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The Challenge

Mount Kosciuszko Challenge 2018

The Mount Kosciuszko Challenge is an annual event hosted by Rare Cancers Australia to raise awareness and much needed funds for Australians diagnosed with a rare and less common cancer. Join us for the climb from Thredbo to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko on Saturday 17 March 2018. The view from the top is spectacular and the journey towards it is breathtaking. Get involved, enjoy one of Australia's most beautiful landscapes and help the over 52,000 Australians diagnosed each year with a rare and less common cancer.


Event Registration

  • Adults: $65.00
  • Child (< 15) $25.00

Chairlift Passes (for those not taking Merrits Track)

  • Adults $17.50
  • Child (< 15): $8.50

Getting to the Summit

The summit is 2,228 metres above sea level. Everyone starts at the same point – Valley Terminal. There is no time placed on when you must finish the climb, however please be aware that should you wish to take the chairlift down from Eagles Nest, the last chairlift leaves at 4.00pm. For approximate completion times, please check out the following map.

There are two ways to conquer Kosi:

Merrits Nature Track (Walkers)

Valley Terminal to Summit is a 10.5km climb or a 21km round trip, should you wish to walk the entire way down to the base. You will climb 4km to Eagles Nest and continue the 6.5km to take you to the top! On your journey back to base, walkers can chose to take the chair lift down at Eagles Nest. Those doing the full climb and want to come down on the chair lift are not required to purchase a chairlift pass.

Please note that the climb from the base to the summit is quite strenuous and it is advised to purchase a chair lift pass if you are not at an adequate level of fitness.

Eagles Nest (Chairlift)

Eagles Nest to Summit is a 6.5km walk and a 13km round trip. You will get a chair lift to the Eagles Nest Lookout and will walk the entire 6.5km to the Summit.

Only those that have pre-purchased a chairlift pass can take the chairlift up. Chairlift passes can be purchased online during the registration process. You do not need a pass to take the chairlift back down to base at the end of your climb. Those wishing to take the Chairlift option must chose a start time from 9.00am onwards, as chairlift services will not be open prior.

Start Times

The Mount Kosciuszko Challenge is an all-day event. However, you must select a start time for your commencement of the climb. Due to the high number of participants, it is crucial that you adhere to the times and arrive 20 minutes prior to your start time to allow for registration and event briefing.

Those wishing to take the Chairlift option must chose a start time from 9.00am onwards, as the chairlift services will not be open prior.

Start times are:

  • 8.00am (*please note this time wave is now fully subscribed)
  • 8.30am
  • 9.00am 
  • 9.30am

Post Event Dinner 

The official dinner will be held in the Kosciuszko Room at Thredbo Alpine Resort and is a great way for participants to network and share stories and celebrate achievements. This can be purchased online during the registration process. 

3 Course Dinner (beverages extra), adults are $60 and children under 15 are $25.


Due to the early start and late finish especially if you are attending the dinner, many participants will choose to arrive at Thredbo on Friday 16 and leave Sunday 18. This will require two nights accommodation.

All participants in this year’s Kosciuszko Challenge have access to discounted accommodation at the Thredbo Alpine Resort. Twin share room is at a very reasonable rate of $150 per night and includes breakfast.

 Please contact Nicole Thrum, Events & Groups Manager at Thredbo, direct on 02 6459 4184 and mention Rare Cancers Kosi Challenge to get your discount.  

As our Challenge will coincide with other events, Thredbo can get quite busy during the summer period, accommodation does fill up fast, so please ensure you book your rooms well ahead of time.

More Info

For more information on The Mount Kosciuszko Challenge, please read the FAQs section.