Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges in the Red Centre trekking sections of the Larapinta Trail, one of the most popular wilderness walks in Australia. Covering up to 18 km’s of graded trail per day, there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the Australian outback. Discover the magic and mysteries concealed within this ancient environment and be swept away by the dreamtime of the area.

Many people have an expectation that the region is a featureless plain of winding red sand hills with a smattering of grasses and bushes. Be prepared for the shock of a lifetime – Central Australia is home to the tallest peaks in the Northern Territory; the oldest dramatic landscape in Australia full of ravines , escarpments and sensational waterholes; life forms that will totally excite the curious mind and, above all, a truly great wilderness experience which will remove you to a place filled with peace and tranquility. You will be left speechless.

Tour Details:

Tour Departs

Alice Springs

(meet at 18:00 in Hotel)

Tour Returns:

Alice Springs

Day 5 by 17:30

Maximum Group Size:

15 Passengers

Accommodation Type

Permanent Campsite with Safari Tents

(4 Nights)

Pricing & Departures:

Tour Price

$2,389 AUD per person

(Twin Share Camping)

Single Upgrade:

$2,589 AUD per person

Departure Dates (All public departures are on request and subject to minimum numbers):
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The Tour Inclusions:

  • 4WD vehicle for all transportation
  • Professionally trained and accredited walking guide
  • Professionally trained tour host
  • National Park Fees, Traditional Owners and Camping Fees
  • 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • An outback meat tasking platter including buffalo, kangaroo, crocodile, emu and camel (based on availability)
  • An ethically sourced, organic bush food tasting platter straight from the Central Desert
  • Snacks such as fresh fruit, muesli bars and biscuits for the trek
  • Hot and cold drinks excluding alcoholic beverages (Alcoholic beverages can be brought to camp and cold storage will be provided. Please ensure to let your guide know at the meet and greet.)
  • Fresh drinking water
  • Beautiful private and permanent campsites on indigenous land
  • All camping equipment such as linen, pillows, sleeping bags and a touch of outback luxury with our permanent safari tents
  • Travelling with a company that has an Advanced Eco Tourism status, supports and works closely with various different indigenous companies, extensive indigenous content and a great reputation for authentic tours away from the crowds
  • Extensive remote first aid kit, satellite phone and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Airport / Hotel pick up and drop off

Tour Itinerary

The best of the Larapinta Trail in five days
Arrival
km
Arrival Day
Arrival Day

Arrive at leisure today and check into your hotel.

We meet at 6.00pm in the foyer of the Doubletree Hilton (Barrett Drive) where you will meet the rest of the members of your group to discuss the coming days with your guide.
If you arrive earlier during the day you might like to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling heart of the Red Centre before leaving it all behind for the desolate outback. Browse Aboriginal artworks at Central Australia’s best art galleries.

This is also a good time to ensure you have all articles needed for your Larapinta Trail walk.

Day 1
23.4 km
Alice Springs to Simpson’s Gap (Lunch & Dinner)
Alice Springs to Simpson’s Gap (Lunch & Dinner)

An early start and its bye bye suburbia – hello wilderness! The majestic and serene West MacDonnell Ranges are rich in natural wonders and traditional culture and are considered the best there is in Australia. Our first walk is a 23.4km ‘leg stretch’ commencing from the outskirts of Alice Springs. Some beautiful views can be seen, particularly at Euro Ridge. Our walk is taken casually, a fitting way to relax and immerse in the wonder of the region and to ponder the coming 4 days.

Our Ground Support Vehicle will meet us at the picturesque Simpsons Gap and transfer us to our remote camping location. Let the true experience begin as we rest in a region synonymous in the dreamtime (Alcheringa) of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people.

For those who feel they cannot complete the entire 23.4kms, there is an opportunity to finish at Wallaby Gap at 13.5kms and return to the campsite with our support staff.

Day 2
13.4 km
Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Today we head to the spectacular western half of the Larapinta Trail and onto a 13.4km section of the Larapinta Trail that is only suitable for well-prepared and experienced walkers with a good level of fitness. It offers exhilarating views of the high quartzite ridgelines that typify the West MacDonnell Ranges, including Haasts Bluff and Mt Zeil (the highest point in the Northern Territory).

Day 3
km
Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Gorge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Gorge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Today we traverse the low-lying regions surrounding Ormiston Gorge gradually working our way upward into the back reaches of the Finke River. This area is steeped in traditional folklore with several important sites being viewed including ‘Yapulpa’, which is part of the Carpet Snake Dreaming legend as well as the Emu and Kangaroo Man Dreaming.

Tonight, relax at our beautiful permanent campsite as the sun sets and the colours of the night desert erupt into million-star accommodation.

Day 4
16 km
Mount Sonder Climb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Mount Sonder Climb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

An early rise is an understatement as we challenge the 8km climb to the peak of Mount Sonder. The vision of sunrise and the 360° view will leave you speechless – a truly unforgettable achievement. Enjoy time at camp for your last evening under the stars of the Milky Way.

Day 5
km
Ormiston Pound Walk to Alice Springs (Breakfast & Lunch)
Ormiston Pound Walk to Alice Springs (Breakfast & Lunch)

Regarded by many as the ‘primo’ small walk of the Larapinta Trail, the Ormiston Pound Walk is full of wow factor, wildlife and flora and a great finale to our walk. A location inspirational to Albert Namatjira, sensational viewings of the Chewing’s Range and Mount Giles – the entry into the Gorge will leave you dumb founded.
After another healthy lunch, we will pack and break camp for regrettably the last time and return to normality (hot shower and life as you know it awaits).

Tonight, we will reminisce the past 5 days and share some banter over a refreshing ale or cool drink at one of Alice’s classic outback restaurants (own expense)