Self Guided Larapinta Walks

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We are the first ever Larapinta walking operator to provide a self guided option on the Larapinta Trail. Since we pioneered the first commercial trek on the Larapinta in 1995 we have always prided ourselves on our ability to lead the way in creating unique trekking and walking opportunities for our travellers.

A self guided walk offers more experienced hikers the flexibility to travel at their own pace yet still enjoy many of the logistical benefits you would receive from a guided trip.

There is always support in the background, all your food drops are included and every departing group will receive an EPIRB in case of an emergency.

We'll provide the gear you need, organise your National Park permits and even pick you up from the airport. All you need to do is walk.

Ideal for the confident and independent traveller, self guided treks are fun and flexible. You can choose from the 12 different sections of the Larapinta Trail, as long as they are consecutive.

Talk to our experienced team if you need help deciding which sections of the Larapinta Trail you should included on your self guided Larapinta walking experience.

Convenience for experienced walkers

Save yourself the hassle of spending extra time in front of the screen researching. From National Park permits to the gear you need, we include everything - including local knowledge and advice - so you just have to concentrate on your training and walking.

Food Drops included

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).

Quality gear provided

We supply you with all of your camping essentials; 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 and the hassle of packing it in your check-in baggage.

Emergency Support

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. Also, each departure group will receive an EPIRB in case of emergencies.

Maps provided

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

Transfers

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.


Australian Walking Holidays is committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. It was a commitment formed when the company was established, and today, in the face of a multitude of threats to global environments and cultures, our commitment is stronger than ever. Over several decades we have honed our responsible travel philosophy and are continually assessing and improving initiatives that are practiced in the field to ensure that we are mitigating our impact to the smallest possible footprint. View our award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook here.




Larapinta Drone Footage

We respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Central and Western Arrernte Country which includes the Larapinta Trail and the West MacDonnell region. We thank them for sharing this beautiful land with us.

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