Wrap Up: Climbing Mt Kosciusko

View over the Snowy Mountains near Mt Kosciusko in Australia
View over the Snowy Mountains near Mt Kosciusko in Australia

Back in 2008 I was inspired to do a bushwalk to the highest ten peaks in Australia, including the highest peak of Mt Kosciusko.

I managed to get a group together, we planned, we trained – but on the weekend before we were due to depart blizzard conditions set in and we decided that it would be a stupid thing to proceed with the ten peaks walk.  We were still in Sydney so we made a decision to do the more challenging Six Foot Track in the Blue Mountains instead and we had a fabulous time with good weather.

At the time little did I know that I was already pregnant with our third child and the opportunity to try to do the walk again never materialised.

Fast forward to 2014 and as described in Planning a Mini Road Trip: Canberra and the Snowy Mountains we now have the opportunity to potentially climb to the top of Mt Kosciusko during our September mini road trip if the weather plays nice.

View over the Snowy Mountains near Mt Kosciusko in Australia
View over the Snowy Mountains near Mt Kosciusko in Australia

So I have also been inspired to do some more research into the walk and decided to share with you some of the great stories and photos I have found.  Plus if you are interested in the ten peaks walk I have also included the original article which inspired me back in 2008.

Aussie ABC: M is for Mount Kosciuszko

Marion Halliday, otherwise known as RedNomadOz, is the author of the Amazing Australian Adventures travel blog.  Marion shares the amusing story of her walk to the Mt Kosciusko summit, which also features in her newly published Aussie Loos With Views book as the location of the highest scenic public toilet in Australia!  You can see more about Marion in her TV interview on Channel 7 Sunrise.

‘Good on ya, love,’ a bloke sang out, one of a trio of pensioners trotting past me as I trudged wearily up the last slight steady impossibly steep incline before the Mt Kosciuszko lookout. Leaving the summit behind I only had 2km of the 13 km (8 miles) round trip summit hike to go, and altitude sickness was kicking in.

At least, that’s the only way I can explain the shortness of breath that had turned this last uphill stretch into a taxing climb.  Read more about Marion’s ‘trek’ to the top of Mt Kosciusko…

The Summit of Mount Kosciusko, The highest point in Australia

Gary Arndt from the Everything Everywhere travel blog shares a fantastic photo from the top of Mt Kosciusko.  Hopefully the weather will be as good for us on the day we hopefully climb it!

The Summit of Mount Kosciusko, the highest point in Australia. Technically one of the “seven summits”, the highest points on the seven continents, it is a very easy walk to the summit. Most of the vertical distance can be done via a ski lift.  See Gary’s amazing photo from Mt Kosciusko…

Lake Albina in the Snowy Mountains, near Mt Kosciusko in Australia
Lake Albina in the Snowy Mountains, near Mt Kosciusko in Australia

Summer Adventure in Thredbo NSW

Filip Bartkowiak shares some fabulous photos of the walk to the top of Mt Kosciusko on the Australian Geographic Outdoor magazine website.

Thredbo is as adventurous and welcoming in summer as it is in winter.  See Filip’s lovely photos of the walk to the top of Mt Kosciusko…

The Perfect Mountain 10

And finally, here is the article from Andrew Bain which initially inspired me to want to complete the Australian ten highest peaks walk.

Australia’s highest peaks are all within sight of each other. Andrew Bain gave himself three days to conquer them.

In the mountaineering world, Australia is considered to have only hills and climbers attempting the Seven-Summit challenge – notching up the highest peaks of every continent – choose Papua’s Carstensz Pyramid, and not Mount Kosciuszko, for the Oceania region.

Inevitably, then, Australia’s mountains are a place of lesser challenge but greater invite. One such challenge that has long leapt out at me from maps is the 10-Summit Walk, along the tops of Australia’s highest peaks – in a single outing. Bold in gesture, it is less so in reality. Draw a circle eight kilometres around Mount Kosciuszko, and the peaks are inside it, bunched like grapes. Climb one and you appear almost to be atop the next.

Unlike the Seven Summits climb, which can take a lifetime, I figured I’d need just three days.

It’s an easy start with the chairlift rising out of the village of Thredbo taking Craig and I to the upper station. The climb to Australia’s apex, Mount Kosciuszko, then continues on pavers. Within two kilometres comes the first view of the mountain that, in name, eclipses all others, though from here it looks little more than a hillock striped with an unseasonable snowpack.  Read more about Andrew’s journey to conquer Australia’s ten highest mountain peaks…


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  • Hi and thank you for featuring my Mt Kosciuszko story! I hope it inspires more people to try the climb – if I can do it, almost ANYONE can!! It’s a great achievement and the views are spectacular! I’ll cross my fingers that you can do it yourself Anne. See you on the summit, sometime!!

    • Annabel, thanks for your comment. Your book sounds great! Does that mean you have to climb most of the Glasshouse Mountains? That would be fun. I hope we manage to get to the top but only time and weather will tell…

  • Interesting fact – the mountain is named after a famous Polish revolutionary who fought for Polish independence against the Russian Empire. Seems like there will be more of that sometime in the future.

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