There are two ways to conquer Kosi
Merritts Nature Track (walkers)
Valley Terminal to Summit is a 10.5 km climb or a 21 km round trip. You will climb 4 km to Eagles Nest and continue the 6.5 km to take you to the top! On your journey back to base, walkers can choose to take the chair lift down at Eagles Nest.
Those doing the full climb and who wish to come down on the chair lift are not required to purchase a chairlift pass. RCA recommends that participants choose the chairlift return option if you are feeling tired. The walk down Merritts is still very strenuous and the track is very uneven.
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 6.5 km walk and a 13 km round trip. You will get a chair lift to the Eagles Nest Lookout and will walk the entire 6.5 km 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 choose a start time from 9.00 am onwards, as chairlift services will not be open prior.
The summit is 2,228 meters above sea level. Everyone starts at the same point.
The registration area will be set up in the Alpine Bar Courtyard at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. Once you and your team register in your allocated time wave (selected at time of registering online) and listen to your quick briefing, you will head off over the footbridge towards Valley Terminal
2. Valley Terminal to Eagles Nest (4 km)
Valley Terminal is the start of the initial 4 km trek to Eagles Nest. You can walk or take the chairlift straight to Eagles Nest. If the chairlift is your preferred method, you will need to pre-purchase your chairlift ticket when you register and select a start time after 9 am.
3. Eagles Nest to top of The Summit (6.5km)
Once you reach Eagles Nest by foot or chairlift, you will walk the additional 6.5 km to the top of the Summit.
4. Take time to enjoy the view at the top!
Once you reach the top of the Summit, take time to relax and enjoy the spectacular view.
5. Summit back down to Eagles Nest Lookout (6.5 km)
Start your 6.5km descent from the Summit to Eagles Nest.
6. Eagles Nest to Valley Terminal – by foot or chairlift
Once you arrive back at Eagles Nest, you have the option of walking the remaining 4km to Valley Terminal base or taking the complimentary chairlift down. There is no fee to take the chairlift down the mountain after your walk (you only require a pre-purchased chairlift ticket to take it up).
7. Arrive back at the registration area at Thredbo Alpine Hotel
There is no time limit placed on the climb. Please be aware if you wish to take the chairlift down from Eagles Nest to Valley Terminal, the last chairlift leaves at 4 pm.