Mt. Kosciuszko Expedition

Mt. Kosciuszko Expedition

Mt. Kosciuszko Expedition



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The Snowy Mountains in NSW Australia is one of the most unique alpine environments in the world. The landscape itself is defined by gumtrees, wildflowers and limestone gorges and is home to Australia’s largest mainland peak, Mt Kosciuszko.

The topography of Kosciuszko National Park makes for rugged and challenging environment that is perfectly suited to an Alpine Academy which focuses on teaching people the fundamentals of mountaineering and backcountry travel to prepare them for bigger more technical objectives aboard.

The CTSS Australian Alpine Academy offers two in depth programs, you can choose from either our ‘Introduction to Mountaineering – Alpine Academy’ which prepares you for bigger, international peaks or our ‘Winter Ascent of Kosciuszko as part of the Seven Summits – or combine them together for a once in a lifetime Australian winter experience.


  • Fully qualified world class Mountain Guides
  • Education and Comprehensive Training Seminars
  • 3x nights camping in Kosciuszko National Park
  • Camping equipment (tents, toilet facilities)
  • Group equipment (stoves, gas, group technical gear including snow & ice anchors, ropes, rock, ice & snow protection, sleds, snow shovels)
  • Mountain Meals
  • Emergency equipment, first aid, satellite phone/GPS
  • All costs incurred by you prior to the start date of the trip and after the end date, including accommodation in Jindabyne the night before (Day Zero) or the night the course completes
  • Personal clothing and personal climbing gear (including snow shoes, helmet, harness, carabiners, mountaineering boots, ice axe – many of these items can be rented in advance)
  • In town meals in Jindabyne
  • Transportation
  • Personal National Park entry fees
  • Expenses while on expedition that are above and beyond the normal scope of the trip such as medical treatment, evacuation, trip interruption, snacks, flight changes, alcohol, gifts for friends and family, specialty coffees, and bottled water among others.
  • Expenses incurred due to events out of the control of CTSS such as delays or interruptions, political events, natural events of disasters, events outside of our control will not be covered by CTSS. These may include circumstances such as extra hotel nights due to delays.
  • Trip Insurance including personal climbing, medical, rescue, evacuation, trip interruption, and trip cancellation insurance
  • Guide tips (customary but optional)

Tour Plan


Pre-trip team briefing & gear checks – Jindabyne – (This is a complimentary service that is not included in the official program – so you need to be in Jindabyne a day early. Accommodation the night before is your responsibility)

Day 1:

AM: Meet in Guthega Car Park
Training Session: Sled Rigging & Packing
Snowshoe Base Camp.
PM: Training Session: Intro to Expedition Camping, set up camp. Overnight: Base Camp

Day 2:

Full Day Training: Snowshoe to Blue Lakes
Basic Mountaineering Skills:

  • Crampon technique
  • Self-arrest
  • Climbing efficiency
  • Knots & Hitches
  • Glacier travel with sleds

Overnight at Base Camp

Day 3:

Full Day Training: Snowshoe to Blue Lakes

  • Snow anchors and running protection
  • Fixed line ascension
  • Ice climbing (condition dependant)
  • Rapelling
  • Snow anchors & running protection

Overnight at Base Camp

Day 4:

AM: Training Session: Crevasse Rescue

Break down Camp

PM: Return to Guthega by approx. 4pm

(It is strongly recommended you book accommodation in the area to avoid driving/travelling when you are tired)


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