Take on the Five Peaks Challenge to conquer Mt Kosciuszko and four more of Australia's highest peaks in support of people with Down syndrome.

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22-25 November 2024



Trip Cost
Paid upfront or in instalments



Challenge Grade

Give Back to the Community


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The Difference You'll Make


Too often, opportunities in employment, housing and healthcare fall short for people with Down syndrome. That’s why the support and advocacy of Down Syndrome Victoria (DSV) is vital to creating an inclusive future for all so that everyone can reach their potential and live the life they choose.

When you take on this Five Peaks Challenge, you’ll raise critically important funds that will help to advocate for the needs of Victorians with Down syndrome and families.

This is how the funds you raise can make a tangible difference: 

  • $96 can cover one hour of phone support for a person with Down syndrome or their family
  • $500 contributes towards the cost of a home or hospital visit 
  • $1,600 enables DSV to provide a targeted, life-stage workshop for individuals or professionals about a pertinent topic
  • $4,480 allows DSV's Education Support Service to support a child in a Victorian school for one year

How it works



Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.
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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.


Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1, Friday, 22 November 2024: Arrive Perisher

Day 1, Friday, 22 November 2024: Arrive Perisher

You will make your own way to Perisher for the start of our adventure. You will need to arrive by 5pm in the afternoon. At 6pm, meet your fellow trekkers and guide for a welcome drink and first evening meal together, followed by a team briefing.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: D

Day 2, Saturday, 23 November 2024: Etheridge Peak, Mt Kosciuszko and Mr Carruthers

Day 2, Saturday, 23 November 2024: Etheridge Peak, Mt Kosciuszko and Mr Carruthers 

Today's the big day! We depart our lodge and take a 15-minute drive to Charlotte Pass, the starting point of our trek. The first peak we tackle will be Etheridge Ridge, the fifth-highest mountain in Australia. We begin on the summit road via the historic Seaman's Hut, build in 1929 as a memorial to skiers Laurie Seaman and Evan Hayes. After about 7km, we reach Rawson's Pass, where we take a rest break before tackling the final 1.8km to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak. At the top, we celebrate a job well done, before descending along the Lakes Circuit track and then completing our final summit of the day, Mt Carruthers. The views from here are stunning, and we take the time to soak up the views of the western fall, Mt Sentinel and Watson's Crags before returning to Charlotte Pass via a stone crossing at Snowy River. We return to our lodge, tired but proud of what we have achieved, and celebrate over a group dinner together.

Accommodation: Lodge

Trekking Distance: 18km - 22km

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Sunday, 24 November 2024:  Mt Stilwell and Porcupine Rocks

Day 3, Sunday, 24 November 2024:  Mt Stilwell and Porcupine Rocks

This morning, we'll drive back to Charlotte Pass and head east to the summit of Mt Stilwell, where we see glorious views of the Main Range and the route we took on yesterday's walk. We then continue towards Perisher along a new trail that flows through alpine valleys and rugged landscapes of Kosciuszko National Park. As we walk, we'll have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of high-country plains, snow-capped mountain ranges and clear-flowing rivers. We'll also have the chance to see unique animals and plants that make this area special, like ancient snow gums, summer wildflowers, wombats and echidnas. We then take a short scramble to the summit of Porcupine Rocks, where we get a glorius view of the Thredbo Valley, before returning to our accommodation at Perisher Valley for our final evening together.

Accommodation: Lodge

Trekking Distance: 13.5km

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Monday, 25 November 2024: Depart Perisher

Day 4, Monday, 25 November 2024: Depart Perisher

After breakfast and a sad goodbye to our new friends, it is time to make your way back home, taking with you memories that will last a lifetime. 

Meals: B

Inclusions: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in ski lodge based on twin-share • Meals as per itinerary • Professional guide/s

Exclusions: Airfares • Airport transfers • Travel to / from Perisher •Transport to Charlotte Pass from Perisher (self-drive carpool) • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities • National Park entry fees •National Park's vehicle entry pass


Why you'll love this adventure

  • Climb five of the highest peaks in Australia; Mt Kosciuszko, Etheridge Ridge, Mt Carruthers, Mt Stilwell and Porcupine Rocks.
  • Take in some of Australia’s most beautiful mountain scenery from breathtaking 360 degree vantage points.
  • Discover woodlands and high alpine lakes, plateaus lined by snow gums and filled with wildflowers.
  • Raise funds for advocacy and support of Victorians with Down syndrome so that everyone can reach their potential and live the life they choose.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Five Peaks Challenge is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 31.5 kilometres over two days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10-20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

Down Syndrome Victoria has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $46 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Down Syndrome Victoria, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Who will be delivering the tour?

This adventure is delivered by a licenced Eco-Pass Operator, Peak Learning.  

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete a full day hike. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 8+ hours comfortably.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.


What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in ski lodges and you can expect all of the usual amenities. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.


How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Down Syndrome Victoria are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $1,590 (inclusive of a $475 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for Down Syndrome Victoria.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $475 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.


All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.


"The team leaders took very well care of us, it was a challenging and great experience and I had so much fun!"

Laura, Ronald McDonald House Charities - Three Peaks NSW, 2022

-Thomas, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation - Three Peaks NSW, 2021

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