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3-5 May 2024
Paid in instalments
The Difference You'll Make
The Mark Hughes Foundation's mission is to raise much needed funds for research, to create awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families. One person every five hours is diagnosed with Brain Cancer and it kills more adults under 40 and children than any other disease. It does not discriminate, and is a lonely journey for patients and their families.
To date, MHF have funded four Brain Cancer Care Coordinators, both in the Hunter and Regional NSW, which is an investment of $1.2 million over three years. Our hope this year is to add one more nurse to the staff and we believe we can achieve this with your help.
This year the MHF funded the integration of the MHF Brain Cancer Care Coordinators (BCCC) into the Centre, creating joint appointments between the University and area health services. The creation of joint nursing appointments allows for both nursing care and research activity that promotes the transfer of research to practice and supports the development of improved models of care for brain cancer patients, their families and carers, and health professionals. Patients are a fundamental part of the Centre and integral in how the Centre plans to scale its research aims. The Centre’s vision is that all brain cancer patients in Australia and their loved ones are linked with a BCCC and we look forward to working more closely with this essential patient support role.
How it works
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.
Day 1: Friday 3 May 2024, Arrive at Perisher
Day 1: Friday 3 May 2024
Arrive at Perisher
You will make your own way to Perisher for the start of our adventure. You will need to arrive in the late afternoon, in time for our team briefing to prepare to summit Australia’s highest mountain. Following this, we will all enjoy our first meal together. Be sure to get an early night; we have a big day ahead of us!
Day 2: Saturday 4 May 2024, Mt Kosciuszko (2228 m), Etheridge Ridge (2180 m) & Mt Carruthers (2145 m)
Day 2: Saturday 4 May 2024
Mt Kosciuszko (2228 m), Etheridge Ridge (2180 m) & Mt Carruthers (2145 m)
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, built 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 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.
Trekking Distance: 18km (6-8 hours)
Meals: B L D
Day 3: Sunday 5 May 2024, Depart Perisher
Day 3: Sunday 5 May 2024
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.
Includes: Multi-share accommodation in ski lodge with shared bathroom facilities • Meals and transfers as per itinerary • Professional trekking guides
Does not include: Airfares • Transportation to/from Perisher • National Park entry fees • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages• Tips and gratuities
This adventure is delivered by a licensed Eco-Pass Operator, Peak Learning.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Summit three of Australia’s highest peaks in a single day
- Discover the beauty of this high alpine environment
- Enjoy breathtaking views across the Snowy Mountains
- Raise vital funds for The Mark Hughes Foundation and make friends with like-minded people
Frequently asked questions
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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 NSW Three Peaks Challenge is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 18 kilometres over 1 day. 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.
Who is Inspired Adventures?
The Mark Hughes Foundation has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 7,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $45 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and The Mark Hughes Foundation, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.
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 multi-share in 3-star ski lodges and you can expect all of the usual amenities.
Will I be sharing accommodation?
Accommodation on this adventure is based on multi-share. You will be roomed with teammates 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.
What to expect
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.
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.
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.
Will the funds raised go directly to The Mark Hughes Foundation?
Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to The Mark Hughes Foundation. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
The funds raised for The Mark Hughes Foundation 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 $1,183 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).
In addition, you are also committing to raising $2,500 (per person) for The Mark Hughes Foundation.
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 $950 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.
All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.