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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 7 days walking
Accommodation
  • 4 nights private Eco Camps
  • 3 nights Hotel
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days$3295AUD

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Trip Code: SOG6019

Trip highlights


  • Hike on the most stunning sections of the Larapinta Trail
  • Experience cultural connections on sacred landscapes
  • Relax and refresh in award winning Eco camps
  • Be amazed by the spectacular colours of Uluru at sunrise and sunset

The Larapinta Trail is one of the finest walks in Australia. Walking the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges we gain a rare perspective of vast flood plains, the razorback rocky outcrops and sheer scale of this ancient land. We follow an itinerary that will appeal to the active walker prepared to cover between eight to sixteen kilometres each day. You will need to carry only a day pack, as a support vehicle will transport the luggage and meet us at our campsites with bush tucker that will exceed expectations. There will also be plenty of time to reflect on the variety of walking stages. At times the trail descends from the ridge line into narrow canyons where sheltered pockets of delicate fern and twisted gum trees grow from the dry rivers of sand. We journey south of the ranges to experience the dramatic cliffs and gully's of the Kings Canyon before journeying into the very centre of Australia to marvel at the spectacular beauty of the Kata Tjuta with the pinnacle of the journey - witnessing the sun set and rise over the majestic Uluru.


Itinerary

315pm Pickup guests from Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters and transfer to group briefing at the Lone Dingo. Transfer to local bottle shop to purchase alcohol Transfer to Kungkas Can Cook for pre- dinner bushtucker Drop off Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters after Kungkas In addition the afternoon you will have some free time to explore Alice Springs these include the indigenous Aboriginal art galleries, The Desert Park, or Anzac Hill for a short walk and overlooking view of the township. Evening meal at hotel Meals: Canapés & Dinner Stay: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Meals:  D

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:  B,L,D

From Nicks Camp, we follow the trail 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 Simpson’s Gap. A short car transfer takes us to the stunning Standley Chasm where you will enjoy a short walk. You will view the beauty of the Chasm that is still run by the traditional owners. We transfer to Charlies Camp meals: B,L,D

Meals:  B,L,D

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. 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:  B,L,D

Your guides will have you up early this morning for the 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 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 flight over the West MacDonnell Ranges. A short transfer returns us to camp looking back up toward Mt Sonder. Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we continue West on Namatjira drive leaving the West MacDonnell Range National Park behind us and take a closer look at Tnorala the meteorite crater. We then continue along the Mereenie loop road to Kings Canyon resort located in Wattarka National Park. In the afternoon we will enjoy a bush-tucker tour and cultural immersion from the local aboriginal people. Late in the afternoon we can refresh at our Hotel accommodation before our relaxing evening meal. Stay: Kings Canyon Resort

Meals:  B,L,D

In the early morning we will take a short walk to see Kings Canyon then we depart for Uluru (370kms drive). When we arrive at Uluru and Kata-Juta National Park we will work our way further west to Kata Tjuta and walk the Valley of the winds, depending on how we all feel we may walk up to 8km for this loop walk or take a shorter 3km section. We then head to Uluru for sunset to view the many changing faces and colours of this sacred rock. Accommodation: in Uluru

Meals:  B,L,D

We will rise with the sun today and prepare for our days exploration of Uluru. There are several walks in and around the ‘Rock’ that we can choose to discover. We can walk the base walk that takes around 4hrs and 11km or many other shorter walks such as Mala, Kuniya, Liru or Dune. We visit the Cultural centre and learn about the creation stories for the Anangu people of the area. All walks dependant on outgoing flight times. We will transfer you to the airport for connecting flights or back at your accommodation in Uluru.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • professional wilderness guide and support staff
  • all group camping equipment, including tents, swags for sleeping, stoves, cooking & eating utensils
  • vehicle supported camping throughout
  • all National Park and camping fees
  • emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • off-road transport from Alice Springs
  • Accommodation in Alice Springs -Day 1

  • Airfares
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bag hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in Uluru

Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of passes crossings and the length of the trek. The Larapinta 7 day trek is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves up to 6 hours walking each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. Although this trek does not involve altitude, it can be tough and should not be underestimated. In order to complete this trek we advise that you undertake regular exercise three or four times a week for at least three months prior to your departure. Hill walking with a daypack is recommended.


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Total Priceper person from

$3295AUD

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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Only Lux - Red Centre Larapinta Trip trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.