Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 13km

  • Duration: 4.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Unnamed Road, Kosciuszko National Park

  • End: Unnamed Road, Kosciuszko National Park

  • Location: Kosciuszko National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 499 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -36.4713883333332

  • Longitude: 148.27238

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Kosciuszko walk – Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko is a 13km, grade 3 return hike, located in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 4.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

If you’re visiting Kosciuszko National Park in the warmer months, a walk to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko is a must-do.
Starting at the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift at Thredbo, this popular day walk takes you to the rooftop of Australia. After the scenic chairlift ride, you’ll travel past the rocky granite outcrops of Ramshead Range, and through alpine wildflowers (spring). Stop at the lookout for views of the country’s highest mountain.
The track crosses the headwaters of the Snowy River, before climbing above Lake Cootapatamba and on to Rawson Pass. From here, it’s a gradual climb to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko (2228m). The sweeping 3600 views across the Snowy Mountains and Victorian High Country are sure to wow you. Stay a while to soak in the fresh alpine air, pack a summit snack, and wallow in your sense of achievement, before returning along the track to Thredbo.
Take a virtual tour of Kosciuszko walk – Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko captured with Google Street View Trekker.

About the region

Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
8.30am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.

Getting there

Kosciuszko walk begins at Thredbo Village in Kosciuszko National Park. From Jindabyne:Travel along the Kosciuszko Road and turn left onto Alpine WayTravel 31km along the Alpine Way and turn right into Thredbo VillageCatch the Kosciuszko Express chairlift to the start of the track Road quality All 2WD vehicles need to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on: Kosciuszko Road (to Perisher) Guthega Road Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin Snow chains are recommended for all vehicles driving in the park, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips. Parking Parking is available at Thredbo.


The track starts at the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, which runs 9am – 4.30pm and takes 15mins. For chairlift prices visit the Thredbo website.
You can also walk up Merritts Nature Track from Thredbo Village to the top of the chairlift. This difficult 4km track takes around 2-3 hours uphill.
It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass, and a GPS, and read our safety tips before you set out.
Fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre.

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.


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49 thoughts on “Kosciuszko walk – Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko (13km)

  1. An awesome hike, I’ve done this one a few times, one of which was solo. Also hiked solo from Charlotte’s pass to the summit which is a lot longer, more challenging, but absolutely amazing scenery.

    1. Mim Preston prob going to need 3 days, in total. Drive up/ walk/ drive back…. when do want to lock it in? I need some serious walk training what about before the kids break up from school, like maybe 1st weekend in December? It’ll be warmer the also

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