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The Larapinta Trail

7 Days & 6 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
  • Hike the best of Australia’s Larapinta Trail from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder
  • Spend each night in the comfort of award winning, stylish eco-camps
  • Explore the waterholes, creeks and gorges of the outback
  • Discover the dreamtime traditions of the Indigenous Arrernte people
  • Spot black footed rock wallabies, wedge-tailed eagles and echidnas
In the company of expert guides trek across Australia’s MacDonnell Ranges, hiking the best of the Larapinta Trail from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder (1350m). Beginning at Alice Spring’s Telegraph Station (the official start of the Larapinta Trail), walk through ancient bushland and up onto the rocky spine of the MacDonnell Ranges. Discover the impressive waterholes of Simpsons Gap and red ochre walls of Standley Chasm, where you can also learn about local dreamtime from members of the indigenous community. Trek through the outback and across desert lowland to the towering rock formations and pools of Ormiston Gorge, where you may see wedge-tailed eagles and rock wallabies. Marking the end of the trail is a sunrise ascent of Mount Sonder. An unforgettable highlight of this tour are the evenings spent in exclusive wilderness eco-camps. Tucked away off the main trail, enjoy your stylish surroundings with a cool beer and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers!
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What To Expect

Graded moderate, this trek covers between 9-22km each day. Accompanied by your professional guide, experience classic Australian bush walking across scrubland, through gorges and up to the rocky peak of Mount Sonder (1350m). The paths are usually well defined though it will be rocky and rugged in parts which adds the adventure of exploring the Australian wilderness. One of the many highlights of this tour are your overnight stays at semi-permanent wilderness eco-camps. Each evening, relax in comfort around the campfire as dinner is prepared for you. Later, retire to a safari style tent (complete with raised bed), perfect for drifting off to the night chorus of Australian wildlife.

Trip Style:

Small Group Guided | Benefit from an expert leader and join a group of like-minded adventurers.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife

Grade & Terrain

This moderately graded tour is fully guided. With a maximum group size of 16 like-minded trekkers from across the globe, the international nature of these groups adds to the experience of your journey across the outback. The offical trail is 220km long, therefore we use a sensible combination of hiking and private vehicle transfers to the access the best sections of the trail or to reach the exclusive camps which are a small distance off the main trail.

Navigation

Operated in partnership with a team of Australian trekking experts, your professional crew will guide you through the cultural and natural highlights of the Larapinta Trail. Your camp crew work hard to provide you with a comfortable nights sleep, together with creating delicious and tasty meals to keep you fuelled for your trek. Your main baggage will be transferred by the support vehicle, so all you have to carry are your personal essentials and water. Each day your guide will brief you on the walk ahead and what the day will entail.

Accommodation Information

During this trip you will spend 1 night in a 4* hotel in Alice Springs and during the trek, 5 nights in award winning, semi-permanent eco-camps.

Single Rooms & Tents

If you’re walking with friends or family and prefer to have your own room (and tent) space, single rooms in Alice Springs are available subject to a supplementary payment. A single tent may be available, but this allocated on first serve, first come basis. If you are travelling as a solo walker, and a single tent is not available, you will be paired with a tent partner of the same gender.

Hotel Alice Springs

Hotel Alice Springs Located on the Todd River and only 5 minutes walk from the town centre, this 4* Double Tree Hilton Hotel has been designed to be in keeping with the natural landscape. The hotel bar and restaurant offers dinner on the terrace. To cool off you can always hop into the hotel pool.

Wilderness Eco Camps

During the trek you will spend each night in a wilderness eco-camp. The camps have only been made possible by the partnership between our local partner, Aboriginal Traditional Owners and the Northern Territory National Park who jointly manage the land. Each campsite is fully set-up so there is no need to worry about pitching or packing up tents.

Exclusive to your trekking group, each campsite comprises of kitchen, lounge and dining area (all of which are on raised platforms). The lounge is the perfect way to relax and cool off in the shade. On cooler nights, the seated campfire circle is an informal area to relax around the fireplace and the dining wing offers a stylish setting to enjoy dinner with your fellow walkers.

Each tent is a custom built safari tent and has plenty of room for two people. The tent measures 2.4m x 2.4m x 2.1m (so there is plenty of room to stand up) and comprises of 2 single camp beds (raised off the floor) with an adequate foam mattress (5cm thick) The tent is equipped with an inner mesh to allow for ventilation and the robust canvas walls protect again bad weather.

Finally, the campsite bathrooms provide a simple shower system (with a limited hot water supply per person) and composting toilets. These toilets use a special compost which allows waste to be broken down without the need for chemicals.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included (lunches and dinners in Alice Springs are not included). Typically, breakfast consists of fruits, juices, breads, eggs, muesli, yogurts. There is always a plentiful supply of tea and coffee.

Lunches on all walking days are included. Your guide will find a shady spot where you can kick back and relax with a picnic style lunch. Included dinners consist of 2-3 courses, with main courses such as traditional camp-oven roast, pasta dish or grilled meats.

Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. We try to accommodate all requirements where possible but as the campsites are in remote locations dietary alternatives may not be possible without prior notice. It is essential you let us know at least a month in advance of any dietary needs. Should you have a specific diet, it is always worth bringing a small supply of your own food.

Included
  • 1 night in a 4* hotel, 5 nights in semi-permanent wilderness eco-campsites
  • Guided group walks
  • Support staff & vehicle
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Baggage Transfer
  • National Park & Cultural Fees
  • 24/7 telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Alice Springs
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Lunches & dinners in Alice Springs
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance (details of your travel insurance must be provided before travel)
Extras
  • Extra nights in Alice Springs

When To Go

This tour has scheduled departure dates from April through to September. Private group departures are also available, please contact the office for details.

Depending on your wider plans for Australia, the start and end of the Larapinta trekking season (April and September) are the warmest months (20-25 degrees) with evenings being very pleasant. Between June and August daytime temperatures are cooler (15-25 degrees) and the evenings can get cold. Whilst there is a cosy campfire, overnight frosts are common so do refer to the packing list for suggested items.

Getting to the Start

Alice Springs Airport connects through to all major Australian cities. International flights will generally route via another Australian airport before onward international travel.

You may wish to consider taking the train The Ghan Train service, which is rated as one of the worlds best train journeys. You can take the 24 hour journey from either Adelaide or Darwin to Alice Springs. There are a number of different cabin types available and the overnight train journey also takes in a number of stops to visit various points of interest along the way. Quite simply, The Ghan is a unique, not to mention stylish way to arrive into Alice Springs.

Alice Springs is in central Australia, which means driving from any of the major cities is a long way! Sydney is a 30+ hour drive whilst Darwin to Alice Springs is around 18+ hours.

Getting from the End

This tour also finishes as well as starts in Alice Springs, so use the previous information in reverse.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. On this tour we can provide you with a sleeping bag should you require one.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take with you to New Zealand. This includes warm and cold weather gear, hiking boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care. Please provide us with your policy information prior to departure.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Alice Springs Day 2 Walk to Wallaby Gap and onto Nick’s Camp 8 miles / 13.5 km Day 3 Standley Chasm & Lookout Walk 6 miles / 9 km Day 4 Sepertine Gorge to Charlie’s Camp 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Walk to Ochre Pits 5 miles / 8 km Day 6 Summit Mount Sonder 7 miles / 12 km Day 7 Ormiston Pound and Onward Travel

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