Larapinta Walking Tour – 15 JUL 2021

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8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS | 15 – 22 JUL 2021

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NT | Larapinta Trail Walking Tour (Arrernte)

Join Big Heart Adventures, trekking the Outback on our walking tour along the Larapinta Trail.

On this fully supported trek with our friends at World Expeditions we invite men and women to explore the best sections of this iconic desert trail.  From the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges you’ll see the vast flood plains that form this ancient land. You’ll be dwarfed by the immensity of Ormiston and Serpentine Gorge and soothed by their idyllic waterholes. You’ll be amazed by dramatic colour changes in the rock formations at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm… and to top it all of you’ll climb to the lofty peak of Mt Sonder to watch the sunrise (1,380m).

At the end of each day we relax in comfort at our architect-designed exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites – including hot showers, comfortable lounges and heated dining shelter.

Bring your boots, your day pack and an adventurous spirit for this ultimate Larapinta Trail experience.

Small group hosted walking tour for men and women involving day walks and comfortable accommodation in Alice Springs and exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites each night on the trail.

  • Date: 15/7/21 – 22/7/21
  • Destination: Alice Springs, Larapinta Trail
  • Type: Challenge Trek for Men and Women
  • Group Size: Max 15 plus leaders
  • Investment: $3499 incl GST per person
  • 5% Discount for WWW Gold and Silver Members JOIN HERE

Fitness Requirement

  • A very good level of fitness is required to walk on the trails on this trip.
  • We will be walking with day packs carrying up to 5kg.
  • You should be able to walk on a variety of surfaces: undulating trails, very rocky trails, steep inclines and declines, night walking for sunrise summit experience and desert sand.
  • Our longest walking day is 22km (up to 8 hours) and we walk 6 consecutive days.

Photo Credit: Kristen Willson

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive Alice Springs

Arrive anytime today before 3pm.  There is plenty to explore in Alice Springs if you arrive early.  After checking in to the hotel, our compulsory briefing with our guides takes place this afternoon in central Alice (walking distance or taxi from our hotel) with the chance to head out and grab dinner afterwards at a local eatery.

Day 2 | Walk Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap 14km

We will be picked up from our accommodation between 7-7.30am and begin with a 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 deep narrow passage of Wallaby Gap.  Nick’s Camp is an exclusive award-winning camps, nestled in the bush with stunning views across the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley and can be walked to if you want to extend your walk for today.  Following your introduction to camp we will be greeted by local bush food specialist, Rayleen Brown, who will give an informative presentation about native bush foods with tastings.

Walking Time: 5-8 hours Distance: 14km or 22km

Meals Included: lunch, dinner, trail snacks

Day 3 | Nick’s Camp to Simpsons Gap 9km

From Nick’s Camp we continue west through magnificent, shady Bloodwoods and tall Ironwoods, the dominant trees on this narrow alluvial flat. We may catch sight of Black-footed Rock Wallaby as we approach one of the most important waterholes of the area, Simpsons Gap. A short transfer takes us to the stunning Standley Chasm where you will enjoy a talk about indigenous culture. All departures will journey into Arrernte country for a cultural conversation. After a delicious picnic lunch and a walk into the magnificent Chasm – a private reserve still run by the traditional owners – we transfer to back to our campsite.

Walking Time: 3-5 hours Distance: 9km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, trail snacks

Day 4 | Serpentine Gorge to Charlie’s Camp 16.5km

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 toward 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 Charlie’s Camp, named in honour of pioneering Larapinta guide Charlie Holmes. Tonight’s camp is nestled in secluded wilderness at the foothills of Counts Point. Spend the evening relaxing around the campfire while your guides prepare a scrumptious dinner.

Walking Time: 5.5-6.5 hours Distance: 16.5km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, trail snacks

Day 5 | Charlies Camp to Ochre Pits 8km

After another wonderful breakfast we walk out of camp to the breathtaking Inarlanga (Echidna) Pass, visiting Serpentine Chalet en route. 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. We then break for a picnic lunch and an early finish in preparation for our big day tomorrow. This afternoon you can relax at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge. We transfer west to one of our exclusive Camps. Fearless – named in honour of trekking guide Sue Fear, or Sonder Camp – named after the majestic Mt Sonder. Both Camps are located at the foothills of Mount Sonder. Walking Time: 3-7 hours

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, trail snacks

Day 6 | Early Morning Sunrise Walk up Mt Sonder 16km

Our guides will have us up early this morning (2-3am) for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving our way up to the 1380m summit of this majestic mountain following only the glittering light of our head-torches, 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. 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. A short transfer returns us to camp looking back up toward Mt Sonder.

Walking Time: 6-7 hours Distance: 16km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, trail snacks

Day 7 | Ormiston Pound Walk then to Alice Springs 8km

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 board the bus and transfer 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 six days! We will drop you to your accommodation at approximately 4-5pm. This evening we will arrange a celebratory dinner together at one of Alice’s great eateries.

Walking Time: 3-4 hours Distance: 8km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, trail snacks

Day 8 | Alice Springs

Today our tour concludes as we farewell eachother after sharing an incredible outback adventure on the Larapinta Trail!  Please ask us how you can extend your stay – consider adding a package to Uluru, Kings Canyon and more!

Important Info

  • Read our terms and conditions before booking
  • As we are partnering with World Expeditions there are additional Terms and Conditions, Fitness requirements and documents that apply to this departure as a condition of our agreement with World Expeditions.  These are provided at time of booking and are accepted when a deposit is paid.
  • Itinerary and price subject to change at any time
  • Travel Insurance is recommended – click here for a quote from Covermore
  • Twin share rooming applies – single rooms/tents are possible for surcharge of $500pp
  • Please contact us before booking flights if you are joining us from interstate

Gear you will need:

  • Warm sleeping bag for chilly desert nights
  • Backpack 35 litre (approx)
  • Water bottle/hydration kit
  • Personal medications
  • Clothing suitable for bushwalking that is quick drying, warm layers if chilly – consider merino or synthetic fabrics
  • Sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and suncream, insect repellent (head/hat nets are good for the flies!)
  • Sleeping attire
  • Walking poles (optional and recommended)

A minimum of 10 travellers are required for this trip to depart.
See travel terms and conditions here

Inclusions

Travel

Comfortable private transport

Meals

All meals as per the itinerary

B x 5 | L x 6 | D x 5

Accommodation

2 nights comfortable hotel twin share accommodation, 5 nights award winning eco-friendly semi-permanent campsites

Activities

Guided trek on Larapinta Trail, Aboriginal bushtucker experience, night hike for sunrise on Mt Sonder

  • Big Heart Adventures ioMerino hiking top and head sock
  • Big Heart Adventures trip specific training sessions and or program
  • Big Heart Adventures discount card for pre-departure purchases at Scouts Outdoor Centre (15% off)
  • Big Heart Adventures journal
  • 7 nights comfortable accommodation (2 nights Alice Springs hotel, 5 nights eco-camping) including the chance to swag it under the stars
  • Comfortable private transport for the duration of the tour
  • All meals and snacks as mentioned on the itinerary
  • Professionally guided by World Expeditions
  • Fees to Aboriginal Traditional Owners
  • Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
  • National Park entry fees
  • A charity contribution to our Give Back program

Exclusions

  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping bag (ask us for information on hiring or purchasing)
  • Flights

Your Host/s

1 Big Heart Adventures leader will join the group with 10 or more bookings. Visit our About page to see our awesome team of leaders.

Additional information

Payment Type

Deposit, Full Payment