Mount Kosciuszko, the lowest of the 7 Summits and is also the most accessible of the seven mountains. It is really more or of a hike than a climb, a simple walk-up on the otherwise relatively flat Australian continent. Mount Kosciuszko is the centerpiece of 1,664,314-acre Kosciuszko National Park, the country’s largest National park. It is believed that the aboriginal people from the area had summited the peak many times prior to the first recorded ascent in 1840 by Polish explorer Paul Strzelecki. The Kosciuszko area is the coldest and snowiest part in all of Australia, which is otherwise an arid and hot continent. Snow covers the mountains from June through October and make it a perfect time to ski at Thredbo ski resort.
You can hike up the mountain from the Thredbo village taking the Merits Nature track, the most difficult part of the hike since it is very steep, and it is also where you will gain most of the elevation. This was the path I took. This trail meets up with the Kosciuszko summit trail, which is a longer, gradual path to the summit. At certain times of the day you can also take a chair lift, which allows you to bypass the Merit Nature Track section of the hike and leaves you with a 16 km hike to the summit and back. You can also access the peak several ways from the backside of the mountain which includes a 32 km trail that loops around to the front of the mountain.
I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit Australia regularly and it holds a special place in my heart. Australia is a beautiful country/continent filled with amazing people, culture, wildlife, weather, cities, beaches and surf. There is no other place like it in the world.
Height: 2229m (7,310’)
Mountain Range: Snowy Mountains