Kosciuszko Moonlight Summit, NSW

 Australia

Experience one of Australia’s most iconic alpine treks, the Mt. Kosciuszko Summit & Lakes Walk, at night time! Join this breathtaking adventure up Mt. Kosciusko, the highest mountain in mainland Australia.

Trip duration:
3 days

Challenge duration:
1 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
November to February

Accommodation:
Multi-share lodge, communal bathrooms

Summitting Mt Kosciuszko

Part of the Great Dividing Range, Mt Kosciuszko sits at 2,228 metres above sea level, providing spectacular panoramic views of the Snowy Mountain region.

As part of this incredible adventure, you will be challenged to conquer the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko in one day. Walk across Australia’s only alpine environment, observing the ridges of rock, winding streams, crystal clear glacial lakes and colourful wildflowers that define this picturesque region. Embrace the local wildlife you encounter as you pass woody bushland, rocky slopes, alpine meadows and fields of heath. Be an eyewitness to the unique beauty and diversity of the Australian landscape on this adventure.

Mount Kosciuszko National Park in Australia (near Thredbo village)
Starry sky above trees lit up by a campfire

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Summit Australia’s highest point, Mt Kosciuszko, in time for a spectacular sunrise
  • 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 Perisher

You will make your own way to Perisher for the start of our adventure. You will need to arrive by 4pm in the afternoon, in time for our team briefing to prepare to summit Australia’s highest mountain at night. Following this, we will have a welcome drink and early evening meal together, giving you the chance to meet your fellow trekkers and new friends. We are heading to bed early in order to be ready to summit mainland Australia's highest mountain tonight.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Moonlight Walk - Mt Kosciuszko Summit & Glacial Lakes

Tonight is the night! We depart our accommodation in Perisher around 3am to transfer to Charlotte Pass, the starting point of our Mt Kosciuszko Summit walk. We will take approx. 2-3 hours to reach the summit at 2,228m just before sunrise, an amazing accomplishment! We celebrate with a glass of champagne. On the way down, we will want to have our camera at the ready for the views of Australia’s highest mountains, historic huts, weathered snow gums and rock formations. Walking amongst wildflowers and glacial lakes, we make our way back to Perisher. The afternoon is free to explore Perisher at your own pace. Tonight, we will be treated to a delicious 3-course meal at the lodge to celebrate a job well done.

Trekking Distance: 20km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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 4pm in the afternoon, in time for our team briefing to prepare to summit Australia’s highest mountain at night. Following this, we will have a welcome drink and early evening meal together, giving you the chance to meet your fellow trekkers and new friends. We are heading to bed early in order to be ready to summit mainland Australia's highest mountain tonight.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Moonlight Walk - Mt Kosciuszko Summit & Glacial Lakes

Tonight is the night! We depart our accommodation in Perisher around 3am to transfer to Charlotte Pass, the starting point of our Mt Kosciuszko Summit walk. We will take approx. 2-3 hours to reach the summit at 2,228m just before sunrise, an amazing accomplishment! We celebrate with a glass of champagne. On the way down, we will want to have our camera at the ready for the views of Australia’s highest mountains, historic huts, weathered snow gums and rock formations. Walking amongst wildflowers and glacial lakes, we make our way back to Perisher. The afternoon is free to explore Perisher at your own pace. Tonight, we will be treated to a delicious 3-course meal at the lodge to celebrate a job well done.

Trekking Distance: 20km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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 Moonlight summit trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

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 multi-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.

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.

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? 

Check your itinerary notes for what meals are included as part of the adventure. Included in the package are 3-course dinners at the lodge, a packed lunch 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. Keep in mind that you’ll be trekking at night, so temperatures will be on the colder end of that scale.

Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information as the seasons can be unpredictable and highly variable week to week. 

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: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Multi-share accommodation in mountain lodge with communal bathrooms
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional trekking guide

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 Perisher
  • 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 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 Moonlight summit trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

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 multi-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.

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.

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? 

Check your itinerary notes for what meals are included as part of the adventure. Included in the package are 3-course dinners at the lodge, a packed lunch 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. Keep in mind that you’ll be trekking at night, so temperatures will be on the colder end of that scale.

Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information as the seasons can be unpredictable and highly variable week to week. 

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: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Multi-share accommodation in mountain lodge with communal bathrooms
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional trekking guide

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 Perisher
  • 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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