World Expeditions has been operating since 1975 and offers a diverse range of original off the beaten track itineraries on every continent which all adhere to our leave no trace policy of travel. Originally specializing in the Himalayas (as Australian Himalayan Expeditions), it has expanded and evolved to include adventure holidays all over the world. With currently 6 offices (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, London and Ottawa) and approximately 500 stand alone itineraries across the globe, World Expeditions is the oldest and most experienced adventure travel company in Australia.
In 1977 World Expeditions identified the opportunity for adventure travel in the Australian market, set up its first Northern Territory trip in Kakadu in 1983 and has continued to operate across the NT ever since, operating trips that allow clients to embrace a sustainable and minimal impact style of travel. World Expeditions first pioneered the Larapinta trek in 1995 as an exclusive outback trekking experience, and has strived to continually develop and improve the Larapinta trek itineraries, removing barriers between clients and country.
It has always been our motto to "take only photographs and leave only footprints", and our eco footprint is one of the softest and yet most comfortable experiences trekkers can have along the Larapinta Trail. We have three exclusive eco-friendly, semi Permanent campsites that give trekkers a relaxing base to enjoy the pristine desert scenery and outback solitude. Featuring a kitchen, communal lounge and dining shelter on a raised platform out of the dust, the camps provide a cool and shady open haven, and a warm shelter during the cool nights with gas heating. Water-free toilets are in a clean and airy amenities shelter that are, and waste is disposed of by the Alice Springs Treatment Plant. Hot showers are an added comfort for trekkers after a day’s walk.
These campsites would not be possible without a strong partnership with NT National Parks & Wildlife and the Aboriginal Traditional Owners who jointly manage the land. The exclusive sub-lease ensures that the benefits of our tours are shared equitably with the Aboriginal Traditional Owners whose land we walk and camp upon.
World Expeditions is the only company in Australia to have the full endorsement of The Wilderness Society. This is in recognition of our responsible approach to travel in remote areas. The Larapinta Treks have also been accredited as Ecotourism ECO IV certified, awarded for our strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices, high quality nature-based tourism experiences, and in recognition of our optimal resources use, conservation practices and help towards local communities.
In 2013, we launched our semi-permanent campsites, and we currently have three semi-permanent campsites along the Larapinta Trail. These are: Nick's Camp, Charlie's Camp and
Fearless Camp. Our exclusive semi permanent eco camp sites have been architecturally designed and constructed with all of the facilities required to provide comfort and enjoyment in the wilderness for clients, including camp shower facilities, toilets, safari style tents, comfortable swags inserted with mattress and pillow, outdoor chairs, washing basin, shaded communal lounge and dining facilities along with a stainless steel kitchen. All waste, even when disposed of properly, has an environmental impact, so clients are encouraged bring items with minimal packaging.
Building materials, colours and style of the campsites were carefully chosen to blend in with the surrounding environment aesthetically, whilst maintaining the idyllic natural setting of wilderness sites. The camps incorporate new sustainable technologies such as water-free toilets, solar lighting systems, a hybrid grey water disposal system designed for the arid environment and a semi-permanent design that allows the camp to be dismantled to allow the land to recover during the off-season.