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Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk is a 18.6km, grade 3 Return hike located in the Kosciuszko National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.
This summer track is popular with nature loving hikers and mountain bikers keen for an outdoor adventure. Set out along the old road to Mount Kosciuszko, and have your camera ready for the glorious views of Australia’s highest mountains, historic huts, weathered snow gums and rock formations on the way. Admire amazing displays of wildflowers including marsh marigolds, silver snow daisies, mountain roses, and buttercups in early summer.
Around 4.5km from Charlotte Pass the Snowy River offers a scenic spot for a picnic. Cross the river and continue your walk or ride as the track winds slowly up to Seaman’s Hut, which was built in 1929, before carrying on to Rawson Pass. If riding, leave your bike at Rawson Pass (bike stands are available) and walk the 1.4km to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko (2228m).
Return to Charlotte Pass along the same track. If you’re after a challenge and come well-equipped, combine this walk with the longer Main Range walk, or join the Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko walk. Take a virtual tour of Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk 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.
Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk starts from Charlotte Pass, in the alpine precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:Drive along Kosciuszko Road from Jindabyne, following the signs to Perisher and Charlotte PassContinue past the ski resorts of Smiggin Holes and Perisher ValleyCharlotte Pass Village is around 40km from Jindabyne and will take you around 30mins to drive thereThe road between Perisher and Charlotte Pass is closed during winter 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. Check the weather before you set out as the road to Charlotte Pass can become covered in snow and ice. Parking Parking is available near the trackhead on Kosciuszko Road. Bus parking is available. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking may be limited.
The track from Rawson Pass to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko is accessible by foot only.
Mountain bikes and fat bikes are permitted only between Charlotte Pass and Rawson Pass, where there are bike stands. Riders please give way to walkers.
It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS, and read our alpine safety tips before you set out.
Fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre or Perisher NPWS office.
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.