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Larapinta Challenger Trek

Larapinta Challenger Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Most challenging sections of the Larapinta trail
  • Experience wilderness camping
  • Pre dawn ascent of Mount Sondor

Trip Summary

We have put together six of the most challenging sections of the 223km Larapinta track to create the toughest 6 day guided challenge for the most adventurous of hikers. This camping based trek gets you close to the action of the trail where you are completely encapsulated by the rugged beauty of the Central Australian desert as you dig deep to tackle the best 'gutsty' stages of the Larapinta Trail. Carrying just a day-pack, this trek is designed challenge both seasoned walkers and fitness enthusiast alike; with guests walking up to 30kms each day.passing over remote ridges and canyons whilst winding their way along the West Macdonnell Ranges. The group camping gear is transported to each campsite by our professional support crew, freeing walkers to enjoy the diverse desert scenery, revel in the camaraderie of like-minded travellers and focus on achieving your goal.


To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of passes crossings and the length of the trek. The Larapinta Challenger trek is graded challenging. This trek involves 6 – 12 hours walking each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. This trek should not be underestimated as it can be tough and challenging.

In order to complete this trek we advise that you undertake regular exercise five days a week for at least three months prior to your departure. Hill walking with a daypack is recommended.


Today we are collected form your hotel at around 7am but guides will confirm this at the briefing. . A transfer of around 1 hour to Jay Creek is required to get us to the start of this magnificent journey. Upon Leaving Jay Creek we are on sacred ground, where the Aboriginal custodians ask that we walk only in the creek bed. Today's walk is nothing short of spectacular. We continue on through varied terrain dotted with Mulga and Witchetty Bush to Tangentyere Junction. Here the track diverges to follow the ridgeline above the Finke River. We trek to our lunch spot at Millers Flat, from which we climb through rocky terrain before descending into Standley Chasm from the north. Camp is at Standley chasm.

Meals:  L,D

From Standley Chasm, we follow the spectacular Bridle Trail, an old trading route used by the early settlers in the region. We follow the ridgeline to Brinkley’s Bluff for superb views of the spine effect created by the West MacDonnell’s. After lunch we take on a steep descent to our welcoming campsite at Birthday Waterhole.

Meals:  B,L,D

An early rise today for one of the most challenging and rewarding sections on the trail. We head into Paisley Gorge before moving on to our lunch spot at Spencer Gorge. Our trek this afternoon takes us on a rough spinifex journey through this semi-arid region allowing breathtaking views of Hugh Gorge, our camp spot for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

A crisp early morning 4WD to Serpentine Gorge we begin today’s trekking. This section offers breathtaking views as the trail runs along the high quartzite ridgelines that typify the West MacDonnell Ranges. We ascend to Counts Point where we are able to take in clear views of Centralia’s western horizon, out past Mt Zeil and Mt Sonder and as far as the comet crater of Gosse Bluff. We descend through mysterious old Mulga stands to camp tonight at Serpentine Chalet.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is one of the highlights of the trip that begins with a sunrise departure. This trek takes us into the rugged heart of this country on a track only opened as recent as 1997. This section is a little more difficult as we ascend to 1088 metres, but is well worth the reward of the clear views across the Alice Valley to the wow factor of Mt. Giles.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we are up early for our ascent of Mount Sonder (known as the pregnant lady by the local Arrente Aboriginal people). An early start allows us to climb in the cool morning air, before the sun heats up the landscape. To sight the views of the country from the top and knowing we have just climbed one of the highest peaks west of the Great Dividing Range is a memorable moment of the trip is ample reward for the effort involved in getting there. Having reached the highpoint (many think highlight) of the Larapinta Trail, we drive back in to Alice Springs, concluding around 5pm.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Professional wilderness guide and support staff
  • Swags for sleeping (but not sleeping bags)
  • Catering & eating utensils
  • Off-road transport from Alice Springs
  • Vehicle supported camping throughout
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Emergency radio/sat phone

What's Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Alice Springs before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and postage
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bag hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates


Duration:6 Days
Starting Point:Alice Springs
Grade:Challenging  Click for more information
Trip Code:LCT
Prices From:AUD$2495

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Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group wilderness adventures, including the Larapinta Trail. We are part of the World Expeditions Travel Group.

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