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Climb Kozi 4 Ground Staff

Climb Australia's highest point in support of our ground crews in Nepal and Peru

Challenge Highlights

  • Join legendary Australian mountaineers Tim Macartney-Snape and Soren Kruse Ledet, WE staff and supporters on an expedition to raise much needed funds for our ground staff in Nepal and Peru who are impacted by the ongoing pandemic
  • Follow the Main Range Track through spectacular alpine scenery via Blue Lake
  • Choose from 2 routes, the moderate 22km loop or the more challenging 23km route with Tim Macartney-Snape
  • Climb one of the original Seven Summits and Australia's highest mountain at 2228m
  • View some of Australia’s most unique landscapes, weathered snow gums and rock formations
  • Enjoy glorious views of Australia's highest mountain range
  • Amazing displays of wildflowers including marsh marigolds, silver snow daisies, mountain roses, and buttercups
  • Visit historic huts and Rawsons Pass, located along the Snowy River

Overview

Our friends in Nepal and Peru – the guides, porters and administration staff that are the backbone of our trekking adventures – are in need.

In 2020, the World Expeditions Foundations' Lend A Hand Appeal allowed us to distribute over 600 food and hygiene care packages, but our ground crew still need your help.

We are committed to continuing to send care packages to our team and we encourage you to support our efforts by climbing Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko (2,228m), to raise much needed funds for our Grants 4 Ground Staff appeal.

Situated in New South Wales' Snowy mountains, ‘Kozi’ is the highest peak in Australia and one of the original 7 summits. Polish explorer Count Pawel Edmund Strzelecki was the first European to summit the peak, way back in 1840. Why isn’t it called Mt Strzelecki? Because this selfless fellow decided to name it after his Polish hero.

CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO ROUTES

This popular summit walk takes you to the rooftop of Australia with sweeping 360 views across the Snowy Mountains and Victorian High Country. You can choose from 2 routes on the day, the moderate 22km loop or the more challenging 23km route with Tim Macartney-Snape. Stay a while to soak in the fresh alpine air and wallow in your sense of achievement, before returning along the shorter Summit Walk to Rawson's Hut route, or you can join Tim Macartney-Snape on a more challenging trek through South Ramshead to Dead Horse Gap. This longer walk is only suitable for very fit and experienced walkers.

All participants are asked to fundraise a minimum of $500pp, with 100% of the funds to be dispersed to our local partners and their employees in Nepal and Peru. Your support will make a tangible difference as these communities receive little or no government support.

Challenge Grade

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trek. The Kosciuszko Challenge is graded introductory to moderate as it involves between 6-7 hours walking (or up to 9 hours if you do the longer walk to Dead Horse Gap). The walk includes rugged terrain with long steep sections and is suitable for experienced walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. In preparation we advise that you undertake regular exercise three or four times a week for at least three months prior to your departure. Jogging, cycling and hill walking with a day pack is recommended.

Itinerary

After all the fundraising and preparation, the wait is finally over! Make your way to the Ski Rider Hotel on Kosciuszko Road, Wilsons Valley (approx 20 minutes from Jindabyne). After checking into your cabin there will be a team briefing at 6pm in Guppies Bar. We will go through preparations for the walk tomorrow, discussing route options and staggered team starts (if necessary), checkpoints along the route and equipment. Following the briefing we will enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ and the opportunity to meet new friends.

Meals:  D

Make your way to Guppies Bar Bistro from 6:00am, where breakfast will be served, and your lunches distributed. We will board the coach at 6:30am for our 6:45am departure to Charlotte Pass, so please ensure you are ready with your daypack and wet weather gear at breakfast. On arrival, the guides will give another briefing and issue you with numbered bibs before we head off on our walk to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia. CHOOSE FROM TWO ROUTES: MODERATE 22KM or CHALLENGING 23KM We will walk as a group via Blue Lake to the summit but have the option then of returning to Charlotte Pass along the Main Range Track via Rawson's Hut, or continuing with Tim Macartney-Snape on the more challenging walk to Dead Horse Gap. Together with Tim Macartney-Snape and Soren Kruse Ledet we'll follow the Main Range Track to the bottom of the valley. After crossing the Snowy River, we continue up a steep trail with spectacular views down to Hedley Tarn then on to the Blue Lake Lookout. The side trip to the lookout is well worth it for the fantastic view of the Blue Lake - one of only four cirque lakes found in mainland Australia. Retrace our steps to the Main Range Track and continue winding up the ridge to the rocky clearing and the summit of Carruthers Peak. We'll continue south past Lake Albina towards Muellers Peak track, Wilkinsons Creek track and on to the Kosciuszko Walk and to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko at 2228m. You've made it to the rooftop of Australia! After a team photo and time to absorb the 360-degree views that sweep from the Victorian High Country to the Monaro plains and across the majestic Kosciuszko Main Range, we'll regroup to make our way back down the mountain. ALTERNATE RETURN ROUTES There is the option to return to Charlotte Pass along the well-marked Summit Walk to Rawson's Hut then along an old service road to Seamans Hut. The trail continues into the valley overlooking the Snowy River and passes through a grove of snow gums before reaching Charlotte Pass. Alternatively, you can join two-time Everest summiteer, Tim Macartney-Snape, on a more challenging trek through South Ramshead to Dead Horse Gap. This longer walk is more suited to very fit and experienced walkers. Our coaches will be waiting at both Charlotte Pass and Dead Horse Gap to return us to the Ski Rider Hotel. After a shower and time to relax in your cabin, you are welcome to take advantage of the Happy Hour at Guppies Bar until 6pm. Dinner will be served from 7pm to celebrate the end of an incredible day.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a late breakfast you are free to return home or to spend the morning exploring Jindabyne. Congratulations on raising awareness and funds for our Ground Staff! Join the movement. Start a conversation today.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in comfortable twin share cabins with ensuite
  • Team return transfer from Ski Rider Hotel to Charlotte Pass for the challenge
  • Traditional Australian BBQ on Friday night to meet the team
  • Themed celebration dinner on Saturday night @ Ski Rider Hotel
  • Expert local guides and support/check point crew along walk
  • All park entrance fees, trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Snacks and water for the walk
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Group medical kit
  • Training manual and gear list
  • Fundraising support from setting up your online page to tips to reach your target

What's Not Included

  • Transport to and from the Ski Rider Hotel

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing, a rain jacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc.

Fundraising Impact

Since October 2020 WEF have distributed more than 600 food and hygiene care packages to stricken communities in Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Peru. While the COVID pandemic continues, we are committed to continue sending care packages to our team in need but have also seen the need for cash payments. 100% of donations from the appeal will be dispersed to our hardworking staff in Nepal and Peru while they remain without any income.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Minimum Charity Donation/ Fundraising required:USD$400 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 12 Nov 202114 Nov 2021
Duration:3 Days
Activities:Walking
Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:GFG
Travel Cost:USD$0