Mount Kosciuszko is a part of the Kosciuszko National Park. The mountain is named after a well-known Polish fighter for freedom, General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. It was named by a Polish explorer Paul Strzelecki, who climbed it first in 1840. Mount Kosciuszko reaches an altitude of 2228m. Every year, the mountain is visited by more than 100, 000 tourists. There are three main routes to the top. The first one starts in the ski resort Thredbo . You get up by a lift and then there is a 6.5km long iron walkway. It was built there in order to protect the nature from damage which would be otherwise made by the tourist traffic.The second route is directed from the opposite side, from a ski resort Charlotte Pass. It continues on the Summit Walk, a 9km long gravel path. The third and the most difficult option how to reach the top of Mount Kosciuszko also starts from the ski resort Charlotte Pass. It continues to the mountain ranges on the Main Range Track, which is about 12,5km long.