Kosciuszko Snowshoe Adventure

Kosciuszko Snowshoe Adventure

Journey across the roof of Australia on our Kosciuszko Snowshoe Adventure

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. 

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Kosciuszko Snowshoe Adventure

4 days

Group Size 8

Trek Grading Moderate

Trip Dates

5-8th Sep 2019

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$1695 per person

$600 deposit to secure your place

Overview

Accommodation

3 nights snow camping in tents

Food

3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, 3 Breakfasts, hot drinks and snacks.

We make delicious fresh food and cater to all dietary requirements

Details

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.

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.

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.

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!

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You will be guided by Jeff Becker and Helen Cooper. Jeff is a qualified snowshoe guide with many years experience in Kosciuszko National Park. 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.

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.

Essential Items
  • hiking boots
  • backpack (65 litres)
  • Waterproof backpack liner, or 4 strong plastic bags
  • 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)
  • Base Layer top e.g. Merino long-sleeve shirt, thermal top)
  • hiking pants
  • 2 sets of polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
  • 3 pairs of hiking socks
  • beanie or warm hat
  • sun hat/cap
  • Ski goggles
  • Gaiters
  • sunscreen and sunglasses
  • drink bottles (4 litres, or hydration pack)
  • Head lamp & spare batteries
  • whistle

Optional items: inflatable pillow, binoculars, earplugs, camera

Supplied: All food and cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, tents, mattresses, snow shoes, 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 2pm on Sunday 8th September. We will notify you of the meeting place by email.

***$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.

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.  

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.