Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort

Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Trip Summary

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.

Suitability

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, and the length of the trek. The Larapinta Experience is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves walking 5-7 hours each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. In order to complete this trek we advise that you undertake regular exercise three or four times a week in the month prior to your departure. Hill walking with a day pack is recommended.

Itinerary

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

Meals:  L,D

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 a shy Echidna or 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 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. Walking Time: 3-5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

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 back to Charlie's Camp. 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

Meals:  B,L,D

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 our exclusive Camp Fearless – named in honour of trekking guide Sue Fear – at the foothills of Mount Sonder. Walking Time: 3-7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

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 fight over the West MacDonnell Ranges. A short transfer returns us to Camp Fearless looking back up toward Mt Sonder. Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

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 Mistletoe 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

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 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

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation in Alice Springs before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and alcoholic beverages
  • Backpack and sleeping bag
  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance

Reviews

We enjoyed every moment of the experience and had total trust in the guides and in your organisation. Thank you!

Ivan Wett, QLD


I have never been on a trek that was more professionally operated. All of the World Expeditions team were exceptional at their jobs as well as being very personable and fun. The scenery during the trek itself was quite awe inspiring and when complemented with appropriate commentary from one of the professional guides it enabled a keen awareness of ones surroundings. The food was unbelievably good as was everything on the semi permanent campsites. If you are considering booking, don't hesitate, you won't regret it.

Paul Fitzgerald, Imbil, QLD


Excellent food prep and cooking experience, I am Gluten free with also other dietary requirements, so I felt more than looked after. AAA+++

Kate Doyle, Victoria, Australia


I have returned from my Australia holidays and the Larapinta trek that I booked via your organization was the most wonderful experience. The scenery of central Australia is really awesome (you should go and visit yourself if you haven´t done it yet) and the organisation of the trek was perfect.Many thanks to world expeditions. I will definitely come back to you for future trips.

Natascha S., The Netherlands


We enjoyed every moment of the experience and had total trust in the guides and in your organisation. Thank you!

Ivan Wett, QLD


We had a wonderful time on our recent 8 day Larapinta Trek. The trip was made all the more enjoyable by the assistance of our guides Adrian and Craig. Their flexibility, steady temperaments, knowledge, friendship, experience, sense of humor and ability in the kitchen took all the difficulties out of our experience. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything that should have happened happened, and happened when it should have. They made the whole experience for us a simple walk in the bush. We could not recommend them more highly.

Peter Surtees, St Ives, NSW


The food was of an amazingly high standard given the conditions. The staff had such energy to trek all day and then cook! They also had great subject knowledge and excellent first aid skills.

Yvonne Gree, Narrabundah ACT


I am very impressed with the fitness, organisational management and multiple skills of our tour leader Emily and her coleagues Ben and Bonnie - these were crucial to the pleasure and success of our holiday.I also appreciate Emily's sharing of her knowledge of the Amente culture with our group and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with an Amente elder.

Xavier Silvia, Kingston, ACT


Bloody fantastic! Great trip, good co-walkers, the BEST trek leaders and the food was amazing! It all made for an exciting walk.Well done W.E.!!

Ian and Brenda McColl, Goondiwindi, QLD


I am not sure you can improve, it was all excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my trip. Our guides Emily, Ben and Bonny were all super people. They were very professional and the food was excellent!

Karen Wright, Dalton


Both of our guides were enthusiastic and professional at all times. The leader was very knowledgeable and informative about all aspects along the trail and the area itself (including the history). The food was excellent!!

Debra and Anthony Sullivan, Newcastle, NSW


All the guides worked extremely hard and were always cheerful

Jane McKay, Victoria


Mark, Shelley and Kate (guides) were all amazing. Most professional and couldnt praise them enough. Would travel with them agaain in a heartbeat!

K and B Hanranhan, New South Wales, Australia


All guides were constant in thier unceasing willingness to help answer questions and provide support and assistance. Food was amazing. Peter Emily and Joel were brilliant. WE are to be commended on their selection of staff.

D. Llewellyn, NSW, Australia


I had a great time on this trip. Everything seemed well planned and prepared. The guides were knowledgeable and helpful. I would definitely recommend this trip to others I know.

Allison Dane, NSW, Australia


We had a wonderful time on our recent 8 day Larapinta Trek. The trip was made all the more enjoyable by the assistance of our guides Adrian and Craig. Their flexibility, steady temperaments, knowledge, friendship, experience, sense of humor and ability in the kitchen took all the difficulties out of our experience. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything that should have happened happened, and happened when it should have. They made the whole experience for us a simple walk in the bush. We could not reccommend them more highly.

Peter Surtees, NSW, Australia


The group, the weather, the scenery, the terrain, the food, the campsites, the stars at night, and not to forget our fabulous 2 guides.......was just a holiday that will stay with us for a long time.

L, Allen, Australia


Excellent food prep and cooking experience, I am Gluten free with also other dietary requirements, so I felt more than looked after. AAA+++

Kate Doyle, Victoria, Australia


I thought I would just drop you a note and let you know that the Larapinta Trek George & I did a couple of weeks ago was absolutely sensational. The group, the weather, the scenery, the terrain, the food, the campsites, the stars at night, and not to forget our fabulous 2 guides, Max S!! and Victor Trail was just a holiday that will stay with us for a long time. The group of people was just fantastic and everyone just got on well and as for Max & Victor, if I ever plan another Australian adventure I will do my utmost to ensure one of them if not both were the guides, the nicest, funniest and most of all very professional fellows, they kept the group in great spirits and the knowledge they both have is just outstanding, especially Max for such a young fellow. They did a great job in camp setting everything out for us, all we had to do was enjoy it. I can't sign off without mentioning the food, what these 2 guys whipped up for us everyday, breakfast, lunch on the track was just unbelievable what they carried and dinner - always 3 courses and always different, I doubt anyone lost too much wait on this trek. It was just a great pleasure to have meet 2 such great fun fellows.Now to go off and think about what I will do next !!!!

Lorraine Allen, Victoria, Australia


I have returned from my Australia holidays and the Larapinta trek that I booked via your organization was the most wonderful experience. The scenery of central Australia is really awesome (you should go and visit yourself if you haven´t done it yet) and the organisation of the trek was perfect.Many thanks to world expeditions. I will definitely come back to you for future trips.

Natascha S., The Netherlands


The Larapinta Trail is one of the world's great bushwalks. It captures the essence of the Australian outback. The trail weaves its 223 km way through the starkly beautiful landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Every step of the walk pays homage to the extraordinary and ancient geological forces that have shaped the landscape, which is given its cultural meaning by the stories of the local Arrente people. World Expeditions runs a 6 day guided Classic Larapinta Trek that provides an authentic outback Australian experience with bush camping, a decent amount of walking (between 8 and 16 km per day), and plenty of highlights that include Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, and the ochre pits of the Arrente people. A memorable experience was the glorious sunrise on the slow and strenuous night climb to the peak of the magnificent Mount Sonder (1380 m). Expect to see kangaroos, rock wallabies, dingos, flocks of budgerigars and beautiful desert foliage over the course of the trek although the spiritual solitude in the cathedral like chasms invites quiet contemplation. There is at times an odd juxtaposition between the ill-fated European endeavours on the ancient landscape, such as the failed Serpentine Chalet Gorge and its dam, and the more significant Aboriginal sites such as the ochre pits used by the Arrente people over thousands of years.If our guides (Pete and Angela) are indicative of the guided experience, you can expect the utmost in professionalism, conviviality, affiliation with country and culture, and the best camp oven meals you've ever had. Fitness and bushwalking experience matters more than age - our tour group ranged in age from 13 years to 72 years yet the good level of fitness meant the group set a solid pace each day (up to 23 km) and not a single blister. Walking in June promises great walking weather with mild days and cold nights. The cloudless sub zero desert nights deliver a rich smorgasbord of stars every evening. Enjoy a glass of wine and recount the day's experiences as night falls ,while delicious meals that include roasted lamb shanks, grilled barramundi, spaghetti with kangaroo bolognaise, camel sausages and superb desserts are prepared by the WorldEX guides.Accommodation is in semi-permanent campsites that offer environmentally sustainable shower and toilet facilities and the experience of sleeping in warm swags. Lunches are in sandy creek beds under ancient river gums. This can be one of those life-changing experiences. Expect to return to the mainstream fitter, stronger, more resilient - and in awe of the majesty of this ancient land.

Megan 747, via Trip Advisor


CLASSIC 6 DAY LARAPINTA TREKJust completed the 6 Day Classic Larapinta Trek (2/6/2013) with World Expeditions. What an amazing walking trek. W.E set the standard high and we were looked after exceptionally well. We would like to say a big thank-you to our guides, Josh, Tommo and Hayley with their outstanding knowledge and efforts made our trek so enjoyable that it will remain in our minds forever. They all went far beyond our expectations in making sure we were all cared for starting from our food each day to our showers at night after walking all day.Special thanks goes to Hayley (the work experience student) for carrying the thermos of hot water so we could have a cuppa of tea in the mornings at the most beautiful spots along the way. The most rewarding was especially at Mt Sonder when we had to get up early to be at the summit to watch the sunrise. This was one of the most exhilarating experiences only one can imagine to do and certainly not to be missed if you are doing this trek.

The gorges that we walked to were breathtakingly beautiful. Ormiston Pound and the gorge was one of the highlights in our walk as the rock hopping through the gorge was fantastic. Our many pictures that we have taken don’t do them justice. To see them in, The campsites were well set out providing us with showers and composting toilets and the raised deck area with the kitchen facilities, table and chairs and a lounge made for a relaxing atmosphere for our group to all get together each night to enjoy our


Without exception all walkers in the group were incredibly impressed with the three young men (Josh, Jordy and Oscar) who looked after us so well. They handled the 10-11 of us “oldies” with patience humour, and most importantly with utmost professionalism. The meals they prepared, especially around the camp fire at night, were superb (I suspect Josh will take the credit for that and rightly so!) and their enthusiasm to ensure we got the most out of the tour was first class. Our climb to the top of Mt. Sonder which started at 2 AM (and which coincided with ANZAC Day) to watch the dawn over the McDonnell Ranges was made even more special when Josh produced his iPod and small speaker and proceeded to play the last post. At the conclusion he then recited the Ode “They shall not grow old...” in full and without notes. Our whole group was moved by the whole ceremony as were the other people who had trekked up the mountain that dawn. Not a lot of dry eyes for some time at the conclusion. Those moments make any trip unforgettable. Once again please pass on our thanks to those three young men and let them know that the trip on the Larapinta has left fantastic memories to all in our group and consequently has left nothing but good impressions on World Expeditions.

F. Esteban, Sydney, Australia


We had the most wonderful time on the Larapinta Trail starting on 29th June with Nicole as our main guide, Simon, Brenton and Will who was in training. The guides were fabulous and kept us oldies all going and all very happy with ourselves at the end of the 6 days. They managed the group so well, cooked delicious meals and were all very informative and helpful. You have a very good team there. I look forward to investigating more of your adventures in the years to come.

Madeleine Adams, Sydney, NSW, Australia


We enjoyed the trip immensely and just wanted to put on record our thanks to the three guides we had for our trip, Peter, Angie and Shannon. They managed the 14 of us supremely well, always thinking of and consulting on how to manage the rising temperatures (weather!), various levels of endurance and walking speed etc and got on very well with everyone. The facilities and food were excellent.

Anonymous, Melbourne, Australia


Every single aspect of this tour far exceeded our expectations. Our three guides worked well as a team - and providing a gluten & dairy free diet was never a problem. We were continually impressed with our guides' dedication to ensuring that everything was handled in an environmentally friendly manner. Unforgettable experience!

Mick & Marie Bacon, Queensland, Australia


I wanted to take the time to write in and just say what a wonderful time I had on the trek. We had a lovely group of people and were lucky with the weather - but best of all was the way everything was organised and run by our guides Aran, Nicole and Simon.They looked after us from dawn to beyond dusk - whether it was coaxing us up hillsides or cooking us wonderful meals or tending to smelly feet and gross blisters - all with a smile on their faces and always ready for a laugh. They were professional and caring, and I must say having travelled extensively all over the world I have never been on a group tour as well organised or as pleasantly run. I can’t speak highly enough of them. All of us in the group commented on just how hard the guides worked, putting in long days whilst keeping the atmosphere happy and fun.They have turned me into a World Ex devotee and I plan to do another World Ex trip as soon as I can convince my husband to look after the kids again for another week!Thank you to the company and to Aran, Nicole and Simon for a wonderful and highly memorable holiday that completely exceeded my expectations. As Simon would say - it was AWESOME!

Alison Walter, New South Wales, Australia


Just back from my Classic Larapinta Trek. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to our guides, Holly, Aaron and Oscar. They were excellent in every respect – very patient, understanding, knowledgeable, organised, competent and were great cooks! They really ensured that we had the best experience we possibly could, and it was definitely an amazing one. Thank you!

Nina Ardill, Sydney, Australia


We walked the Classic Larapinta Trek from 2nd July to 7th July. It exceeded all our expectations, day after day. I began with some hesitation. Was I fit enough, would I fit in, would I make it? We all did. Up early and walking each day. Relaxing after a warm bucket shower, in the wonderful permanent camp sites at the end of the day while our guides, Peter and Oscar, prepared the most delicious meals. Meals were worthy of a very good restaurant. It was the first time I'd walked with a group. We were a diverse lot, aged from 18 to 64. We all became good friends. How could we not? Walking up Mt. Sonder by headlamp to watch the dawn rising. Wading across the chest high waters at Ormiston Gorge with out packs on our heads. The West MacDonnell Ranges are truly magnificent. Awe inspiring. You must do this walk. By the final day I felt happy to have experienced so much, and, to my surprise, I felt I could happily walk on and on, every day, for ever and ever.

Rob Benson, Melbourne, Australia


We would especially like to mention the fantastic trek leaders - Ashton and Nicole. They made the tour a very special occasion for us with their good humour, expertise, local knowledge, people handling skills and their cookery. We would not hesitate to book with your company again in the future and will certainly recommend you to friends.

Linda and Dennis Briggs, Sydney, Australia


A fantastic trip, made all the better by the knowledge, skills, experience and commitment of the guides! They were great company, careful of our individual needs and abilities on the trip, and happy to share their knowledge and understanding of the local people and environment with us. Oh - and they were pretty good cooks too!!

K. Wood, VIC, Australia


Most memorable part of this trip was climbing Mt Sonder to view the sunrise in extremely windy conditions, in the dark. Well worth the effort to enjoy the amazing view from the summit.All of our trips with World Expeditions have been amazing. Stunning locations and experienced guides. Travelling in Mongolia with camels and mules in Peru were just some of the highlights - we are about to go on our 12th tour with World Ex to Madagascar, which means we are very happy with the service that the company provides.

A. Moran, Melbourne, Australia


Take me back she cried the next day after returning home from the Larapinta Trail adventure. So it was, our epic adventure out to the West MacDonnell Ranges, 152km on the western side of Alice Springs to hike the Larapinta Trail. I can't really put into a few words the experience we had two weeks ago. Thirteen women, 76km of hiking on rocky ground, outside showers, intense, surreal scenery, endless night sky, fabulous conversation and bucketloads of bellylaughs.We had the chance to just be ourselves - a small escape from our everyday lives - to reconnect, recharge and relax. We knew we had something special that week and we soaked it all in. So, as we slip quickly back into the routine of our individual lives, we will hold on to the memories of this trip and hopefully "find that space" in our minds and mentally transport ourselves there for a brief moment in time when life gets a bit too much.

Y. Shepherd, QLD, Australia


Our Guides/Leaders Ashton, Jordy, Lorus and Alice are to be thanked for their professionalism and easy going nature in catering for every need from a group of ‘oldies’. These young people are to be commended for their knowledge of the track, culture and understanding of the local area. The food prepared was first rate and to have meals such as barramundi served after a hard day's trek was a real surprise, and thoroughly appreciated. Whether it was taping our feet to prevent blisters, pushing us on the trek to Mt Sonder, or giving us suggestions regarding kit for the trek the advice was always given by our guides thoughtfully and with a smile. In fact we laughed every day and night and this made it a very enjoyable experience.The facilities provided by the semi permanent camps were exceptional. The tents, showers, toilet facilities and eating/living areas were of such a high standard considering the remote location. It was such a welcoming feeling to know that after a day on the tracks we would come home to such a well-appointed camp.I would also like to thank Heidi and Bec for all their assistance leading up to the trip and making things run smoothly prior to departure. I will be recommending World Expeditions to all my friends and those who wish to travel the Larapinta Trail. I hope to use your company for another adventure in the not too distant future.

T Gorman, QLD, Australia


A really well run organisation. Great camp sites and excellent staff that accommodated our needs. Wasn't 5 star but we didn't go hiking to get that kind of service but you managed to exceed expectations. Great guides and amazing scenery.

M O'Shea, Brisbane


This is a wonderful trip, which allows reasonably fit city slickers like us to connect with the ancient and beautiful semi-arid desert of Central Australia. Everyone should do this! It's such a wonderful surprise, and a landscape unique to Australia.

S. Kable, NSW, Australia


Fantastic scenery of the MacDowell Ranges and the boulder scrambling in the awesome gorges were the trip highlights.

E. Palmer, USA


Our recent Larapinta experience exceeded our expectations. An amazing way to see such beautiful country, shared with new friends and our cheerful competent guides of Nicole, Michael, Eric and Will. So glad this was recommended to us.... Thank you very much for a memorable trip.

Jan & Barry Mulcahy, NZ


The group and guides were excellent. Wonderful scenery and great company as well as high standard of service from guides.

Wendy Bones, NSW, Australia


A memorable trek through Central Australia, with spectacular scenery and consequently a greater appreciation of the unique beauty of our own continent - complemented by great food.

D. Davey, VIC, Australia


I love the geology and vegetation of the McDonnell Ranges and feel that the Larapinta Trek is one of the best things that I have ever done, Particularly as I wanted to prove to myself that I could complete such an adventure and will certainly do more. The scenery overall was stunning and climbing Mount Sonder was a highlight. Our guides were fantastic and they prepared excellent food given the limited facilities.

Clive Jones, NSW, Australia


Thoroughly enjoyed the Classic Larapinta 6 day walk. Such an awesome landscape. Hayley, Josh and Paul were very organised, providing creative, tasty fresh food and their knowledge and passion for thearea was outstanding. Also helped to have a great group of like minded people to walk with. It got pretty warm in September and really enjoyed the refreshing swims in the waterholes. Thanks for a great experience.

Helen Rowe, NSW, Australia


There were many highlights: swimming in the gorges, especially Glen Helen, climbing Mt Sonder, the very well-prepared, healthy and plentiful food and the high quality of our guides, Josh, Hailey andPaul.

Brendan O'Keefe, NSW, Australia


What makes the trip surpass my expectations were our 4 brilliant guides Josh, Jordy, Hayley and Eric. Their knowledge of the land, birds, wildlife and people of this ancient land ensured all 16 of us walked away feeling recharged and reconnected. The facilities at our campsites were second to none! Innovative, very eco-friendly and a welcome relief after a hot day on the trail. The guides Josh, Jordy, Hayley and Eric really made sure that all 16 of us were well looked after (particularly my dietary requirements). They really exceeded my expectations and felt that they delivered 5 star service the entire time. The shared the history of the Arrernte which I found very fascinating and had me spotting bush tucker. I felt I got everything I wanted out of the experience plus a whole lot more. If you're looking for something that could challenge, excite and amaze you then Classic Larapinta is for you. It was the best experience to have walked part of it and seen the highlights that this beautiful part of Australia has to offer. The climb up Mount Sonder at 230 am was difficult but the highlight. The sky was so clear that we got to see Saturn in the distance amidst the millions of stars. And as someone escaping from the big city- this was something I will have imprinted in my memory forever. This trek with World Expeditions is easily the best travelling experience I have had with a sensational group of people. Can't wait for the next WE adventure!

Candice Hendricks, Australia


This was my second holiday with World Expeditions, and like my first trip, the Larapinta holiday exceeded my expectations.

A. Tregonning, Western Australia


Superb walking including climbing Sonder, great guides, well organised, nice food and company.

J. Keynes, Keyneton, SA, Australia


Walking up Mt. Sonder in the early hours of the morning, complete darkness, freezing cold....and then the sunrise. Spectacular! I felt such a sense of achievement.

K. Guest, Victoria Australia


This was a once in a lifetime experience and one I will never forget. Nacho, Ryan, Karlie and Nom were our knowledgeable, caring guides. Our accommodation was extremely comfortable and the food delicious. This trek was much more than that, it was a connection to the outback and to nature. I highly recommend this trek.

F. Francis, Mount Barker, WA Australia


I set out for a walk and came back with the experience of a lifetime. An educational and cultural experience. Extremely well organised with experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate guides.

L. Wallace, WA, Australia


This is a great trek that takes you through wonderful parts of the mountain range. It exposes some of Australia's rugged and harsh beauty. The guides were excellent and made all guests feel welcome,comfortable and looked after.

A. Hayden, Hawthorn East, VIC Australia


What a challenging but totally exhilarating 6 day experience exploring the best of the Larapinta Trail through the Macdonnell Ranges! Every day was different, filled with so many painted moments. Luxurysemi-permanent campsites and passionate, friendly young guides with great culinary skills ensured a truly memorable experience.

R. Donnet, Brisbane, QLD Australia


An exceptional experience enhanced by the terrific leadership of our guides Harriet, Josh and Michael. A terrific group all who mixed in very easily also added to the experience. All meals were great andwere most appreciated after a day of walking.

J. Palmer, Padstow, NSW Australia


The guides were brilliant - I sent an email to the company complimenting the guides - Michael Hoare, Harriet Negus and Josh Brown.

M. Gordon, St. Ives, NSW Australia


Our family has just returned to Sydney after completing the Larapinta trail. We loved the 6 days and found the trip a very rewarding experience (pushing our bodies further than we thought during the days andrewarding, refreshing and satisfying in the campsites in the evenings). Thethree guides were professional, attentive, knowledgeable and fun. In any business you would pride yourselves on such responsive customer service. Well done World Expeditions and the guides Michael, Josh and Harriet.

M. Gordon, St. Ives, NSW Australia


World Expeditions Larapinta trail is a unique walk that combines modest, but very satisfying comfort with the opportunity to walk an ancient land where the aborigines the arrente people have lived for perhaps 40,000 years. The leaders Michael, Josh and Harriet have to be congratulated for their hard work, enthusiasm, cooking abilities and trekking skills including their knowledge of flora and fauna.

A. Rodger, West Pennant Hills, NSW Australia


Couldn't rave enough about World Expeditions! It was my first trek and the whole experience has made me so excited to do more tours! It definitely was the best way to tour the Larapinta trail. The scenery I saw was absolutely incredible. You will not regret booking this tour!!

K. Pobar, Kelvin Grove, QLD


We both thoroughly enjoyed our Larapinta walk with World Expeditions. We were impressed with the camps – we felt that they were totally appropriate to their environment, and more than adequate in comfort and convenience. However, we would particularly like to comment about the quality of guiding – we had Pete, Mikhail and Emily. We really enjoyed the company of all three, found them invariably helpful and thoughtful, appreciated their knowledge and generally considered them delightful guides of the highest quality who we would recommend without qualification. Thank you for giving us a first insight into the area. We stayed on for another three weeks camping and walking through the East Macs, Finke etc and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We were lucky to see all the country at its best.

T. Weatherly, Dunkeld, VIC Australia


I found the Classic Larapinta trek interesting and challenging. The camps were fantastic and the guides very attentive.

G. Skinner, VIC, Australia


Our trip was amazing - walking was great, the guides were truly awesome, the scenery was so great and our fellow walkers were very friendly. I really recommend the trip - the knowledge of the guidesand their genuine interest in the environment and our walk made the holiday a trip to remember.

F. Towers, Lane Cove, NSW


Well planned and excellent teamwork from guides who went out of their way to cater for individual needs. They were professional, relaxed, informative and passionate about their jobs. This made for a very enjoyable experience.

Christopher Graham, Te Puke, New Zealand


World Expeditions are very professional and offer interesting and challenging treks at an affordable price. The guides are knowledgeable and helpful.

Valeerie MacGregor, Paradise Point, QLD


Classic larapinta was extremely well organised and catered for by World Expeditions. The staff on our tour were helpful, relaxed, positive, good fun and worked like trojans for our benefit. The camps were all excellent - we stayed in three - as were ablution and toilet facilities. And we were blessed by having a fab group of people, all previously unknown to one another, but all there for the same reason - to get out and trek a little bit of inland Australia.

John Cooke, Doubleview, WA


This was a wonderful trip. Blessed with good weather, I found the scenery more beautiful than I had imagined and the stars at night were a real highlight. This walk was not too challenging for me, but it was a good workout and the climb up Mt Sonder in the dark was a great adventure, with a spectacular sunrise as a reward. The guides were just perfect - knowledgeable, enthusiastic and professional but interested in us and happy to share their passion for the area. The food was truly wonderful - healthy and plentiful and of a very high standard. I cannot praise Alice, Ryan and Mikael enough, and thank World Expeditions for a fantastic trek.

Jacqueline Marr, New Farm, QLD


World Ex really exceeded my expectations, the guides made sure we had fun, learnt lots and met the physical challenges each day. Thanks for a great holiday!!

Amanda Jones, Brighton, Victoria


The staff on this trek were all so encouraging each day, no pressure and each person moved at their own pace. One guide ALWAYS at the rear, that was great for those of us a bit slower... we constantly had updates about what was happening and given a verbal run down of our environment. So lovely to be so looked after..the tents were great, the food was exceptional and I had an awesome holiday. Thankyou.

Margaret Wooldridge, Macgregor, ACT, Australia, 23 Oct 2016


We had the best time with 14 like-minded positive others who booked this 6 Day Larapinta Trail with World Expeditions. The trail was a long and at some parts, we found it challenging, but it was worth it. It's definitely for the young at heart and physically fit. The views at end of each segment was breathtaking. The trail going down the Serpentine Gorge at the steep end was a tough one especially on the knees and toes. The highlight was watching the sunrise at Mount Sonders where we started our walk at 2.30am and arrived just before the sun peeked out of the horizon. We were so focused on going up to Mount Sonders in the dark and were amazed how much we covered when we were descending. Ormiston Pound walk on our last day was really beautiful and we had a much needed refreshing cold feet soak crossing the creek. With World Expeditions, they organised it in such a way that we had alternate days of long walks and short easy walks, which gave us some break and made the trip more enjoyable.

, 12 May 2017


We travelled as a group of 9 like-minded West Aussies and had a great trip. The 2 senior guides (Ryan and Ben) are passionate about their work and are a credit to the WE team. They are knowledgeable about the region- the fauna and flora and Indigenous heritage.We felt really welcomed and richer for the experience. The junior guides (Emma and Rick) also share the same enthusiasm.

A. Crocker, East Perth, Western Australia, 03 Jun 2017


Overall this trip was outstanding. I think Ben, Rick and Jen did an amazing job everyday.

E. Livanios, Ramsgate, NSW, 14 Jun 2017


The guides were phenomenal, really knowledgeable and you really felt like you were fully supported and safe. The walk itself really showed the highlights of the Larapinta Trail and you really got to see something amazing every day. The food was way above expectation, I have Celiac's Disease and they were amazing with the way they catered for me. Ensuring no cross contamination and always having an option for me for every course. That doesn't even happen in restaurants! The campsites were really lovely, it hardly felt like camping at all. Can not express how great the experience was.

J. Fraser, Bellevue Hills, NSW, 14 Jun 2017


As a solo first time walker I would definitely recommend this walk to anyone interested in exploring Aboriginal culture in awe-inspiring surroundings. The tour was so well orchestrated with highlights every day. Ben, Jen and Rick, (our guides) were exceptional in catering for all our needs. Exceeded all my expectations. Thank you.

S. Bradley, Coes Creek, QLD, 13 Jun 2017


Amazing! Don't hesitate, DO it! I wanted an active holiday with spectacular scenery and I certainly got that!... but I also got knowledgeable friendly guides who took care of our every need. Fantastic chefs who took pride in accommodating dietary requirements (I cannot express enough how appreciative I am). I enjoyed the semi perm "camping" accommodation, it was a great setup and comfortable. Take the adventure!

T. Smith, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, 13 Jun 2017


I found my experience on the Classic Larapinta Trek to be excellent value and a wonderful experience filled with many memorable experiences & new friendships made.

S. Bull, Axe Creek, VIC Australia, 05 Jul 2017


All the walk days were wonderful, the campsites were beautiful and comfortable, the food was excellent, our fellow walkers were a great group and our guides were exceptional in their friendliness, attentiveness and sheer hard work.

N. Ross, Marrickville, NSW, 04 Jul 2017


Can't praise your guides enough for everything they did. They made our trip with there help, knowledge and friendly banter. They worked so hard to make our trip and excelled in everything thing they did.

T. Mackay, Belmont, Western Australia, 02 Aug 2017


The guides were knowledgeable, competent, enthusiastic and approachable in trek specific and general group support topics.

M. Phillips, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 01 Aug 2017


Excellent trip with the right amount of challenge as well as rest. World Ex guides Ben, Jackson and Meg bought bucket loads of history, geology and cooking skills to make the trip memorable. The special talks given by local indigenous women Raylene on bush food and Dee at Stanley Chasm made the trip very special.

M. Sheffield, Manly Vale , NSW, 10 Aug 2017


Fantastic trip. The guides were just amazing.

C. Geoffrey, NSW, 09 Aug 2017


Dee and Raileen both really added to the trip. I could have listened to Dee for much longer. Both were very well spoken and had a lot of great info to share. The breakfasts could have done with some protein such as boiled eggs as an option. There was a lot of hiking between breakfast and lunch and a continental breakfast didn't feel like enough.

I. Teraa, NSW, 08 Aug 2017


Our trip to Larapinta exceeded all our expectations. The knowledge of the guides was outstanding and they went above and beyond to ensure that everyone was enjoying themselves and comfortable. I have done a lot of bushwalking in my life but now I have a passion for learning about rocks, trees and aboriginal culture. Thank you so much Jackson, Ben and Meg for the experience of a lifetime!

S. Fullarton, NSW, 08 Aug 2017


We all had an amazing time. The facilities aside, what made the trip for us were our guides - Rick and Earle were terrific. They went out of their way to show us additional extras if we finished a day of walking earlier than expected, they showed a knowledge of the area (and when they couldn't answer a question they were honest enough to say so) and they were basically just good, easy, fun company. They were the kind of people that you were happy to spend your holiday with. We felt really lucky to have them on our trek and would look out for them next time next time we are booking a trip. One of the things we all spoke about were the talks by Raylene on bush food & the Aboriginal culture talk by Dee at Standley's Chasm. Both ladies really taught us a lot & the experience wouldn't have been the same without them. Our understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture and way of life was definitely enhanced by them.

, NSW, Australia, 11 Sep 2017


I had an absolutely fantastic time. Each evening we stayed in the campsites, which were spacious, clean and comfortable. Meals were great - cooked on the camp fire pit (even had roasted marshmallows after dinner!) and our guides Nicole, George and Carley were super friendly and helpful. The Larapinta Trail itself was absolutely stunning - showcasing a great depth and beauty to the central Australian landscape.

Larissa D., NSW, 15 Aug 2017


Had the most fantastic time along the Larapinta Trail with World Expeditions. The West MacDonnell Ranges is an absolutely beautiful area with so many stunning views and vistas. The walk was a bit tough - but we had constant encouragement from the team and the guides on the ascent and decent of the hills (and pretty much everywhere in between!) Speaking of! Our guides Nicole, Carlie and George were exceptional - knowledgeable about the terrain, history and geography, and very attentive, offering encouragement when we needed it and first aid when blisters were forming! The campsites we stayed in on the Larapinta Trail were very impressive. World Expeditions has exclusive campsites for their trekkers, which have a huge open-air lounge and dining area, large tents, bathrooms and best of all - HOT showers! Nothing felt better than finishing the day washing the dust off in a hot shower. Food was fantastic too - one night was lamb shanks cooked on the camp fire pit. How did they even do that?! It was delicious! I'd totally recommend World Expeditions for the Larapinta Trek. Flawless guides, service, campsites and ultimately the best way to see the Larapinta.

C. Duncombe, Sydney, NSW, 09 Sep 2017


I am not sure that there is anything you could change to make it better. Very happy with the whole trip.

G. Ward, QLD, Australia, 31 Aug 2017

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Countries:Australia
Starting Point:Alice Springs
Finishing Point:Alice Springs
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:LAR
Prices From:AUD$2695