Walking along the Larapinta | Luke Tscharke

What to pack when walking the Larapinta Trail

Below is a comprehensive list of the items you should bring when you set out to walk the Larapinta Trail. 

When selecting clothing, we strongly suggest thermal/woolen or equivalent fabrics (polypropylene or Polartec/fleece) rather than cottons (eg jeans, wind cheaters). This is because of their ability to better retain warmth, even when damp.

  • 1-2 pairs of Walking Trousers – Lightweight and quick-drying hiking pants (not denim)
  • 3-5 T-shirts
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 2 Long-sleeved shirts which are light weight and can be worn on hot days for sun protection
  • Waterproof Shell Jacket (it does rain in the desert, a shell jacket is handy as a windproof and water
  • Sunhat – broad brimmed for good sun protection (crushable)
  • Bandana for sun protection on your neck
  • Thick hiking socks to wear each day

  • 2 Warm jumpers (Woollen or Polar fleece or down jacket)
  • 1 pair of Warm trousers for the evenings – eg. Track suit pants
  • 1-2 sets of thermal tops and pants (polypropylene or similar recommended)
  • 1-2 pairs thermal/woollen socks for the evenings
  • Warm gloves or mittens (woollen or thermal)
  • Beanie or warm hat
  • Scarf or neck warmer

  • Underwear
  • Swimming costume
  • Personal toiletries (think small, light weight and biodegradable/low environmental impact)
  • Small Lightweight Compact Towel
  • A pair of sturdy, lace-up boots for the track that provide adequate ankle support and have good, solid soles for walking on sharp rocks
  • A pair of lightweight shoes that can be worn with warm socks for around camp

Ensure that your boots are well worn in before travelling, blisters have ruined many holidays!

We cannot emphasize enough that runners are inappropriate for the geology of Larapinta Trail. Do not attempt the trail in anything other than good quality boots.

  • Duffle bag or soft bag to put all your clothing/gear in – 700mm x 400mm x 400mmm (Please stick to these size dimensions and no suitcases!)
  • 3 Litres worth of Water Bottles/Bladders (if you bring a bladder you must also carry a bottle in case the bladder gets punctured). Unbreakable lightweight bottles are recommended.
  • Sleeping bag, rated to 3 season or warmer, lightweight down filling is ideal (These are available for hire but must be booked prior to departure)
  • Daypack (large enough to carry 3 litres of water, snacks and personal items such as camera)
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch and spare batteries (this is essential for climbing Mt Sonder and around the campsite)
  • Walking poles (Optional)

Your guides are responsible for all first aid on the trip, but they will have limited supplies to be conserved for emergencies.

You will need to take responsibility for managing any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. Please ensure that you have more than adequate supplies of all your medications.

To assist the guides in managing first-aid issues, please bring with you your own basic supplies:

  • Insect repellant
  • Small tube of sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Bandaids
  • Blister protection- enough to change for each day of your trip
  • Headache/pain relief drugs (eg Paracetemol or Ibuprofen)
  • Gatorade or equivalent for dehydration and salt replacement
  • Motion sickness drug if needed
  • Personal medication as required

  • Camera with plenty of spare batteries
  • Book/Maps
  • Binoculars
  • Fly net
  • Gaiters – if you have sensitive skin these are a good idea as they will stop irritation from the Spinifex grass OR ankle length gaiters/sock protectors


  • All cooking and eating equipment
  • High quality tents and fold out chairs
  • Swags with a sheet and pillow

Please advise us of any unusual size requirements needed for supplied gear prior to departure (eg. If you are over 182cm in height you will need an extra large swag). Also please feel free to bring your own equipment if you would prefer instead of using our gear


Leave your valuables at home

With all types of remote area or adventure travel, it is best to leave unnecessary valuables at home or in a safe at your hotel. We accept no responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, any valuables or equipment whilst on a walk with us.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing custodianship of the land, waters and culture for over 60,000 years. We pay our respects to them and their elders past, present and emerging. We are privileged to learn from them in the way we care for and share Australia’s diverse nature and culture, and we strive to walk humbly in the footsteps of those who have walked these paths before us.

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