The Mount Kosciuszko Summit trek begins at Charlotte Pass, in the Kosciuszko National Park alpine area. To reach there, take Kosciuszko Road out of Jindabyne and follow the signs to Perisher and Charlotte Pass. Charlotte Pass Village is around 40 kilometers from Jindabyne and takes approximately 30 minutes to go there. There are a number of things to see and do in Charlotte Pass Village.
The summit of Mount Kosciuszko is at 1,236 meters above sea level and can be reached by following the marked trail through the Alpine Valley. The trail starts near the Charlotte Pass Information Centre and goes up through dwarf mallee forest and then open moorland. At the end of the moorland is a rocky ridge with views in all directions. From here you can see as far as the Blue Mountains on a clear day.
You can continue walking along the ridge line towards Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko (2298 m). However, this section of the walk is quite strenuous and not recommended for people who aren't used to high levels of altitude. The best time to visit Mount Kosciuszko is between April and October when the weather is good and the views are not obscured by clouds or snow.
Driving up to Charlotte Pass is also an excellent option for those who don't want to walk up the mountain. This route takes about an hour and forty-five minutes without stopping.
A ascending ride along Kosciuszko Road's cemented surface to stunning vistas of the main range. The Summit Trail connects Charlotte Pass to Rawson Pass. A moderate ride beginning at Smiggin Holes. This is also a good grade 5 hike. The trail begins behind the Charlotte Pass Information Center and goes up through old-growth forest to an elevation of 4,899 feet.
There are several other trails that lead to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko. They are all listed on official New South Wales maps. It is recommended to check with a local trail guide before setting out onto unknown territory because some of these trails can get very dangerous if you go into remote areas without a guide. Horses are not allowed on certain parts of the mountain due to risk of rock slides and other hazards so check with a ranger station before heading out.
The best time to visit is between April and October when it is not too hot or cold. There are facilities for camping near the trailhead and at least one hostel that will let you stay over night. No matter what type of accommodation you choose, make sure to bring a torch for after dark.
Riding along the road up to the peak was originally built by the Australian Army as a supply route during World War II. After the war ended, soldiers used their vehicle tracks on the side of the mountain to transport coal from Black Mountain to Sydney.
This page contains all of the practical information you need to know about the Mount Kosciuszko Summit hike. How to get there: In the winter, between June and October long weekends, all 2WD vehicles must have snow chains on: the road is only passable with four-wheel drive. In the summer, a permit is required for this trail.
The journey up to the top of Mount Kosciuszko is one of the most scenic in Australia. As you climb higher, the vegetation changes from green trees and shrubs to white bluffs and rock formations. The wind often howls high up on the mountain, making it feel like you're standing in the middle of nowhere. There are no towns or houses anywhere near the trail, which makes the experience even more surreal.
At the top of the mountain, you will find historic monuments and clues about ancient people who lived in this region thousands of years ago. You can also see vast areas that were burned during bushfires.
Mt. Kosciuszko is part of the Great Dividing Range, a range of mountains and hills that runs parallel to the Australian coast. These ranges create a barrier against tropical weather systems so the region usually has very stable conditions year round.
Mt. Kosciuszko is actually three separate peaks located close together.