Create memories to last a lifetime as you cross the Red Centre's wild and untamed landscapes on this highlights packed short walking tour. Over three days you will enjoy the perfect introduction to walking in the outback with a selection of day walks along our favourite sections of the Larapinta Trail. Each evening you will stay at Nick's Camp, one of our comfortable and stylish semi permanent wilderness campsites which come complete with hot showers, dining tent & raised individual beds - exclusive to our travellers. Winding along high exposed ridge lines and deep, sheltered gorges, this gentle introduction to desert walking will traverse one of the world's most evocative and ancient landscapes.
While you walk, your support vehicle transfers your luggage and camping gear to the next campsite leaving you only to carry a day pack while you hike. If you are short on time or new to walking holidays, there is no better short experience on the Larapinta Trail.
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 Experience graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves 6 – 8 hours walking 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 for at least three months prior to your departure. Hill walking with a daypack is recommended.
Our guides will contact you the day prior to the departure date to confirm pick up times from your hotel but generally it is around 8am. Our walking commences from the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, which marks the beginning of the Larapinta Trail. The stone buildings here date back to 1872 and they housed the first Europeans to live in Central Australia. Our first walk gives us a feeling for trekking toward the desert ranges. In the afternoon we explore the rugged Simpson’s gap and then enjoy the spectacular trek deep in to the rocky heart of the ranges through the Standley Chasm Loop Walk. A short transfer takes to the exclusive Nick's Camp.
The highlight of this day is the 5 km walk along the crest of the high ridge leading to Count’s Point. From the summit we have views west to Mount Sonder, and where for the first time we can see the comet impact crater, Gosse Bluff a feature of the landscape for the next few days. The descent from the high ridgetop takes us down though a surprising forest of old Hill Mulga Trees. At the base of the ridge we trek along the dolomite limestones toward camp, keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites one of the most ancient forms of life. Our trek in to Serpentine Chalet Dam reveals some early history and the chance for a swim in the dam and chasm. We return to Nick's Camp
Our trek today takes in crossing the ranges at Inarlanga Pass as well as the vibrant colour of the Aboriginal quarry at the Ochre Pits. The Ormiston Pound offers some extraordinary scenery and wildlife. Our final walk offers the chance to see the many Rock Wallabies as they scamper about the imposing cliffs. Having explored the highlights of the Larapinta Trail, we drive back in to Alice Springs, concluding around 5 or 6pm.
Per Person, Twin Share