Five Peaks Challenge, NSW

 Australia

Get ready for the opportunity of a lifetime as we tackle five of NSW’s highest peaks in Kosciuszko National Park over two jam-packed days!

Trip duration:
4 days

Challenge duration:
2 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
November to April

Accommodation:
Ski lodge, twin-share

Conquering the Five Peaks

This challenge offers the chance to complete a tough physical challenge whilst exploring the beauty of the Snowy Mountains by foot.

By the end of the trek, you’ll have climbed five of the highest peaks in Australia, covering 35km in length!

This 4-day, 3-night trip is the perfect opportunity to get fit and enjoy the wonderful alpine scenery that the Kosciuszko National Park has to offer. All the while, you’ll be raising money for your favourite charity and completing a once in a lifetime trip with fellow adventurers.

Trekker following a dusty path at Mt Kosciuszko National Park
Aerial view of snaking creek through Mt Kosciuszko National Park

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Climb five of the highest peaks in Australia; Mt Kosciuszko, Etheridge Ridge, Mt Carruthers, St Stilwell, and Porcupine Rocks 
  • 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

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

Day 1: Arrive in 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.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: 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 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.

Trekking Distance: 18-22 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt Stilwell (2054 m) & Porcupine Rocks (1900 m)

This morning we 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 the 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 glorious view of the Thredbo Valley, before returning to our accommodation at Perisher Valley for our final evening together.

Trekking Distance: 13.5 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Depart Perisher

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

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in 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.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: 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 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.

Trekking Distance: 18-22 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mt Stilwell (2054 m) & Porcupine Rocks (1900 m)

This morning we 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 the 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 glorious view of the Thredbo Valley, before returning to our accommodation at Perisher Valley for our final evening together.

Trekking Distance: 13.5 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Depart Perisher

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

Meals: Breakfast

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 moderate 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 Fives Peaks trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. By the end of the trek, you’ll have climbed five of the highest peaks in Australia in two days, covering 35km in length!

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. 

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 twin-share basis, which is centrally located in Perisher 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.

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: 

  • Twin-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)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

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.

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. Please contact us and we can assist with writing you an insurance letter to claim your refund.

Travel insurance

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 moderate 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 Three Peaks trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. By the end of the trek, you’ll have climbed five of the highest peaks in Australia in two days, covering 35km in length!

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. 

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 twin-share basis, which is centrally located in Perisher 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: 

  • Twin-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)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

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

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.

Reviews

★★★★★


“We embarked upon this adventure for CDI, but it turned into an incredible weekend that I will always remember.”

Tiff Broughtwood

Childhood Dementia Institute: 3 Peaks Challenge 2021
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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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