Group-guided

OVERVIEW

The high peaks of Kosciuszko National Park are a mecca for walkers keen to see rugged scenery, masses of spectacular wildflowers and the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, earning it the prestigious UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. The walking is exhilarating yet relatively easy for an alpine environment. The rewards are considerable with spectacular views as you walk each day, mountain fresh air and the sense of completion as you wind your way through the mountains from Wragges Creek to Thredbo.

These mountains were once covered by glaciers that carved exquisite lakes from the granite rock, as well as numerous steep sided valleys. Walk through snowgum woodlands, and colourful alpine meadows and sit enjoying lunch at Kosciusko, by beautiful creeks and the Blue Lake. Follow the Aqueduct Trail, learning about the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme and cross the Snowy River. On the last day, we take the chairlift ride back to the top of Mt Kosciuszko and walk down from the summit to Thredbo via Dead Horse Gap to cap off what is an amazing linear trek through the alps. If you’re after a shorter itinerary, then our 4-day Roof of Australia Long Weekend trip may suit you better.

 

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 3095

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 595

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1

Start at the Vibe Hotel at 9:30am, Canberra Airport at 9:40am or in Canberra CBD at 10am (on London Circuit out front of the museum). Travel to Jindabyne for lunch. Afternoon walk featuring a beautiful section of the Thredbo River, superb wildflowers and a historic hut.

Walking: Easy / 6 km / 2 hrs

Meals: Lunch and two course a la carte dinner in Jindabyne

Accommodation: Lodge accommodation at Jindabyne

DAY 2

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

Walking: Easy to moderate / 17 km / 5-7 hrs / easier 7 -10 km option available

Meals: Continental buffet breakfast, lunch and two course dinner at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 3

Traverse through Blue Cow alpine ski resort to Perisher Valley. Climb to Porcupine Rocks for spectacular views of Crackenback. The ancient snowgum 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. In summer when we walk this track, the wildflowers have to be seen to be believed – fields of snow daisies, alpine buttercups, billy buttons, golden everlastings and unique alpine gentians.

Walking: Moderate / 13 km / 4-6 hrs / easier 8km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course dinner at the Lodge

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 4

This is Man from Snowy River territory; step back in time and visit an historic cattleman’s hut. High above the tree line we’ll learn how delicate plants can thrive in such challenging conditions and gain an insight into the geology of this rugged landscape. Today we walk to Blue Lake, Headley Tarn and Caruthers Saddle. Cross the 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. At lunch, we sit alongside the unique Feldmark plants that occur nowhere else on earth.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 17 km / 5-6.5 hrs / easier 10k m option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course dinner at the Lodge

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 5

Walk to the summit of the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko, a highlight not to be missed. This mountain is a mecca for walkers and you’ll 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 Ash forests and waterfall valleys.

Walking: Moderate / 17 km / 5-6.5 hrs / easier 10 km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course chef prepared dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Thredbo Alpine Village at Boali Lodge with ensuite rooms

DAY 6

Today’s your chance to take the easy way and ride the chairlift up. Our walk descends through fields of alpine wildflowers and snowgum 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. Finish the day with an easy stroll along the banks of the swift Thredbo River as it meanders down to the village.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 14 km / 5-6.5 hrs / easy 10 km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course chef prepared dinner at the Lodge

Accommodation: Thredbo Alpine Village at Boali Lodge with ensuite rooms

DAY 7

After breakfast, we’ll tour back to Canberra airport where the trip finishes at around 1.00pm.

Meals: Cooked breakfast in restaurant and a walkers lunch

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable ensuited accommodation
  • Cooked breakfasts, à la carte dinners and comprehensive walkers lunches
  • All transport to and from Canberra including luggage transport
  • National Park admission
  • Champagne and wine on some nights
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

We stay in high quality ski lodges right in the middle of the park, thus the accommodations are all in memorable locations. More importantly they are very comfortable and provide a great place to relax after a day on the track. All the rooms have ensuites and reflect the alpine regions’ character.

The two course dinners are prepared by professional chefs at Boali and in Jindabyne while the others are expertly prepared by our guides, with the added advantage of welcome drinks on those nights. The area is noted for fresh Snowy Mountains trout and tender high-country beef, and also boasts the highest winery in the country.

Packed walkers lunches and picnics complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. In fact, you can look forward to having lunch on a daily basis at some of the most beautiful alpine locations in Australia. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s trail mix.

Importantly, you start each day with a cooked breakfast – a great way to ready yourself for the upcoming walk.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

GENERAL INFO

The tracks are mostly well cared for, dry and firm this time of year. However, on the odd occasion we have encountered wet portions of track. Most of the walks are moderate. The easier alternative walks are great for first timers. However, the walks often involve challenging walking between 5 to 7 hours each day, across amazing ridgelines, with some steep ascents and descents so the experienced hikers won’t be disappointed. The altitude on this walk is between 1400 to 2228 metres so slopes that you would find easy at home will require a little more effort, This trip operates with two experienced and knowledgeable guides, so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

Pre and post tour accommodation: There are many good hotels in Canberra, however we pick up and drop off at the Vibe Hotel at Canberra Airport and the airport. The tour starts at the Vibe Hotel at 9.30am, Canberra airport at 9.40am or in Canberra CBD at 10am (on London Circuit out front of the museum). The tour finishes in Canberra on the last day at approximately 1pm.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

This mountain environment is about 10 degrees cooler than Sydney. January-February 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. This holiday is not available for the rest of the year due to the likelihood of snow covering the walking tracks.

See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 29 Dec 2019
    FULL
    from

    $3095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $595
  • 5 Jan 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $595

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Customer Reviews

5

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  1. MJK500

    8 February, 2017 at 9:09 AM
    5

    A thoroughly enjoyable week of walking with friends in the Snowy Mountains. As it was a self guided walk we appreciated the detailed walking notes and the organisation provided by Auswalk.The accommodation and food were excellent and our hosts were so friendly and helpful. Thanks Auswalk for taking care of the detail so we could enjoy the walking, stunning views and relaxing every night.

  2. Peter F

    27 January, 2018 at 3:18 AM
    5

    This was my second Auswalk trip. As it was so good that I booked my third Auswalk experience, for later in the year, within a few days of arriving home.
    The foundations of the great week were: my seven wonderful walking colleagues, our two terrific guides Katie and Dan – there were such great vibes between them, the delicious meals, and the interesting and wonderful accommodation. The evenings were a bonus for me – sitting on the big comfortable ski lodge lounge suites, reading a book or sleeping, and sipping Bundy Rum and cokes.
    Oh, and the walking was so varied and interesting. This was my first visit to the Mt Kosciuszko National Park and I was so impressed with the hydro scheme, the ski infrastructure, Thredbo, the terrain, the mountains, the views, the snow gums, and the wildflowers

Overview

OVERVIEW

The high peaks of Kosciuszko National Park are a mecca for walkers keen to see rugged scenery, masses of spectacular wildflowers and the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, earning it the prestigious UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. The walking is exhilarating yet relatively easy for an alpine environment. The rewards are considerable with spectacular views as you walk each day, mountain fresh air and the sense of completion as you wind your way through the mountains from Wragges Creek to Thredbo.

These mountains were once covered by glaciers that carved exquisite lakes from the granite rock, as well as numerous steep sided valleys. Walk through snowgum woodlands, and colourful alpine meadows and sit enjoying lunch at Kosciusko, by beautiful creeks and the Blue Lake. Follow the Aqueduct Trail, learning about the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme and cross the Snowy River. On the last day, we take the chairlift ride back to the top of Mt Kosciuszko and walk down from the summit to Thredbo via Dead Horse Gap to cap off what is an amazing linear trek through the alps. If you’re after a shorter itinerary, then our 4-day Roof of Australia Long Weekend trip may suit you better.

 

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 3095

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 595

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1

Start at the Vibe Hotel at 9:30am, Canberra Airport at 9:40am or in Canberra CBD at 10am (on London Circuit out front of the museum). Travel to Jindabyne for lunch. Afternoon walk featuring a beautiful section of the Thredbo River, superb wildflowers and a historic hut.

Walking: Easy / 6 km / 2 hrs

Meals: Lunch and two course a la carte dinner in Jindabyne

Accommodation: Lodge accommodation at Jindabyne

DAY 2

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

Walking: Easy to moderate / 17 km / 5-7 hrs / easier 7 -10 km option available

Meals: Continental buffet breakfast, lunch and two course dinner at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 3

Traverse through Blue Cow alpine ski resort to Perisher Valley. Climb to Porcupine Rocks for spectacular views of Crackenback. The ancient snowgum 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. In summer when we walk this track, the wildflowers have to be seen to be believed – fields of snow daisies, alpine buttercups, billy buttons, golden everlastings and unique alpine gentians.

Walking: Moderate / 13 km / 4-6 hrs / easier 8km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course dinner at the Lodge

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 4

This is Man from Snowy River territory; step back in time and visit an historic cattleman’s hut. High above the tree line we’ll learn how delicate plants can thrive in such challenging conditions and gain an insight into the geology of this rugged landscape. Today we walk to Blue Lake, Headley Tarn and Caruthers Saddle. Cross the 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. At lunch, we sit alongside the unique Feldmark plants that occur nowhere else on earth.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 17 km / 5-6.5 hrs / easier 10k m option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course dinner at the Lodge

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 5

Walk to the summit of the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko, a highlight not to be missed. This mountain is a mecca for walkers and you’ll 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 Ash forests and waterfall valleys.

Walking: Moderate / 17 km / 5-6.5 hrs / easier 10 km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course chef prepared dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Thredbo Alpine Village at Boali Lodge with ensuite rooms

DAY 6

Today’s your chance to take the easy way and ride the chairlift up. Our walk descends through fields of alpine wildflowers and snowgum 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. Finish the day with an easy stroll along the banks of the swift Thredbo River as it meanders down to the village.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 14 km / 5-6.5 hrs / easy 10 km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course chef prepared dinner at the Lodge

Accommodation: Thredbo Alpine Village at Boali Lodge with ensuite rooms

DAY 7

After breakfast, we’ll tour back to Canberra airport where the trip finishes at around 1.00pm.

Meals: Cooked breakfast in restaurant and a walkers lunch

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable ensuited accommodation
  • Cooked breakfasts, à la carte dinners and comprehensive walkers lunches
  • All transport to and from Canberra including luggage transport
  • National Park admission
  • Champagne and wine on some nights
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

We stay in high quality ski lodges right in the middle of the park, thus the accommodations are all in memorable locations. More importantly they are very comfortable and provide a great place to relax after a day on the track. All the rooms have ensuites and reflect the alpine regions’ character.

The two course dinners are prepared by professional chefs at Boali and in Jindabyne while the others are expertly prepared by our guides, with the added advantage of welcome drinks on those nights. The area is noted for fresh Snowy Mountains trout and tender high-country beef, and also boasts the highest winery in the country.

Packed walkers lunches and picnics complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. In fact, you can look forward to having lunch on a daily basis at some of the most beautiful alpine locations in Australia. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s trail mix.

Importantly, you start each day with a cooked breakfast – a great way to ready yourself for the upcoming walk.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

General Info

GENERAL INFO

The tracks are mostly well cared for, dry and firm this time of year. However, on the odd occasion we have encountered wet portions of track. Most of the walks are moderate. The easier alternative walks are great for first timers. However, the walks often involve challenging walking between 5 to 7 hours each day, across amazing ridgelines, with some steep ascents and descents so the experienced hikers won’t be disappointed. The altitude on this walk is between 1400 to 2228 metres so slopes that you would find easy at home will require a little more effort, This trip operates with two experienced and knowledgeable guides, so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

Pre and post tour accommodation: There are many good hotels in Canberra, however we pick up and drop off at the Vibe Hotel at Canberra Airport and the airport. The tour starts at the Vibe Hotel at 9.30am, Canberra airport at 9.40am or in Canberra CBD at 10am (on London Circuit out front of the museum). The tour finishes in Canberra on the last day at approximately 1pm.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

This mountain environment is about 10 degrees cooler than Sydney. January-February 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. This holiday is not available for the rest of the year due to the likelihood of snow covering the walking tracks.

See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 29 Dec 2019
    FULL
    Details
    from

    $3095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $595
  • 5 Jan 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $3095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $595
Reviews

REVIEWS

Customer Reviews

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  1. MJK500

    8 February, 2017 at 9:09 AM
    5

    A thoroughly enjoyable week of walking with friends in the Snowy Mountains. As it was a self guided walk we appreciated the detailed walking notes and the organisation provided by Auswalk.The accommodation and food were excellent and our hosts were so friendly and helpful. Thanks Auswalk for taking care of the detail so we could enjoy the walking, stunning views and relaxing every night.

  2. Peter F

    27 January, 2018 at 3:18 AM
    5

    This was my second Auswalk trip. As it was so good that I booked my third Auswalk experience, for later in the year, within a few days of arriving home.
    The foundations of the great week were: my seven wonderful walking colleagues, our two terrific guides Katie and Dan – there were such great vibes between them, the delicious meals, and the interesting and wonderful accommodation. The evenings were a bonus for me – sitting on the big comfortable ski lodge lounge suites, reading a book or sleeping, and sipping Bundy Rum and cokes.
    Oh, and the walking was so varied and interesting. This was my first visit to the Mt Kosciuszko National Park and I was so impressed with the hydro scheme, the ski infrastructure, Thredbo, the terrain, the mountains, the views, the snow gums, and the wildflowers

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