Date(s) - 26 Dec 2018 until 31 Dec 2018
- Grade 4 Medium-Hard
- Leader: Deb
- Phone: 0410047884 before 8pm
- Participant numbers:8
- Final booking date: Monday 26th November
All of Australia’s 10 highest peaks are located within the Kosciuszko National Park. The hiking route generally follows the Main Range Track and Summit Road, with the actual summiting of many of the peaks requiring a detour from marked walking tracks and instead going cross-country along unmarked or non-existent trails.
The plan is to leave Albury on Boxing Day and drive to Charlottes Pass, where we will stay for the night. The following morning (Dec 27th) we will head off across the Snowy River for our 4 day/3 night hike. Whilst the Main Range Track is not excessively steep, most days involve uphill and downhill sections.
We will possibly camp for 2 nights somewhere in Wilkinsons Valley, west of Meullers Pass. This will allow us to ditch our big packs on Day 2 and follow a track behind Muellers Peak that leads all the way to the Abbott Range.
Wilkinsons Valley is probably the most popular of all the camping sites in the National Park, but not crowded. There are apparently plenty of flat camp sites. There are also many small creeks which can replenish water supplies.
On day 3 we will head off to our highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko and then, we will make our way to North Rams Head, where we intend to camp the night.
On day 4, we will head across to the summit walking track, Mt Stilwell and back to Charlottes Pass, our accomodation and dinner.
On Day 5, New Years Eve, we will leave after breakfast and drive back to Albury.
All up about 55kms on and off track. The views in KNP and along the Main Range Track are endless. This is a very exposed area so if bad weather is forecasted, I will be postponing this hike. A back up navigator would also be useful, just in case I have the map upside down!