Snowy Mountains Hiking Adventure - Day Pack Walking
(Ex Canberra) New South Wales - Wed 20th November 2024

Max Participants:
10
Location:
(Ex Canberra) New South Wales
Date:
Wed 20th November 2024
Start Time:
10:00am
End Time:
5:00pm approx
Duration:
5 Days
Meals:
5 Lunches 5 Snacks 4 Dinners 4 Breakfasts
Hike Rating:
Grade 4
Distance:
48.00km approx.
Non-Member Cost:
$2990.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2890.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$500.00
Single Supplement:
From $425.00 per person
Tagged:
hiking mountain
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Adventurous Women are thrilled to offer this multi-day adventure in the Snowy Mountains where you will be given the opportunity to explore this beautiful alpine environment with like-minded women.

 

Walking in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW provides the ultimate Australian alpine walking adventure, with Mt Kosciuszko Australia's highest peak as its centre. Be awed by the stunning peaks, beautiful snow gum forests, alpine meadows and glacial lakes. 

 

Highlights of this walk include a visit to Porcupine Rocks, Dead Horse Gap and the Thredbo Valley River loop, Mt Kosciuszko, Rainbow Lake and Illawong Track ....and of course, amazing scenery and fabulous company. 

 

Carrying a day pack only, unpacking your luggage once, fully catered, fully inclusive experience, you will be supported all the way by two enthusiastic Adventurous Women hosts. The 4 nights are spent in a private ski lodge located in Perisher Valley that has sweeping views across the valley. Our meals will be prepared each day in house by professional chefs, with a focus on healthy and fresh.


Gallery

Hoping for blue skies
Conquered!
Feet UP .... Oh and those views!!
Rock Hopping
Happy Hikers
Wild Brumby
Little Foot Soak
Boulders on the Snowy Hike
Stream crossing on the Snowy Hike
High altitude lakes
Reaching for the sky
Wildflowers in the Snowys
The Snowy headwaters
On the trail in the Snowys
A great group!
Among good company

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● Porcupine Rocks

● Dead Horse Gap

● Thredbo Valley River Loop

● Mt Kosciuszko

● Illawong Track

● Rainbow Lake

● Private Ski Lodge Accommodation

Itinerary

Leaving at 10:00am from Canberra Airport in the bus, we make our way down the Monaro Highway to our first stop, Cooma. This is a quick bathroom stop and a chance for you to grab a coffee. We then continue to our accommodation, Valhalla, nestled in the Perisher Valley Ski Region. Our lunch will be waiting for us which we will enjoy on the deck, soaking in the views that will be all ours for the next 4 nights.

After lunch we head straight out for our first walk - Porcupine Rocks. From our accommodation doorstep we will explore the valley along a well maintained path, passing through open grasslands and snow gum forest to a large group of granite rocks along a ridge, Porcupine Rocks. Overlooking the entire valley below to Crackenback & the Thredbo Valley, the views are breathtaking, a sample of things to come.

Check-in is after this walk, so you can freshen up for a pre-dinner nibbles and welcome drink.

Meals: Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Accommodation: Valhalla Lodge

Today's walk takes us over to the Thredbo Valley. After a short trip on the bus we hop on the Thredbo Valley Chairlift for a 15 minute ride which takes us up to the trailhead for the day.

Dead Horse Gap crosses the great Dividing Range at 1,580 metres and is the watershed between the Thredbo Snowy System & the Murray River. This is often referred to as the most picturesque walks in the Snowy Mountains. With hundreds upon hundreds of white Snow gum trees, fabulous wildflowers and jaw dropping views from the top, it's a must do for hikers.

We join the Thredbo Valley River Track, this is a scenic walk along the river that takes in the Kosciuszko sub-alpine flora. Large granite boulders have snow gums growing around them - a testament to mother nature's ability to adapt. There are foot bridges that we will cross as the water races beneath us and keep your eyes open to see if you can spot any trout or even the ellusive platypus.

We get back to our accommodation for an afternoon of free time. Relax in one of the lounge areas or out on the deck. Maybe even challenge someone to a game of table tennis?

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Accommodation: Valhalla Lodge

We begin our day by jumping on the bus to Charlotte's Pass where we prepare for today's epic adventure. Today we climb to the rooftop of Australia 2,228 metres,while the views are spectacular, the journey there is just as amazing.

First we will cross the fabled Snowy River, then hike up over the glacier-carved landscape of this UNESCO protected biosphere reserve. The Australian alpine scenery well-above the tree line is where the wildflowers and grasses survive the extreme mountain weather. Glacial lakes guide us along the well maintained trail. Once up in the mountains we traverse along the saddle, then it's one last push to the summit. We are rewarded with 360 deg views.

From the top of Australia's highest mountain, we make our way to Rawson Pass, then down the open fire trail past the Seaman's Hut, over the Snowy River again, back to our bus.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Accommodation: Valhalla Lodge

This morning we head out for a leg stretch after yesterday’s epic adventure. The Illawong trail is a beautiful 5-7km return walk which leaves from Guthega Village in the Kosciuszko National Park. We will follow the Snowy River Valley along alpine heath, majestic snow gums passing Illawong Hut, one of the oldest buildings still standing in the park. We eventually arrive at the old swinging bridge where there is an opportunity for those brave enough to cross the river and explore the alpine landscape beyond.

We return along this trail enjoying the wildflowers and abundant birdlife.

This afternoon we visit the nearby award-winning Wild Brumby Distillery for a tasting session (not included).

Back at our accommodation we share our last dinner together as the sunsets across the valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Accommodation: Valhalla Lodge

As we wave goodbye to our hosts at Valhalla, we enjoy the beautiful Rainbow Lake Walk before beginning our journey back to Canberra.

The picturesque trail takes us through snow gum trees and across snow grasses with alpine wildflowers like paper daisies & silver snow daisies.

There are some gentle climbs and even a creek or two to cross, however, this family friendly trail will draw you in as you catch the first glimpses of the sun sparkling on the lake. If we are lucky, we might spot some trout, Gang Gang cockatoos or even a shy common wombat.

We will retrace our steps back to the bus and drive further down the valley to our optional second walk (time permitting), Waterfall Circuit (Grade 3 / 6km loop / 2 hrs). This trail is a great option for most weather conditions as it is quite sheltered. We will pass through tall eucalypt forest along our journey to the waterfall itself. There is a viewing platform to take in its beauty before heading up along the tree line under alpine ash trees, which were logged in the area late last century. Local wildlife includes wallabies, kangaroos & even the echidna.

After lunch at a scenic picnic spot on the Thredbo River, we jump back on our bus and commence the final leg of our final journey back to Canberra, stopping in Cooma again for a rest break and coffee.

Relax the rest of the way, reminiscing about the time you have spent in Australia’s highest region. We aim to have you back at Canberra Airport around 5:00pm (weather and traffic dependant). We ask you to not book flights home prior to 7:00pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

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Includes

Two Professional and Experience AW guides

Full First Aid Kit & Emergency Communications

An air-conditioned 12 seater bus with a trailer attached for luggage.

A welcome drink

Nutritious & delicious food prepared in-house by resident chef

4 nights in quality accommodation

5 days of walking & sightseeing

Twin share room, along with another group member (most of our travellers are solo, so you will be buddied up)

Meals as per itinerary

NSW Commercial Operators Licence

All permits & park fees

Thredbo Chairlift ticket

Adventurous Women Memento

Photos of your experience

5 Lunches

5 Snacks

4 Dinners

4 Breakfasts

Excludes

Items of a personal nature

Single Supplement (available on request)

Alcoholic Beverages except drinks supplied for the welcome drink

Meals not indicated in the itinerary

Any purchases of a personal nature

Transport to & from Canberra Airport

Wild Brumby Distillery tasting experience

Accommodation

Our 4 nights will be at Valhalla Lodge located in the heart of the Perisher Village in Kosciuszko National Park. It has a sweeping deck and lounge areas that take in the spectacular views across the valley to the  mountains. All rooms are twin share with ensuite. (Single supplement available on request).

Our meals will be prepared each day in house by professional chefs, with a focus on healthy and fresh. Alcohol or drinks with  meals are not included except tea/coffee & juice with breakfast.


What To Bring/Wear

- Pre-departure information will be provided in advance to help you plan/prepare

More Information



IMPORTANT NOTE: The pick up on Day 1 is from Canberra Airport at 10am.
 

 

If you are not flying in on the morning the tour starts, you will need to make your own way to the Canberra Airport to meet the rest of the group for a 10.00am pickup, regardless if you are staying in the CBD. This arrangement has been made to assist our Guides with a central meeting point and a timely departure, to ensure that the day's activities run smoothly. 

Cancellation & Refunds

Any cancellation of travel should be in writing to Adventurous Women.

The cancellation charges applicable to this tour are: 

Cancellation more than 75 days prior to departure - Loss of DepositBetween 74 and 31 days -

Loss of 70% Of The Tour Cost30 days or less - Loss of 100% Of The Tour Cost

 No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.