Larapinta Experience in Comfort

Larapinta Experience in Comfort

Trip Highlights

  • Stay in exclusive award winning eco-campsites
  • Visit Larapinta Trail highlights including Inarlanga Pass, Simpsons Gap, the Ochre Pits and more
  • Climb Counts Point for sweeping views over the region's highest peaks
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of the ancient Indigenous Culture
  • End each day relaxing around a campfire under the stunning night sky of the Australian Outback
  • Enjoy delicious 3-course evening meals prepared by your professional guides

Trip Summary

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. Winding along high exposed ridge lines and through deep, sheltered gorges, this gentle introduction to desert walking traverses one of the world's most evocative and ancient landscapes.

Each evening you stay at Nick's Camp, one of our comfortable and stylish semi-permanent wilderness campsites which come complete with hot showers, dining tent and raised individual beds – exclusive to our travellers. Our support vehicle transfers all your luggage and camping equipment, leaving you only to carry a day pack while out walking and exploring for the day. Your professional guides are passionate about providing you with the most unforgettable food, stories, and experiences. If you are short on time or new to walking holidays, there is no better short experience on the Larapinta Trail.

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

Your Larapinta Experience begins at Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the iconic Larapinta Trail. The historic stone buildings here date back to 1872 and housed the first Europeans to live in Central Australia. After a short introduction and trip briefing we get back on the bus for a short transfer to the beginning of our walk. This morning's walk from Ghan to Wallaby Gap, weaves into the heart of the West Macdonnell National Park, giving us a feeling for trekking toward the desert ranges. A short transfer brings us to Simpsons Gap, one of the most important waterholes of this region and a likely place to spot the rare Black-footed Rock-Wallaby. In the afternoon we visit Standley Chasm, a private reserve still run by the Traditional Owners. Here we will do a short loop walk. In the late afternoon we transfer to Nick's Camp, our exclusive set-up nestled in bushland near Honeymoon Gap. Walking Time: up to 5 hours

Meals:  L,D

Today’s walk takes us to 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. On our way to camp in the afternoon we will stop off at Glen Helen Homestead Outback Resort. Here there is the opportunity to visit Glen Helen Gorge, have a swim in the historic Finke River (estimated to be the oldest river in the world) or relax in the cafe/bar. Afterwards we transfer west to one of our exclusive Camps. Sonder Camp is located in the foothills and offers spectacular views of the mountain it is named after – Mount Sonder. Walking Time: 4-5 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 sometimes 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 three days! We will drop you to your accommodation at approximately 4-5pm. Walking Time: 4 hours

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks & hot drinks
  • Professional wilderness guide & support staff
  • Exclusive semi-permanent campsites
  • Camping equipment including tents, swags & stretcher beds
  • Catering & dining utensils
  • All transport during the tour
  • National Park fees
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Emergency communications & 24 hour back-up

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
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfares

Reviews

The scenery was spectacular, Counts Point and Ormiston Gorge being two highlights; the walking was enjoyable and included some good challenges; our guides Ange, Nicole and Ashton took good care of us; the camp site enhanced the experience, the food and sleeping under the stars in our swags were two more highlights. We will certainly recommend World Expeditions to anyone looking for a similar experience. We have already been reading about the other World Expedition Australian Walking holidays.

Robin & Jim McBride, NSW, Australia


World Expeditions do not disappoint! The guides, the meals and the level of organisation is of a very high standard. I have taken 2 trips and would not hesitate to travel anywhere in the world with them.

L. Nath, Leura, NSW Australia


World Expeditions Larapinta trail in comfort is terrific value in terms of experiencing one of the best walks in the world and be well guided and looked after in the process.

A. Rodger, West Pennant Hills, NSW Australia


The experience of walking the Larapinta Trail was excellent - I enjoyed all aspects of the trip and was very impressed by our guides who kept us safe, informed us, challenged us, fed us and managedlogistics all with wonderful care and good humour. The landscape was amazing and I really enjoyed learning about the geology, vegetation and birdlife as well as the cultural significance of the places we visited. It was a great trip and I would be very happy to do something like this again with World Expeditions.

J. Grant, Australia


Amazing guides. Their vitality and good humour was infectious. Not to mention the hours they worked and their many and varied skills. For me, they made the trip. 20 out 10 guys! A truly wonderful experience. Get fit though and be aware of what's involved on the walks.

N. Smyth, Applecross, Western Australia

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:3 Days
Countries:Australia
Starting Point:Alice Springs
Finishing Point:Alice Springs
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:LRE
Prices From:AUD$1495


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