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Park Trek - Snowy Mountains 5 Day Walking Tour

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by Anita Pallas (subscribe)
I'm a blogger living in Wollongong, NSW Australia. I enjoy travelling and exploring my hometown.
Published January 25th 2019
The guided version of Kosciuszko
The tour started in Canberra, so I caught a Murray's bus from Wollongong to Canberra which took 4 hours, to long but it was a nice rest of dozing on and off.

I stayed at the Novotel on Northbourne and was surprised that the only restaurant open was the hotel's, so on I strolled into the mall and had dinner at Vapianos.

The next day we were picked up out the front of the casino by our two Park Trek guides and made our way to Thredbo in our 12 seater bus.

Kosciuszko, walks, Dead Horse Gap
Dead Horse Gap

We stopped at Cooma and viewed the area on the metal model of the snowy region and saw where we would be heading.

From here, we headed to Thredbo, where we were staying at Kiama Lodge. A lodge that was originally started by residents of the town Kiama and their descendants still own and run.

We spent little time at the lodge but it was a nice quiet place with a communal kitchen, which meant we got to speak to the locals (in a matter of speaking).

Thredbo, dead horse gap, kosciuszko
Thredbo River

The first walk was the lower of Dead Horse Gap and we followed Thredbo River back to the Village. It was a nice start to the 5 days.

We had a forecast of rain and thunderstorms, so the guides made the decision to change the itinerary around.

So the next day, we made our way to Perisher Valley then on to Charlottes Pass. We started our walk here and crossed the Snowy River.

Kosciuszko, walks, carruthers peak, charlottes pass, snowy river
Snowy River

We strolled up the hill taking in the rolls of the alpine way stopping for water and snack breaks as we headed towards Carruthers Peak.

As we were ready to take on Carruthers Peak, we were blown away by the wind in the gully as we looked out across the Victorian border.

We lunched at the top of Carruthers Peak.

We made our way back to Charlottes Pass with a detour to Blue Lake.

Kosciuszko, walks, carruthers peak, charlottes pass, snowy river
Blue Lake

The third day saw us on the chairlifts up Mt Kosciuszko then joining the hundreds on the pilgrimage up to the top of the mountain.

As the rains began we made our way down then detoured off Rawsons Pass to Lake Albina for lunch.

It was quite windy and as we made it back to the chairlifts we decided to detour further to the upper Dead Horse Gap.

This was the best decision, even if we had been walking for 8 hours by the end of it.

Kosciuszko, walks, Dead Horse Gap
Mt Kosciuszko

We walked down among the dead snow gums to get a lift at the bottom back to the village.

The fourth day saw us back in Perisher Valley, where we walked the Porcupine Rocks.

The view was amazing as we saw all the way to Jindabyne. It was another splendid view of the alpine range.

We lunched at Rainbow Lake and probably escaped in the nick of time from the rain.

Kosciuszko, walks, Dead Horse Gap
Porcupine Rocks

Before we headed back to Thredbo, we followed the Waterfall Track and made a quick stop at Kosciuszko education centre which reinforced everything we had already seen but clarified anything we didn't believe.

The next day saw us walk from Ngairgo Campground on the Thredbo Valley Trail passed the Diggins and through to Lake Crackenback.

It was a short walk but one of the hardest as it was the hottest.

Kosciuszko, walks, carruthers peak, charlottes pass, snowy river
Rainbow Lake

Park Trek was a good company to walk with but I felt we were rushed in our walks as the guides were the driver and chefs.

In all, it was a good trip and saw the amazing features of the alpine range. I must say I was thinking about camping the ten peaks later in the year but am glad I did this as I have never been camping before and it would have been a waste of my time. It was just too windy for camping.
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Why? Guided walk
Where: Kosciuszko National Park
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