Exceptional rock formations on the escarpment on the Larapinta Trail |  <i>Peter Walton</i>
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Why walk the Larapinta Trail?

Australia's most iconic desert walking experience

The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's finest walks, situated just out of Alice Springs and spanning 223kms across the West MacDonnell Ranges. Divided into 12 different sections that can take between 12-14 days to complete, it is an unforgettable hike in Australia's Red Centre and is an experience that will stay with you for years to come. Experience the scenic highlights of the trail, from the big blue skies that offer a stunning contrast against the sunburned landscape of the ranges, to some of the most spectacular geological formations in the region.

Described by Australian Geographic as "one of the world's best long-distance arid-zone walks", this spectacular Australian desert trek traverses the ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges from east to west. Situated in Tjoritja, also known as the West MacDonnell National Park, the Larapinta trail includes many sites sacred to the Arrernte Aboriginal people, with highlights along the track including Simpson's Gap, Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Mount Sonder and more. 

The diversity in the West MacDonnell Ranges offers an exceptional chance to experience Australia's outback wilderness, home to nearly 600 species of flora, as well as birds, native wildlife and fascinating geological formations. Picture meandering through spacious gaps and sheltered gorges, rugged ranges, swimming in cool waterholes and sleeping under the stars. 

We acknowledge and thank the traditional land owners, the Arrente people, for allowing us to walk on and enjoy this sacred land.

WHY WALK THE LARAPINTA TRAIL WITH US?

World Expeditions pioneered the very first trek along the Larapinta Trail in 1995, and since then has been leading the way when it comes to experiencing the beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges. With over 25 years experience, we are passionate about giving back to the community and showcasing the beauty of Australia's Red Centre in the most sustainable and eco-friendly way possible.

We offer 12 different ways to experience the Trail, from guided walks with our professional wilderness guides, staying in our exclusive semi-permanent campsites or wilderness camping, or self-guided treks that take the hassle out of transport, food and logistics.

Our four award-winning semi-permanent campsites provide heightened comforts, including a large communal tent, hot showers, an ablutions tent, and large ‘safari style’ sleeping tents, and have a minimal environmental footprint. These are attracting much positive feedback from our travelers, and considering all the quality inclusions, our Larapinta In Comfort treks provide the best value in the market.

Our professional team of knowledgeable and caring guides gives our travellers an incredible experience and is part of what make our treks so special. Learn about the flora, fauna, fascinating geology and history of the land from our guides, who are passionate and have extensive knowledge on the area.

With the introduction of self-guided treks in 2016, today we are proud to offer more walking options on the Larapinta than any other company. With 6, 9 and 12 day self-guided treks, you can walk at a pace that suits you.

Alternatively, join on one of our guided treks and experience this iconic desert landscape with our professional and experienced guides. On the three and six day treks, stay in our exclusive and award-winning semi-permanent campsites for a comfortable wilderness experience soaking up the surrounds in an idyllic natural setting.

If you’re looking to challenge yourself, book on our 9 or 14 day guided tours and stay in wilderness campsites on an adventure of a lifetime.

 

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