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 scenic peaks walk with Alpine guide Mike Edmondson - YouTube.
: Note: Camping and lodge options available on all dates unless marked. April 25-28 (Anzac Weekend), May 3-6, November 1-4, November 8-11, November 23-26, December 6-9 (Booked out), December 13-16, December 19-23(Booked out Photography Walk), December 28-31 or 27-30 In Alpine Wildflower Season, Plus other dates for private group & bookings.
2020 dates: January 3-6, Plus other dates to be advised.
Cost: $700 pp for 3-5 clients, $950 pp for 2 clients or $1800 for a private walk with one person.
If you book a complete private group of 5 walkers for a Camping Walk or 5-6 walkers for a lodge based 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 late October through to May as the weather is generally fine and the days are longer. Snow drifts remain until late in the year and spectacular alpine flowers bloom in the warmer months from December through to late January. During winter and early spring the walk is more difficult due to snow and weather conditions. While the walk can be undertaken on snow shoes, additional days will be required to accommodate weather conditions and slower progress over snow laden mountains. Completing the challenge on cross country skis is an option for those with intermediate skiing skills.
Bookings: Please email me your name, phone number and preferred dates. A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking.
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 stockmans’ huts. Camping or lodge based options are available.