Larapinta Goddess Walk

Larapinta Goddess Walk

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the stunning beauty of the ancient red centre walking on the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Rejuvenate your senses with early morning yoga and meditation sessions
  • Completely unwind with stress free all female passengers and guides
  • Relax in our exclusive eco-campsites
  • Enjoy delicious meals cooked by your guides

Trip Summary

The Larapinta Goddess Walk is a specially crafted getaway for adventurous women looking to experience the beauty of the Larapinta whilst harnessing their inner yogi. This revitalising 3 day program combines morning yoga and meditation sessions with invigorating walks to breathtaking highlights of the Larapinta Trail. These all female departures incorporate a rejuvenating and enriching combination of cultural and wellness activities to revitalise the mind and body while enjoying all the comforts of our award winning exclusive permanent campsites, including hot showers, comfortable lounges and heated dining shelter all in the spectacular surrounds of the Australian Red Centre.

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, the number of passes crossings and the length of the trek. The Larapinta Goddess Walk is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves 5–7 hours walking each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents.

It is not essential to have previous yoga experience – the sessions are gentle and can be adapted to suit almost all guests. 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 day pack is recommended.

Itinerary

We pick you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs around 8am. Our Larapinta Goddess Walk 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 Simpsons Gap and then enjoy a spectacular trek deep into the rocky heart of the ranges through the Standley Chasm Loop Walk. A short transfer takes us to the exclusive Nick’s Camp.

Meals:  L,D

Enjoy the morning bird chorus as you ease into an early morning yoga session. After a nourishing breakfast you head out to your day of walking where you are surrounded by stunning views from dramatic ridge lines. From Counts Point we have views west to Mount Sonder, and for the first time we can see the immense comet impact crater Gosse Bluff. The descent from the high ridge takes us down though a mysterious forest of old Mulga trees. At the base of the ridge we trek along dolomite limestone; keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites, one of the most ancient forms of life. Our trek into Serpentine Chalet Dam reveals some early history and the chance for a swim in the dam and chasm. We return to Nick's Camp.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a morning mediation session we begin our walking for the day. The track takes us to the ranges of Inarlanga (Echidna) Pass and to the Ochre Pits, a sacred ochre quarry. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes this a very special place to sit and meditate on the journey thus far. After a picnic lunch we visit Ormiston Gorge, a region of wonderful wildlife: Spinifex Pidgeon, wild Budgerigar, Rock Wallabies and Mistletoe Bird to name a few. Having experienced some of the unforgettable highlights of the Larapinta Trail, we return past the scenic West Macdonnell Ranges to Alice Springs. We will drop you at your accommodation at approximately 5-6pm.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Professional wilderness guide, support staff and yoga instructor
  • Exclusive semi-permanent campsites
  • Swags for sleeping (no sleeping bags included)
  • Catering and dining utensils
  • Off-road transport from Alice Springs
  • All National Park and Camping Fees
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Emergency radio/sat phone
  • Yoga mat

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

AT A GLANCE

Duration:3 Days
Countries:Australia
Starting Point:Alice Springs
Finishing Point:Alice Springs
Activities:Day walking
Morning yoga and meditation
Evening cultural interpretation session with local indigenous community leader
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:LAG
Prices From:AUD$1495