Self Guided Walks

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Larapinta Trail Self Guided Walks

Self Guided Walks

Since 1995 when we pioneered the first commercial trek on the Larapinta, we have always prided ourselves on our ability to lead the way in creating unique trekking opportunities for our clients. Now, we are the first ever operator to provide a self guided option on the Larapinta. Our self guided trips come in 6, 9 or 12 day packages and are tailor made and flexible.


Ideal for the confident and independent traveller with support in the background, active self guided treks are fun and flexible. You can choose from 12 different sections of the Trail as long as they are consecutive, with all of your food drops included. You will be carrying a full pack on our self guided walks.

What’s included in a Self Guided trip?

All food‑ light weight food supplied as per menu chosen prior to departure. For longer self-guided treks, there will be food drops located at Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge for your convenience (if applicable).

For our self-guided travellers, our guides will pick you up from your Alice Springs accommodation and take you out to start your Larapinta Trail trek. With a return pickup organised from the trail back to Alice Springs.

You will be briefed by our guides before you depart and provided with a full set of trail maps and route descriptions

During the trip you will experience wilderness camping in the Australian Outback. We supply you with all of your camping essentials, including a 1, 2 or 3 person Sea to Summit I explore tent, a self inflatable mattress and a sleeping bag. All of your food preparation, fuel stove, fuel and eating equipment are also provided.

All National Park and camping fees are included

Just because you’re on a self-guided trip, it doesn’t mean you’re on your own! Each of our self guided trips begin with an orientation session, your chance to ask our expert staff as many questions as you want about the route, destination, logistics and more. Once you’re off and away on your journey, you can take comfort in that the detailed maps and route notes will get you from A to B in ease. Feeling stuck? Our support staff are only a call away!

Each departure group will receive an EPIRB in case of emergencies.

Despite what you might think, it's not uncommon for it to rain along the Larapinta Trail at the start and end of the season. Please bring a wet weather jacket.

The Larapinta trail, known as one of Australia's best hikes

Larapinta 6 Day Self Guided Trek

Navigate your way along 6 consecutive sections of the Larapinta Trail and exeprience some the trails highlights on your own customised itinerary.
Duration: 6 days
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
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Larapinta 9 Day Self Guided Trek

Walk 9 consecutive sections of the Larapinta Trail and choose sections from 1-12 for a challenging and fulfilling desert walk.
Duration: 9 days
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
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Pristine landscapes exploring Serpentine Chalet

Larapinta 12 Day Self Guided Trek

The ultimate desert walking challenge, a self guided trek along the full 223km length of the iconic Larapinta Trail.
Duration: 12 days
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
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Why Self Guided?

Self guided trips save you the time and hassle of having to prepare everything yourself. They also include support and back-up as well as gear so you can enjoy your walk without having to worry.


  • Convenience – save yourself the hassle of more time in front of the screen researching.
  • Transfers – transfers to the start of your walk and to Alice Spings at the end of your walk are included. 
  • Support - emergency support and advice from our local crew. 
  • Gear inclusions – tents, backpacks, sleeping bag, liner, Trangia (cooker), fuel bottle and cooking and eating utensils - which will save you a few hundred dollars if you were to purchase new.
  • National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communication device