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Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 18 November

Posted on 18 Nov, 2021 in Hikes Track Report

Track Report by Rachael Schultz | Guest Services Outdoor Operations Manager

This week Mother Nature reminded us that conditions in the mountains can change swiftly.

THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO SUMMIT

The iconic walk to summit Mt Kosciuszko should be undertaken with caution at this time as much of the terrain above 1900metres is still covered in snow. Five sizeable snow drifts remain between the Kosciuszko Lookout and Mt Kosciuszko summit which can prolong travel time from Thredbo return. Due to the steep nature of the snow drifts, passing other hikers can be challenging, hiking poles for additional stabilisation when crossing is recommended. It should be noted the Rawsons Pass toilet block remains closed at this stage.

Lake Cootapatamba surrounded by snow

  

Snow crossing ahead to summit

 

Single track crossing

ALPINE FLORA & FAUNA  

As the wind dips and snow melts, Common Eastern Froglets can be heard singing all the way to the summit. The distinctive ‘crick, crick, crick’ sounds similar to the call of a cricket with females being able to lay up to 150 eggs. Their tadpoles can later be spotted in alpine pools of water alongside the track. Marsh Marigolds tucked under the snowmelt and the yellow, gold of Felted Buttercups bloom amongst Gunn’s Alpine Buttercup.

Common Eastern Froglet

 

Alpine Marsh Marigolds under snowmelt

THREDBO VALLEY

The snowfall earlier this week blanketed the Riverside walk and fed the already swollen and rapidly cascading Thredbo River. Amongst the tangled yellows and purples of the Leafy Bossiaea and Mountain Hovea, Dusty Daisy-bush and Swamp Heath bloom across the valley. The lowers tracks have some muddy areas but is now, once again clear of snow.

Thredbo River – 15.11.21

 

Thredbo River – 18.11.21

 

Dusty Daisy-bush

 

Mountain Hovea & Leafy Bossiaea

To make the most of lift operating hours and hiking opportunities check out the lift and trail status here.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them their cultures, and Elders past, present and emerging.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about how you can hike the amazing alpine with Thredbo’s local knowledgeable guides click here

For more information please contact Thredbo Guided Hikes at guides_thredbo@evt.com 

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