Dialog Box


Your Questions Answered! Hike4Rare 2020

This FAQ document aims to answer every possible question you could have about Hike4Rare 2020. If we’ve missed something, please get in touch with your question.


When is the event?

Saturday, 21st March 2020

What time does it start?

Although Hike4Rare is an all-day event, you must select a start time for your commencement. 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 to 9am.

Start times are:
  • 7.30am Merritts Track walkers only
  • 7.45am Merritts Track walkers only
  • 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/or Chairlift
  • 9.15 am Chairlift only
  • 9.30 am Chairlift only

All walkers in all groups have the option of taking the chairlift down the mountain – this is complimentary. But only those who have prepaid and pre-purchased a chairlift ticket can take the chairlift up.

How many people will participate in this year’s event?

In our eighth year, we hope to have 500 registered people hike to the top. Last year 450 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 after the event. To organise a team photo please contact Randy at randy@hotshots.net.au

Registration & Merchandise

How do I register and when do registrations close?

Go to the registration page. Online registrations close at 12pm on Friday 6th March 2020. Depending on numbers, event registrations may close earlier.

What are the costs? (event registration, official event, chairlift passes, accommodation, and national park entry)
  • Registration: $75.00
  • Chair Lift Pass $21.00
  • Cocktail Reception $80.00
Child (under 15)
  • Registration $25.00
  • Chair Lift Pass $11.00
  • Cocktail Reception $25.00

Tickets for the 2 ½ hour Cocktail Reception, a relaxed event post hike will close at midday on Friday 6th March 2020, unless sold out earlier. The canape selection will include a variety of choices in the aim to accommodate any dietary requirements.

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 received your discounted room rate.

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 12pm on Friday 6th March 2020. Depending on numbers, event registrations may close earlier.

What does my registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers administration, event insurance, associated fees and promotion. It also includes a RARE cap which you will be handed when you arrive the morning of Hike4Rare.

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 RARE cap the morning of Hike4Rare. Additional RARE caps can be purchased online through our merchandise store or on the day for $25 each.

Can I buy a picture of myself or my group atop the mountain?

We will have a professional photographer on the day, we also advise bringing 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 2020 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 rare cancer patients.

Can I register for Hike4Rare 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 nikki@rarecancers.org.au

The Hike

Where is the meeting place for the start of the climb/hike?

Please proceed to Valley Terminal. The starting point for Hike4Rare will be set up near the Tennis Courts. See the map here

How long does the hike 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 to 9.00am.

Please note that the climb from the base to the summit is quite strenuous and it is advised to purchase a chair lift ticket 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 – this is complimentary.

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 relaxed drinks and canapes post hike. 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 6.00pm. If you are taking the chairlift down, the last chairlift is scheduled at 4.00pm.

How far is the hike?

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 hike 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, warm hat and sunscreen/sunglasses. Water (at least 1L), lunch and snacks.

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. 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

How do I get there?

Visit www.thredbo.com.au/village-life/about-thredbo/getting-here for information on getting to Thredbo from Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra.

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 Australia Kosi Challenge to receive your discounted room rate.

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 20th and Saturday 21st March at Thredbo Village but you are free to stay one night and at alternative accommodation.


I’d like to share my participation on social media. What information do I need?

We’d love you to share your Hike4Rare experience on social media sites.

Use the hashtag #kosichallenge, #hike4rare

Twitter @RareCancers

Facebook www.facebook.com/RareCancersAustralia

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/rare-cancers-australia

Instagram  www.instagram.com/rarecancers/

Is there a social/networking gathering taking place before the event?

Friday evening is available for you to make your own arrangements.

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 event on Saturday evening (6-8.30pm) post hike where you can meet the RCA team, chat with other participants and supporters.

Official Event – Cocktail Reception

Where is the Official Event?

The team at Rare Cancers Australia will host an official event on the Saturday evening post hike, the format will be a casual stand-up cocktail reception. The cocktail reception will be held in the Kosciuszko Room at Thredbo Alpine Resort on Saturday 21st March 2020, from 6-8.30pm. The cost is $80.00 per person (Adult), $25.00 per person (Child) and can be paid during the online registration process. All Beverages are included in the price per head (standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages).

There is limited capacity available for the cocktail reception 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.

Tickets for the Saturday evening cocktail reception will close on Friday 6th March 2020 at Midday, unless sold out prior.

What is the dress code for the cocktail reception?

Smart casual.

Where and what time is the cocktail reception held?

The cocktail reception will be held in the Kosciuszko Room at Thredbo Alpine Resort on Saturday 21st March 2020, from 6-8.30pm. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.

What beverages will be available for purchase?

All Beverages are included (alcoholic for adults and non-alcoholic for kids) – a pre-selected sparkling wine, white and red wine, selection of beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Spirits are not included but can be purchased from the bar.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

The canape selection will include a variety of choices in the aim to accommodate any dietary requirements.

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 is the weather forecast for the climb?

At the time of publication, a weather forecast was not available. Please visit www.weatherzone.com.au/nsw/snowy-mountains/thredbo-village closer to the event.

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.