Larapinta special 11 May 2020

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Larapinta special 11 May 2020

Trip Highlights

  • Stay in exclusive award winning eco-campsites
  • Climb Mount Sonder 1380m
  • Visit Larapinta Trail highlights including Inarlanga Pass, Simpsons Gap, the Ochre Pits and more
  • Climb Counts Point for sweeping views over the region's highest peaks
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of the ancient Indigenous Culture
  • End each day relaxing around a campfire under the stunning night sky of the Australian Outback
  • Enjoy delicious 3-course evening meals prepared by your professional guides

Trip Summary

Create memories to last a lifetime as you cross the Red Centre's wild and untamed landscapes on this highlights packed short walking tour. Over three days you will enjoy the perfect introduction to walking in the outback with a selection of day walks along our favourite sections of the Larapinta Trail. Winding along high exposed ridge lines and through deep, sheltered gorges, this gentle introduction to desert walking traverses one of the world's most evocative and ancient landscapes.

Each evening you stay at Nick's Camp, or Sonder Camp one of our comfortable and stylish semi-permanent wilderness campsites which come complete with hot showers, dining tent and raised individual beds – exclusive to our travellers. Our support vehicle transfers all your luggage and camping equipment, leaving you only to carry a day pack while out walking and exploring for the day. Your professional guides are passionate about providing you with the most unforgettable food, stories, and experiences. If you are short on time or new to walking holidays, there is no better short experience on the Larapinta Trail.

Suitability

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, and the length of the trek. The Larapinta Experience is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves walking 5-7 hours each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. In order to complete this trek we advise that you undertake regular exercise three or four times a week in the month prior to your departure. Hill walking with a day pack is recommended.

Itinerary

On arrival to Alice Springs airport 955am QF 1851 we will collect your group and then do a short drive to the Telegraph Station approximately 5kms out of town. Your Larapinta Experience begins at Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the iconic Larapinta Trail. The historic stone buildings here date back to 1872 and housed the first Europeans to live in Central Australia. After a short introduction and trip briefing we start our walk. This morning's walk to Wallaby Gap, weaves into the heart of the West Macdonnell National Park, giving us a feeling for trekking toward the desert ranges. In the afternoon we visit Standley Chasm, a private reserve still run by the Traditional Owners. Here we will do a short loop walk. In the late afternoon we transfer to Nick's Camp, our exclusive set-up nestled in bushland near Honeymoon Gap. Walking Time: up to 5 hours

Meals:  L,D

Today's highlight is the 5km walk along the crest of the high ridge leading to Counts Point. From here we have clear views of Central Australia’s western horizon to Mt Zeil (1531m), the highest peak in the Northern Territory, and Mt Sonder which marks the end of the Larapinta Trail. We can also see the huge comet crater of Gosse Bluff, a feature of the landscape for the next few days. We descend from the high ridgetop though mysterious stands of mulga trees. At the base of the ridge we follow a track of dolomite limestone towards Charlies camp; keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites under foot, one of the most ancient forms of life. Stepping off the main trail, we follow our private track to Camp, and will meet our guides there to transfer to Sonder camp. Spend the evening relaxing around the campfire while your guides prepare a scrumptious dinner. Stay: At Sonder Camp Walking Time: 5.5-6.5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Your guides will have you up early this morning for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving your way up to the 1380m summit of this majestic mountain following only the glittering light of your head-torch, surrounded by deep and peaceful darkness, is a truly inspiring experience... and watching the sunrise from the top is unforgettable! Mount Sonder is the official end and highest point of the entire Larapinta Trail and as such we have expansive views across the entire vast landscape we have been exploring over the last few days. We descend to Redbank Gorge and can enjoy a great brunch. If time permits in the afternoon we may visit the Glen Helen Homestead at the base of the range where we can relax with a drink. Stay: at Sonder Camp Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Another early start and pack up camp before heading this morning to the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and wildlife and is the perfect walk to complete our journey. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where Rock Wallabies sometimes 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. Walking Time: around 3 hours We will leave the area around 11am to board the bus and transfer to Alice Springs to have you at the airport by 1230-1pm. Sitting back and watching the now familiar ancient desert landscape slide by the bus window gives most trekkers a sense of awe and satisfaction. Congratulations on all you have achieved over the last four days! For those of you in the group that will be staying in Alice we can drop you to your accommodation.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, snacks & hot drinks
  • Professional wilderness guide & support staff
  • Exclusive semi-permanent campsites
  • Camping equipment including tents, swags & stretcher beds
  • Catering & dining utensils
  • All transport during the tour
  • National Park fees
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Emergency communications & 24 hour back-up

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation in Alice Springs before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and alcoholic beverages
  • Backpack and sleeping bag
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfares

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:4 Days
Countries:Australia
Starting Point:Alice Springs
Finishing Point:Alice Springs
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG6585
Prices From:AUD$1750