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Climb Kozi 4 Ground Staff

Challenge Highlights

  • Join WE staff and supporters to raise much needed funds for our ground staff in Nepal and Peru who are impacted by the ongoing pandemic
  • Spend quality time and connect with friends, family and fellow supporters
  • Climb one of the original Seven Summits and Australia's highest mountain at 2228 metres
  • View some of Australia’s most unique landscapes, weathered snow gums and rock formations on the way
  • Enjoy glorious views of Australia's highest mountain range
  • See amazing displays of wildflowers including marsh marigolds, silver snow daisies, mountain roses, and buttercups
  • Visit historic huts and Rawsons pass located along the Snowy River

Overview

Our friends in Nepal and Peru – the guides, porters and administration staff that are the backbone of our trekking adventures – are in need.

While the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is giving hope to many people affected by the pandemic, the devastating impact of COVID-19 will still be felt for a long time for those living in Nepal and Peru.

In 2020, the World Expeditions Foundations' Lend A Hand Appeal allowed us to distribute over 600 food and hygiene care packages, but our ground crew still need your help. We are committed to continuing to send care packages to our team and we encourage you to support our efforts by climbing Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko (2,228m), to raise much needed funds for our Grants 4 Ground Staff appeal.

Situated in New South Wales' Snowy mountains, ‘Kozi’ is the highest peak in Australia and one of the original 7 summits. Polish explorer Count Pawel Edmund Strzelecki was the first European to summit the peak, way back in 1840. Why isn’t it called Mt Strzelecki? Because this selfless fellow decided to name it after his Polish hero.

This popular summit walk takes you to the rooftop of Australia with sweeping 360 views across the Snowy Mountains and Victorian High Country. Stay a while to soak in the fresh alpine air and wallow in your sense of achievement, before returning along the track.

All participants are asked to fundraise a minimum of $500pp, with 100% of the funds to be dispersed to our local partners and their employees in Nepal and Peru. Your support will make a tangible difference as these communities receive little or no government support.

Challenge Grade

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain.The Kosciuszko Challenge is graded introductory to moderate. This is primarily due to the low altitude gains and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. During the challenge you will be walking for up to five to six hours at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness (remember there is no such thing as an easy trek) and we suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trek.

Itinerary

After all the fundraising and preparation, the wait is finally over! Make your way to the Ski Rider Hotel on Kosciuszko Road, Wilsons Valley (approx 20 minutes from Jindabyne). After checking into your cabin there will be a team briefing at 6pm in Guppies Bar. We will go through preparations for the walk tomorrow, discussing staggered team starts (if necessary), checkpoints along the route and equipment. Following the briefing we will enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ and the opportunity to meet new friends.

Meals:  D

Breakfast will be served and lunches distributed from 7am in the Guppies Bar Bistro. Please ensure you are ready with your daypack and wet weather gear before we board the coach at 7:30am for our 7:45am departure to Charlotte's Pass. On arrival, the guides will give another briefing and you will be issued with numbered bibs before heading off on our walk to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia. The Summit walk follows an old service road and is predominantly flat or passing over gentle rolling hills. Well marked paths pass the renowned Snowy River and up to Seaman's Hut and onto Rawson’s Pass where we will have a lunch spot ready. After lunch we will muster our team together before the last 1.4km to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko (2228m). At this moment you will be standing tall on the rooftop of Australia - you have done it, you have conquered Australia’s highest mountain! We will take our team shots on the summit while taking in the views that sweep 360 degrees from the Victorian High Country to the Monaro plains and across the majestic Kosciuszko Main Range. We retrace our steps to Charlotte's Pass where our coach will be waiting to return us to the Ski Rider Hotel. After a shower and time to relax in your cabin, you are welcome to take advantage of the Happy Hour at Guppies Bar until 6pm. Dinner will be served from 7pm to celebrate the end of an incredible day.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a late breakfast you are free to return home or to spend the morning exploring Jindabyne. Congratulations on raising awareness and funds for our Ground Staff! Join the movement. Start a conversation today.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in comfortable twin share cabins with ensuite
  • Team return transfer from Ski Rider Hotel to Charlotte Pass for the challenge
  • Traditional Australian BBQ on Friday night to meet the team
  • Themed celebration dinner on Saturday night @ Ski Rider Hotel
  • Expert local guides and support/check point crew along walk
  • All park entrance fees, trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Snacks and water for the walk
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Group medical kit
  • Huma training manual and gear list
  • Fundraising support from setting up your online page to tips to reach your target

What's Not Included

  • Transport to and from the Ski Rider Hotel

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing, a rain jacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc.

Fundraising Impact

Since October 2020 WEF have distributed more than 600 food and hygiene care packages to stricken communities in Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Peru. While the COVID pandemic continues, we are committed to continue sending care packages to our team in need but have also seen the need for cash payments. 100% of donations from the appeal will be dispersed to our hardworking staff in Nepal and Peru while they remain without any income.

Travel Dates

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 8 Oct 202110 Oct 2021
Duration:3 Days
Activities:Walking
Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:GFG