climb mount kosciuszko
guided winter ascent of mt kosciuszko, australia's highest mountain
COVID 19 UPDATE
With current restrictions in place and no clear timeframe for their duration, Andrew Lock Adventures cannot guarantee any departures at this time. However we can say that we are happy to take tentative reservations WITHOUT deposit, pending Australian and State Government easing of those restrictions. We'll pencil you in and if the trip is able to proceed , we'll contact you to assess your intent to attend. Booking forms and equipment rental forms will at least enable us to assess interest and the equipment likely to be needed should the adventures proceed.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you've any questions and until the adventures recommence, stay safe!
Climb Mt Kosciuszko, 2228 metres, Australia's highest mountain and one of the Seven Summits - the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.
3 August 2020
17 August 2020
31 August 2020
If these dates don't fit your calendar, please contact Andrew Lock Adventures to arrange a more suitable date. Please note that there are minimum numbers for specially scheduled trips.
Mount Kosciuszko stands at 2228 metres in the Snowy Mountains National Park of NSW, Australia. While not affected by altitude issues it does nonetheless provide a fun and challenging outing during the winter months. It can be ascended in a single day from the nearby ski resorts of Thredbo and Charlotte Pass, although Thredbo is logistically easier to access. You do not need to be an experienced climber to undertake this adventure. Mt Kosciuszko is not a technical climbing peak and can be ascended by virtually anyone with a reasonable degree of fitness.
While not technical however, it is not to be underestimated. Blue skies can quickly give way to whiteout and blizzard conditions and many people have inadvertently become lost and needed rescue. There is no marked route visible in winter as the summer trail is buried beneath snow, ice and sastrugi. Our guides carry all necessary navigation and communication equipment to ensure your safe return.
Our winter guided ascent of Mount Kosciuszko departs from Thredbo ski resort, from which we take the Kosciuszko Express chair lift to the top of the resort and then snowshoe out to Mount Kosciuszko and back on the same day.
We meet at 8.30am at the Valley Terminal ticket office to distribute necessary equipment (snow shoes and ski poles), purchase lift tickets and then catch the chair lift up to the Eagles Nest terminal to the start our adventure.
The last chairlift back down to Thredbo departs from the Eagles Nest terminal shortly after 4pm so our day is timed to have you back well before then.
Meals and accommodation
We suggest that participants bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks but we are also happy to provide these if desired.
As this is a day trip, no accommodation is provided for participants however we are happy to provide information on accommodation options.
Fitness and Prior Experience
While you do not need to be an elite athlete to take part, the day is physical and you will be walking for up to 6 hours on snow shoes while carrying a light day pack containing your lunch, drinks, camera equipment and spare clothing (around 5kg). There is no age restriction but Andrew Lock Adventures reserves the right to decline participation to anyone who we feel may be at undue risk due to health or fitness issues. If you have any concerns about your ability to undertake the trip please contact Andrew Lock Adventures and/or your doctor.
Guiding fees are $400 per person. This includes your Snowshoes, Ski Poles and lift ticket for the day.
Occassionally Snowy Mountains weather can be severe. In this instance, for your safety, Andrew Lock Adventures may need to postpone or cancel the course. If the course is cancelled by Andrew Lock Adventures, all deposits will be fully refunded.
- Highly experienced mountain guide
- Full Liability Insurance
- NPWS guide fees & charges (this doesn’t include the National Park’s Visitor/Car entry fee)
- Kosciuszko express chairlift return ticket
- Communications, first aid kit, water purification tablets, navigation equipment
- Snow shoes, adjustable ski poles
- Disposable biodegradable toilet waste bags
- Travel to and from Thredbo
- Accommodation and meals
- Hire costs of required clothing
- Any other costs not listed under Inclusions
Clothing and Equipment
You must bring the clothing and equipment listed. You can download the required Clothing and Equipment list here.
Andrew Lock is Australia’s most accomplished high altitude mountaineer. He is the only Australian (in fact the only person in the British Commonwealth) to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8000 meter ‘death zone’ mountains, including Mt Everest, twice. He was the first Australian to lead a commercial expedition to Everest’s summit and has been leading treks, mountain climbs, scientific, research and adventure expeditions for more than 25 years from the Arctic to Antarctica and the Himalaya to the Australian outback. He was expedition leader and field training officer on three Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions and has been teaching Alpine and mountain skills for 20 years. Andrew first experienced the alpine environment as a teenager right here in the Australian Snowy Alps and returns every year to pursue his love of back country skiing, climbing and alpine camping.
National Parks Permits and Insurance
The course is run in conjunction with K7 Adventures which has the required National Parks and Wildlife Service permits and libaility insurances. However these do not cover you for accident or injury and you should have your own travel/medical insurance.
Booking a place
To reserve a spot on this course, you must complete both the booking form and liability waiver and return them to Andrew Lock Adventures.
A 50% deposit of the course fee is required to confirm your place. The deposit is required not less than 4 weeks prior to the course.
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