Hiking Mt Kosciuszko

A few months ago my friends and I played around with the idea of hiking Mt Kosciuszko. I thought, why are we talking about it, why don’t we just do it? Then and there I decided that I was going to hike it before I leave Australia. I decided that it was my one goal that I wanted to achieve before I left.

I am happy to say that I achieved that goal! About a month ago, my friends and I endeavoured to hike Mt Kosciuszko – the highest mountain in Australia.

Hiking Mt Kosciuszko
It was an 18km hike (return). This is the start of the Summit walk to Mt Kosciuszko.

Hiking Mt Kosciuszko
This is what the trail looks like. This is the “dip” at midpoint, before the start of the never ending incline up to the summit.

Hiking Mt Kosciuszko
We passed the Snowy River.

Hiking Mt Kosciuszko
After a certain point, we couldn’t see 30m ahead of us. We were walking through cloud/fog and it was freezing! Hiking in April is definitely not recommended – it was cold, really really cold. We were really unprepared – clothing wise. My friend was considering wearing just a t-shirt! Other people walking past us were wearing wind breakers, beanies etc.

Hiking Mt Kosciuszko
This is Seaman’s Hut – 2030m above sea level and 3.4km away from the summit. We had a pit stop here to eat and shelter ourselves from the gale force winds.

Hiking Mt Kosciuszko
Me at the Summit. I was so exhausted and cold at that point. Luckily, my friend lent me a spare shirt – otherwise I would’ve froze in the minus degree weather. On a clear day, you can see a 360 degree view in all directions. However, the day we hiked it was cloudy and we couldn’t see anything.

It was actually quite disappointing because when we reached the summit it didn’t really feel like an achievement. We just wanted to get back down asap because we were so cold!

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The hike back down was much more pleasant!

Hiking Mt Kosciuszko
I had more time to take photos.

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All in all – I can’t decide whether it was a good or bad experience. If you’re ever considering hiking Mt Kosciuszko, I would definitely recommend doing it in the summer/spring.

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