When is the event?
Saturday, 19th March 2022
What time does it start?
Kosi Challenge is an all-day event. You can choose your own start time from the list below. Due to the high number of participants, it is crucial that you arrive 20 minutes prior to your start time to allow for registration and event briefing.
Start times are:
- 7.15am Merritts Track walkers only
- 7.30am Merritts Track walkers only
- 7.45am Merritts Track walkers only
- 8.00am Merritts Track walkers only
- 8.15am Merritts Track walkers only
- 8.30am Merritts Track walkers only
- 8.45am Merritts Track walkers only
- 9.00am Merritts Track and/or Chairlift
- 9.15am Chairlift only
- 9.30am Chairlift only
- If you wish to take the chair lift up the mountain, you need to pre-purchase a chairlift pass. The chairlift opens at 9am, so walkers must choose a start time after this.
- If you wish to take the chair lift down the mountain, it is complimentary for all walkers in all groups.
How many people will participate in this year’s event?
In our tenth year, we hope to have 550 registered participants taking the challenge and walking to the summit of Mt Kosckiosuko. 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?
Official photographer Randy Wieman from Hot Shots Photography 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration & merchandise
How do I register and when do registrations close?
Go to the registration page. Online registrations close at 12pm on Friday 11th March 2022. Depending on numbers, event registrations may close earlier.
Registration for the Virtual Kosi Challenge will remain open until Saturday the 19th of March.
What are the costs? (event registration, chairlift passes, accommodation, and national park entry)
- Registration: $80.00
- Chair Lift Pass $15.00 (one way)
Child (under 17)
- Registration $30.00
- Chair Lift Pass $11.00 (one way)
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 receive your discounted room rate.
If you drive your car into the National Park you will be required to purchase a Parking Pass. The cost is currently $17.00 per car per day.
See website for further information.
Can I register on the day itself?
No, you must pre-register online. Online registrations close at 12pm on Friday 11th March 2022. Depending on numbers, event registrations may close earlier.
What does my registration fee cover?
The registration fee includes a RARE cap that you will receive on the morning of the event, as well as administration costs, event insurance, associated fees and promotion.
Since its launch in 2013, the event has raised over $3 million for patients and invaluable public awareness for rare cancers.
What is the discount code I see when I register for the event online? Am I eligible?
From time to time, RCA runs special promotions for events, which may include a discount. Currently, there is no promotion or discount available for this event.
Can I buy a Rare Cancers cap?
All participants will receive a complimentary RARE cap the morning of Kosi Challenge. 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?
A professional photographer will be available on the day. You are also welcome to bring along a selfie stick.
Where does my fundraising money go?
100 percent of the funds raised through the Kosi Challenge go towards Rare Cancers Australia’s (RCA) work of improving the lives and outcomes of Australians living with a rare or less common cancer (RLC). RCA provides information and support to those diagnosed with RLCs, fundraises for treatment, and fosters a patient community. We also campaign for affordable and accessible life-saving drugs that will help make the current treatment system more equitable.
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. And remember – raising public awareness is an important part of the event too, so be sure to share your participation far and wide
Can I register for Kosi 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/hike?
The starting point for Kosi Challenge is in the courtyard of the Alpine Bar in Thredbo Alpine Hotel. Address: 8 Friday Dr, Thredbo NSW 2625.
How long does the hike take?
The summit is 2,228 metres above sea level. Everyone starts at the same point. 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: the climb from the base to the summit is quite strenuous, so please consider purchasing a chairlift ticket if you are not at an adequate level of fitness. Those doing the full climb and who 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! With current COVID restrictions, however, only 100 people are permitted on top of the summit at any one time. Your guide (wearing a high vis RARE vest) will advise when it's time to move on.
If you are taking the chairlift down, the last chairlift is scheduled for 4.00 pm.
Please remember that you are hiking in the high country, and conditions can change very quickly. While great care is taken to keep participants safe, including having medics on hand, it is up to every climber to be responsible and avoid dangerous behaviour. This includes not climbing on the cairn at the summit.
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 forbids running on the metal walkways, which can be bouncy and slippery and may endanger 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 Kosi Challenge 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, so please come prepared for all weather conditions. This includes sturdy walking boots or shoes that have been worn in, waterproof jacket, light woollen jumper or fleece, long sleeve top, thermal top, gloves, warm hat and sunscreen/sunglasses. You should also bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks and any medication you may need.
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. Ideally, this would be hiking boots, but runners/joggers are also OK.
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 time FAQs above. Ensure that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your start time to allow for registration and event briefing.
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 Saturday night?
Yes, most participants tend to stay Friday and Saturday at Thredbo Village.
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.
Official event - Saturday evening
Where is the Official Event?
Usually, the team at Rare Cancers Australia host an official event on Saturday evening, the format varies each year. Due to COVID and restrictions, this will be advised closer.
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 the event. If you or someone in your group is injured, please notify an event organiser 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 in Jindabyne. The nearest hospital is 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 may vary 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.