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Mt Kosciuszko Hike

Australia’s Highest Peak

Grade: 3   Distance: 13km return
Highlights: 360-degree alpine views, seasonal wildflowers
Hike Type: Guided or Self Guided

Tick off the ultimate bucket list item this summer, the Mt Kosciuszko Summit Hike. Australia’s highest peak at 2,228m offers incredible views from the top of Australia.

The hike is 13km and takes roughly 4-6 hours for the round trip, with an abundance of stunning sights to take in along the way.

From the top of the Kosciuszko Chairlift you walk along an elevated walking track which preserves the natural alpine flora and is easy for all ages and abilities. If you are walking independently, we recommend grabbing a Scenic Lift Pass to start the walk at Eagles Nest.

Get the most of your hike with a guide. You can learn historical facts, gain an understanding of the Australian Main Range and its peaks plus lots more.

Click here for a schedule of planned closures due to building works, maintenance and special events.


What You Need To Know

  • Before The Hike
    • Meet and greet with your experienced guide
    • Guide will load 1-day Scenic Lift Access onto your MyThredbo card
  • Departure time: 8.50am outside Valley Terminal at the large Walks & Hikes map. View map
  • Finish: approx 2.15pm
  • Distance: 13km return. Walking from 1,927m to 2,228m elevation.
  • Grade 3 Walk: Suitable for most ages. The track is on an elevated metal grate, part paved along the way. At the end there’s a short steep section.
  • Please be aware that guided hikes go ahead in most weather conditions. Check the weather here.

We recommend checking the weather before you head out and to pack for all weather conditions.

  • Waterproof/windproof jacket, rain pants are also recommended.
  • A warm layer, fleece or wool is ideal.
  • Minimum 1L of water per person.
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Enclosed walking shoes, preferably boots with good socks.
  • Snacks.
  • Gloves and a warm hat.
  • Camera.
  • Any medication that might be needed (eg. Ventolin).

If you are on a guided hike, it’s important to let your guide know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions (such as motion sickness, fear of heights, heart conditions, pregnancy, asthma and musculoskeletal issues) prior to the walk. This will help us cater the walk to your needs and make your trip more enjoyable.

Thredbo Guided Hikes reserves the right to cancel a hike at any time.

This may be due to but not limited to any of the following:

  • Lightning
  • Winds over 70km/hour
  • Extreme weather conditions: fire, rain, hail or snow
  • Poor air quality
  • Medical incident

In the event that a hike is cancelled prior to the commencement date, a full refund will be issued. No refund will be issued if the hike is cancelled or the goal of the hike is not met during the activity.

We encourage guests to Leave No Trace and observe the Hiking Responsibility Code:

  • Pack a reusable water bottle – our guides will point out the refill station at the bottom of the chairlifts
  • Dispose of all waste properly – no bins are located on hiking trails; all waste is to be disposed in appropriate locations across Thredbo Village
  • Travel on durable surfaces – remain on designated walking tracks or travel on surfaces which can tolerate trampling. Much of the alpine ecosystem is fragile and cannot recover from trampling
  • Leave what you find – do not pick or remove anything natural
  • Respect wildlife – appreciate wildlife through quiet and observation from afar
  • Be considerate of hosts and other visitors – remain on left hand side of hiking trails to allow for 2-way traffic and others to pass. Do not play music aloud when hiking.

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Thredbo sits on the traditional land of the Monero – Ngarigo people who have looked after this land, water and community for over 60,000 years. We thank them for all they have done and continue to do to look after their country, a special place which we all love and respect.

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