Your Questions Answered! Kosi Challenge 2019
This FAQ document aims to answer every possible question you could have about Mount Kosciuszko Challenge 2019. If we’ve missed something, please get in touch with your question.
What time does it start?
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 choose a start time from 9.00am onwards, as the Chairlift will not be open prior.
Start times are:
- 8.00 am Merritts Track walkers only
- 8.15 am Merritts Track walkers only
- 8.30 am Merritts Track walkers only
- 8.45 am Merritts Track walkers only
- 9.00 am Merritts Track and Chairlift
- 9.15 am Chairlift only
- 9.30 am Chairlift only
- 9.45 am Chairlift only
All climbers in all groups have the option of taking the chairlift down the mountain. But only those that have prepaid can take the chairlift up.
How many people will participate in this year’s event?
In our seventh year, we hope to have 600 registered people climb to the top. Last year 500 people participated. Invite your friends, family and work colleagues to join you in the challenge. Register a team. Start a fundraising page. Ages 8-80 welcome.
Will there be a photographer taking pictures?
We are thankful to Randy Wieman from Hot Shots Photography who has taken photos of the event for the last couple of years. An official photographer will be available on the day to capture your climb to the summit. Photos will be available to download free of charge after the event from the Kosi Challenge website. To organise a team photo please contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration & Merchandise
How do I register and when do registrations close?
Go to the registration page. Online registrations close at 12 pm on Friday 22nd February 2019. Depending on numbers, event registrations can be closed earlier.
What are the costs? (event registration, dinner, chairlift passes, accommodation, and national park entry)
- Registration: $70.00
- Chair Lift Pass $19.50
- 3 Course Dinner (Beverages Extra) $65.00
Child (under 15)
- Registration $25.00
- Chair Lift Pass $10.50
- Dinner (Beverages Extra) $25.00
Dinner bookings will close 5 pm, Friday 22nd February 2019 unless sold out earlier.
Special dietary requirements must be notified at least 10 days prior to the event.
Discounted accommodation is available for participants. Please contact Nicole Thrum, Events & Groups Manager Thredbo, direct on 02 6459 4184 and mention Rare Cancers Kosi Challenge to get your discount.
If you drive your car into the National Park you will be required to purchase a Parking Pass. Cost is $17.00 per car per day. There are no entry costs for cyclists for the National Park.
See website for further information.
Can I register on the day itself?
No, you must pre-register online, go here to register. Online registrations close at 12 pm on Friday 22nd February 2019. Depending on numbers, event registrations can be closed earlier.
What does my registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers administration, event insurance, associated fees and promotion and a Rare Cancers cap.
What is the discount code I see when I register for the event online? Am I eligible?
From time to time, RCA may have a promotion for an event which may include a discount. If this is so, information on how to access the code and eligibility will be made available on our website. Currently, there is no promotion or discount available.
Can I buy a Rare Cancers cap?
All participants will receive a complimentary cap on the day. Additional caps can be purchased through the store.
Can I buy a picture of myself or my group atop the mountain?
We’re not able to offer this service at the moment so please bring your selfie stick.
Where does my fundraising money go?
Funds raised go to Rare Cancers Australia Ltd (RCA), a charity whose purpose is to improve awareness, support and treatment of Australians with rare and less common (RLC) cancers. Every year there are over 52,000 diagnoses of RLC Cancers and around 25,000 deaths. All funds raised in the 2019 Kosi Challenge will go to supporting our patient care team and their work with our rare cancer patients.We thank you for your support.
How do I set up a fundraising page?
You will set up a fundraising page as part of your event registration. It is a simple process and can be done online very quickly. You can then share the link with everyone you know online. If you plan to be part of a team, you can join or create a team as part of your event registration. If you forgot to do this, you can always create or join a team via your fundraiser dashboard.
How much am I expected to raise?
Any amount you raise, no matter how big or small is appreciated. All fundraising goes to supporting RCA's work with cancer patients.
Participants in the Parliament to the Peak (P2P) Cycle Ride are invited to raise a minimum of $2500.00 due to the limited number of cyclists allowed.
Can I walk the challenge without actively fundraising?
Yes, of course. We welcome as many participants as possible.
Is there a prize for the biggest fundraiser?
We’d welcome the provision of a prize to incentivize our participants. If you would like to donate a prize please contact email@example.com
Where is the meeting place for the start of the climb/walk?
Please proceed to Valley Terminal. The Mount Kosciuszko Challenge event village will be set up near the Tennis Courts. See the map here.
How long does the climb take?
The summit is 2,228 metres above sea level. Everyone starts at the same point – Valley Terminal. For approximate times, please check out the following map:
Merritts Nature Track & Mt Kosi Track (walkers)
Valley Terminal to Summit is a 10.5km climb or 21km round trip. You will climb 4km to Eagles Nest and continue the 6.5km to take you to the top!
Eagles Nest (chairlift)
Eagles Nest to Summit is a 6.5km or 13km round trip. You will get a chairlift to the Eagles Nest Lookout and will walk the entire 6.5km to the Summit.
Those wishing to take the Chairlift option must choose a start time from 9.00am onwards, as the Chairlift will not be open prior.
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. Those doing the full climb and want to come down on the chairlift are not required to purchase a chairlift pass.
How long do we spend at the top?
The view from Australia's highest point is spectacular and whilst the amount of time you spend up there is entirely your choice, you may want to savour the moment and bask in the glory of your triumph! It's also a great opportunity to rest and conserve your energy, remember going to the top means also having to make the journey back down!
Please do not climb on the cairn at the summit as it can be dangerous Whilst we do everything to make sure that our participants are safe, and have medics on hand during the climb please, at all times, remember that you are hiking in the high country and the conditions can change very quickly.
Please be advised that how long you spend up there is also dependent on when you reach the top and also if you are joining us for dinner. Those who wish to make the journey all the way down by foot to the base, allow enough time to get back and be ready for dinner at 6.30pm. If you are taking the chairlift down, the last chairlift is scheduled at 4.00pm.
How far is the walk?
You can choose to start from Valley Terminal for the 21km round trip or walk from Eagles Nest for a 13km round trip.
We’d like to run some of the walking track, is that OK?
National Parks forbid running on the metal walkways which can be bouncy and slippery and running might cause danger to other participants.
Are there any pre-event training sessions?
As people come from far and wide for this event, we won’t be organising team training sessions this year. We suggest you undertake your own personal training for the event. It would be wise to include some hill climbing, walking on an incline on a treadmill or stair climbing to stimulate your climbing muscles!
Do I have to be really fit?
The walk is quite challenging. Should you doubt your level of fitness please consult your GP prior to registration.
Will there be water and toilet stops?
There is a small café at Eagles Nest where some items can be purchased. Toilet facilities are available at Eagles Nest and also at Rawsons Pass, which is 800m from the summit. We advise all participants to come prepared with at least 1L of water.
What to bring
What should I wear/bring along?
The weather is highly changeable on any given day. Please come prepared for all weather conditions. Sturdy walking boots or shoes that have been worn in, waterproof jacket, light woolen jumper or fleece, long sleeve top, thermal top, gloves, and warm hat, water at least one litre, lunch and snacks, and hat/sunscreen/sunglasses.
Do we BYO lunch? Can we buy it?
Lunch, snacks and water can be purchased at the Village prior to the event.
What’s the best footwear to wear? Are runners/joggers Okay? Or hiking boots?
The weather is highly changeable on any given day. Please come prepared for all weather conditions.
Sturdy walking boots or shoes that have been worn in, waterproof jacket, light woolen jumper or fleece, long sleeve top, thermal top, gloves, and warm hat, water at least one litre, lunch and snacks, and hat/sunscreen/sunglasses.
It is recommended to wear footwear that has already been worn-in to avoid sore feet and blisters.
Do you provide sunscreen?
Please bring your own sunscreen, medications and weather gear.
Getting there & accommodation
What if I am late for the start? Is there a cut off?
Please refer to the registration and start times above. Ensure that you allow 20 minutes prior to your start time.
Is the start line marked with branded flags?
The meeting point for all participants will be signed appropriately and clearly branded with Rare Cancers Australia banners. The two starting points (chairlift and Merritts Nature Track) will not be flagged, however, event volunteers will guide you there.
What are my accommodation options?
Discounted accommodation is available for participants. Please contact Nicole Thrum, Events & Group Manager, Thredbo direct on 02 6459 4184 and mention Rare Cancers Kosi Challenge to get your discount.
There are also many other accommodation options available, ranging from budget hostels, YHA to serviced apartments and lodges.
Do most participants stay the Friday night and the Saturday night?
Yes, most participants tend to stay Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March at Thredbo Village but you are free to stay one night and at alternative accommodation. Large groups might like to stay at the YHA.
Is there a social/networking gathering taking place before the event?
There will be a social gathering in the Schuss Bar of the Thredbo Alpine Hotel Friday 1st March from 6 pm for those that would like to meet with the RCA team and other climbers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to join us. Drinks and dinner available (Note: cash or credit card payment to the hotel on the night).
Is there a social gathering on Sunday after the event?
As most people need to return to SYD/MEL/CBR we will not be holding a Sunday social. So please make the most of the official dinner event where you can meet the RCA team, chat with other participants and supporters.
Where is the official dinner?
The official dinner will be held in the Kosciusko Room at Thredbo Alpine Resort. The cost is $65.00 per head (Adult) $25.00 per head (Child) and can be paid during the online registration process. Beverages can be purchased separately at the cash bar.
There is limited capacity available for the dinner to so please purchase your tickets during the registration process.
Additional tickets can be purchased for those not participating in the Kosi Challenge during the registration process or by visiting the store.
Special dietary requirements must be supplied at least 10 days prior to the event.
Dinner bookings will close on Friday 22nd February 2019 at 5 pm.
What is the dress code for the official dinner?
Where and what time is the dinner held?
Dinner is held in the Kosciuszko Room inside the Thredbo Alpine Hotel, Friday Drive, Thredbo, Kosciuszko National Park. 6.30pm on Saturday, March 2nd. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.
Is dinner a set menu?
Dinner is a set menu with ‘alternate plating’ and a vegetarian option. Your dinner reservation can be made at the time you register online.
Dinner is $65.00 per head Adult $25.00 per head Child for a three-course meal.
What beverages will be available for purchase?
Beverages can be purchased separately from the bar.
What if I have special dietary requirements?
Vegetarian and other special dietary requirements can be catered for, but the restaurant has requested that they are advised of these at least 10 days prior to the dinner. Please note your dietary requirements in the comments section when you register.
Issues on the Day
What happens if it’s raining?
The event will go ahead in light rain. If the conditions are deemed unsafe by the ranger, the National Park will be closed.
What if I get injured or sick?
There will be a fully trained medic at our event. If you injure yourself or someone in your group is injured please notify an event organizer to arrange assistance.
Thredbo Medical Centre is located at Valley Terminal and throughout winter is operated by a qualified general practitioner.
The center is open during school holidays. At other times there is first aid care available in Thredbo and a medical service is located in Jindabyne. There is a hospital in Cooma (02) 6457 6254 or for emergencies dial 000.
Will my mobile have network coverage at top of the mountain?
We are certainly still connected on top of Australia's highest point! However, the strength of your signal varies along the journey and is dependent on your provider.
What if I must cancel? Do I get a refund?
Cancellations occurring less than seven (7) days prior to an event will incur a 10 percent administration fee. Cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to an event will forfeit full payment. Substitutes can be made at any time. See here for our full refund terms and conditions.
Is the event covered by insurance?
Yes RCA has public liability insurance for this event.