The trail meanders along the Western MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia for a total distance of 223 kilometers. With its spectacular views and rugged desert terrain, the Larapinta Trail has become one of the most popular places to hike on the Australian Continent.
The trail starts at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and extends along the Western MacDonnell Ranges, sometimes along the ridge, sometimes down on the plain below. The walk takes the visitor past numerous natural wonders, including Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen, as well as a number of Arrente Aborigine sacred sites. The trail stops at Mount Sondor, the fourth highest mountain in the Northern Territory 1380 meters above sea level, which affords some of the most spectacular views to be had in Australia.
A number of guided walks are available, including a seven day package ranging from an end to end 15 day package for the hardy and adventurous. The guides are fully knowledgeable and passionate about the geography and history of the Larapinta Trail. The visitors will learn some of the myths and legends of the Arrente people, who lived in the region for tens of thousands of years before the arrival of the first European settlers.
A support vehicle is included, which means that the visitors on the walk will only be required to carry provisions for the day’s journey. Camping equipment and a support crew are also included in the packages.