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6 Day Classic Larapinta Trek

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Image: Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
ANZCRO / 6 Day Classic Larapinta Trek

6 Day Classic Larapinta Trek

$2,580

per person

Soak up the breathtaking scenery of vast flood plains, razorback rocky outcrops, and the glorious scale of this ancient land.

SAVE $286 Per Person!

Walking the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges, this 6 Day Classic Larapinta Trek is led by your guides at Australian Walking Holidays.

You will enjoy comfortable facilities in splendid isolation, and experience true bush tucker. Reflect on the dynamic landscape with walks that are as achievable as they are satisfying. The Larapinta Trail will delight the wilderness-lover and challenge the seasoned hiker.

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Tour Inclusions

The following are included in your package tour:

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, and hot drinks

Exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites

Professional wilderness guide and support staff

Camping equipment including tents, swags, and stretcher beds

Fees to Aboriginal Traditional Owners

National Park fees

All transport during the tour

Emergency communications and 24-hour back-up

Comprehensive group first aid kit

 

Conditions: Prices are per person and subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission (Oct 17) but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel 1 Apr – 30 Sep 18. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking.

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Day 1: Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (13.5km), optional walk to Nick’s Camp (8.5km)

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 deep narrow passage of Wallaby Gap.
After a stop for refreshments you have the option to extend your walk and head to Nick's Camp on foot, or to transfer by bus. Nick's Camp is one of our exclusive award-winning camps, nestled in the bush with stunning views across the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley. Following your introduction to camp you 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
Meals: Lunch, dinner
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Day 2: Nick’s Camp to Simpson Gap (4km), Standley Chasm and Lookout Walk (5km)

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 a shy echidna or 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 be welcomed to country by Deanella Mack from Cultural Connections.
Sunday and Wednesday departures will journey into Arrernte country for a cultural conversation; Friday departures will have a cultural conversation on night one. After a delicious picnic lunch and a walk into the magnificent chasm – a private reserve still run by the traditional owners – we transfer 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.
Walking Time: 3-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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Day 3: Serpentine Gorge to Charlie’s Camp (13km), optional walk to Serpentine Chalet Dam (2km)

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 Mount Zeil (1,531m), the highest peak in the Northern Territory, and Mount 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 back to Charlie's Camp. An optional afternoon walk to Serpentine Chalet Dam reveals early history of the area and the chance for a refreshing swim. Spend the evening relaxing around the campfire while your guides prepare a scrumptious dinner.
Walking Time: 5.5-6.5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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Day 4: Charlie’s Camp to Ochre Pits (8km), optional walk Ormiston Gorge to Finke River (10km)

After another wonderful 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.
We then break for a picnic lunch and an early finish in preparation for our big day tomorrow. Your guides will offer numerous afternoon activities, such as a visit Finke River (estimated to be the oldest river in the world), relaxation at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, or a challenging 10km trek from Ormiston Gorge through diverse desert lowlands and creek country. We transfer west to our exclusive Camp Fearless – named in honour of trekking guide Sue Fear – at the foothills of Mount Sonder.
Walking Time: 3-7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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Day 5: Early morning sunrise walk up Mount Sonder 1,380m (16km)

Your guides will have you up early this morning (3am) for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving your way up to the 1,380m 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. 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 on the Finke River. 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 or even take a scenic helicopter fight over the West MacDonnell Ranges. A short transfer returns us to Camp Fearless looking back up toward Mount Sonder.
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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Day 6 : Ormiston Pound Walk (6km), transfer to Alice Springs

This morning we enjoy the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound, offering an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and wildlife, it is the perfect walk to complete our journey. We explore the upper reaches of the gorge where 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 your group may like to arrange a celebratory dinner together at one of Alice's great eateries.
Walking Time: 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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