The top ten peaks in Australia are located in the southern end of the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. Most can be accessed from Thredbo Village with the remaining peaks from nearby Charlotte Pass. The top ten peaks are:
3. Mt Twynam, 2195 m 4. Rams Head, 2190m
5. Etheridge Ridge Peak, 2180m 6. Rams Head North, 2177m
7. Alice Rawson, 2160m 8. Abbot Peak, 2159m
9. Abbot Peak East, 2145m 10. Carruthers Peak, 2145m
Clients have the choice to base their walk from lodge accommodation in Jindabyne or camping in the mountains. With many clients organising their own private fun small group of 4-5 friends.
Jindabyne has a wonderful charm and is a good place to relax after a hard day’s walk. There is a range of quality accommodation to choose from including lodges, hotels and the comfy backpackers.
The camping option is popular for those wishing to camp close to the peaks in scenic locations. Walk to the peaks with light day packs and watch the sun set and rise from camp. The program to complete all ten summits is over four days, walking approximately 70km. The average walker takes 25 hours (not including breaks) to reach all summits. The four-day program allows time to enjoy the wonderful alpine scenery, without feeling you need to rush off to the next summit. The combined height of all ten peaks is 21,788 metres (although you won’t actually ascend that height).The ten summits challenge is a great way to get fit, explore the magnificent Kosciuszko National Park and prepare for a longer trek in Nepal or elsewhere.
For those who may find the Ten Peaks Walk too challenging we can customise an easier walk to scenic locations peaks and historical stockmans' huts.
Checkout this YouTube link showcasing one of my favourite Kosciuszko walks = The Scenic Peaks 3-4 day Camping Walk scenic peaks walk with Alpine guide Mike Edmondson - YouTube.
2022 dates: Note: Camping and lodge options available on all dates unless marked May dates for private walks, November 11-14 (Camping 4 places left), November 18-21, November 25-28, December 2-5, December 9-12 (Group Booking), December 16- 19 wildflowers (Camping 4 Places left)
Note: Camping and lodge options available on all dates unless marked January Wildflowers 5-8, January Wildflowers 12-15, January 19-22, February 10-13, February 17-20 February 24-27, March 3-6 , March 10-13, March17-20, March 24-27, March 31 - April 3, April 7-10 (Easter Camping), April 14-17, April 21-24, April 29 - May 2, November 3-6, November 10-13, November 17-20, November 24-27, December 1-4, December 8-11, December 15-18. Plus Other Dates for Group Bookings
Cost: Ten Peaks Four Days $950 pp for 3-6 clients, $1250 pp for 2 clients or $2200 with one person.
Scenic Peaks Three Days $750 pp for 3-6 clients, $990 pp for 2 clients or $1650 with one person.
If you book a group of 6 walkers for a walk I will give each customer a signed copy of my 84 page hardcover photographic book " The Australian Alps" valued at $30 each.
When to walk? The best time to walk the ten peaks is from early November through to May as the weather is generally fine and the days are longer. Spectacular patterned snow drifts remain until Christmas time. Then from mid-December to mid-January the spectacular alpine flowers bloom. From mid-January to mid-February it can be hot and dry. After mid-February the mountains are starting to cool down with refreshing autumn mountain scenery & fading ridges at sunset. During winter and early spring the walk is more difficult due to snow and weather conditions. The walk is very too challenging to do in winter for most of the clients I take.
Bookings: Please email me your name, phone number and preferred dates. A $100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking, which is refundable if we get shut down with the virus.
Once this is done you will receive an information sheet including the Ten Peaks itinerary as well as clothing, equipment and training requirements to help you prepare for your adventure. You will also be required to sign a liability waiver.
NB. Customised Walks can be tailored to suit your requirements. For example a six day scenic walk visiting peaks, glacial lakes, seeing Australian wildlife and historic stockman’s huts. Camping or lodge based options are available.