Three Peaks, NSW & VIC

 Australia

Challenge yourself to tackle three mountain peaks on this exhilarating Snowy Mountains adventure, with landscapes that inspired the setting for the iconic Australian film The Man From Snowy River.

Trip duration:
4 days

Challenge duration:
4 days

Challenge grade:
4/5

Departure months:
November to April

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-4 star cabin and lodge

Hiking the Three Peaks

Over four days, you'll tackle Mt. Kosciuszko - Australia's highest mountain, Mt. Buffalo and Mt Stirling, each view from the top as impressive as the last.

Trekking through alpine forest, all that effort will be well worth it for the breath-taking scenery you’ll witness along the way. You’ll also have time to relax and enjoy the surroundings with regular breaks under the backdrop of this idyllic rural landscape.

Atop Mt. Stirling, you might recognise the sight as that of 1982 film The Man From Snowy River, we’ll stop for lunch here at Craig’s Hut where the movie was filmed.

By the end of this challenge, you’ll have accomplished an incredible feat for an equally amazing cause—an unforgettable adventure that will renew and reignite your passion for exploration.

Winding road leading to snowy mountains. Jindabyne NSW
Two people sitting back in camping chairs around a campfire by the Murray River

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Tackle three of the peaks in the Snowy Mountain region including Mt. Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain
  • Witness some of Australia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Canberra, Summit Mt Kosciusko

You will meet your guides and the rest of your team at the Crowne Plaza, next to the Canberra Casino, at 7:30am this morning. We head off south towards Cooma, stopping for a morning tea break at the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. We then continue on to The Snowy Mountains via Jindabyne, climbing high to the tree line at Charlotte Pass. It is here that our first mountain challenge begins; a breathtaking walk up to and long The Main Ridge. We pass Australia’s highest alpine lakes and take in massive views from the rooftop of the continent. Scaling Mt. Carruthers, we then pass Australia’s second highest peak Mt Townsend before finally we tackle Mt. Kosciusko, Australia’s highest mountain at 2,228m. Having achieved this, our final 7km of the day is along a metal boardwalk to the top of the Thredbo chairlift. This will whisk us down the Ramshead Range to Thredbo village, where our bags and pre-dinner nibbles await. Tonight we celebrate what an eventful day we have had and enjoy a delicious two-course meal prepared by our guides.

Transfer Time: 2 ½ hours

Trekking Distance: 22km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Geehi Hut, Murray Valley and Bright

We start today with a satisfying continental breakfast before we depart on our long drive to Bright, Victoria. We head off along the Alpine Way, winding back down to lower altitudes. The drive is broken up with a beautiful walk to the Geehi Hut. From here, we can look back to yesterday’s peaks as we enjoy morning tea. Continuing down, we follow the upper reaches of the Murray River past idyllic rural landscapes, arriving at Jingellic for a lunch break by the river.  We make a stop in the beautifully preserved historic gold rush town of Beechworth before finally arriving in Bright. Tonight we enjoy dinner in the town.

Transfer Time: 4 hours

Trekking Distance: 8km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt Buffalo

Another early start this morning, as we take a short drive to the beginning of today’s trek. The Big Walk is one of the most interesting, diverse and naturally beautiful full day walks in Victoria’s Northern East. We climb through montane forest into the subalpine zone, marvelling at some truly impressive granite formations. We enjoy lunch in the Mt Buffalo Chalet area, taking in views of mountains and valleys and then spend the afternoon exploring the highlights of the Mt Buffalo plateau (1,723m). Our final challenge of the day will see us scaling The Horn for breathtaking 360-degree views. Feeling accomplished, we transfer to our accommodation at the base of the mountain and enjoy our final dinner together, prepared by your guides.

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mt Stirling and return to Melbourne

Today is our final day of this adventure, but there is still plenty of adventure to be had! A short drive from Sawmill Settlement will find us winding up through majestic forests to Telephone Box Junction and the trailhead of our last peak. The Stirling Trail meanders amongst the cross country ski trails of this popular winter resort, before summiting the mountain itself, at 1,747m. The final leg takes us to lunch at the iconic Craig’s Hut, famed for its central role in the movie Man from Snowy River. From here, we are met by our bus and begin the drive to Melbourne, stopping en route for an afternoon tea break. We will arrive in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria around 5:00pm.

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Depart Canberra, Summit Mt Kosciusko

You will meet your guides and the rest of your team at the Crowne Plaza, next to the Canberra Casino, at 7:30am this morning. We head off south towards Cooma, stopping for a morning tea break at the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. We then continue on to The Snowy Mountains via Jindabyne, climbing high to the tree line at Charlotte Pass. It is here that our first mountain challenge begins; a breathtaking walk up to and long The Main Ridge. We pass Australia’s highest alpine lakes and take in massive views from the rooftop of the continent. Scaling Mt. Carruthers, we then pass Australia’s second highest peak Mt Townsend before finally we tackle Mt. Kosciusko, Australia’s highest mountain at 2,228m. Having achieved this, our final 7km of the day is along a metal boardwalk to the top of the Thredbo chairlift. This will whisk us down the Ramshead Range to Thredbo village, where our bags and pre-dinner nibbles await. Tonight we celebrate what an eventful day we have had and enjoy a delicious two-course meal prepared by our guides.

Transfer Time: 2 ½ hours

Trekking Distance: 22km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Geehi Hut, Murray Valley and Bright

We start today with a satisfying continental breakfast before we depart on our long drive to Bright, Victoria. We head off along the Alpine Way, winding back down to lower altitudes. The drive is broken up with a beautiful walk to the Geehi Hut. From here, we can look back to yesterday’s peaks as we enjoy morning tea. Continuing down, we follow the upper reaches of the Murray River past idyllic rural landscapes, arriving at Jingellic for a lunch break by the river.  We make a stop in the beautifully preserved historic gold rush town of Beechworth before finally arriving in Bright. Tonight we enjoy dinner in the town.

Transfer Time: 4 hours

Trekking Distance: 8km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt Buffalo

Another early start this morning, as we take a short drive to the beginning of today’s trek. The Big Walk is one of the most interesting, diverse and naturally beautiful full day walks in Victoria’s Northern East. We climb through montane forest into the subalpine zone, marvelling at some truly impressive granite formations. We enjoy lunch in the Mt Buffalo Chalet area, taking in views of mountains and valleys and then spend the afternoon exploring the highlights of the Mt Buffalo plateau (1,723m). Our final challenge of the day will see us scaling The Horn for breathtaking 360-degree views. Feeling accomplished, we transfer to our accommodation at the base of the mountain and enjoy our final dinner together, prepared by your guides.

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Trekking Distance: 11km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mt Stirling and return to Melbourne

Today is our final day of this adventure, but there is still plenty of adventure to be had! A short drive from Sawmill Settlement will find us winding up through majestic forests to Telephone Box Junction and the trailhead of our last peak. The Stirling Trail meanders amongst the cross country ski trails of this popular winter resort, before summiting the mountain itself, at 1,747m. The final leg takes us to lunch at the iconic Craig’s Hut, famed for its central role in the movie Man from Snowy River. From here, we are met by our bus and begin the drive to Melbourne, stopping en route for an afternoon tea break. We will arrive in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria around 5:00pm.

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Trekking Distance: 11km

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 Three 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. 

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.  

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.

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.

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 weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 5-7 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. 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

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?

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

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt. Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. There will also be plenty of snacks available during the day. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, all prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include baked apples, pavlova and fruit salad.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

The mountains tend to experience cooler weather than coastal major cities, though we travel mainly in the warmer months. You can expect high temperatures of around 20- 27°C in the day, dropping down to as low as 8°C in the evening. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You will not be able to use your phone while out in the bush – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you're lucky, you might get some coverage at high points of the trail.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points are available at your accommodation.

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: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in basic cabins (twin-share) and mountaineering lodge (multi-share dorm), with shared bathroom facilities
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

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
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Expenditure of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities

Are the 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 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 tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your 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 not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, 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.

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 Three 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. 

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.  

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.

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.

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 weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 5-7 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. 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

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?

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

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt. Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. There will also be plenty of snacks available during the day. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, all prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include baked apples, pavlova and fruit salad.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

The mountains tend to experience cooler weather than coastal major cities, though we travel mainly in the warmer months. You can expect high temperatures of around 20- 27°C in the day, dropping down to as low as 8°C in the evening. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You will not be able to use your phone while out in the bush – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you're lucky, you might get some coverage at high points of the trail.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points are available at your accommodation.

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: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in basic cabins (twin-share) and mountaineering lodge (multi-share dorm), with shared bathroom facilities
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

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
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Expenditure of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities

Are the 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 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 tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your 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 not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, 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.

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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