The Larapinta Trail – 7 Day/6 Night Walking Journey

The Larapinta Trail - 7 Day/6 Night Walking Journey

Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges in the Red Centre trekking sections of the Larapinta Trail, one of the most popular wilderness walks in Australia. Covering up to 18 km’s of graded trail per day, there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the Australian outback. Discover the magic and mysteries concealed within this ancient environment and be swept away by the dreamtime of the area. This is a challenging adventure for experienced trekkers looking to complete one of the great wilderness walks in this hauntingly beautiful part of the world.

The Larapinta Trail - 7 Day/6 Night Walking Journey

Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges in the Red Centre trekking sections of the Larapinta Trail, one of the most popular wilderness walks in Australia. Covering up to 18 km’s of graded trail per day, there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the Australian outback. Discover the magic and mysteries concealed within this ancient environment and be swept away by the dreamtime of the area.

Price Includes

Tour guide, ground support crew and all transportation. Camping equipment and bedding including swags, pillows, sleeping bags and blankets. Meals and snacks as indicated on below. Hot and cold drinks excluding alcoholic beverages (note that the purchase of alcohol can be arranged with your guide at the pre-trek meeting. Cold storage will be provided), fresh drinking water.

  • –  Return Airport Shuttle
  • –  Accommodation in Alice Springs x 2 Nights
  • –  All meals as indicated above
  • –  Pre and Post dinner in Alice Springs
  • –  Transfer to dinner on final night (transfer home not included)
  • –  Groups under 15 – 1 x Walking Guide / 1 x Ground Support
  • –  Groups over 15 – 2 x Walking Guides / 1 x Ground Support
Dates
  • 26 April 2021 (Trek start: 27thApril 2021) – 2nd May 2021
  • 17thMay 2021 (Trek start: 18th May 2021) – 23rd May 2021
  • 12thJuly 2021 (Trek start: 13th July 2021) – 18th July 2021
Price

$2,955 Per Person

Accommodation

Basic bush camp with swags (tents upon request) (4 nights)

Exclusions

Flights, airport departure taxes, arrival and departure transfers, visa, travel insurance, optional tours and activities during free time, tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature. It is recommended that any additional alcohol/refreshments be purchased prior to tour departure** in Alice Springs. Storage will be provided

“If our set departure dates are not convenient for you, you may choose Private departures by selecting your own convenient tour date. These types of departure are best suited to couples, families, charity and small groups of friends. Customised itineraries are available as per your travel need.“

April

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19/04/2021
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The Larapinta Trail ANZAC Day – 7 Nights/8 Days Walking Journey
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$3,395

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May

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17/05/2021
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The Larapinta Trail – 7 Day/6 Night Walking Journey
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June

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07/06/2021
21/07/2021
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14 Day Walking Adventure covering the Awesome LARAPINTA TRAIL from End to End.
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28/06/2021
11/07/2021
7 Days
14 Day Walking Adventure covering the Awesome LARAPINTA TRAIL from End to End
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$4,795

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July

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18/07/2021
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The Larapinta Trail – 7 Day/6 Night Walking Journey
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$2,955

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Pay Only Deposit: $500.00 Per Person

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Total Deposit: $500
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Day 1

Arrival and Meet and Greet (Dinner)
Arrive at the Airport and catch your pre-booked Airport Shuttle to your accommodation location, Doubletree Hilton.

We meet at 2.00pm in the foyer of the Doubletree Hilton (Barrett Drive) where you will meet the rest of the members of your group to discuss the coming days with your guide.

If you arrive earlier during the day you might like to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling heart of the Red Centre before leaving it all behind for the desolate outback. Browse Aboriginal artworks at Central Australia’s best art galleries. This is also a good time to ensure you have all articles needed for your Larapinta Trail walk.

After your meet and greet you will have time to spend in the township of Alice to buy any last minute requirements before making your way to the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens by 5pm (short walk from town and Doubletree Hilton) where you will be greeted by Traditional Owners and ‘Welcomed to the Country’ in an authentic and traditional way.

After this we head back to Doubletree Hilton where a reservation will be made for the group at 7pm. Enjoy a lovely two course dinner before retiring early for the night in preparation for the big journey ahead.

Day 2

Section 1 Alice Springs to Wallaby (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
An early start and its bye bye suburbia – hello wilderness! The majestic and serene West MacDonnell Ranges are rich in natural wonders and traditional culture and are considered the best there is in Australia. Our first walk is around a 14km ‘leg stretch’ commencing from the outskirts of Alice Springs. Some beautiful views can be seen, particularly at Euro Ridge. Our walk is taken casually, a fitting way to relax and immerse in the wonder of the region and to ponder the coming 4 days.

Our Ground Support Vehicle will meet us at the picturesque Wallaby Gap and transfer us to our remote camping location within the MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Let the true experience begin as we rest in a region synonymous in the dreamtime (Alcheringa) of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people. We will enjoy a Kungkas Can Cook Tasting Platter and refreshing drink for pre-dinner nibbles. Kungkas Can Cook are an aboriginal catering company who are passionate about bush foods and are dedicated to utilizing wild harvested produce from around the Central Desert Region and beyond.

Day 3

Section 8 Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Today we head to the spectacular western half of the Larapinta Trail and onto a 13.4km section of the Larapinta Trail that is only suitable for well-prepared and experienced walkers with a good level of fitness. It offers exhilarating views of the high quartzite ridgelines that typify the West MacDonnell Ranges, including Haasts Bluff and Mt Zeil (the highest point in the Northern Territory).

Day 4

Section 10 Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Gorge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Today we traverse the low-lying regions surrounding Ormiston Gorge gradually working our way upward into the back reaches of the Finke River. This area is steeped in traditional folklore with several important sites being viewed including ‘Yapulpa’, which is part of the Carpet Snake Dreaming legend as well as the Emu and Kangaroo Man Dreaming. Tonight, our campsite is shadowed by Mount Sonder (Rwetyepme, The Pregnant Lady) and the imagery of the Yeperenye Hills. Relax at the campsite on the banks of the mighty Finke River as the sun sets and the colours of the night desert erupt into million-star accommodation.

Day 5

Section 12 Mount Sonder Climb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
An early rise is an understatement as we challenge the 8km climb to the peak of Mount Sonder. The vision of sunrise and the 360° view will leave you speechless – a truly unforgettable achievement. Enjoy time at camp for your last evening under the stars of the Milky Way.

Day 6

Section 9/10 Ormiston Pound Walk to Alice Springs (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Regarded by many as the ‘primo’ small walk of the Larapinta Trail, the Ormiston Pound Walk is full of wow factor, wildlife and flora and a great finale to our walk. A location inspirational to Albert Namatjira, sensational viewings of the Chewing’s Range and Mount Giles – the entry into the Gorge will leave you dumb founded.

After another healthy lunch, we will pack and break camp for regrettably the last time and began our journey back to normality (hot showers and life as you know it awaits).

Tonight, your guide will collect you from your accommodation after a well-deserved shower and head to one of Alice’s Outback Restaurants where you can reminisce the last 5 days and share some banter over a refreshing ale or cool drink.

Day 7

Sad Farewells (Breakfast)
Today you can sleep in, you can rise early, you can walk…. or not walk… The option is yours. Just make sure you check out by 10am and are at your pickup location for your already booked Airport Shuttle to meet your fight on time.

Inclusions, Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • –  Return Airport Shuttle
  • –  Accommodation in Alice Springs x 2 Nights
  • –  All meals as indicated above
  • –  Pre and Post dinner in Alice Springs
  • –  Transfer to dinner on final night (transfer home not included)
  • –  Groups under 15 – 1 x Walking Guide / 1 x Ground Support
  • –  Groups over 15 – 2 x Walking Guides / 1 x Ground Support
  • Trek Dates
  • 26 April 2021 (Trek start: 27thApril 2021) – 2nd May 2021
  • 17thMay 2021 (Trek start: 18th May 2021) – 23rd May 2021
  • 12thJuly 2021 (Trek start: 13th July 2021) – 18th July 2021
  • Price Per Person $2,955.00

What to Bring

Headlight or torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, fly net, water bottles (min. recommended capacity 3-4 litres total), walking shoes/boots, warm clothing, personal items such as toiletries and medications and towel. BYO alcohol (see note under inclusions).

Please note temperature variation is great in Central Australia. You will be required to carry all clothing required for that day and should plan accordingly. Temperature variations ranging from 0 – 30 degrees Celsius can be experienced each day.

All other clothing and luggage will be transported by the ground crew. Any items not needed for the trek can be stored at your accommodation in Alice Springs.

Travelling with Children

Due to the nature of this tour, the minimum age accepted for children is 12 years. Private Charters can be arranged by request and tailored for children’s needs accordingly.

Arrival in Alice Springs

Many hotels provide courtesy buses that meet most flights. To take advantage of this, you must call the hotel at least 24 hours before your arrival and provide your flight details and arrival time. Otherwise a taxi will cost approximately AUD$30. The airport shuttle costs AUD$15 per person and meets every flight, and will also take you directly to your hotel.

Outback Camping in Style

We like to camp in style and comfort which involves sleeping in enclosed swags or in large, wilderness style tents. A mattress, pillow, -5CC rated sleeping bags, sheets, woollen blankets are provided. A hands free headlight/torch is thoroughly recommended for after dark activities. Please note you will be required to carry your own day pack on this walk. All other equipment will be handled by our ground crew.

Respecting Indigenous Culture

Please note that itineraries that include visits to Indigenous sites may change at short notice, due to the cultural and ceremonial obligations of our Indigenous hosts and guide.

**Departure dates lists refer to your arrival days into Alice Springs and your night of accommodation. It is not the first day of trek.