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Main Range Track - Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend
Time: 2 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km NW of Charlotte Pass
Length: 27.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 27.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 1260 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1260 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Route: Hard

This great overnight walk starts from Charlotte Pass and provides access to some of the best sights around the Kosciuszko National Park. Just a few of the features along this walk include reaching the summits of the two tallest peaks in Australia, looking down on some glacial lakes and crossing the famous Snowy River. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
There are Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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End of Kosciuszko Road
Snowy River crossing
Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Blue Lake lookout
Blue Lake
Int of Blue Lake track and Little Twynam route
Blue Lake lookout
Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
Carruthers Peak
Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Muellers Peak
Int of Mt Townsend and northern Lake Albina track
Townsend plateau
Townsend plateau
Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Int of Main Range and Wilkinsons Creek track
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path
Mt Kosciuszko
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path
Rawson Pass
Seamans Hut
Snowy River bridge
Merritts Creek bridge
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Kosciuszko Road

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

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 Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85252S 
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Photo Gallery

 
Main Range Track head at Charlotte Pass
 
Main Range Track head at Charlotte Pass +
 
Charlotte Pass
 
Charlotte Pass +
 
Information signs on Main Range Track
 
Information signs on Main Range Track +

 
Track looking down to Snowy River
 
Track looking down to Snowy River +
 
Looking towards the confluence of Club Lake Creek and the Snowy River
 
Looking towards the confluence of Club Lake Creek and the Snowy River +
 
Snowy River Crossing
 
Snowy River Crossing +

 
Crossing the Snowy River
 
Crossing the Snowy River +
 
Main Range Track north of the Snowy
 
Main Range Track north of the Snowy +
 
Main Range track
 
Main Range track +

 
Headley Tarn from the Main Range Track
 
Headley Tarn from the Main Range Track +
 
Glacier information sign
 
Glacier information sign +
 
Main Range track looking down to Carruthers Creek from the south
 
Main Range track looking down to Carruthers Creek from the south +

 
Carruthers Creek Crossing
 
Carruthers Creek Crossing +
 
Main Range Track north of Carruthers Creek
 
Main Range Track north of Carruthers Creek +
 
Main Range and Blue Lake track intersection
 
Main Range and Blue Lake track intersection +

 
Blue Lake from the Main Range and Blue Lake track intersection
 
Blue Lake from the Main Range and Blue Lake track intersection +
 
Top of Blue Lake Lookout Track
 
Top of Blue Lake Lookout Track +
 
Blue Lake lookout
 
Blue Lake lookout +

 
Blue Lake
 
Blue Lake +
 
Main Range track looking down to the top of the Blue Lake track
 
Main Range track looking down to the top of the Blue Lake track +
 
Sign post at the Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
 
Sign post at the Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks +

 
Looking to Carruthers Peak from the east
 
Looking to Carruthers Peak from the east +
 
Main Range track on Carruthers Peak
 
Main Range track on Carruthers Peak +
 
View from Carruthers Peak
 
View from Carruthers Peak +

 
Looking west from the side of Carruthers Peak
 
Looking west from the side of Carruthers Peak +
 
Main Range Track looking over Club Lake valley
 
Main Range Track looking over Club Lake valley +
 
Club Lake from the Main Range Track
 
Club Lake from the Main Range Track +

 
Metal grates on sections of the Main Range Track
 
Metal grates on sections of the Main Range Track +
 
The Main Range
 
The Main Range +
 
Narrow track above Albina Lake
 
Narrow track above Albina Lake +

 
Rocky pass above Lake Albina
 
Rocky pass above Lake Albina +
 
Lake Albina
 
Lake Albina +
 
Lake Albina
 
Lake Albina +

 
Stone path south of Lake Albina
 
Stone path south of Lake Albina +
 
Walking along the Main Range Track
 
Walking along the Main Range Track +
 
Close up of some Alpine berries
 
Close up of some Alpine berries +

 
Looking up at Muellers Peak from the south
 
Looking up at Muellers Peak from the south +
 
Albina Lake from Muellers Peak
 
Albina Lake from Muellers Peak +
 
Muellers Peak
 
Muellers Peak +

 
Track looking up to Mt Townsend plateau
 
Track looking up to Mt Townsend plateau +
 
Mt Townsend plateau
 
Mt Townsend plateau +
 
Path to top of Mt Townsend
 
Path to top of Mt Townsend +

 
North-east View from the northern top of Mount Koscuski  1863  Eugene von Gu'rard
 
North-east View from the northern top of Mount Koscuski 1863 Eugene von Gu'rard +
 
View from summit of Mt Townsend
 
View from summit of Mt Townsend +
 
View from Mt Townsend
 
View from Mt Townsend +

 
Track between Mullers Peak and Wilkinsons Creek
 
Track between Mullers Peak and Wilkinsons Creek +
 
Wilkinson Creek
 
Wilkinson Creek +
 
Mt Townsend Track near Main Range Track
 
Mt Townsend Track near Main Range Track +

 
Walkers on Main Range track at Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
 
Walkers on Main Range track at Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track +
 
Main Range Track North of Mt Kosciuszko
 
Main Range Track North of Mt Kosciuszko +
 
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk
 
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk +

 
Nearing Mt Kosciuszko summit
 
Nearing Mt Kosciuszko summit +
 
View from Mt Kosciuszko
 
View from Mt Kosciuszko +
 
Looking to Rawson Pass from the north
 
Looking to Rawson Pass from the north +

 
Rawson Pass Looking towads Mt Kosciuszko
 
Rawson Pass Looking towads Mt Kosciuszko +
 
Rock cutting on the old summit road
 
Rock cutting on the old summit road +
 
Be prepared for all kinds of weather
 
Be prepared for all kinds of weather +

 
Looking towards Rawson Pass from the east
 
Looking towards Rawson Pass from the east +
 
The old road near Seamans Hut
 
The old road near Seamans Hut +
 
Seaman's Hut
 
Seaman's Hut +

 
Welcome to Seamans Hut
 
Welcome to Seamans Hut +
 
Inside Seamans Hut
 
Inside Seamans Hut +
 
Snowy River Bridge
 
Snowy River Bridge +

 
Upper Snowy River
 
Upper Snowy River +
 
Information sign on the Snowy River
 
Information sign on the Snowy River +
 
Wild flowers in bloom
 
Wild flowers in bloom +

 
Merritts Creek Bridge
 
Merritts Creek Bridge +
 
Historic Kosciuszko milestone
 
Historic Kosciuszko milestone +
 
4km to Charlotte pass
 
4km to Charlotte pass +

 
Granite tors beside the old road
 
Granite tors beside the old road +
 
The views change as clouds roll in, but still stunning country
 
The views change as clouds roll in, but still stunning country +
 
Walking along the old road
 
Walking along the old road +

 
Summit track from Charlotte Pass is popular with cyclists and walkers
 
Summit track from Charlotte Pass is popular with cyclists and walkers +
 
Celmisia Longifolia (Silver Snow Daisy)
 
Celmisia Longifolia (Silver Snow Daisy) +
 
Snow Gum leaf
 
Snow Gum leaf +

 
Looking back on  Blue Lake track from Summit Walk
 
Looking back on Blue Lake track from Summit Walk +
 
Summit Walk track head
 
Summit Walk track head +
 
Toilet and road at Charlotte Pass
 
Toilet and road at Charlotte Pass +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Main Range Track - Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Main Range Track - Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Main Range Track - Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Main Range Track - Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 28km
Time 2 Days
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
14km of this walk has short steep hills and another 6km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 1.6km is very steep.

Quality of track
20km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4.5km follows a rough unclear track. The remaining (3.5km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
21km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 4.5km Has no directional signs. The remaining (2.4km) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 9km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (8km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 25km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 3km forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
14km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 11km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). Whilst another 2.3km has no facilities provided and the remaining 790m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Drive to End of Kosciuszko Road
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Covered in snow part of the year Alt = 1838 m
This walk leads through an extreme alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both very hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, snow, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, this walk is likely to be covered in snow/ice, visitors should carry and be prepared to use snowshoes or cross country skis. When there is a chance of significant snow on the ground, visitors will need particularly strong navigation and snowcraft skills - tracks and signage may not be visible. For most visitors, it is best to consider this walk closed during the colder months.
Between the long weekend in June and October, the road between Perisher Village and Charlotte Pass is closed by the RTA. It is possible to organise oversnow transport.

(0 km) End of Kosciuszko Road to Snowy River crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 785 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -122 m
From Charlotte Pass[1] (at the turning circle at the end of Kosciuszko Rd), this walk follows the 'Main Range Track' - 'Blue Lake Lookout' sign[2] downhill along the wide paved path[3]. The walk winds down past the stone path[4] (on your right) and continues beside the 'Glaciers shaped this ancient landscape' information sign[5]. The path continues down through lightly scattered snow gums to the bottom of the valley, approximately 650m further. Just past the 'From the mountains to the sea' information sign[6], this walk crosses the Snowy River using the stepping stones[7] and comes to a strip of land between the two creeks[8]. (Crossing the river is dangerous and is not advisable when the water is flowing over the stepping stones[9]).

Snowy River crossing Alt = 1717 m
At the lowest point of the the Main Range circuit track is the confluence (meeting) of the Snowy River and Club Lake Creek. The walking track uses stones in the river to try to get across with dry feet. Since the track crosses just above the confluence there is an 'island'[10] halfway across. These creeks may become impassable after rain and snow melt. This is lovely place to rest and enjoy the water and valley.

(0.79 km) Snowy River crossing to Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3.23 km Time = 1 hr 7 mins
Climb = 306 m Descent = -33 m
Veer right: From between the two creeks, this walk heads north along the wide track to cross Club Lake Creek using the stepping stones. (The creek may not be safe to cross when water covers the stepping stones[11]). The walk then follows the wide, paved track fairly steeply up the hill. After a short time, the track becomes gravel and continues up the hill for about 400m further before passing a 'Mountains of Soil' information sign[12], where the track soon becomes less steep. After about 1.5km, the track passes a 'Created by glaciers' information sign[13] and reveals some views down to Hedley Tarn[14] (on your right). The track continues up the hill and between the granite boulders[15] to then head down the other side of the ridge[16]. The walk leads down to rock-hop across Carruthers Creek[17], then follows the wide, paved path up the hill, passing the 'Remnants of an ancient sea' information sign[18] and coming to a paved area[19], with a view to Blue Lake[20] and some information signs marking a three-way intersection.

(4.02 km) Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks to Blue Lake lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 643 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -72 m
Turn right: From the paved area[21], this walk follows the dirt track next to the stone seat, heading east towards Blue Lake[22]. The rocky track winds down and around the northern side of the ridge[23] to a platform[24] with an information sign[25] and a fantastic view of Blue Lake[26].

(4.66 km) Blue Lake lookout to Hedley Tarn
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack,undefined,undefined
Length = 1.44 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -103 m
Continue straight: From the lookout platform, this walk heads east down the rocky bush track to the bottom of the valley at the eastern end of the lake, and into the shallow gully, where the walk comes to the intersection of the Little Twynam track a short while later.
Veer right: From the south eastern tip of the lake, this walk follows the Blue Lake creek into the shallow gully, where it comes to the intersection of the Little Twynam route about 150m downstream.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading south-east, down-stream alongside the creek flowing out of Blue Lake to Hedley Tarn. The walk heads through to the southern end of the shallow gully and around the western side of Hedley Tarn, coming to the southern side.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Hedley Tarn Alt = 1844 m
Hedley Tarn is a beautiful glacial lake just south of Blue Lake, from which you can see right across the valley to the end of Kosciuszko Road at Charlotte Pass and is well worth the trip down from Blue Lake.

(4.66 km) Blue Lake lookout to Carruthers Peak
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.39 km Time = 49 mins
Climb = 231 m Descent = -17 m
Turn around: From the platform, the track heads west, uphill[27] away from Blue Lake[28]. The rocky track climbs up around the side of the hill, coming to a paved area[29] with an information sign, stone seat and an intersection with the Main Range track[30].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads west, uphill[31] away from Blue Lake[32]. The walk initially heads along a short section of paved path before continuing along the wide gravel track[33]. The track winds gently uphill for a while, keeping the wide valley to your left. The walk comes to a saddle and a three-way intersection, marked with a 'Main Range Track' signpost[34].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Main Range Track' sign[35] across the saddle then uphill along the clear track. The track winds up along the ridge and in time comes to a rocky clearing on the eastern side of Carruthers Peak[36] (where a short detour will reveal views down to Club Lake). Here the walk bends right and follows the clear track as it winds up the hill[37] to the views at the top of Carruthers Peak[38].

Carruthers Peak Alt = 2139 m
Carruthers Peak is a prominent mountain that is found along the Main Range track, from which you can see great views down over Club Lake and out across the valley to Charlotte Pass. Carruthers Peak was named after the NSW Minister for Lands and Premier, Joseph Carruthers. This name was given in 1991 by Richard Helms, who had previously named it Crummer.

(7.05 km) Carruthers Peak to Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -102 m
Continue straight: From the top of Carruthers Peak, this walk follows the clear track west as it winds down the ridge[39]. After about 50m, the track passes an 'I30' survey marker[40] (more good views) where the track bends left and follows the stone path and steps down the hill[41]. At the end of the stone path, the track bends left and heads down the hill[42], over a few lengths of metal grate[43] and comes to a saddle with good views down to Club Lake[44] (on your left). The walk then continues across the saddle, following the clear track to soon pass the 'Rarest Alpine Plant Community' information sign[45]. Heading around the side of the hill (keeping the valley to your right), the walk then comes to another rocky saddle[46]. About 320m beyond this saddle, this track leads to a very faint intersection where the ridge[47] (that leads to the northern end of Albina Lake) on the right meets the main track.

(9.04 km) Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks to Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.7 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 63 m Descent = -108 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the gravel Main Range track south, keeping the valley and Albina Lake to your right. The track heads downhill[48] and then winds around beside a rocky saddle (a short side trip to the left over the small rise reveals some views into the valley). This walk continues along the clear track as it traverses fairly gently around the side of the very steep hill. In a few places, the track has been cut into the rock[49] and provides great views down into the Albina Lake - take care not to slip. The walk continues to another large saddle and just as the track starts to dip down past the saddle, the track comes to a faint intersection with an old management trail[50] (leading to Lake Albina, on your right).

(10.75 km) Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks to Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 523 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the rock-paved Main Range track south[51]. The track steadily winds around the side of the hill (keeping the large valley to your left). After heading between a rocky outcrop[52], the track becomes gravel[53] and starts to head over the ridge before gently winding down the hill. Just before flattening out on the large saddle, the track comes to a faint intersection (with the Muellers Peak and Mt Townsend tracks on your right) marked with a rock cairn[54] (on your right).

(11.27 km) Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track to Muellers Peak
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 794 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 111 m Descent = -4 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, the walk leaves the main path and heads north, off track, following the top of the ridge line[55]. The walk climbs moderately steeply up the grassy hill. Near the top the walk comes to a rocky outcrop[56] and the top of Muellers peak[57].

(12.06 km) Muellers Peak to Townsend plateau
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 1.49 km Time = 36 mins
Climb = 104 m Descent = -59 m
Continue straight: From Muellers peak[58], this walk heads north, down the rocky ridge[59]. The walk continues along the ridgeline working a way around the many boulders[60] then around another smaller peak to come to a saddle and minor track intersection (with a pad that leads down to Lake Albina).
Veer left: From the saddle, this walk heads north-west up the ridge line[61], keeping Lake Albina on your right (as it soon goes out of view) to climb up the hill. After a short time the walk finds a well worm foot pad[62] which leads up between a few rocky outcrops[63] to the large flat saddle[64] between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak.

Mt Townsend plateau Alt = 2161 m
This bush campsite is in the saddle between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak. The large, reasonably flat grassy area with a scattering of boulders has no facilities or water supply. Camping is not permitted in areas that drain into the glacial lakes, so only camp and toilet on the north side of the saddle (this limits the amount of nutrients ending up in Lake Albina). There is some shelter from south-westerly winds, but the campsite is exposed to the elements. An alternate campsite at Wilkensons Creek to the south may provide more shelter.

(13.55 km) Townsend plateau to Mt Townsend peak
Optional sidetrip: Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 207 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the saddle/plateau, this walk heads west, following the well worn foot pad towards the top of Mt Townsend[65]. The pad leads around to the north eastern side of the peak, over a few boulders to find remains of an old building[66] and a tall rocky outcrop[67]. Here the walk scrambles up the rocks to find a concrete pillar[68] and great views[69] at the peak of Mt Townsend.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Mt Townsend Alt = 2199 m
Mt Townsend is the second highest peak on the mainland of Australia and arguably the more impressive out of it and Kosciuszko. This point of view started the tradition of walkers climbing to the peak, putting a rock they'd find at the bottom in their pack and adding it to the top, in an attempt to make it the highest peak instead of Kosciuszko.

A little known fact is that Mt Townsend was once called Mt Kosciuszko when it was originally thought that it was the highest peak, but when various measurements showed that the now named Kosciuszko was slightly higher, the NSW Lands department decided it would be easier to swap the names around instead of re-educating the public.

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Day 2


(13.55 km) Townsend plateau to Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.25 km Time = 56 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -196 m
Turn around: From the saddle/plateau[70] between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak, this walk heads south-east following the well worn foot-pad. The pad soon crosses a small creek[71] and leads down the hill, tending right along the side of the ridge. The pad leads just below the saddle north of Muellers Peak[72], then continues to head fairly gently downhill around the side of Muellers Peak. Keeping Wilkinsons Creek valley below to your right[73], this walk heads around the side of the hill, crossing a few gullies before gently climbing up to the northern end of a large saddle where this walk comes to the gravel Main Range Track[74].

(15.81 km) Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track to Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.65 km Time = 42 mins
Climb = 162 m Descent = -9 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the main track to the low point in the saddle[75] (where there is a faint intersection with a pad leading down to Wilkinsons Creek on your right).
Continue straight: From the intersection[76], this walk heads south along the clear track, climbing up out of the saddle and along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left. The walk heads up many stone steps[77] for about 600m, then flattens out for a little while[78] before coming to a clear and signposted three-way intersection[79]. (Here, the track on the right leads up to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.)

(17.45 km) Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path to Mt Kosciuszko
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 972 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 76 m Descent = -15 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mt Kosciuszko' sign[80] uphill along the upper track. This track winds steadily up and around the peak of the mountain, passing a stone-paved[81] section of track, and also a metal grate[82] before climbing a few steps[83] to the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko[84].

Mt Kosciuszko Alt = 2222 m
Mt Kosciuszko is the highest peak on the Australian continent, at 2228m above sea level. It was named by the Polish explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki and named in honour of the Polish national hero General Tadeusz Kościuszko. Now a popular tourist attraction, thousands of people walk up to the summit each year. On a clear day, the 360-degree views from the summit across the roof of Australia are fantastic. There are higher mountains elsewhere on Australian territory. 'The highest mountains in Australian Antarctic Territory are Mt McClintock (3490 meters) and Mt Menzies (3355 meters).' [85].

(18.43 km) Mt Kosciuszko to Rawson Pass
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.65 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -127 m
Turn around: From the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko[86], this walk heads down the steps[87] and past the information sign[88]. The walk heads gently downhill along the gravel track[89] then over a metal grate[90] and a stone path[91], where the gravel path then leads[92] the rest of the way around the side of the peak to come to the signposted intersection with the 'Main Range Track'[93][94].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the gravel track towards 'Rawson Pass'[95] gently downhill, keeping the main valley to your left. The track almost immediately passes an 'Alpine Walks' information sign and map[96] as it continues south. After about 500m, the track becomes a stone path[97] that leads a little further to the clearly signposted three-way intersection at 'Rawson Pass'[98].

Rawson Pass Alt = 2119 m
Rawson Pass is where the old Kosciuszko Road, from Charlotte Pass, meets the metal walkway from Thredbo. It is home to highest public toilet in Australia, this recently-added facility is perfectly positioned for those taking the walk up to the top of Kosciuszko. Rawson Pass is well signposted and 500m south east of Mt Kosciuszko (by straight line). There is also a place for to park mountain bikes for those cycling along the old road from Charlotte Pass.

(20.07 km) Rawson Pass to Seamans Hut
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.62 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -114 m
Veer left: From the intersection at Rawson Pass[99], this walk follows the 'Seamans Hut' sign[100] along the stone path. The walk soon passes the bicycle parking area[101] then Australia's highest toilet block[102] (on your right). The walk then continues along the management trail[103] as it winds down along the side of the hill to a gap and the clearly signposted 'Seamans Hut'[104] on your left.

Seamans Hut Alt = 2020 m
This hut was erected in 1929, after a young skier named Laurie Seaman perished in a blizzard when he was separated from his group. The hut was built using money donated by Seaman's parents, for the use of those who might need emergency shelter in the mountains. It was renovated in 1938 due to fire. Seamans Hut is a 7m x3m granite stone building with a wood stove, although there is little wood in the area.[105] More info

(21.69 km) Seamans Hut to Snowy River bridge
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.5 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -95 m
Continue straight: From 'Seamans Hut'[106], this walk follows the management trail as it winds down the hill[107]. After about 450m, the trail passes a flat clearing[108] with views (on your left) where the trail bends right to head down to the valley. After a little while, the trail crosses the concrete bridge over the signposted 'Snowy River'[109].

(23.2 km) Snowy River bridge to End of Kosciuszko Road
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 4.48 km Time = 1 hr 27 mins
Climb = 73 m Descent = -164 m
Continue straight: From the bridge[110], this walk follows the management trail east, passing the 'Snowy River' sign[111]. The trail soon bends left, coming to the un-signposted concrete Merritts Creek bridge[112][113].
Continue straight: From the bridge[114], this walk heads uphill along the management trail[115], keeping the main line of snow poles to your left. The old road soon leads past a 'CP 4' sign[116] (on your left), over the ridge line[117] and down the other side[118]. The trail gently winds down along the side of the hill, enjoying views of the Snowy River and valley to your left[119]. The old road passes a few creeks[120] and more 'CP' signs along the way. A little while after the 'CP 1' sign[121], the management trail enters a nice grove of snow gum trees[122][123] then heads up a small rise to find the turning circle at the end of Kosciuszko Rd[124][125] at Charlotte Pass (with the toilet block to your right).

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Campsites in the park
Black Perry Rest area
Blue Waterholes Picnic and camping Grounds
Bradneys Gap Camping area
Buddong Falls
Clover Flat camping area
Cooinbil Camping area
Cooleman Mountain Camping Area
Coonara Point Camping Area
Denison Camping area
Geehi Picnic Camping Ground
Ghost Gully Camping Ground
Half-way Flat camping area
Humes Crossing Camping area
Island Bend Camping area
Jacobs River Picnic And Camping Area
Jounama Creek Camping Area
Leather Barrel Picnic And Camping Area
Log Bridge Creek Camping area
Long Plain Hut Camping Area
Ngarigo Picnic And Camping Area
OHares Rest Area
Pinch River Camping area
Ravine Camping area
Rock Flat Camping Area
Rocky Plain Camping Ground
Running waters Camping area
Scotchies Yard Camping area
The Pines Camping Area
Thredbo Diggings Camping area
Three Mile Dam Camping area
Tom Groggin Picnic And Camping Area
Wares Yards Camping Ground
Willis Camping Area
Yarrangobilly Village Camping Area
Yachting Point Camping area
Yolde Camping Area
No Name camping area


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin Adventure Centre Thredbo Turnoff, Jindabyne (02) 6456 2922 24 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 26.1 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 26.1 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 74.8 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 126.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Main Range Track - Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Main Range Track - Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 19 km (to the WNW)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 26 km (to the SSE)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 30 km (to the E)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 41 km (to the NNE)
3 MTI03 Broadcast/Comms Site Mt Ikes via TUMBARUMBA 68 km (to the NNW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Monaro Alpine fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
This walk passes Southern Slopes fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      19°Wind easing. Partly cloudy.
Thu|19°Partly cloudy.
Fri|16°Mostly sunny.
Sat|13°Mostly sunny.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Kosciuszko National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Kosciuszko National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Thredbo Diggings campground closed to caravans
Thredbo Diggings campground is currently closed to all caravans and camping trailers due to continuing wet conditions. There will be limited sites available for tents. Caravans and camping trailer sites are available at Ngarigo, Island Bend and Tom Groggin campgrounds. For more information please phone (02) 6450 5620.

Closed areas: Island Bend campground partially closed due to maintenance
Partial closure of Island Bend campground due to maintenance. Camp sites are now available at the lower camp at Island Bend in Kosciuszko National Park. Other sites have been fenced and will remain closed for 6 to 12 months following capping works to ameliorate the asbestos risk and to allow for revegetation. Please observe all signs and closures. For more information, please contact Andrew Miller at the NPWS Jindabyne Office or on 0427 437391 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page. Download a map of the closed area.

Closed areas: Winter road closures
The following roads will be closed until the October long weekend, unless weather allows them to be opened in late September:
  • Behrs Flat trail
  • Blue Waterholes trail
  • Broken Cart trail
  • Bullocks Hill trail
  • Cabramurra - Khancoban Road (KNP5)
  • Cumberland trail
  • Four Mile Hill trail
  • Geehi Dam Road (Olsen's Road)
  • Goobragandra Powerline Road
  • Kings Cross Road
  • Link Road
  • Long Plain Road
  • Major Clews Road
  • Manjar Road
  • Perisher to Charlotte Pass
  • Pocket Saddle Road
  • Port Phillip trail
  • Tantangra Dam Road
  • Three Mile Dam access trails
  • Davies Plain track
and all associated subsidiary roads and access trails.
The Murray River crossing into Victoria at Tom Groggin campground is closed until 29 October 2015 due to winter road closures by Parks Victoria. There will be no access into Davies Plain, Mt Pinnibar and Tom Groggin fire trails in the Victorian Alpine National Park.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Tumut Visitor Centre on (02) 6497 7025 or the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on (02) 6450 5600, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track reopening Sunday 27 September 2015
Sections 1 and 2 (Thredbo to Ngarigo) of the Thredbo Valley track will be reopening on Sunday 27 September 2015. The track from The Diggings to Skitube- Bullocks Flat, Bullocks Hut and Lake Crackenback Resort will remain open. The Bullocks and Muzzlewood tracks will also remain open. For more information, please contact the Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Jindabyne on (02) 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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Kim Dickson - Amazing! Just amending some de IP:122.105.96.xxx | 2009-01-29 01:07:07
I just completed this track this afternoon and it is an amazing track. Stunning scenery and the view camping on the Mt Townsend plateau and the stars you see - it's possibly one of the most beautiful places in Australia.

There are some big things though that walkers should be aware of that this guide is not up to date with.

First of all, here it suggests doing the walk anti-clockwise (i.e. Charlottes Pass to Blue Lake to Albina Lake etc). It has actually been designed to be done the other way (much more downhill). We did it anti-clockwise and loved it, but there is a LOT more uphill this way. The plus side of doing it this way is that the hardest day is done first.

Secondly, the detour to Mt Townsend is not as obvious as it's made out here. In fact the map from 9.04km to 13.6km is outright wrong. You pass Albina lake to your RIGHT (there's no other path to follow), and the detour to Mt Townsend is between the 12.8 and 13.6km mark and actually heads almost directly North, not West like pictured here. The detour is not obvious in the slightest. You may be able to see it if you do the track clock-wise, but the path starts about 20m off from the main path where it plateaus, you'll see 3 or 4 stones piled on top of a rock to signify the path. This path often doesn't occur on maps because it is quite tricky to follow at times and is not commonly tread. It pays off though. The track is quite rocky and you eventually get to more grassy path which is the plateau. Good camp spots here with several big boulders to help provide cover from the wind (hint: put your tent window facing down the valley towards the Australian Alps). There is another alternative camping spot by the creek at the bottom of the gully, the track leading to that is quite near where the Townsend one comes off the main, just a little more West. This is a good spot for bad weather as it's very well protected.

Lastly just a bit of general advice - there's no shade anywhere, so prepare for sun.
If you can't find the Townsend turnoff, don't worry you're only a couple of hours from the Underground toilet, and Seamans hut can be used for emergency stays overnight.
Also what's a really really good idea is to get a good topographical map (sensible for any hike) so you can cross-check heights and locations, etc.

I very highly recommend this walk! Go and enjoy!
Ian - A great walk, but no tracks to IP:58.107.247.xxx | 2010-03-25 09:56:24
We just completed the walk on the weekend, and agree with Kim (thanks Kim) that the walk is fantastic, the stars on the Townsend plateau are amazing, and the gaacial lakes are fascinating.

Also agree that passing to the north of Lake Albina to Townsend wouldn't be the recommended way - there is no track, steep and very rocky. The route to the south is preferable, and if you stay at Wilkenson's creek (much less exposed) the walk from the campsite is the way to go. I've blogged accurate GPS traces on google maps on our trip report if you are interested. http://manvmountain.blogspot.com/2010/03/mount-townsend-loop-hike-on-main-range.html

Also agree that clockwise is best - best scenery last, easier to find Townsend, etc.
admin - Walking via Albina Lake Super Administrator | 2010-07-01 01:32:59
Thanks Kim and Ian for the feedback. I have updated the notes (and photos) on this walk to avoid the Lake Albina visit. It was a more difficult route and a great way to see Lake the lake, but I understand it would not be the popular route. I will add another similar version of this walk with a campsite at Wilkenson's
So in summary this walk has now been changed to not go via Albina Lake
THanks
Matt :)
admin - Anti-clockwise Super Administrator | 2010-07-01 01:39:40
We have published this walk in a clockwise direction mostly becuase of the creek crossings early in the walk. If the creeks are impassable (due to snow melt or rain) then I think it is better to know 15min into the walk rather than 2 days into the walk. Otherwise either direction of walking is great.
Michal - Not that hard at all IP:110.140.63.xxx | 2011-03-28 01:04:05
We have completed the whole walk in one day, took us 9.5 hours including two picnic breaks. We've had a pretty good weather and lighter backpacks because we didn't carry camping stuff.

Except for the Mt. Townsend detour (being the most interesting part of the walk), the whole trail is unnecessarily over-maintained rendering it almost impossible to get lost or have doubts about directions (unless completely covered in snow).

Thanks for this website!
matty - on top of the world.. Registered | 2011-05-09 12:58:13
Completed this walk over the Easter 2011 weekend. Set off from charlottes pass amongst a very busy car park (had to park about 500m down from the turnaround) at 12:00pm and headed anti-clockwise along the main track, crossing the snowy river towards Blue Lake. It is predominantly uphill all the way to Blue lake, Caruthers and lake albina but the track is in very good condition and very easy to follow. Having set off late, light was disappearing around 4pm due to the fast disappearing sun behind the high mountain sides - we passed lake albina at this stage so abandoned the option to setup camp on the north side of muellers peak and instead set up just off the track to the east, overlooking the slopes up to mt kosciuszko, between lake albina and the track to meullers peak/mt townsend. Spent a cold night (-5c) in tents on the slopes but at least sheltered from the wind coming over from lake albina - we had dinner out beneath a wealth of stars under a crystal clear night. In the morning we packed our tents and walked the short 500m or so to the start of the trail to Mt Townsend... here we left our packs for the side detour - we thought we'd pick up the track but we were expecting it to be closer to lake albina than it actually was...we couldn't find the track so meandered our way through the valley up to the saddle between muellers peak and mt townsend and picked up the track once we got to the saddle. Climbed the summit which is definitely worth both the detour and the scramble over the rocks/boulders - there's no real track to the summit but there's a couple of options which get you to the top. Keep an eye out for the little piled stones which act as guidelines/arrows to lead the way. On the summit you're rewarded with a full 360degree panorama and on such a clear day we could see for miles...and unlike kosci (as we'd find a bit later) we only had to share the summit with 1 other fellow hiker. We stuck to the track on the return leg and eventually found where it starts just off the main track. It's always easy with hindsight - but yes, I agree with other comments, it's probably easier to spot coming from mt kosciuszko direction - look for the 2 short columns of rocks forming a sort of gateway about 30m off the main track. We climbed to the kosciuszko junction and met with the masses of holiday weekend tourists. The summit was thriving with tourists, most of whom were trying to clamber to the top of the summit column which spoilt any photo opportunity - unless you wanted a pair of ankles next to your head in the shot :) The final 8km section back to charlottes pass is a long and somewhat tedious trek after the beautiful scenery of first leg. But it is virtually all level for those who may have weary legs after carrying 20Kg of pack gear. For those who start early, yes, it is a can-do 1 day loop but, for those who like to stop and enjoy the scenery, take some photo's and spend a bit more time amongst it, well worth the over-nighter. And the extra time allows for a couple of detours to Mt Twynam and Mt Townsend if you dump your packs. And if you're going to be doing around autumn/easter and I'd guess, spring, just be sure to pack the thermals... :) once that sun goes down, the temperatures soon plummet as we found..we were walking in 16c blue skies and sunshine during the day but then recorded -3c at 7pm as we sat cooking dinner.
Ken - A nice hike IP:120.20.197.xxx | 2012-01-02 08:13:19
After a challenging climb to one summit in the German/Austrian Alps in 2010 and almost getting in over my head, I researched the various hiking trails on Mount Kosciuszko to check difficulty. I found the previous comments (site mod and previous hikers), photos and description very useful.

We completed this over the 28/29th Dec 2011 and arrived and geared up at 4:15pm on the 28th. We dawdled a bit on the way, taking photos and got to the summit at about 7:30pm.

Doing it in a clockwise direction means that most can do the climb to Mt K, with only spiral to the summit a little more difficult. It's also worthwhile checking from the top of the path the anti clockwise route when leaving from Charlotte Pass to check the condition of the Snowy River before setting out on the clockwise route. Just to make sure it's not too swollen or anything and impassable.

After coming down from the summit, we hiked about 2km further and camped at about about 2010m. The overnight temperature was forecast to be about 3deg C, however combined with the wind it became quite cold. Cloudless night would have been great for star gazing though.

Continuning back to Charlotte Pass from this direction does see the view's more constantly - rather than walking away from it you're walking towards it.

At this time of year the hike is generally good, on solid/even track so you can cover ground quite quickly. The only time we got puffed is when we were climbing the final uphill back up to Charlotte Pass.

Overall it's a good hike and suitable for beginners and definitely possible to complete in one day. However if you intend to do this you may not have time to take photos, hang around the bottom of blue lake or picnic overlooking Little Austria for example.
Chris - GPS IP:164.97.245.xxx | 2012-02-24 02:54:21
Hi

I am thinking of doing this walk does any one have any 6-8 Figure grid refernces to use as check points along the track?

E-mail Christopher_murray@Live.com.au

Cheers
Christophe - Thanks & Blog mentioning your IP:1.142.59.xxx | 2012-04-02 22:44:30
Hello,

Thanks for this walk and its document.

It was very helpful in preparing my walk to Mt Kosciuszko and Mt Townsend.

We had an amazing time there!

The PDF is really good with lots of accurate info on each legs.

I like the pictures and maps at the end.

I have started a blog and am describing our preparation and walk to do the Main Range Track.

People will find additional links, documents and pictures there:

http://mrmtblanc.blogspot.com.au/

Thanks again and keep the good work!
Christophe - Gear to take with you IP:58.179.10.xxx | 2012-05-21 00:10:32
Hello,

To prepare and pack your gear to trek to the top of Mt Kosciuszko and Mt Townsend, you might be interested to check this article:

http://mrmtblanc.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/kosciuszko-part-6-prepare-gear.html

Again thank you for a brilliant PDF describing the walk!
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Tristan - Good day walk IP:130.155.98.xxx | 2014-01-08 05:40:20
We did this at the beginning of Jan and had a nice sunny day throughout. As Michal said, it's a very obvious track for the whole bit except Mt Townsend, so in good weather it's very easy to follow.

I was happy doing in the anti-clockwise direction, as this saves Mt Kozzy for last and gives you an easy walk from there back to Charlotte's Pass. Possibly too easy... I'd consider cutting down to the Snowy River crossing from Seaman's Hut, as described in the longer circuit from Guthega.

The other change we made was to climb the peak to the west of the Blue Lake and then rejoin the trail on the other side. This was off-track but quite easy going (in good weather) and there were some lovely views.

Even in the height of summer it was still very cold up there so bring plenty of warm clothing, and it's completely exposed all the way around so wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen.
Rob - Advice for extention IP:203.217.54.xxx | 2014-03-03 10:43:31
Hi,

My friends and I are thinking of doing this walk this weekend. However we are looking to do two reasonably full days of walking and this one might be a little short. I was wondering if anyone has some suggestions on how/where to extend this walk or perhaps suggest another walk in the Snowy's area?

Thanks so much!
admin - re: Advice for extention Super Administrator | 2014-03-03 20:54:02
Hi Rob
Sure this walk can be done in a day. But by the time you drive out there put on packs, and do side trips like down to Blue Lake, walk up Mt Townsend and spend some time just enjoying the views you will fill up the time pretty well.
If you are comfortable with off track walking and can do a car shuffle the consider this walk. http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/kosciuszko-np-south/guthega-to-thredbo-camping-overnight-at-wilkensons-creek.html

Matt :)
Rob - Advice for extention IP:203.217.54.xxx | 2014-03-04 11:10:28
Hi Matt,

Thanks very much for your suggestion! This is a great website! Probably give both of them a go :)
nabs - easter hike IP:110.20.100.xxx | 2014-04-08 10:54:42
any advice for doing this over the easter long weekend?

will it be icy/snow during this time? what shoes would you recommend on this terrain, especially if its icy/raining?

looking to do this over 1 or two days. if i do it over 1 day, are there any places nearby the start where we could camp?
admin - re: easter hike Super Administrator | 2014-04-09 23:48:32
nabs wrote:
any advice for doing this over the Easter long weekend?

Generally there will not be significant snow, but it could be cold, wet, icy, hot, wind or snowy. It is a fairly unstable time of year. If you are fit this can be done in a day, but the days are get short so make sure you start early and carry a torch incase you need it to finish.
I tend to just wear runners for this walk. If there is significant snow fall you will need boots and snowshoes as well as very good navigation skills as the track will not be visible.
I would suggest that you have a few walk options planned and choose the one that best suits the conditions on the day.
Hope that helps.
Matt :)
Gareth - Route Feedback IP:220.237.127.xxx | 2014-04-26 07:59:47
I did this route about month ago with some friends - great track, had a wonderful time.

The instructions are fantastic - at every stage we knew exactly where we were and what to do next. We were really impressed at the clarity and brevity - well done!

One thing I will say though - in a couple of places the instructions mention 'faint intersections'; by the time we did it they had turned into invisible intersections - you simply will not spot them.

Most importantly, the turn off for Mt Townsend; the instructions are good, so you know within 20m where the track *should* be, but you cannot see it. Also be aware that this intersections is, as mentioned in the instructions, marked by a cairn, but the cairn is only about the size of a fist and a good 10-15m off track, so keep your eyes peeled - it's very easy to miss.

We ended up back-tracking and roaming around off-track looking for the path, eventually we found it and were able to spot the cairn after that.

In summary; keep your eyes peeled, trust that the path is exactly where you think it should be, and you'll be fine. Just don't rely on spotting the landmarks.
Steve - Camping below tree line IP:124.179.3.xxx | 2014-05-06 08:34:38
We plan on doing this walk in the next couple of weeks. I was wondering if there was any area we could camp that was below the tree line along this route. We don't mind taking a long off track. None of the photo's show any trees apart from beginning & end sections.
Erika - Swollen creek? IP:58.172.93.xxx | 2014-10-16 06:01:00
Is there a 'plan B' if the creek at Charlottes Pass is swollen and unable to cross via stepping stones?
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