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Kosi Climb for Kids

Event Day

When does the event start/finish?

The Kosi Climb for Kids challenge takes place on Sunday, April 7, 2019, and is an all day, family event, however, you must select a start time for your commencement of the climb.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your start time to allow for registration and event briefing.

Start times are:

  • 9.00am
  • 9.30am
  • 10.00am

How do I share my participation on social media? What information do I need?

We would love you to share your Kosi Climb for Kids experience on social media sites.

Please use the hashtags #kosiclimbforkids #schoolforlifefoundation

The Walk

How far is the walk?

The walk is a 13km round trip.

You will start at the Valley Terminal, take the chairlift to Eagles Nest Lookout and walk 6.5km to the Summit and then 6.5km back to Eagles Nest Lookout where you will catch the chairlift back down to the Valley Terminal, Thredbo.

How long does the walk take?

It can take anywhere from 4 – 6 hours depending on how fast your walking pace is and how long you spend at the Summit.

More information about the walk and approximate times can be found at www.thredbo.com.au/mountain/walking-trails/

Are we able to run some of the walking track?

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?

We won’t be organising team training sessions, however, 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?

A moderate level of fitness is all that is required for this walk.
The walk from Eagles Nest chairlift to Summit is clearly marked and has a well-established path. There will be short steep hills along the way. 

Do I get a certificate of participation?

All participants who complete the walk will receive a digital certificate of participation.

Will there be water and toilet stops on the walk?

There is a small cafe at Eagles Nest where some items can be purchased. Toilet facilities are also available at Eagles Nest and Rawsons Pass, which is 800m from the summit.

Please note there will not be any water stations along the track so please be sure you carry enough water with you and keep hydrated at all times.


How do I register? When is the cut-off date for registrations?

Online registrations close 12 pm on 22 March 2019.

To register, click here

Can I register on the event day?

You are required to register online before the event day.

What costs are involved to participate in this event?

Event registration, chairlift passes, accommodation and National Park entry. Optional pre-event dinner.

Registration: $74.50 (includes chairlift pass)
Dinner: $65 excludes beverages (optional)
Park entry fee: $17 per car per day

Child (< 15):
Registration: $35.50 (includes chairlift pass)
Dinner: $25 excludes beverages (optional)

Please note, should you wish to be part of the pre-event dinner on the Saturday night prior to the event day, we highly recommend that you purchase this optional extra at the time of registration. 

If you have already registered and forgot to add the pre-event dinner, but would like to, please ensure you have placed your order via the store before the below cut-off date.

Dinner bookings will strictly close 10 am, Friday, March 22 2019.

For more information on National Park entry fees, click here

What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers administration, event insurance, associated fees and promotion. In addition, your registration fee also provides each participant with a School for Life cap and chairlift pass to the start of the climb at Eagles Nest.

Is there a minimum age to join the walk?

There is no minimum age to walk to the summit from Eagles Nest chair lift and it's not unusual to see children younger than 5 years old walking the track with their parents. 

Some parents even take their babies and toddlers in backpack style carriers! 

Some younger children might find it tiring during the last 800m to the summit, so please consider this if walking with young kids.

What to bring

Can I purchase SFL merchandise to wear on the day?

All participants will receive a complimentary SFL cap on the day. SFL t-shirts, training singlet tops and other merchandise will be available online via the SFL Kosi Climb for Kids website.

What do I need to wear or bring along for the walk?

The weather in Thredbo is highly changeable on any given day. Please come prepared for all weather conditions, including extreme heat or extreme cold. Sturdy walking boots, sneakers or shoes (please ensure your shoes have good grip as the walking path can be slippery), waterproof jacket, light woollen jumper or fleece, long sleeve top, thermal top, gloves and hat or beanie, water (at least 1L), lunch or snacks, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Do we bring our own lunch/snacks? Can we buy it?

Lunch, snacks and water can be purchased at the Thredbo Village ON THE DAY OF the event. Please ask SFL staff/volunteers for directions if you need.

Pre-purchased lunch packs are also available from Thredbo Alpine Hotel for $20 per pack (includes GST) and must be purchased at the time of registration OR added via the store by the below cut-off date. 

Please note, cut-off date to order pre-purchased lunch packs is 10am Friday, March 22 (two weeks before the event).

Pre-purchased take-away lunch packs include the following:

1 x bottle of water

1 x ham and salad roll*

1 x large muffin

1 x piece of fruit

2 x Tim Tam biscuits

* Vegetarian option available.

If you do not purchase a lunch pack, please be sure to bring enough food and snacks to keep energised the whole way.

Getting There & Accommodation 

Can I walk from Valley Terminal to the Summit?

The climb from the base to the Summit is quite strenuous and it is advised to purchase a chairlift pass. There will be no event officials manning this part of the track and we ask that you start from Valley Terminal and take the chairlift up to Eagles Nest Lookout.

Where is the meeting place for the walk?

Please meet at the Valley Terminal.

The Kosi Climb for Kids event team will be set up beside the tennis courts.

Please see map here

Will the start line have SFL branding to identify where to be?

The starting point at Valley Terminal will be signed appropriately and clearly branded with School for Life banners.

What if I don’t make my start time? Is there a cut off?

Please refer to the registration and start times above and please ensure you are there 30 minutes prior to your selected start time.

How do I get to Thredbo?

Please click here for information on getting to Thredbo from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

What are my accommodation options?

Discounted accommodation is available for all participants. Please contact Nicole Thrum, Events & Group Manager, Thredbo Alpine Hotel direct on 02 6459 4184 or email tahfunctions@evt.com and mention SFL Kosi Climb for Kids to get your discount.

Can I stay the Friday and Saturday night?

You are free to stay two nights should you wish or one night if that suits you better.
Where you would like to stay is up to you and you have no obligation to stay at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. There is plenty of accommodation in and around Thredbo including Jindabyne which is approximately 30mins away.

Can I do the walk and return home to Sydney the same day?

Yes, you can. Depending on what time you start and how long you stay at the top of Mt Kosciuszko you can be back down by early afternoon (if not earlier) and be on the road by 3 pm to arrive back to Sydney around 9 pm.


How do I set up a fundraising page?

You will be able to set up your fundraising page once you have registered for Kosi Climb for Kids. All you need to do is follow the prompts.

We highly recommend uploading an image straight away to your fundraising page and to personalise the blurb according to your chosen fundraising target and motivation to join the challenge.

Where does my fundraising go?

Funds raised will go directly to School for Life Foundation.

School for Life is an Australian non-profit organisation providing quality education in rural Uganda. SFL was co-founded by influential young Australian, Annabelle Chauncy OAM who was blown away by the number of children living in abject poverty in rural Uganda and was determined to make a difference.

Nine years on, three schools have been built, 1000 students are attending school from Early Childhood Development to Senior 2, two communities have access to clean water, healthcare and vocational training and 120 staff are employed across two continents. This is just the beginning.

How much do I have to fundraise?

We have set a minimum fundraising target of $240 per person, however any amount you raise, no matter how big or small is much appreciated!
All funds raised will go directly to SFL which provides quality education to children in rural parts of Uganda.

Pre-Event Dinner

Where is the Kosi Climb for Kids pre-event dinner held? Do I pay on the night?

The SFL pre-event dinner will be held in the Kosciusko Room at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.

The cost is $65 per adult and $25 per child under 15. Beverages can be paid for on the night at the cash bar. 

We highly recommend purchasing your pre-event dinner tickets online at the time you register for the event. Alternatively, should you wish to add a pre-event dinner ticket post-registration, this can be done from the Store

Please make sure you purchase your pre-event dinner tickets not later than 10 am Friday, March 22 2019.

What time is the pre-event dinner and is there a set menu for dinner?

Dinner will commence at 6.30pm.

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 per adult and $25 per child under 15 for a three-course meal.

Will beverages be available for purchase?

Yes, you can purchase beverages separately from the cash bar on the night.

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 appropriate field when you register.

Is there a dress code for dinner?

Smart casual


Is there a post-event gathering on the Sunday after the event?

There will be a Thank You BBQ hosted by SFL for all participants straight after the walk.

Will there be a photographer taking pictures?

Yes. The team from Ascend Studios have partnered with our Kosi Climb for Kids event to take photos and video and capture the day!

What happens if it’s raining?

The event will go on in light of rain. If the conditions are deemed unsafe by the ranger the National Park will be closed.

What is the weather forecast for the climb?

For weather forecasts, 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 volunteer to arrange assistance.

Thredbo Medical Centre is located at Valley Terminal. 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.

Is the event covered by insurance?

Yes, the SFL Kosi Climb for Kids event has public liability insurance.

Will my mobile have network coverage at the 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.