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Larapinta Trail Hike in Comfort

$3,999

The Larapinta Trail is one of the most famous hikes in Australia and this award-winning small group tour is the ideal way to challenge yourself and experience the region’s beauty at the same time. Everything is taken care of on the fully supported trek, plus we’ve included a night in Alice Springs at each end of the walk and domestic flights!

Description

Larapinta Trail Comfort Walking Tour with Alice Springs & Flights – 8 days

Trek through ancient landscapes, summit a mountain for a spectacular sunrise and experience the wonders of Central Australia on this unforgettable Northern Territory adventure!

The Larapinta Trail is one of the most famous hikes in Australia. It’s an outstanding walking destination and this award-winning small group tour is the ideal way to challenge yourself and experience the region’s beauty at the same time.

You’ll have a night in Alice Springs before and after the trek, then while you’re on tour you will get to relax in the comfort of exclusive semi-permanent campsites. The camps have hot showers and heated dining shelters and all your meals and snacks are included.

On the fully supported trek you walk with just a day pack and explore the best sections of the iconic desert trail: from the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges to the dramatic colours and rock formations at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm. This is a breathtaking Aussie experience on so many levels!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Trek through spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, Ormiston Gorge and Standley Chasm.
  • Summit Mount Sonder for a spectacular sunrise.
  • Gain an understanding of the ancient Indigenous culture and Traditional Owners of the land.
  • Relax in the evenings around a campfire as the guides prepare delicious 3 course meals.
  • Hassle-free trip includes hotel stays in Alice Springs and flights!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Flights – Return economy airfares to Alice Springs
    • Depart from Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Sydney (ask for other cities)
    • Fly with Virgin Australia or Qantas with baggage included
  • Accommodation – 2 nights Alice Springs at Aurora Hotel or similar (1 nt pre & 1 nt post trek)
    • 5 nights eco campsites in semi-permanent tents with shared facilities
  • Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks & hot drinks
  • Walking tour – 6 days Larapinta Trail in Comfort
    • Professional wilderness guide & support staff
    • Stay in exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites
    • Camping equipment including tents, swags and 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

Departs Tuesdays & Saturdays:

2022 – 2 April to 27 September

Note: Departures are subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on your travel date.

Get the Brochure:

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Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can extend your stay in Alice Springs or add on other Northern Territory adventures, like pick up the Ghan Train from Alice Springs to Darwin at the end of your trek.

Upgrades are available for the Quest Hotel or Crown Plaza Hotel in Alice Springs from an extra $110 per person twin share.

Ask us today about staying in other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for rates for single travellers.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is valid for a limited time. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Escorted small group tour

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (14km)
Arrive in a town like Alice, Alice Springs, and transfer by taxi to check into your hotel for pre-tour accommodation.

Alice Springs is a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, both 1,500km away. It’s a popular gateway for exploring the Red Centre, the country's interior desert region. Its 1872 origin as part of the Overland Telegraph Line (linking Darwin and Adelaide) is preserved in the vintage buildings and equipment at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

Day 2 – Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (14km)
You will be picked 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 a stop for refreshments you take a quick transfer by bus to Nick's Camp. 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 treated to a spread of local bush foods prepared by local specialist Rayleen Brown. Walking Time: 5-8 hours
Meals: L,D

Day 3 – Nick’s Camp to Simpsons Gap (7km) then to Standley Chasm (2km)
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
Meals: B,L,D

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
Meals: B,L,D

Day 5- Charlie's 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: B,L,D

Day 6 – Early morning sunrise walk up Mount Sonder 1380m (16km)
Your guides will have you up early this morning (2-3am) 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 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
Meals: B,L,D

Day 7 – Ormiston Pound Walk (8km), transfer to Alice Springs
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 your group may like to arrange a celebratory dinner together at one of Alice's great eateries. Walking Time: 3-4 hours
Meals: B,L

Day 8 – Depart Alice Springs
After you check out of your hotel today, please catch a taxi to Alice Springs airport for your flights home.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

What to expect & fitness levels

The Classic Larapinta Trek is graded level 4 – introductory to moderate. This trek involves walking 5‑7 hours each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. The trail conditions of the Larapinta Trail are rocky, rugged, hard surfaced and dry. While a number of sections of the trail wind through open plains, undulating areas and relatively flat country, overall, the trail is characterised by rocky, stony and mountainous terrain which can rise from 680m above sea level to more than 1,200m along some sections.

Suggested preparation:
We recommend regular exercise 3 or 4 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) in the months leading up to your trip. At least once a week, you should walk with a weighted day pack (5–7kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best way to train for an active holiday is to simulate the activity you will be undertaking on the trip. Train for uneven terrain by finding a hilly, rough narrow bush track, and go for a lovely long walk in your trekking boots.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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