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Be part of a dazzling journey across the roof of Australia on our Kosciuszko Snowshoe Adventure from 5th to 8th September 2019.
Join us as we snowshoe 4 days through and above the tree-line in the precious and unique environment of the Main Range in the NSW Snowy Mountains.
Dates: Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th September 2019
Accommodation: 3 nights snow camping in tents
Food: Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3 , Breakfast x 3 and snacks. We make delicious fresh food and cater to all dietary requirements
Max group size: 8 with 2 guides
Investment: $1695 per person
This 4-day Kosciuszco Snowshoe Adventure is designed to give you:
an incredible journey in a unique and dazzling natural Australian landscape
a restful break from technology and the stresses of everyday life
a powerful fitness goal to inspire and motivate you towards better health
DAY 1 - Jindabyne VIA GUTHEGA TO THE ROLLING GROUNDS (3-4 HOURS WALKING)
We will meet at 10am in Jindabyne for fitting of specialist equipment, then be driven up to 1600m elevation at Guthega Pondage where we begin our snowshoeing adventure, after a delicious lunch.
We’ll cross the Snowy River on the dam wall and head up the spur that leads to the Rolling Grounds - an elevated plateau of granite and ice that lies between the Main Range and the Jagungal Wilderness. We set up our first snow camp above the tree line at around 1950m - if you’ve not snow camped before it can be surprisingly comfortable and loads of fun. LD
DAY 2 – THE ROLLING GROUNDS TO POUNDS CREEK (5-7 HOURS WALKING)
We cross over to the Main Range via Consett Stephen Pass and ascend Mt Tate (2068m) on the edge of the 1000m deep Geehi valley, and weather permitting take in Mts Anderson and Anton. These mountains sit on the edge of the Western face of the Main Range with views far across into the Victorian Alps. From there we will head down into the shelter of Pounds Creek for our second night on the snow. BLD
DAY 3 – POUNDS CREEK TO ILLAWONG (4-7 HOURS WALKING)
With good weather and group fitness we will ascend Mount Twynam (2196m), and even peer down Australia’s premier ice-climbing routes into Blue Lake. If the weather is less favourable, we will develop our snow safety skills including avalanche awareness and snow shelter construction. From there we will descend to the Snowy River at Illawong (1610m) and cross the wire suspension bridge before finding our final evenings campsite amongst the snow gums. BLD
DAY 4 – ILLAWONG VIA GUTHEGA TO JINDABYNE (2-3 HOURS WALKING)
The final day’s walk follows the Snowy River, with views up to the mountains we have just traversed, back to Guthega where we will retrace our drive back into Jindabyne. You will return feeling refreshed, revitalised and on top of the world! BLD
GUIDES AND SAFETY
You will be guided by Peter Saw and Helen Cooper. Peter is a qualified snowshoe guide. Both are trained in Wilderness First Aid and have tons of experience in the snow. The group will have a satellite phone, Garmin InReach device, and first aid kits.
We will be hiking for 6-8 hours each day. On all days you will be carrying an 14-18kg pack - it decreases in weight as we eat all the food. Moderate fitness levels required (speak to us if you want to know whether this is suitable for you). Some steep slopes.
WHAT TO TAKE
It is necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have good-quality outdoor clothing. Jeans and cotton clothing are a danger to us in the alpine environment.
backpack (65 litres)
backpack liner (strong plastic bag)
4 season sleeping bag (and optional liner for extra warmth)
waterproof raincoat and pants (Gore-tex or similar)
2 layers of warm fleece/wool jersey/down jacket (not cotton)
hiking shirt (quick dry material)
2 sets of polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
3 pairs of hiking socks
beanie or warm hat
sunscreen and sunglasses
drink bottles (3 litres, or hydration pack)
Optional items: inflatable pillow, binoculars, earplugs, camera
Supplied: All food and cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, tents, mattresses, snow shoes and overboots, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
We will travel between Jindabyne and Guthega in a mini-bus with a trailer.
All the meals as indicated above are included in the price. The food is based on nutritious, healthy, wholefood recipes. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
The tour starts in Jindabyne on Thursday 5th September at 10am. We will return to Jindabyne by approx 2.30pm on Sunday 8th September.
***$1695 per person***
Includes 4-day guided adventure, 3 nights accommodation in tents (supplied), transport by private vehicle between Jindabyne and the trail head, all meals as stated above together with healthy snacks, National Parks Permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.
Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory)
A deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your trek.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
When you book you must notify us of any medical condition, medical history, or medications that you are on. In particular, asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies to wasp/ bee stings and food allergies.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.
All images on this page supplied by Peter Saw & Shutterstock