Hiking Kosciuszko – Day 2

Sunday 19th March 2017

We woke up and watched the sunrise around 6am.

And then slept again…!! And woke up around 8am with the beautiful blue sky still there! We had brekky and enjoyed the silence surrounding us with the entire place to ourselves. What’s the best camping location on Earth if not the one with a great view and no one else around!! The moon was in the sky and some ground spiders in their web. The weather looked promising although we knew that at Kosciuszko, conditions can change very rapidly.

We left around 10am and started walking to Kosciuszko summit. There were a few signs telling some cool Aboriginal legends.

We dropped our big backpacks at the start of the last walk bit to the summit as it was a 30-min hike up and we would go down grab the bags again to go on the Main Range Track back to Charlotte Pass.
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It started being foggy and we were quite afraid there would be nothing to see once at the Summit! Luckily it was fine when we got there around 11.30am. And here we were at the summit stone on which everyone climbed to have their photo taken.  The view was nice but not the most waou incredible view though for the highest point in Australia.

There was a sign explaining how the highest mountain of Australia got named Kosciuszko by the Polish explorer Strzelecki in 1840 after the ressemblance with the tumulus elevated in Krakow over the tomb of the patriot Kosciuszko and how Aboriginals from the Monaro group and other groups gathered at the summit first for thousands of years in Summer to make a feast on the bogong moths.
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We walked back, grabbed our bags and started walking the second bit of the loop, heading to Charlotte Pass. It started by going down and down then up and up through lots of stairs.

We stopped for lunch around 1pm at a great lookout over Lake Albina.

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We continued the hike and I found that the landscape on that section was much nicer than the previous day actually. We walked up and down and up and down, surrounded by this really pretty landscape.

At some point we saw the Blue Lake.

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One mistake we had made was to not take enough water with us and assuming we would find some on our way but we had to rely on our 3 + 2 litres and were pretty thirsty on the afternoon of the second day. Luckily at some point there was a small stream in which we could finally refill but we only reached it around 4pm. After that we kept walking, the sky started getting darker and we could tell the rain was not too far. There were four hikers next to a kind of chimney who seemed to be discussing a lot about that chimney or other things maybe. Apart from the summit where we saw about 30-40 people which is very popular as it can be accessed by a chairlift, we bumped into about 20 people in total in the entire afternoon which is alright, not a too crowded path!

We crossed the Snowy River again.
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On the other side was a kind of salamander.
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The last bit of the walk.DSCF6138 (Medium).JPGSome explanation on how glaciers shaped this ancient landscape about 30,000 to 10,000 years ago. Hard to imagine!
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A place where there was permanent glaciers before.
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It had started drizzling but the rain wasn’t too bad. We reached the car park which had emptied around 5.30pm.
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We drove away and saw some white trees we had not noticed on our way up. We passed the ski resorts and exited the National Park. We drove towards Jindabyne the Dalgety then Nimmitabel. Here was our drive itinerary.
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The weather was sunny again.

We stopped in Dalgety where there was a pub in which we bought 2 beers we could drink once at the campground.
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The sunset was beautiful. We passed some wind turbines. I read afterwards that the few we saw were part of 67 wind turbines called the Boco Rock Wind Farm which supply enough energy for 50,000 houses. More information here:
https://www.bocorockwindfarm.com.au/about-the-project

We arrived at the Nimmitabel campground we had spotted in the Camping Australia group and had called as soon as we had hit the road.  They had provided us on the phone with a 4-digits passcode to open a safe in which we found some key to the ammenities block. We pitched the tent, went for hot showers which were really enjoyable despite a few huntsman spiders, a common spider type in Australia which counts 200 species. They usually just stay in the spot where they are, which is great.
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After a hot shower, we had some hot back country bag food and went to bed early.

Next day, driving back to Sydney!

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