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I've hiked in the Kosciuszko area on a number of occasions and no matter what time of the year I've been, the weather is always unpredictable. It can be sunny one day, blowing a hurricane on another, and raining, sleeting or snowing on the third. It is imperative that you are well prepared for the worst conditions which may arise.

I've created a list below of the gear I've generally packed on any extended overnight hike:

Clothing

  • Change of socks for each day
  • Change of underwear for each day
  • One additional change of socks & underwear
  • Thermal underwear (bottom and top)
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Windproof/waterproof pants
  • Trousers (convertable to shorts)
  • Two short sleave shirts (you can dry one while wearing the other)
  • Fleecy jumper
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Beanie
  • Sunvisor
  • Sunglasses
  • Solid walking boots (ankle-high, waterproof are ideal)
  • Sunscreen

Food & Cooking

  • Gas stove & fuel (no open fires permitted)
  • Trangia or other cooking pots
  • Matches/lighter
  • Spoon
  • Pocket knife
  • Water bottles (we carried 3 litres of water per person)
  • 3 meals per day (Salt & Pepper will help everything taste better)
  • Snacks (chocolate, nuts, dried fruit)
  • Scourer to clean
  • Plastic bags to carry your trash out

Camping & Sleeping

  • 3-4 season tent
  • Sleeping bag suitable for conditions (it will get below zero even in summer)
  • Thermarest or sleeping matt
  • Torch
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic spade to dispose of human waste (see notes below)

Survial

  • Mobile phone (not all networks will have coverage)
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Illumination stick
  • Watch
  • Topographic Map (Mount Kosciuskzo 8525-II & III)
  • First aid kit

My bag is too light...

  • Down Jacket
  • Camera
  • Pack of cards
  • Book
  • Altimeter/Themometer watch

Waste

The absolute best way to ruin the camping experience of those who come after you is to leave your shit behind after you (literally and metaphorically). I don't know how many times I've discovered an ideal camp/eating site only to find garbage lying around. Food scrapes will take months to decompose. Rubbish and other human waste buried in the snow will only re-appear as soon as the snow melts. Ideally, everything you carry in you should carry out (especially if it's not going to decompose). If you just can't stand the thought of carrying your own crap out with you then ensure you bury it. Anything buried should be in a hole at least 15cm deep and at least 50metres from any water source. Remember, whatever you leave behind, other people are going to find.

Useful Contacts

Weather

Australian Bureau Meteorology -Snowy Mountains

Thredbo Top Station - Weather Station

Item Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°C) 19° 18.5° 16° 12° 2.5° 3.5° 10° 14° 16°
Avg. Low (°C) -1.5° -3.5° -5° -4° -2°
Avg. Rain (mm) 97 73 114 98 131 168 186 235 229 173 136 91

(weather measured at Perisher Valley ~13.6km away)

Type a value in any of the fields to convert between temperature measurements:

Fees

There are two fees which you may need to pay in order to climb the Aussie10.

  1. National Park Entry Fee
    Must be paid per person or per vehicle.
    Check here for the most up-to-date entry fees.
  2. Chairlift Fees
    If you plan on using the Thredbo chairlift and start from the top of Thredbo, you will need to pay a one-way chairlift fee.
    Check here for the most up-to-date lift fees.

National Parks & Wildlife

Kosciuszko National Park

Australian Topographic Maps

The Map Store