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Getting to the summit

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 now 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 use the chairlift. Chairlift passes can be purchased online during the registration process.

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 Route

The summit is 2,228 meters above sea level. Everyone starts at the same point.

1.   Registration

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 chairlift down. If the chairlift is your preferred method, you will need to pre-purchase your chairlift ticket when you register.

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.