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Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko (3 days winter camping)
Standing at 2,228 m (7,310ft), Mt Kosciuszko is the highest mountain on the Australian mainland. While it requires no technical climbing skills, an ascent of Kosciuszko is a notable achievement and reaching the summit in winter is a solid challenge! The views of the surrounding landscape are absolutely breathtaking and make you feel very small. Keep an eye out for Mount Townsend, officially only 18 metres lower than Mt Kosciuszko!

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 13 kms
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Reasonable level of fitness is required.
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Duration: 3 days
Attitude gain: 2 228 m
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Technically not a difficult climb.
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1. Easy
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude up to 3000 meters. Easy, mostly walking terrain. Good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for those who have never climbed a mountain and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude of up to 3000 meters with some technical elements. Mostly walking terrain. Requires an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day. Steeper slopes, many crevasses. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day. Continuously steep terrain, wall passages that require great commitment. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Extremely challenging climbs for experienced mountaineers, high altitudes up to 8848 meters. Requires extremely high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as great practical experience of technical mountaineering.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy climbs with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary. No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.

2. Intermediate
Good navigational skills and efficient rope handling required, long climbing sections. Basic experience in using crampons and ice axes is required.

3. Advanced
Good sense of orientation en route, efficient rope handling, long climbs, requires securing at halting-points. Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.

4. Professional
Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation

The best places to find accommodation in the Snowy Mountains to climb Mount Kosciuszko are Jindabyne, Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass. During the camping we are going to live in tents, so don't forget to take one! If you don't have a tent - you have an option to rent it, just tell your guide beforehand!
Meals

This camping can teach you a lot, not only how to survive, but also how to prepare for such trips. You will need to take food for yourself - enough, but not to much, enough, but not too heavy. Your guide will help you with that! Also, you can check the approximate food plan in FAQ
Your guide

We will provide you with an an experienced guide, who will make you some excellent photographs, tell you interesting stories and be your mate these days.
All our guides are certified by Mountain Planet experts for their experience and quality services.


How hard it is

Climbing and camping on Mount Kosciuszko requires no technical climbing skills, moreover, you'll get a chance to learn basic alpine survival skills. Yet a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Transfers

Jindabyne is best reached by car or bus. The nearest airport and railway station are in Canberra. It takes 2.5 hours to drive to Jindabyne from Canberra. Rental cars are available from Canberra airport and city. (Eg Thriftys with NRMA discount in Braddon/ Canberra city is the cheapest)
Medicine & Insurance

Climbing mountains can be risky, this is why it is important to have an insurance that covers expenses related to the work of rescuers in the mountains (rescue work) using a rescue helicopter. Full Liability Insurance (from K7 Adventures) is already included in the price of the tour.

Equipment
Wearing layers of thermal clothing is a good idea, especially light weight/warm/quick dry gear that packs small and can be put on/off easily if the weather changes during the day (not cotton, but wool, polypro & fleece).

Basically, you will need:
- winter down sleeping bag (-11 degrees Comfort Rating minimum),
- winter 4 season tent
- winter sleep mat
- thermal sleeping bag liner
- a waterproof jacket with a hood and over pants,
- waterproof & insulated gloves or mitts (2 pairs),
- lightweight wool or thermal gloves liners (2 pairs),
- medium 200+ weight fleece,
- ski pants (water resistant and thermal/insulated) & or extra heavy thermal pants (not cotton or jeans),
- watertight water bottle – 1 litre capacity that can hold boiling water,
- overnight pack 75 to 85 litre top loader
- knife, fork, spoon, plate and mug (durable and lightweight),
- hand warmers & feet warmers are great if you feel the cold easily

Each of these items can be rented. Just don't forget to write your guide beforehand!

Kosciuszko 3 days Winter Camping options to go

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Private Climbs — Enjoy the Retreat
A climb organized specially for you. The dates are flexible (to certain extend)
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
A$1500 per person
Group Climbs — Meet New Friends
Climbing Kosciuszko with your family, friends or joining a group and making new mates. Group sizes are small - no more than 6 people. This ensures that your guide can spend time with each of you, focusing on your individual needs, interests, and skill levels. From skiing spectacular untracked runs to visiting favourite rocks & scenic lookouts.
from A$650 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
Group tours are available on certain dates. Plus other dates on request.
Show dates
August 11 - 14
August 20 - 23
August 27 - 30
September 1 - 4
September 6 - 11
July 10 - 13
July 17 - 20
July 24 - 27
July 31 - August 3
August 7 - 9
September 13-16
September 18 - 21
September 24 - 27
October 3 - 5
other dates on request

Each option available for customization

Customised snowshoe, alpine or cross country skiing and walking tours can be tailored to suit your requirements
What's included
Fully qualified and experienced mountain guide for 3 days
Full Liability Insurance
Snowshoes, adjustable poles, snow shovels, sit mats & toilet tubes
NPWS guide fees & charges
Instruction in snow craft, snow survival, navigation & photography
Communications, first aid kit, water purification tablets & navigation equipment
Professional digital photographs from our trip
Mt. Kosciuszko Certificate
Kosciuszko Express Chairlift return ride
What's not included
Travel to and from Thredbo
Meals
Accommodation in Thredbo
Personal clothing and equipment
National Park's Visitor/Car entry fee
*From Jindabyne into Kosciuszko National Park entry fee per vehicle is $17 per day or a five day short break pass for $68.
Good to know
What clothes and gear do I need?
Your guide will provide you with the list of equipment required. You will also be able to hire the gear for additional charge.

Basically, you will need:
- a waterproof jacket with a hood and over pants,
- waterproof & insulated gloves or mitts (2 pairs),
- lightweight wool or thermal gloves liners (2 pairs),
- medium 200+ weight fleece,
- ski pants (water resistant and thermal/insulated) & or extra heavy thermal pants (not cotton or jeans),
- watertight water bottle – 1 litre capacity that can hold boiling water,
- winter down sleeping bag (-11 degrees Comfort Rating minimum),
- thermal sleeping bag liner
- knife, fork, spoon, plate and mug (durable and lightweight),
- hand warmers & feet warmers are great if you feel the cold easily
How many food will I need to prepare for camping?
Here are some suggestions to help you prepare for your trip:

Breakfast
Pre-mixed muesli with powdered milk stored in double clip lock bags (approximately ½ cup per day)
Tea bags, coffee sachets

Lunch
Flat bread, Crisp breads or biscuits like cruskits and ryvitas
Fillings/topping such as peanut butter, cheese, salami, salmon/tuna (sachets)

Dinner
Dehydrated meals from camping stores are the lightest and quickest option, with dehydrated peas to bulk up meals for bigger eaters
Sachets of cooked rice with ready to eat Indian foods (Tasty Bite or Food of India) are heavier
Tea bags, coffee sachets, pre-mixed hot chocolate with powdered milk

Snacks
Scroggin mix in a double clip lock bag: a mix of your favourite snacks - mixed nuts, ginger, chocolate bullets, dried fruit
Muesli bars or Anzac biscuits
Salami sticks
Apple/orange (heavier)
Sesame snaps
How do I get to Jindabyne?
Jindabyne is best reached by car or bus. The nearest airport and railway station are in Canberra. It takes 2.5 hours to drive to Jindabyne from Canberra. Rental cars are available from Canberra airport and city. (Eg Thriftys with NRMA discount in Braddon/ Canberra city is the cheapest)

Bus and train services from Canberra, Cooma or Jindabyne are as follows (note that some services are only provided during winter):
Summit Coaches – John Graham 0414-400378
Murrays Buses - www.murrays.com.au
NSW Train Services – www.nswtrainlink.info There is a Canberra-Jindabyne train link
Snow liner Coaches www.snowliner.com.au Cooma to Thredbo and return.
Trans connect - Canberra to Cooma to Jindabyne return 02-6458 4620

From Jindabyne into Kosciuszko National Park entry fee per vehicle is $17 per day or a five day short break pass for $68.
Do I need any vaccines to go to Australia?
No, you don't. There are no necessary vaccines by the law, but you can always consult your physician and take precautious measures, just in case.
Do I need to apply for a visa?
Yes, you do. The Australian Government requires that you have an Australian visa to enter Australia, unless you are an Australian passport holder or qualifying New Zealand passport holder.
Should I get any training?
Usually it's enough to ged cardio twice per week, but the best way to prepare is to hike and hill-walk in the weeks leading up to your departure. You should be comfortable walking for four to eight hours a day. If you want a training plan - drop us an email or a line in What's App.
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