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It is also one of Australia’s newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world.
This fabulous trip will take you right into Central Australia, also known as the Red Centre. This huge outback region in the Northern Territory spans dusty red desert, mountain ranges, and gorges.
We will start our journey in the town of Alice Springs before travelling into the MacDonnell Ranges. This is a spectacular area showcasing extraordinary geology sculptured over millions of years.
This is an awe-inspiring glimpse into our own history, our own geology, and our own culture. This is not to be missed.
The 223km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences. It is also one Australia’s newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world. We have taken what we believe to the best 5 best days of the walk and showcased them for you, covering approximatley 60kms.
Arrive at leisure today and check into your hotel. We meet at 4.00pm in the foyer of the Doubletree Hilton (Barrett Drive) where you will meet the rest of the members of your group to discuss the coming days with your guide. If you arrive earlier during the day you might like to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling heart of the Red Centre before leaving it all behind for the desolate outback. Browse Aboriginal artworks at Central Australia’s best art gallery.
We meet at 4.00pm in the foyer of the Doubletree Hilton (Barrett Drive) where you will meet the rest of the members of your group. Our Tour guide will meet us here for a briefing and discussion about what we have in store for you over the next few days!
We then make our way to the Restaurant next door at Lassiters for our first dinner together as a group.
An early morning breakfast at the hotel to start your day!
We pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am and begin our walk at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the Larapinta Trail.
From here the trail takes us west through witchetty bush, mulga scrub, and bird-filled shady woodlands. We climb high over exposed hills to the jagged outcrop of Euro Ridge, with expansive views over Alice Springs and the surrounding landscape, before descending to the passage of Wallaby Gap.
After the walk we will drive to Standley Chasm and set up camp. There is an option
walk around the Chasm this afternoon.
Walking distance: 14km (+2km optional walk)
Driving time: 45 minutes
After breakfast we will drive to Serpentine Gorge to start section 8 of the trail. This section offers breathtaking views as we walk along the high quartzite ridge lines that typify the West MacDonnell Ranges. We ascend to Counts Point where we are able to take in 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 to our camp at Serpentine Chalet.
Walking distance: 13km
Driving time: 45 minutes
After another breakfast we walk out of camp to the breathtaking Inarlanga (Echidna) Pass. We spend some time in the magnificent pass to enjoy the peace and marvel at the ancient cycad palms. From here we trek south-west to an original ochre quarry, a sacred Aboriginal site. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes for stunning photos. After a picnic lunch we will drive to Finke River with an opportunity to stop for a swim at Glen Helen Gorge. We will camp tonight at Finke River.
Walking distance: 8km
Driving time: 15 minutes
Your guides will have you up early this morning (2-3am) for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. We’ll drive to Redbank Gorge to begin the walk. 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 back at camp. There are options for this afternoon, including resting at camp or swimming at Glen Helen.
Walking distance: 16km
Driving time: 25 minutes
This morning we enjoy the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and is the perfect walk to complete our journey. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where we may see Rock Wallabies 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. After lunch we transfer back to Alice Springs. 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 five days!
We will drop you to your accommodation at approximately 4-5pm.
This evening your group may like to arrange a celebratory dinner together at one of Alice’s great eateries.
Walking distance: 8km
Driving time: 25 minutes (to Ormiston Gorge) and 1.5 hours (to Alice Springs)
After breakfast, make you way to the Airport for your flight home or to your next destination!