Kosciuszko Summit (Winter)

Kosciuszko National Park

Start at Charlottes Pass carpark and cross the Snowy River and then onto Seaman's Hut. Follow the road markers the entire way to Rawson's Pass. Depending on snow depth Ski or snow shoe walk around to Rawson's Pass where Australia's highest toilet is and usually covered in snow. Scale the summit of Kosciuszko in a straight line from this point on watching out for icy conditions on the ascent. Summit carn is normally identifiable in good weather. Return by the same path. An Alternate route is to scale Etheridge Ridge avoiding deep snow drift near Rawson's Pass which can be up to 2-3 metres in depth in section. Utilise Seaman's Hut as the half way point to rest, warm up and have a break. Always check weather conditions before attempting.

Getting there

Drive to Charlottes Pass carpark.


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Brilliant walk! Did it in November but still plenty of snow to be seen particularly near the summit. Easy walking but long and gradual uphill gradient for 9 km. We looked forward to coming down :) Wear very comfy shoes and apply plenty of sunscreen as it gets hot if the sun is out. From Charlotte pass, it felt like an achievement to stand on the top of Australia.

Barb Edwards on 28 Nov, 2021

Would have been a great hike instead it was torrential rain and 100 klms wind. We did this hike in summer you just never know what your going to get on the mountain. Will have to try again one day.

HelenR on 27 Jan, 2019

We did this in Summer a great walk away from the crowds.

Jaana Gray on 13 Jan, 2019

Absolutely stupendous hike: a must do for any Aussie bushwalker worth their salt. Great place to bring Lucy ;)

Angus Small on 20 Oct, 2018

Kosciuszko national park is probably the best place for mountaineering during winter, if you're just starting out or training for something big, this is the place to be!

Mike Moore on 8 Aug, 2018


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