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Women's Mount Kosciuszko Hiking Trip // 22nd - 25th November 2021

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Summary

Join us for a 4 day women’s adventure to reach the highest point in Australia and explore the Snowy Mountains region.

The Snowy Mountains and surrounds are known for their snow-capped mountains, but that’s only part of the story.

The diverse landscape offers the perfect mixture of hiking trails during the warmer months.

During three selected walks, this trip explores stunning alpine landscapes, including a summit to the highest peak in Australia - Mount Kosciuszko.

At night, kick up your feet and enjoy a the Lake Crackenback Resort with one resturant dinner and two group dinners in the chalets prepared by your guides.

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Details

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Undertake the highest peak in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko
  • Be awed by unrivaled views of the main range in the Snowy mountains
  • Enjoy a fully supported hiking trip with healty meals and beautiful accommodation
  • Escape the masses on a women’s trip with a like-minded supportive group

DETAILS:

  • Date: Monday 22nd- Thursday 25th November 2021
  • Meeting time: Meeting at 2.30pm at Lake Crackenback Resort in main chalet (we will provide directions closer to the trip)
  • Finish time: 10am Thursday 25th November
  • Numbers: 12 women
  • Grade 3/4: Hard/challenging with steep hills. A good level of fitness is required
  • Ages: Women over 18 years only
  • Accommodation: Twin share
  • Price: $1600 pp inc GST
  • Deposit: $250 non-refundable. Women booking outside NSW are aware of current border closers due to Covid-19. Please read our terms and conditions for more information

* Women must be prepared for a variety of weather conditions, including snow, high winds, rain and sections of ice on the ground. Before booking, check you have appropriate clothing for a range of weather conditions. 

The Itinerary may alter due to varied weather conditions. If one day is looking more suitable for a summit hike, we will alter the itinerary to reach the summit on the most appropriate weather window. High winds, rain and snow may change our plans where needed and we will always update the group after checking in with National Parks. 


GIVING BACK

Women Want Adventure is committed to support the Not for Profit - Room to Read. For each woman attending, we donate a portion of your booking to support a girl so that she can can progress with her education. It costs $365 to support a girl for one year, giving her access to a mentor, financial & academic support and life skills training so that she can make better decisions when she leaves school. Thank you for being part of our community, to help others.

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

  • Arrival at 2.30pm at Lake CrackenBack resort to meet the group
  • Group trip breifing at 3.15pm in main chalet
  • Enjoy an afternoon walk to stretch your legs by Thredbo River on the Bullocks Flat walk (2 hours)


After your hike, enjoy a resturant dinner at the Cuisine Perched over Lake Crackenback at 6.45pm. At dinner, your guide will brief you on the following days walk and get you prepared for the walks ahead.

Meals: Afternoon tea on arrial & Resturant dinner (Drinks not included)

After a delicious chalet breakfast prepared by your guide, we make our way via car convoy to Charlottes Pass for the start of the days hike. This is a one hour drive, so make sure you have petrol in your car.


There are bathrooms located at Charlottes Pass.



Today we head along the wide gravel track and explore part of the Main Range Trail. The track crosses over creeks and rivers, with fun rock-hops, before exploring the path between granite boulders as we climb the peaks. It's a steep 410m to Carruthers Peak with inclines and declines along the way.



After 1.5 hours of hiking, we pass via the stunning Blue Lake and rest for morning tea. Blue Lake is a glacial lake in the alpine area. At 28m deep, this lake was formed when glaciers, flowing from the Great Dividing Range, converged and carved out a basin in the rock.

Once we reach Carruthers Peak, we'll stop for lunch and take time for the alpine views. Carruthers Peak is a prominent mountain that is found along the Main Range track, from which you can see great views down over Club Lake and out across the valley to Charlotte Pass.

After our bellies are full, we return via the same trail back to our cars at Charlottes Pass.


  • Start time: Leaving from Lake Crackenback Resort at 7.30am
  • Duration: 6.5 hours out hiking
  • Return to resort: Between 4-5pm
  • Total Elevation: 410m
  • Grade: Hard
  • Hiking poles: Highly recommended
  • Meals: Breakast, snacks, lunch, afternoon nibbles & dinner in main chalet

Today the group will wake up to breakfast prepared by our guides before driving the Thredbo Village for the chairlift ride on the Kosi Express.

It’s an early start to get first lifts at 9am on the chairlift to the top of Thredbo ski fields. From here, we walk to the peak of Australia for the highest and most delicious morning tea, before returning via Deadhorse Gap Trail with spectacular views across the snowy mountains range. Enjoy the surrounding views, creeks and outlooks on this stunning walk.

Today is a long and hard walk (23km). Women must be prepared for the 23km day. Our guides will ensure you have enough water and food before setting out. If you do not wish to walk the Dead Horse Gap section, you can take the chairlist back down the Thredbo Village and either drive back to the resort or wait for the group to return.

Once we reach the bottom of Dead Horse Gap, we return via the flat trail which follows a beautiful shaded area all the way back to our starting point. 

On return to Lake CrackenBack Resort, kick up your feet and enjoy a dinner prepared by your guides in the evening in one of the chalets with well deserved drinks included.

  • Start time: Leaving from Lake Crackenback Resort at 8.30am
  • Duration: 8 hours out hiking
  • Return to resort: Between 5-5.30pm
  • Total Elevation: 459m
  • Grade: Hard, gradual incline, stepper decline with steps on Dead Horse Gap Trail
  • Hiking poles: Highly recommended
  • Meals: Breakast, snacks, lunch, afternoon nibbles dinner and wine

Today is our last morning together, and what better way to celebrate the trip than with a group breakfast. Your guides will serve up a hearty breakfast and farewell the group.

If your legs are feeling up for it, we recommend a short stoll by the lake before breakfast.

Check out is at 10am.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 3 night (twin-share) accommodation in 3 bedroom chalets
  • 3 hikes
  • All meals on trip (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and trail snacks)
  • Hot tea and coffee on the trails and at accommodation
  • Nibbles each evening
  • Wine provided on the last night
  • Professional Outdoor Recreation Qualifed female guide
  • National Park user fees
  • Chairlift passes
  • Welcome gift
  • Car paid entrey is included
  • Emergency communication (PLB-Sat phone)
  • Photos of your trip posted in our priviate Facebook group post trip
EXCLUDED:
  • Travel to Lake Crackenback Resort
  • Transport to start of trail heads (we convey each day)
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages at resturant
  • Items of personal nature

Grading

Grading: Challenging

This trip is graded 3-4 (hard & challenging) which is under the NSW National Parks grading system. The hikes are suitable for women who have good mobility and a base level of walking and hiking fitness. We strongly advise women are comfortable walking up steep hills and longer distances (up to 23km on the longest day). Tracks have steep mountain sections a rough surface and many steps.

Please bring your hiking poles with you are additional support. Walking may be over 7 hours on some days.

Reviews

Rosemary Milsom 01/04/2021
    5 / 5 rating

Best time with an amazing group!

What a stunning weekend in the Snowy Mountains. My first trip with Women Want Adventure and it couldnt have been more wonderful. Thanks to guides Tracy and Molly - and a fabulous group of women. Ill be back!!!
Maree Bisby 07/01/2021
    5 / 5 rating

LOVED this adventure so much!!!

Never had I thought Mt Kosciusko was on my bucket list, Women Want Adventure opened my eyes to a world of adventure and possibilities. I felt 100% supported and confident in my ability to complete the climb, which was only enhanced by their encouragement and enthusiasm. Women Want Adventure is a life changer, it has given me confidence to meet like minded women and know it's okay to go solo.

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