Larapinta & Uluru Private 2021

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Larapinta & Uluru Private 2021

Trip Highlights

  • Walk part of the Larapinta Trail, one of the Great Walks of Australia
  • Stay in multi award-winning, exclusive eco-campsites
  • Visit highlights along the trail including Ormiston Gorge and Standley Chasm
  • Marvel at the spectacular views of Kings Canyon
  • Enjoy a sunrise base walk of Uluru and visit Kata Tjuta
  • Learn about the Indigenous history on the Karrke Cultural tour
  • Walk with just a day pack on this fully supported trek

Trip Summary

Discover the Red Centre's dramatic and untamed landscapes on this week long tour packed with highlights. Over seven days you will enjoy our favourite sections of the Larapinta Trail, explore the wonders of Kings Canyon, before finishing with the sacred site of Uluru. On this fully supported trek you walk with just a day pack to explore the best regions of the Red Centre. The trip starts with a gentle introduction to desert walking, following ridge lines and deep, sheltered gorges of the Larapinta, you'll find yourself immersed in one of the world's most evocative and ancient landscapes. Then we drive to the spectacular Kings Canyon, where we'll venture along the Kings Canyon rim walk - a must do walk for any visit to the Red Centre. We finish the trip at the largest monolith in the world, the sacred site of Uluru. One of Australia's top attractions, a visit to central Australia would certainly not be complete without a visit. If you are short on time, this is a perfect way to see the highlights of Central Australia.

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. This walk is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves walking 2-8 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 after lunch, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel Double Tree Hilton. There will be a short trip briefing in the afternoon at the Lone Dingo. In addition the afternoon you will have some free time to explore Alice Springs these include the indigenous Aboriginal art galleries, The Desert Park, or Anzac Hill for a short walk and overlooking view of the township. Evening meal at hotel or Hanumans. Stay: at Double Tree Hilton

Meals:  D

We pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am. En route to the beginning of our main walk we make a short visit to the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the 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 we get back on the bus to transfer to the beginning of our walk. This morning we walk from the Ghan Railway to Wallaby Gap, which weaves into the heart of the West Macdonnell National Park, giving us a taste for trekking toward the desert ranges. After our main walk for the day a short transfer brings us to Simpsons Gap, one of the most important waterholes of this region and a likely place to spot the rare Black-footed Rock-Wallaby. In the afternoon we visit Standley Chasm, a private reserve still run by the Traditional Owners. In the late afternoon we transfer to our exclusive set-up nestled in bushland near Honeymoon Gap. Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning, after a delicious breakfast at camp, we board the bus and transfer to our walk for the day; Ormiston Pound. On the way we stop off at the Ochre Pits, an original ochre quarry and a sacred Aboriginal site. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes for stunning photos. From here it is a short drive to the best side-walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and wildlife. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where Rock Wallabies scamper about the imposing cliffs, follow the track through scrub filled with native birds: Spinifex Pigeon, Budgerigar and Mistletoe Bird. Keep an eye out overhead for the magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia’s largest raptor. We overnight at another one of our exclusive eco campsites. Walking Time: 4-5 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 and surrounded by deep and peaceful darkness. 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 landscape we have been exploring over the last few days. We descend to Redbank Gorge and then enjoy a great brunch back at camp. 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. Our camp for the night is nestled in the foothills overlooking today's accomplishment, Mt Sonder. Walking Time: 6-8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we depart our exclusive Larapinta eco campsites for the last time and head to our final walk on the iconic trail. Redbank Gorge is a short walk through Davenport creek and holds a beautiful waterhole. Here lies some of the coldest waters in Central Australia, where you can dip your toes or if you’re feeling daring, go for a refreshing swim. After our morning swim we continue heading west, away from the trail we’ve been exploring the past few days and towards our next stop, Kings Canyon. On the way we stop off at Gosses Bluff, the remnant of an impact crater. This area is of great cultural significance to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people, as well as a site of international scientific interest. We will arrive in Kings Canyon in the afternoon and refresh ourselves in our secluded permanent campsite before dinner. Overnight: OTS Kings Canyon permanent campsite. Walking Time: 2-3 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will spend the morning exploring the wonders of Kings Canyon on the famous rim walk. With around 500 stone steps starting us off, the hardest part of our walk is done first while we’re feeling fresh. We’ll have a refreshing and well-earned break on top as we soak in some of the spectacular views. Through our morning walk we’ll visit Priscilla’s Crack made famous by the classic Australian movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert, where you’ll get many spectacular views of the canyon as well as the unique sandstone domes known as the Lost City due to its resemblance of an ancient city. This area is often dubbed a mini Bungle Bungles (an iconic area in the WA Purnululu National Park). You’ll have the chance to visit the beautiful Garden of Eden, a hidden garden gem with a sacred waterhole. This is a must do walk for any visit to the Red Centre. In the afternoon we have our own private tour with Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours to talk and learn about indigenous culture. Overnight: OTS Kings Canyon permanent campsite Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After another delicious breakfast we board the bus for our transfer to Uluru and Kata Tjuita National Park. In the early afternoon we will head off and complete the Valley of the Winds walk. We will come across very few people after the first lookout, making the Valley of the Winds the perfect place for some quiet contemplation and reflection on our explorations over the past few days. The track can be moderately difficult in sections but as we’ve learnt, the views from the lookout are absolutely worth it. Once we have completed our circuit walk, we will load onto the bus for a short transfer to the perfect spot to watch the last rays of sun set over Kata Tjuita and enjoy some well-earned pre dinner nibbles. We transfer to our private campground for our final night as a group. Overnight: OTS Uluru and Kata Tjuita permanent campsite. Walking Time: 4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We have an early rise to make the most of our final morning and to beat the crowds. We watch our final magical Central Australian sunrise while walking around the famous and iconic Uluru on the base walk. We start on the eastern side of the rock to maximise our morning views. Finishing this walk you’ll be proud of all that you have achieved over the past week as you have explored the highlight regions that Central Australia has to offer. At the end of the tour you have the option to fly out of Uluru where you will be dropped at the airport by 11am (in time for the first flights), or drive back to Alice Springs and be dropped at your accommodation between 5-6pm.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, snacks and hot drinks
  • 1 night accommodation at Double Tree Hilton in Alice Springs
  • Restaurant dinner in Alice Springs
  • 3 nights in exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites, 2 nights camping at Kings Canyon Resort permanent campsite, 1 night permanent camping at Uluru
  • Professional wilderness guide & support staff
  • Camping equipment including tents, swags & stretcher beds
  • Fees to Aboriginal Traditional Owners
  • National Park fees
  • All transport during the tour
  • Emergency communications & 24 hour back-up
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit

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
  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Countries:Australia
Starting Point:Alice Springs
Finishing Point:Alice Springs
Activities:Walking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG6602
Prices From:AUD$3655