The terrain on the Larapinta Trail | Peter Walton
There are a number of ways to walk the Larapinta Trail, catering for people of different fitness levels and time constraints. Generally speaking, the shorter the trip, the easier the experience – however when it comes to our self-guided treks, this logic can go out the window as trekkers get to choose the sections they walk. So how do you know which Larapinta walk is for you?
On our three and six day guided experiences, trekkers carry daypacks and stay in semi-permanent campsites that offer comfort in the outback. On our longer nine and twelve day guided treks, travellers also carry a daypack but sleep in wilderness campsites that forgo the comforts for a traditional camping experience under the stars. Our self guided treks require trekkers to carry a full pack including their camping gear, food and personal items, which means that regardless of whether it’s 3,6,9 or 14 days you can expect to carry between 15-18kgs.
While this is a general guide to the differences between our treks, further detailabout the fitness requirements for the various options are below.
This means "Easy by normal trekking standards" as it involves walking with a day pack for short distances.
Guided: 6 day Larapinta Art Expedition
This adventure touring trip is designed for those who want to experience the Larapinta Trail while unleashing their artistic flair in the stunning outback. Staying in our semi-permanent campsites, this experience allows travellers to carry only a daypack, while visiting the most scenic areas of the trail by car. These walks are available to all levels of walkers and do not require a high degree of fitness.
Guided: 3 day Larapinta Experience in Comfort, 3 day Larapinta Goddess Walk
The aim of this trip is to introduce people to the Australian outback, for those who are not regular walkers, who have not walked in a group previously or who want a shorter walk. Clients are expected to walk between 7-16kms each day, with a walk time of between 4-6 hours, and on treks that are generally not too physically demanding. Short car transfers are included each day to transfer clients to the starting point of the Larapinta Trail’s top highlights, to ensure trekkers experience the most beautiful sights of the trail over three days. Anyone undertaking these walks may have only a modest degree of physical fitness, as you will also be carrying a light daypack (approximately 5kgs), along your walk.
These treks have some easy parts, and some not so easy parts. These treks are usually challenging for the non hiker or people of average fitness.
Guided: 6 day Classic Larapinta Experience in Comfort
This walk is reasonably demanding and for walkers who have walked regularly in various terrain. Carrying only a daypack, they have a walking time of about 5 - 6 hours and will require a high degree of physical fitness due to increased elevation. Trekkers stay in comfortable semi-permanent campsites and have luggage transferred between sites, allowing them to carry just a light daypack during the day.
For an experienced hiker, this will present challenges. For someone with not much hiking or outdoor experience this will be a difficult trek. Only fit and experienced people should attempt these treks.
Guided: 9 Day Best of the Larapinta Trail and 14 day End-to-End
These walks are for those wishing to complete most of, or the entire Larapinta Trail, on a guided walk. These walks are reasonably demanding and for walkers who have walked regularly in various terrain. They have a walking time of about 5 - 6 hours and will require a high degree of physical fitness. These walks require travellers to stay in wilderness campsites while carrying a day pack. Vehicle transfers ensure luggage is delivered between campsites.
Self Guided 3, 6, 9 or 12 day Larapinta Trail Walks
Self guided walks are generally more challenging than our guided walks as they require trekkers to carry a full pack which includes their camping equipment, food and personal gear. As clients can choose the sections they wish to walk (as long as they are consecutive), walking distances and elevation can vary depending on the section, however generally, these walks are for people with a high degree of physical fitness, as well as ability to navigate when necessary. All self-guided treks have a briefing before departure and include maps, emergency communication and back up, and food drops (for 6,9 and 14 days).
Guided: 6 day Larapinta Challenger Trek
This walk is very demanding and for walkers who have experience trekking on moderate or challenging graded treks. Trekkers walk up to 30kms each day along some of the most challenging sections of the Larapinta Trail, passing over remote ridges and canyons. Clients spend evenings in wilderness campsites that allow you to sleep under the stars in tents and swags. As luggage is transferred between campsites by a support vehicle, trekkers are only expected to carry a day pack on this challenging trek. Trekkers should train in the months leading up to this experience due to its challenging nature.
The difficulty really depends on your prior trekking experience, your fitness and your overall hardiness/durability. If you have any doubts as to your fitness, please talk with your Adventure Travel Consultant.