Group-guided

OVERVIEW

The wild and ruggedly beautiful Snowy Mountains contains all of Australia’s highest peaks. Traverse the most spectacular tracks in the Australian Alps, staying overnight in secluded ski villages right in the middle of the park.

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 snowgum 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. As we walk from village to village, classic views dominate, some of them are simply just astonishing.

The ascent of the highest mountain in Australia, via the Blue Lake and Caruthers Saddle, Mt Kosciuszko is one of Australia’s most epic walks. On the last day, we take the chairlift ride back to the top and walk down to Thredbo via Dead Horse Gap to cap off what is an amazing unbroken linear trek through the Alps.

This is a world class, fully inclusive experience where you will be supported all the way. At the end of each day you’ll have the luxury of having a hot shower, a two course dinner and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. Then rise refreshed and primed for each day’s fabulous pack free walking. With two experienced guides providing the flexibility to walk at a pace that suits you.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
4 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 1850

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 325

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 1

Pick up in Canberra is at 8:30am at the Vibe Hotel or 8:45am at Canberra Airport, then drive to the start of the walk. We begin by walking to Guthega via one of the many aqueduct trails, learning about the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme as we go. Marvel at one of the greatest engineering feats in the world – the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme. It was 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 / 11km / 4-4.5 hrs / varied terrain including grassy walking and 4WD tracks / altitude might take some getting used to, so we’ll take it slowly

Meals: Walkers lunch and two course dinner with a glass of wine or two

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 2

Guthega to Perisher plus an option to Porcupine Rocks. Today we traverse through Blue Cow alpine ski resort to Perisher Valley. This region has earned prestigious UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. 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.

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.

Walking: Moderate / 13 km / approx. 4.5-5.5 hrs / including choice of easier or harder option along the way / varied terrain including grassy tracks, narrow foot tracks, 4WD tracks and an optional off-track section, including some steep bits

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course dinner with a glass of wine or two

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 3

Did you know that Australia has glacial lakes? You’ll see several on this walk above the tree-line. Cross our famous Snowy River to Blue Lake, 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. We class this walk as challenging but well worth it as this is the most epic way to the summit of the highest mountain in Australia – Mt Kosciuszko. This mountain is a mecca for walkers and you’ll share the summit with people from all over the world. Incidentally the 360 degree 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.

Walking: Moderate / 19 km / 6-7 hrs / all uphill or downhill with the gradient varying from gentle to quite steep / a shorter walk to Kosciuszko is available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course chef prepared dinner in the lodge restaurant with a glass of wine or two

Accommodation: Boali Thredbo Village with ensuite rooms

DAY 4

Take the easy way and ride the chairlift up. Today’s 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 and completes this epic 4-day walk. We then travel back to Canberra arriving around 5PM.

Walking: Easy / 10km / 3-4hrs / start with a very short gentle climb followed by a long gentle downhill section, the rest of the walking is undulating

Meals: Chef prepared cooked breakfast in the lodge restaurant and a walkers lunch

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

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

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

For three nights, we stay at excellent ski lodges right inside the park. This allows us to walk in and out of the accommodations on some of the days. At Smiggin Holes we have exclusive use of the lodge and at Thredbo this is very likely as well. All of the rooms have ensuites.

Breakfasts are all cooked and continental and are great preparation for the upcoming days walk. Each day you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch, more importantly you’ll get to eat it at fabulous locations on the track. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a w rap, 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. Dinners at Smiggin Holes are an elaborate two course affair and includes wine. The two course dinner at Boali restaurant in Thredbo also includes a glass of wine or two and is prepared by their fabulous chefs.

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

GENERAL INFO

We have graded the walking on this trip as moderate to challenging. The walking on the first and last days is relatively easy. The second day is moderate and the third somewhat challenging at 19 km. However, we consider this walk very achievable and would not offer it otherwise. Importantly, this trip operates with two 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 8.30am and the airport at 8.45am. The tour finishes in Canberra on the last day at approximately 5.00pm.

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
  • 31 Jan 2020
    ALMOST FULL
    from

    $1850

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $325
  • 29 Jan 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1925

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $340
Overview

OVERVIEW

The wild and ruggedly beautiful Snowy Mountains contains all of Australia’s highest peaks. Traverse the most spectacular tracks in the Australian Alps, staying overnight in secluded ski villages right in the middle of the park.

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 snowgum 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. As we walk from village to village, classic views dominate, some of them are simply just astonishing.

The ascent of the highest mountain in Australia, via the Blue Lake and Caruthers Saddle, Mt Kosciuszko is one of Australia’s most epic walks. On the last day, we take the chairlift ride back to the top and walk down to Thredbo via Dead Horse Gap to cap off what is an amazing unbroken linear trek through the Alps.

This is a world class, fully inclusive experience where you will be supported all the way. At the end of each day you’ll have the luxury of having a hot shower, a two course dinner and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. Then rise refreshed and primed for each day’s fabulous pack free walking. With two experienced guides providing the flexibility to walk at a pace that suits you.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
4 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 1850

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 325

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 1

Pick up in Canberra is at 8:30am at the Vibe Hotel or 8:45am at Canberra Airport, then drive to the start of the walk. We begin by walking to Guthega via one of the many aqueduct trails, learning about the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme as we go. Marvel at one of the greatest engineering feats in the world – the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme. It was 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 / 11km / 4-4.5 hrs / varied terrain including grassy walking and 4WD tracks / altitude might take some getting used to, so we’ll take it slowly

Meals: Walkers lunch and two course dinner with a glass of wine or two

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 2

Guthega to Perisher plus an option to Porcupine Rocks. Today we traverse through Blue Cow alpine ski resort to Perisher Valley. This region has earned prestigious UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. 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.

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.

Walking: Moderate / 13 km / approx. 4.5-5.5 hrs / including choice of easier or harder option along the way / varied terrain including grassy tracks, narrow foot tracks, 4WD tracks and an optional off-track section, including some steep bits

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course dinner with a glass of wine or two

Accommodation: Altitude Lodge Smiggin Holes with ensuite rooms

DAY 3

Did you know that Australia has glacial lakes? You’ll see several on this walk above the tree-line. Cross our famous Snowy River to Blue Lake, 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. We class this walk as challenging but well worth it as this is the most epic way to the summit of the highest mountain in Australia – Mt Kosciuszko. This mountain is a mecca for walkers and you’ll share the summit with people from all over the world. Incidentally the 360 degree 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.

Walking: Moderate / 19 km / 6-7 hrs / all uphill or downhill with the gradient varying from gentle to quite steep / a shorter walk to Kosciuszko is available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course chef prepared dinner in the lodge restaurant with a glass of wine or two

Accommodation: Boali Thredbo Village with ensuite rooms

DAY 4

Take the easy way and ride the chairlift up. Today’s 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 and completes this epic 4-day walk. We then travel back to Canberra arriving around 5PM.

Walking: Easy / 10km / 3-4hrs / start with a very short gentle climb followed by a long gentle downhill section, the rest of the walking is undulating

Meals: Chef prepared cooked breakfast in the lodge restaurant and a walkers lunch

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

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

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

For three nights, we stay at excellent ski lodges right inside the park. This allows us to walk in and out of the accommodations on some of the days. At Smiggin Holes we have exclusive use of the lodge and at Thredbo this is very likely as well. All of the rooms have ensuites.

Breakfasts are all cooked and continental and are great preparation for the upcoming days walk. Each day you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch, more importantly you’ll get to eat it at fabulous locations on the track. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a w rap, 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. Dinners at Smiggin Holes are an elaborate two course affair and includes wine. The two course dinner at Boali restaurant in Thredbo also includes a glass of wine or two and is prepared by their fabulous chefs.

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

General Info

GENERAL INFO

We have graded the walking on this trip as moderate to challenging. The walking on the first and last days is relatively easy. The second day is moderate and the third somewhat challenging at 19 km. However, we consider this walk very achievable and would not offer it otherwise. Importantly, this trip operates with two 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 8.30am and the airport at 8.45am. The tour finishes in Canberra on the last day at approximately 5.00pm.

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

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 31 Jan 2020
    ALMOST FULL
    Details
    from

    $1850

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $325
  • 29 Jan 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1925

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $340

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