The Snowy Mountains Highlights:
The 690000 hectares of Snowy Mountains contains all of Australia’s highest mountains. We manage to traverse the absolute best of the Australian Alps by walking everyday and staying overnight in secluded ski villages right in the middle of the Park.
The walking is exhilarating but also relatively easy for a mountain environment. If you need to ramp it up we can offer options that will increase the walking.
We start by walking one of the many aqueduct trails, learning about the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme as we go. As you ascend you’ll learn how delicate plants can thrive in such challenging conditions and gain an insight into the geology of this rugged landscape. As we walk from Village to Village classic views dominate, some of them are simply just astonishing.
These mountains were once covered by glaciers that carved 5 exquisite lakes from the granite rock, as well as numerous steep sided valleys.The national park is snow covered from May to November. But when the winter snows melt the high peaks of Kosciuszko National Park become the Mecca for walkers keen to see the rugged scenery, masses of spectacular wildflowers and of course hike the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.
On this walk you will see an ancient landscape carved out by receding glaciers of the last Ice Age, enjoy lunch beside the Blue Lake and walk through snow gum woodlands and colourful alpine meadows. In summer the wildflowers have to be seen to be believed. Brumbies roam the mountain sides and there’s a possibility of spotting one.
The ascent of the highest mountain in Australia, via Caruthers Saddle, Mt Kosciuszko is one of Australia’s most epic walks. On the last day we ride the chairlift ride back to the top and walk down back to Thredbo via Dead Horse Gap to cap off what is an amazing trek through the Alps.
This trip starts and finishes in Canberra.
This is an inn-to-inn walk, progressing from one alpine village to the next, as a result there’s less time spent in a vehicle and more time to enjoy the region. The walking is mostly moderate but altitudes between 1400 and 2228 metres can leave you short of breath. The chairlift at Thredbo assists with one major ascent and descent. This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.
For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.
Two guides, all transport from Canberra, 3 nights’ accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, chairlift rides, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case & info pack.
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).
This mountain environment is about 10 degrees cooler than Sydney. December to March is usually warm and the alpine wildflowers are at their best. December & March are usually cool to mild. By April the conditions usually start to deteriorate.
See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.
The area is noted for fresh Snowy Mountains trout and tender high country beef, and also boasts the highest winery in the country.
Pick up in Canberra 8:30am at airport or the Vibe Hotel, drive to the start of the walk, via the aqueduct trail to Guthega.
Marvel at one of the greatest engineering feats in the world – the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme built in the 1950s and 60s to change the direction of the rivers and provide water for 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.
Accommodation: Smiggin Holes
Guthega to Perisher plus option Porcupine Rocks.
Traverse through Blue Cow alpine ski resort to Perisher Valley. Climb to Porcupine Rocks for spectacular views of Crackenback. 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.
Accommodation: Smiggin Holes
Did you know 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 an icy lake. Watch out for sphagnum bogs – large mossy plants that hold six times their weight in water then slowly release it into the alpine streams.
Walk to the summit of the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko, incidentally the views along the way are a highlight not to be missed. 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 ash forests and waterfall valleys.
Accommodation: Thredbo Alpine Village
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. Will you be one of the lucky ones to see wild brumbies roaming the plains? Walk quietly in this special, pristine place. An easy stroll along the banks of the swift Thredbo River as it meanders down to the village completes this epic 4 day walk.