Kosciuszko National Park, located in the south-east corner of NSW, offers some of the most dramatic alpine scenery in Australia. The 6,900-square-kilometre national park contains mainland Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. Its borders contain a mix of rugged mountains and wilderness.
Our most popular trek is the four-day lodge-based trek which is run in Australia’s high country. The challenge is to climb the ten highest peaks in Australia over four days. All ten peaks are over 2000 metres in altitude that have strong uphill elements at times. The peaks in order of height are below:
|1. Mt Kosciuszko, 2228 m||2. Mt Townsend, 2209 m|
|3. Mt Twynam, 2195 m||4. Rams Head, 2190 m|
|5. Etheridge Ridge Peak, 2180 m||6. Rams Head North, 2177 m|
|7. Alice Rawson, 2160 m||8. Abbot Peak, 2159 m|
|9. Abbot Peak East, 2145 m||10. Carruthers Peak, 2145 m|
|1. Mt Kosciuszko, 2228 m|
|2. Mt Townsend, 2209 m|
|3. Mt Twynam, 2195 m|
|4. Rams Head, 2190 m|
|5. Etheridge Ridge Peak, 2180 m|
|6. Rams Head North, 2177 m|
|7. Alice Rawson, 2160 m|
|8. Abbot Peak, 2159 m|
|9. Abbot Peak East, 2145 m|
|10. Carruthers Peak, 2145 m|
The trek distance is 66 km in total making it a tough challenge. The track is variable, from gravel to rough rocky roads, possible snowdrifts and snowgrass sections. The scenery is stunning with every day’s walking rewarded with remarkable views.
Mt Kosciusko via Hannels Spur
One of our newest challenges is to climb Hannels Spur. It rises from around 450 metres near Geehi on the Alpine Way between Thredbo and Khancoban to Abbott Ridge running south-west off Australia’s second highest peak, Mount Townsend (2,209 metres). The full Hannels Spur walk takes in all 1,800 vertical metres of the western fall of the Snowy Mountains to the top of Mount Kosciuszko. We complete this 21 km traverse in a day, returning in time for a celebration in the alpine village of Thredbo.
Winter treks and climbs
The winter landscape provides an amazing opportunity for climbing, skiing and snowshoeing. The mountains are covered by snow for four months of the year and in between the brutal mountain weather and blizzards, there are also blue sky windless days to be enjoyed carving turns on the steep western faces or climbing the steep snow gullies of Blue Lake. Peak Learning Adventures runs regular four-day snowcraft and mountaineering courses for those wishing to prepare for climbing in New Zealand or the Himalayas.