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Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort

Since 1995 when we offered the first commercial trek in this outstanding walking destination we have led the way on the Larapinta Trail and our exclusive semi-permanent campsites continue to set the standard, winning us the 2016 and 2017 Ecotourism award in the Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards. On this fully supported trek you walk with just a day pack to explore the best sections of this iconic desert trail: from the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges you'll see the vast flood plains that form this ancient land. You'll be dwarfed by the immensity of Ormiston and Serpentine Gorge and soothed by their idyllic waterholes. You'll be amazed by dramatic colour changes in the rock formations at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm... and to top it all of you'll climb to the lofty peak of Mt Sonder to watch the sunrise (1,380m). At the end of each day we relax in comfort at our architect-designed camps including hot showers, comfortable lounges and heated dining shelter as our guides prepare gourmet 3-course dinners around the campfire. Our exclusive camps combined with passionate guides, spectacular food, and an unsurpassed itinerary make this tour the ultimate Larapinta experience.

Inclusions

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks & hot drinks
Exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites
Professional wilderness guide & support staff
Camping equipment including tents, swags & stretcher beds
Fees to Aboriginal Traditional Owners
National Park fees
All transport during the tour
Emergency communications & 24 hour back-up
Comprehensive group first aid kit
Hightlights
The Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort is a trip of the Great Walks of Australia
Trek the ancient landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges
Summit Mount Sonder for a spectacular sunrise
Stay in multi award-winning, exclusive eco-campsites
Visit highlights along the trail including Ormiston Gorge and Standley Chasm
Gain a deeper understanding of the ancient Indigenous culture and Traditional Owners of the land
Relax in the evenings around a campfire as the guides prepare delicious 3 course meals
View spectacular and abundant endemic bird-life along the whole trail
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $2,895
Start Location
Alice Springs, Australia
End Location
Australia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
6 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Apr 201913 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
10 Apr 201915 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
14 Apr 201919 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
15 Apr 201920 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
17 Apr 201922 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
21 Apr 201926 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
22 Apr 201927 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
24 Apr 201929 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
28 Apr 201903 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
01 May 201906 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
06 May 201911 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
08 May 201913 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
13 May 201918 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
15 May 201920 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
19 May 201924 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
20 May 201925 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
22 May 201927 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
27 May 201901 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
29 May 201903 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
02 Jun 201907 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
03 Jun 201908 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
05 Jun 201910 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
09 Jun 201914 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
12 Jun 201917 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
16 Jun 201921 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
19 Jun 201924 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
21 Jun 201926 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
23 Jun 201928 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
24 Jun 201929 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
26 Jun 201901 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
30 Jun 201905 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
01 Jul 201906 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
03 Jul 201908 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
08 Jul 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
10 Jul 201915 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
14 Jul 201919 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
15 Jul 201920 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
17 Jul 201922 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
22 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
24 Jul 201929 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
28 Jul 201902 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
29 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
31 Jul 201905 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
04 Aug 201909 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
05 Aug 201910 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
07 Aug 201912 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
14 Aug 201919 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
19 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
25 Aug 201930 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
28 Aug 201902 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
02 Sep 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
04 Sep 201909 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
08 Sep 201913 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
09 Sep 201914 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
11 Sep 201916 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
15 Sep 201920 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
16 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
18 Sep 201923 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
22 Sep 201927 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
25 Sep 201930 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,895
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
We pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am and begin our walk at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the Larapinta Trail. From here the trail takes us west through witchetty bush, mulga scrub, and bird-filled shady woodlands. We climb high over exposed hills to the jagged outcrop of Euro Ridge, with expansive views over Alice Springs and the surrounding landscape, before descending to the deep narrow passage of Wallaby Gap. After a stop for refreshments you have the option to extend your walk and head to Nick's Camp on foot, or to transfer by bus. Nick's Camp is one of our exclusive award-winning camps, nestled in the bush with stunning views across the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley. Following your introduction to camp you will be greeted by local bush food specialist, Rayleen Brown, who will give an informative presentation about native bush foods with tastings. Walking Time: 5-8 hours
Day 2
From Nick's Camp we continue west through magnificent, shady Bloodwoods and tall Ironwoods, the dominant trees on this narrow alluvial flat. We may catch sight of Black-footed Rock Wallaby as we approach one of the most important waterholes of the area, Simpsons Gap. A short transfer takes us to the stunning Standley Chasm where you will be welcomed to country by Deanella Mack from Cultural Connections. Sunday and Wednesday departures will journey into Arrernte country for a cultural conversation; Friday departures will have a cultural conversation on night one. After a delicious picnic lunch and a walk into the magnificent Chasm a private reserve still run by the traditional owners we transfer to back to our campsite. Walking Time: 3-5 hours
Day 3
Today's highlight is the 5km walk along the crest of the high ridge leading to Counts Point. From here we have clear views of Central Australia's western horizon to Mt Zeil (1531m), the highest peak in the Northern Territory, and Mt Sonder which marks the end of the Larapinta Trail. We can also see the huge comet crater of Gosse Bluff, a feature of the landscape for the next few days. We descend from the high ridgetop though mysterious stands of mulga trees. At the base of the ridge we follow a track of dolomite limestone toward camp; keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites under foot, one of the most ancient forms of life. Stepping off the main trail, we follow our private track to Charlie's Camp, named in honour of pioneering Larapinta guide Charlie Holmes. Tonight's camp is nestled in secluded wilderness at the foothills of Counts Point. An optional afternoon walk to Serpentine Chalet Dam reveals early history of the area and the chance for a refreshing swim. Spend the evening relaxing around the campfire while your guides prepare a scrumptious dinner. Walking Time: 5.5-6.5 hours
Day 4
After another wonderful breakfast we walk out of camp to the breathtaking Inarlanga (Echidna) Pass. We spend some time in the magnificent pass to enjoy the peace and marvel at the ancient cycad palms. From here we trek south-west to an original ochre quarry, a sacred Aboriginal site. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes for stunning photos. We then break for a picnic lunch and an early finish in preparation for our big day tomorrow. Your guides will offer numerous afternoon activities such as: visit Finke River (estimated to be the oldest river in the world), relax at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, or take on a challenging 10km trek from Ormiston Gorge through diverse desert lowlands and creek country. We transfer west to one of our exclusive Camps. Fearless named in honour of trekking guide Sue Fear, or Sonder Camp - named after the majestic Mt Sonder. Both Camps are located at the foothills of Mount Sonder. Walking Time: 3-7 hours
Day 5
Your guides will have you up early this morning (3am) for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving your way up to the 1380m summit of this majestic mountain following only the glittering light of your head-torch, surrounded by deep and peaceful darkness, is a truly inspiring experience... and watching the sunrise from the top is unforgettable! Mount Sonder is the official end and highest point of the entire Larapinta Trail and as such we have expansive views across the entire vast landscape we have been exploring over the last few days. We descend to Redbank Gorge and can enjoy a great brunch on the Finke River. If time permits in the afternoon we may visit the Glen Helen Homestead at the base of the range where we can relax with a drink or even take a scenic helicopter flight over the West MacDonnell Ranges. A short transfer returns us to camp looking back up toward Mt Sonder. Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Day 6
This morning we enjoy the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and wildlife and is the perfect walk to complete our journey. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where Rock Wallabies scamper about the imposing cliffs, and follow the track through scrub filled with native birds: Spinifex Pigeon, Budgerigar and Mistlet Bird. Keep an eye out overhead for the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia's largest raptor. After lunch we board the bus and transfer to Alice Springs. Sitting back and watching the now familiar ancient desert landscape slide by the bus window gives most trekkers a sense of awe and satisfaction. Congratulations on all you have achieved over the last six days! We will drop you to your accommodation at approximately 4-5pm. This evening your group may like to arrange a celebratory dinner together at one of Alice's great eateries. Walking Time: 3-4 hours