Main Range Walk – Charlotte Pass to Mount Kosciuszko
  • Length: 21.9km

  • Duration: 9 hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Main Range Track, Kosciuszko National Park

  • End: Kosciuszko Rd, Kosciuszko National Park

  • Location: Kosciuszko National Park

  • Closest Town: Charlotte Pass

  • Distance from CBD: 501 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -36.43167005

  • Longitude: 148.3286502

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Main Range Walk - Charlotte Pass to Mount Kosciuszko is a 21.9km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 9 hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This full day walk explores some of the greatest alpine country on offer in NSW. The walk grants views of Blue Club and Albina Lakes climbs to the top of Mt Kosciuszko and crosses the famous Snowy River twice. This main range circuit is one of the classic walks in New South Wales as the views in clear weather extend all the way over the mountainous landscape to the distant horizon. If you want to stay overnight there is a flat area for camping at Wilkinsons Creek described as a side trip.


Download maps and tracknotes for Main Range Walk - Charlotte Pass to Mount Kosciuszko hiking track from wildwalks.com.

About the region

Kosciuszko National Park spoils you with snow sports, walks and mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains. Go camping, explore caves, climb Australia's highest mountain, or stay in heritage accommodation. There are 7 areas in this park:

1. Thredbo-Perisher area is your gateway to Mount Kosciuszko. Find NSW's favourite ski resorts, top alpine hikes, mountain bike trails, and endless adventures in the Snowy Mountains.

2. The Lower Snowy River area embraces the wild south of Kosciuszko National Park. Camp by the Snowy River, explore the scenic trails on a walk, bike or horse ride.

3. Khancoban area is the western gateway to Kosciuszko National Park. Discover Geehi and Tom Groggin's camp spots, fishing and riding. Marvel at the Western Fall views, or explore huts and hikes in the Jagungal Wilderness.

4. The Selwyn area is your perfect base to explore the walks, rides and top fishing spots of central Kosciuszko National Park. Selwyn Snow Resort and historic Kiandra are closed due to severe fire damage.

5. The Yarrangobilly area is a highlight of northern Kosciuszko National Park. Explore jaw-dropping caves on a guided tour and swim in the thermal pool. Stay at historic Caves House and enjoy the walks and wildlife.

6. The Tumut area is your launch pad into northern Kosciuszko National Park. Discover water sports and wildlife at Blowering Reservoir. Camp and explore hidden walks and waterfalls in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.

7. The High Plains area spoils you with summer walks, horse rides and bike trails to mountain huts, caves and gorges. Camp, stay in Currango's heritage cottages, and discover Kosciuszko's wild north-east corner.

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One thought on “Main Range Walk – Charlotte Pass to Mount Kosciuszko (21.9km)

  1. This was an incredible hike with some of the most amazing views the Snowy Mountains can offer. Worth mentioning though, is to be prepared for snow crossings all year round. We just completed this hike in November 2018 and in some areas, the entire track was hidden by large and steep snow drifts.

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