10 Peaks, NSW

 Australia

Get ready for the opportunity of a lifetime as we explore Kosciuszko National Park, one of Australia's premier national parks.

Trip duration:
5 days

Challenge duration:
4 days

Challenge grade:
4/5

Departure months:
November to April

Accommodation:
Multi-share lodge with communal bathrooms

Hiking the 10 Peaks

Over five remarkable days, summit 10 of Australia’s highest peaks, including the tallest peak in Australia, Mt Kosciusko at 2,228m.

Kosciuszko National Park, located in the south-east corner of NSW, offers some of the most dramatic alpine scenery in Australia. The 6,900-square-kilometre national park contains mainland Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. Its borders contain a mix of rugged mountains and wilderness. The track is variable, from gravel to rough rocky roads, possible snowdrifts and snowgrass sections. The scenery is stunning with every day’s walking rewarded with remarkable views. Whilst not hiking, you’ll have the opportunity to explore all that Thredbo has to offer.

Mount Kosciuszko National Park in Australia (near Thredbo village)
Hikers walk on the Kosciuszko walk near the summit of Thredo in Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Climb ten of the highest peaks in Australia; Mt Kosciuszko, Mt Twynam, Carruthers Peak, Mt Townsend, Alice Rawson Peak, Abbott Peak, Abbott Peak East, Etheridge Ridge, Rams Head and Rams Head North
  • Witness 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 vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Thredbo

The adventure of a lifetime begins! You will make your own way to Thredbo for the start of our adventure. You will need to arrive in the late afternoon, in time for our first team briefing and dinner. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep; we’ve got a big adventure ahead of us!

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Mt Twynam and Carruthers Peak

After breakfast, we depart from our accommodation in Thredbo and transfer to Charlotte Pass, where our trek begins. We begin with a descent to the Snowy River where we cross at the Stepping Stones. We then climb towards Mt Twynam via Blue Lakes, one of five glacial lakes in the Kosciuszko National Park. From the summit (2,195m), enjoy far-reaching views of Blue Lake Cirque and the Western Falls. Next, we conquer Carruthers Peak (2,145m), one of the more prominent mountains found along the Main Range track, and offering stunning views over Club Lake and across the valley to our starting place of Charlotte Pass. This evening, we return to our lodge for dinner where we can relax around the fire.

Trekking Distance: 17km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt Townsend, Alice Rawson Peak, Abbott Peak and Abbott Peak East

Today is our longest day, though there are options to turn back earlier. We begin our day on the Thredbo chairlift, and begin our first summit of the day, Mt Townsend (2,209m), the second-highest peak in Australia. It is argued to be more impressive than Mt Kosciuszko itself, with breathtaking views from the summit. From here, we continue on to Alice Rawson Peak (2,160m), Abbott Peak (2,159m), and finally Abbott Peak East (2,145m), our final peak for the day. We return to our lodge tonight, tired but filled with a sense of accomplishment and having achieved our most difficult day on the trail.

Trekking Distance: 26km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mt Kosciuszko and Etheridge Ridge

Today is the day! We tackle Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko (2,228m). We depart from our lodge and board the chairlift once again to the start of the track. The track winds above Lake Cootapatamba, Australia’s highest lake. You’ll want to have your camera at the ready for the views of Australia’s highest mountains, historic huts, weathered snow gums and rock formations on the way. We will stop for lunch before making it to the summit at 2228m, an amazing accomplishment! Our tenth and final summit is Etheridge Ridge, standing at an impressive 2,180m. Congratulations, you’ve done it! Tonight, we celebrate our achievement with dinner at a local restaurant.

Trekking Distance: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rams Head and Rams Head North - Depart Thredbo

Feeling well-rested, today we attempt two more summits. Once again, we board the Thredbo chairlift, and begin to make our way to Rams Head (2,190m), the fourth highest mountain in Australia. At the summit, enjoy views of the Main Range. Our next summit is Rams Head North, at 2,177m. From here, we descend via Dead Horse Gap and the Thredbo River trail. We return to Thredbo and after 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.

Trekking Distance: 8km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Arrive in Thredbo

The adventure of a lifetime begins! You will make your own way to Thredbo for the start of our adventure. You will need to arrive in the late afternoon, in time for our first team briefing and dinner. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep; we’ve got a big adventure ahead of us!

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Mt Twynam and Carruthers Peak

After breakfast, we depart from our accommodation in Thredbo and transfer to Charlotte Pass, where our trek begins. We begin with a descent to the Snowy River where we cross at the Stepping Stones. We then climb towards Mt Twynam via Blue Lakes, one of five glacial lakes in the Kosciuszko National Park. From the summit (2,195m), enjoy far-reaching views of Blue Lake Cirque and the Western Falls. Next, we conquer Carruthers Peak (2,145m), one of the more prominent mountains found along the Main Range track, and offering stunning views over Club Lake and across the valley to our starting place of Charlotte Pass. This evening, we return to our lodge for dinner where we can relax around the fire.

Trekking Distance: 17km

Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam

Today is our longest day, though there are options to turn back earlier. We begin our day on the Thredbo chairlift, and begin our first summit of the day, Mt Townsend (2,209m), the second-highest peak in Australia. It is argued to be more impressive than Mt Kosciuszko itself, with breathtaking views from the summit. From here, we continue on to Alice Rawson Peak (2,160m), Abbott Peak (2,159m), and finally Abbott Peak East (2,145m), our final peak for the day. We return to our lodge tonight, tired but filled with a sense of accomplishment and having achieved our most difficult day on the trail.

Trekking Distance: 26km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mt Kosciuszko and Etheridge Ridge

Today is the day! We tackle Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko (2,228m). We depart from our lodge and board the chairlift once again to the start of the track. The track winds above Lake Cootapatamba, Australia’s highest lake. You’ll want to have your camera at the ready for the views of Australia’s highest mountains, historic huts, weathered snow gums and rock formations on the way. We will stop for lunch before making it to the summit at 2228m, an amazing accomplishment! Our tenth and final summit is Etheridge Ridge, standing at an impressive 2,180m. Congratulations, you’ve done it! Tonight, we celebrate our achievement with dinner at a local restaurant.

Trekking Distance: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rams Head and Rams Head North - Depart Thredbo

Feeling well-rested, today we attempt two more summits. Once again, we board the Thredbo chairlift, and begin to make our way to Rams Head (2,190m), the fourth highest mountain in Australia. At the summit, enjoy views of the Main Range. Our next summit is Rams Head North, at 2,177m. From here, we descend via Dead Horse Gap and the Thredbo River trail. We return to Thredbo and after 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.

Trekking Distance: 8km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

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?

Your adventure is ranked a challenging 4/5. 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 10 Peaks trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise.

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.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

A charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

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 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

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

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to practice doing a full day hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours plus. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is in a Ski Club Lodge on multi-share basis, which is centrally located in Thredbo Village. The rooms are bunk room style. There are multiple communal bathrooms with hot showers. All towels and linen are provided. Depending on availability, you may need to use shared bathroom facilities. Single rooms are available at an additional cost, subject to availability.

The Lodge has excellent facilities, such as a large lounge room with a roaring log fire and unbeatable views of the surrounding slopes, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a games room, sauna and laundry. There is a small supermarket, bakery and limited bottle shop in Thredbo.

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?

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

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

Whilst trekking, there is one toilet available on the trail.

What is the food like? 

Included in the package are 3-course dinners at the lodge, a packed lunch with snacks for our trekking day and cooked breakfasts.

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. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

What weather can I expect?

In summer (December through to March) the temperatures are mild (11-26°C) at Kosciuszko National Park. From time to time, blizzards sweep across the mountains and you will require warm clothing and waterproof hiking boots. The summit gets quite windy and can be very chilly, be prepared for all weather conditions. Early snow arrives around Easter time (April) when the weather can be very warm to bitterly cold.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Out in the bush, phone coverage will be sketchy – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you’re lucky, you might get some coverage at high points on the trail.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Multi-share accommodation in Ski lodge with shared bathroom facilities
  • Transfers and meals as per itinerary
  • Professional mountaineering guides
  • Chair lift pass

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Transportation to and from Thredbo
  • National Park Entry fee
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Are travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 per day to cover any meals and beverages not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel 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.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a challenging 4/5. 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 10 Peaks trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise.

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.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

A charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

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 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

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

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to practice doing a full day hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours plus. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is in a Ski Club Lodge on multi-share basis, which is centrally located in Thredbo Village. The rooms are bunk room style. There are multiple communal bathrooms with hot showers. All towels and linen are provided. Depending on availability, you may need to use shared bathroom facilities. Single rooms are available at an additional cost, subject to availability.

The Lodge has excellent facilities, such as a large lounge room with a roaring log fire and unbeatable views of the surrounding slopes, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a games room, sauna and laundry. There is a small supermarket, bakery and limited bottle shop in Thredbo.

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?

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

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

Whilst trekking, there is one toilet available on the trail.

What is the food like? 

Included in the package are 3-course dinners at the lodge, a packed lunch with snacks for our trekking day and cooked breakfasts.

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. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

What weather can I expect?

In summer (December through to March) the temperatures are mild (11-26°C) at Kosciuszko National Park. From time to time, blizzards sweep across the mountains and you will require warm clothing and waterproof hiking boots. The summit gets quite windy and can be very chilly, be prepared for all weather conditions. Early snow arrives around Easter time (April) when the weather can be very warm to bitterly cold.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Out in the bush, phone coverage will be sketchy – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you’re lucky, you might get some coverage at high points on the trail.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Multi-share accommodation in Ski lodge with shared bathroom facilities
  • Transfers and meals as per itinerary
  • Professional mountaineering guides
  • Chair lift pass

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Transportation to and from Thredbo
  • National Park Entry fee
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Are travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 per day to cover any meals and beverages not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel 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.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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