the day with an easy stroll along the banks of the swift Thredbo River as it meanders down to the village.

Spend the night at Boali Lodge.

Day 7: Thredbo Transfer to Jindabyne

After breakfast you will be transported back to Jindabyne where you journey ends.