Larapinta Goddess Walk

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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

The Larapinta Goddess Walk is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves walking 3-6 hours each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. The trail conditions of the Larapinta Trail are rocky, rugged, hard surfaced and dry. While a number of sections of the trail wind through open plains, undulating areas and relatively flat country, overall, the trail is characterised by rocky, stony and mountainous terrain. It is not essential to have previous yoga experience – the sessions are gentle and can be adapted to suit almost all guests.

Suggested preparation: We recommend regular strenuous exercise 3 or 4 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) in the months leading up to your trip. At least once a week, you should walk with a weighted day pack (5–7kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best way to train for an active holiday is to simulate the activity you will be undertaking on the trip. Train for uneven terrain by finding a hilly, rough narrow bush track, and go for a lovely long walk in your trekking boots.

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. The stone buildings here date back to 1872 and they housed the first Europeans to live in Central Australia. 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. A short transfer takes us to Nick's Camp, 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 your yoga instructor who will lead a yoga session before your dinner. Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals:  L,D

Enjoy the morning bird chorus as you ease into an early morning meditation session. 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 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. Here we enjoy some lunch and a short walk to the look out. Then a transfer takes us through to Sonder Camp at the base of majestic Mt Sonder. Walking Time 3-4 hours Estimated drive time 1.5-2 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After a relaxed self guided meditation session, we begin our walking for the day. We visit Ormiston Gorge, a region full of wonderful wildlife. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery 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 our walk we 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. 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 4-6pm.

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
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:LAG
Prices From:AUD$1495