8 days / 7 nights

Trekking sul Larapinta Trail: Great Walks of Australia

from € 2.860

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Trekking the Larapinta Trail is a one-of-a-kind Australian adventure trek. The Classic Larapinta Trek is included in the 7 Great Walks of Australia and is also included in the top 10 world top walks.

We are in the Australian Northern Territory and- more precisely- in the Red Center.

It is more than 200 km long and goes from Alice Springs to Redbank Gorge, crossing the rocky plateau of the West MacDonnell Ranges on the way, there are semi-permanent camps, and you will only have to carry your daily equipment necessary for the walks. At the end of each day, you can enjoy the comforts of the semi-permanent camps (Ti Tree and Charlie’s) equipped with a heated lounge, hot showers, chemical services, solar energy, and 12V USB charging.

A support vehicle will transport the surplus material, even personal. Meals are generous and delicious.

We have selected the routes for their spectacularity and variety of environments and panoramas crossed in this ancestral place.

You will be struck by the immensity of Ormiston and Serpentine gorges so rich in precious water; you will be fascinated by the chromatic changes of the rock formations of Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm; you will be struck by the trek of Mt Sonder (1,380m) and by the magnificence of the panorama visible from its summit. Last but not least, you are welcome to the land of the Arrernte Aboriginal people, traditional guardians of this vast area.

Walking on the highest ridges of the West MacDonnell Ranges, we will have the opportunity to observe the spectacular views of the Outback from a privileged point of view. We follow an itinerary aimed at an active walker prepared to make between six and seven kilometers each day, with many optional itineraries for those who are more active. You will need to bring only the backpack with the daily needs as you will stay overnight in elegant, exclusive, and comfortable semi-permanent campsites (Ti Tree and Charlie’s), where the exceptional facilities are ready and awaiting your arrival.

A support vehicle will transfer us at the start of the trek, which allows us to select the walks that are the perfect balance between spectacular landscapes and the distance traveled. The diversity of the trekking stages is impressive. Sometimes the trail descends from the ridge into narrow canyons where there are small oases of delicate fern, and the twisted gum trees grow on the banks of dry rivers for most of the year.

Trip evaluation

To determine the rank of a particular adventure, we consider several factors. These include the condition of the terrain, the elevation, and the duration of the trek. The 6-day Larapinta Trail responds to the classification of introductory and moderate. This trek involves 5 – 7 hours of walking every day over rough terrain with some steep climbs and descents. Although this trek does not count altitude, it can be hard and not to be underestimated. To complete this trek, we recommend involving three or four times a week in regular physical exercise for at least three months before the departure.

Highlight of Trekking on the Larapinta Trail

  • Journey with a positive environmental impact.
  • By participating in this trip, you directly support projects with a positive environmental impact in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • We offset the CO2 emitted from this trip by purchasing credits that support major projects that address the United Nations’ seventeen SDGs, such as poverty reduction, clean and accessible energy, hunger reduction, clean water, and action to the climate.
  • Supported projects are based on internationally recognized standards audited by third parties. They have several positive impacts on the ground, benefiting local communities and ecosystems, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

1° day

ALICE SPRINGS (- / - / -)

Arrive in Alice Springs and transfers to the hotel with shuttle service.
In the late afternoon, meeting the guides for the briefing on the Larapinta Trail and the days to come.

Alice Springs Alice Springs- a town with just 28,000 inhabitants- is located in the center of the Australian continent like an oasis in the desert, surrounded by rocky mountains and immersed in an arid landscape of indescribable colors, truly spectacular. The population has a strong Aboriginal presence, and it is no coincidence that the center offers numerous art studios where you can buy beautiful and expensive Aboriginal paintings, but also more affordable souvenir shops linked to the traditions of the ancient inhabitants of these areas.
In Alice Springs it is also possible to organize beautiful and exciting excursions such as the sunrise ascension in a hot air balloon over the desert and the quod or mountain bike excursion in the desert.
To visit
At number one, the Kangaroo Sanctuary from Tuesday to Friday.
Then the Old Telegraph Station with its museum and the history of the pioneers who conquered the Red Center connecting with the telegraph first and the railway then Adelaide to Darwin.
The Desert Park opened in March 1997, located on the hills of the Mac Donnel Ranges: it is a spectacular introduction to the desert environment and its typical fauna; the three largest habitats with over 120 Australian animal species, including some in extinction and 350 plant species. The Royal Flying Doctor Service, the helicopter emergency service, a reference for all of Central Australia.
The School Of The Air, with which hundreds of teens and children receive school education via radio.
For dinner, however, we recommend the Bojangles restaurant (at 80 Todd Street Tel. 89522873), as well as enjoying the typical local cuisine, based on grilled meat, you can listen to excellent Australian music.

2° day

ALICE SPRINGS / NICK'S CAMP (- / L / D)

Overnight: Semi-permanent equipped Bush Camp
Lunch included
Dinner included
Trek included: 8 to 15 km
Meeting the guide at your hotel from 7: 00-07: 30.
The trek begins on the eastern side of the route, starting at Old Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
The path passes through bushes and mulga spots to continue along hills and woods; we say goodbye to the Alice at the top of the Euro ridge before starting the trek through the deep and narrow passage of Wallaby Gap. From here, you can go to the camp with the vehicle or continue on foot for another 8 km until you reach the same. Nick's camp enjoys a splendid view of the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley.

3° day

NICKS CAMP - SIMPSON'S GAP PLUS STANDLEY CHASM LOOKOUT WALK (B / L / D)

Overnight: Semi-permanent equipped Bush Camp
Breakfast included
Lunch included
Dinner included
Trek included: 10-15 km
Today's program:
From Nick's campsite, we follow the west path through magnificent Bloodwoods and tall, shady Ironwoods - the dominant trees on this narrow floodplain. It is possible to observe Echidna and Wallaby of the kind rocks around Simpson's Gap. From here, a short transfer takes us to the splendid Standley Chasm, where we will be engaged in a walk to the top to observe and visit the rocky ravine. Then, we will move to Charlie's campsite, located at the foot of the hills of Counts Point: a magnificent and wild area. Charlie's camp is named after Larapinta's pioneering Guide: Charlie Holmes.

4° day

NICKS CAMP / SIMPSON'S GAP PLUS STANDLEY CHASM LOOKOUT WALK (B / L / D)

Overnight: Semi-permanent equipped Bush Camp
Breakfast included
Lunch included
Dinner included
Trek included: 15 km
Today's program:
The highlight of this day is the 5km hike along the highest ridge leading to Counts Point. From the top, we will have a view of the western part of Mount Sonder and the crater of the comet of Gosse Bluff. Descended from the high ridge, it takes us through the ancient forest of Mulga Trees Hill. Along the way, it is possible to observe in the limestone rocks the fossils of stromatolites, one of the most ancient forms of terrestrial life. Return to camping Charlie in the afternoon. An optional 2km walk can take you to the Serpentine of Chalet Dam, a pinch of pioneering history and the chance to swim in the dam's waters.

5° day

CHARLIE'S CAMP / OCHRE PITS (8 KM). OPTION FOR ORMISTON GORGE / FINKE RIVER G. (10 KM) (B / L / D)

Overnight: Semi-permanent equipped Bush Camp
Breakfast included
Lunch included
Dinner included
Trek included: 8 + 10 km
Today's program:
Let's start the day (if we didn't do it the day before) with an optional walk to Serpentine Chalet. Continue to the Inarlanga pass (Echidna). There are numerous Cycadaceae palms in this area. We continue to the aboriginal site of Ocher Pits (here, it is still the traditional custom to collect the red, yellow and white clays and piles of earth used during the aboriginal rituals for body paintings. In the afternoon, we make a little relaxing stop on the Finke River (one of the oldest rivers in the world). If we want, we can relax at Glen Helen Lodge, a historic supply point of the bush. Finally, we can take an optional 10 km excursion from Ormiston gorge leaves us to the Fike river through the depression of Creek Country. Transfer to our camp at the foot of Mount Sonder. This camp is named Fearless camp after the trekking guide Sue Fear.

6° day

MOUNT SONDER 16KM (1380M) (B / L / D)

Overnight: Semi-permanent equipped Bush Camp
Breakfast included
Lunch included
Dinner included
Trek included: 16 km
Today's program:
Departure at 3 am to reach the top of Mount Sonder. Our goal is to be on top by sunrise so that we can see how the sun spreads across this vast country with a spectacular effect. We then go down to Redbank Gorge, and we can enjoy an excellent brunch and, if the weather permits, in the afternoon, stop at Glen Helen Homestead to toast perhaps with a cold beer to our beautiful company. From here, if desired, it is possible to take a panoramic flight with the homestead helicopter to admire the area we have explored these days from above. At the end of the day, return to the camp.

7° day

ORMISTON POUND WALK / ALICE SPRINGS (B / L / -)

Overnight: free
Breakfast included
Lunch included
Trek included: 4/5 km
Today's program:
Today just a relaxing 3/4 hour walk along the Ormiston Pound. The scenarios, flora and are extraordinary, and the walk will end exploring the upper course of the gorge where it is possible to observe the rock kangaroos (Rock Wallabies) as they scurry on the imposing rocks. Finally, we will move by van to return to Alice Spring, where the arrival is scheduled for 5.00 pm.

8° day

ALICE SPRINGS (- / - / -)

At the agreed time, transfer via shuttle service to the airport.

Tariff per person, starting from:

DepartureDouble
From 4 April 2021 to 28 September 2022€ 2,860

Notes

Arrivals to Alice Springs are every Tuesday and Saturday

  • from 3 April to 25 September 2021
  • from 2 April to 27 September 2022

Small groups only Guided group sizes are strictly limited to a maximum of 12-16 people.

Adventures in remote areas mean that social distancing comes naturally.

The classic Larapinta Trek is fully vehicle supported. You will only carry a day backpack containing the items you need during the day (including water, sun hat, snacks, lunch, camera, waterproof and warm layers).

The trip begins with a MANDATORY pre-departure briefing in the afternoon of the day before departure. You must organize your trip to allow you to participate in this briefing.

The itinerary is not fixed and may vary due to the needs of the parks or organizational authorities or due to atmospheric events.

What you will need to bring with you:

Hat, water bottle (or bottle of water), repellent spray, a small flashlight, comfortable hiking shoes, towel, comfortable clothing, a sweatshirt, and a windbreaker for the evening and early morning (at night, the temperature can go down to zero degrees!). Sleeping bag if you want to use your own (available for hire on-site). Your equipment for the overnight stay and your body hygiene.

You can leave any excess baggage in storage at the airport or hotel in Alice Springs.

Trekking poles can help you up and down slopes and for stability. If you have not used them before, we recommend that you train with them before starting the excursion.

Change applied: on 25 August 2020

The price is indicative and subject to seasonal variations and dynamic rates.

Single room supplement available.

Request a detailed quote with the indications of the lodges/motels and an updated cost.


The tariff includes

  • All transfers to and from the airport in Alice Springs.
  • Two nights in Alice Springs.
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners.
  • Tent camps, semi-permanent for exclusive use.
  • Professional local guide and support staff.
  • All camping equipment including tents, swag, chairs, and camp beds.
  • Entrance fees to Aboriginal areas, National Parks.
  • Off-road transfer to and from Alice Springs.
  • Emergency communication system and first aid kit.

The tariff does not include

  • Everything not expressively mentioned in “The tariff includes”, or elsewhere in the program.

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