5 Day / 4 Night Larapinta Trail Trek

    Trek the Larapinta Trail: a stunning 223km trek through the heart of the Australian outback, with breathtaking views and ancient landscapes.

    Experience the stunning beauty of the Australian outback with our guided Larapinta Trail Tours. Hike through breathtaking landscapes, camp under the stars, and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the region. Book your adventure today!

    Prepare for an unforgettable adventure on the Larapinta Trail, one of Australia’s most popular wilderness walks that covers up to 14 km of graded trail daily, allowing plenty of time to relax and savor the rugged beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges. The ancient environment is steeped in Dreamtime, revealing magic and mysteries that are waiting to be explored. Contrary to popular belief, this region is not a featureless plain of winding red sand hills with sparse grasses and bushes. In fact, Central Australia boasts the tallest peaks in the Northern Territory, the oldest dramatic landscape in Australia, and a plethora of ravines, escarpments, sensational waterholes, and diverse life forms that will pique your curiosity.

    Stay in our beautiful private and permanent campsites on indigenous land complete with permanent safari tents.

    You’re in for a truly excellent wilderness experience, immersed in the peace and tranquility of the landscape. As we prepare for your upcoming Larapinta trek on the stunning Arrernte country in the heart of Central Australia, Walking Country Pty Ltd acknowledges the many Traditional Owners of the lands on which we operate and pays our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging as the custodians of the oldest cultures on the planet. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime on our Larapinta trail tours, and we look forward to having you join us!

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      Arrival Day

      Arrival and Meet and Greet pre-tour start (no meals or accommodation included)
      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 14 km 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.

      Arrive at the airport and make your own way to your accommodation in Alice Springs.

      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.

      We meet the day before your departure at 4.30 pm in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, where you will meet the rest of your group members to discuss the coming days with your guide. Afterwards, head back to your Alice Springs accommodation, retiring early for the night in preparation for the big journey ahead.

      Day 1: 14 km Alice Springs to Wallaby

      Section 1 Alice Springs to Wallaby (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 in Australia. Our first walk is around a 14km ‘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 Wallaby Gap and transfer us to our remote camping location within the MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Let the true experience begin as we rest in a region synonymous in the Dreamtime (Alcheringa) of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people. We will enjoy a Kungkas Can Cook Tasting Platter for pre-dinner nibbles. Kungkas Can Cook is an Aboriginal catering company passionate about bush foods and is dedicated to utilising wild harvested produce from around the Central Desert Region and beyond.

      Day 2: 13.4 km Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam

      Section 8 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 fitness level. 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: 11 km Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Gorge

      Section 10 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 and 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

      Section 12 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: 9 km Ormiston Pound Walk to Alice Springs

      Section 9/10 Ormiston Pound Walk to Alice Springs (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
      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 grand 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 dumbfounded.

      After another healthy lunch, we will pack and break camp for regrettably the last time and begin our journey back to normality (hot showers and life as you know it awaits).

      Tonight, after a well-deserved shower, make your own way to one of Alice’s Outback Restaurants (your guide will confirm the time and location), where you can reminisce about the last 5 days and share some banter over a refreshing ale or cool drink.

      Alice Springs accommodation booked directly at own expense.

      Booking Info
      • Discover the Red Centre’s Larapinta Trail, a top Australian wilderness trail
      • Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of West MacDonnell National Park (Tjoritja) on Arrernte country
      • Enjoy dramatic views from Euro Ridge (Section one) and Counts Point Lookout (Section 8, 1140 m altitude)
      • Take a dip in impressive waterholes like Ormiston Gorge and Ellery Creek
      • Relax in our private campsite on traditional land, in permanent safari tents or Aussie Swags
      • Savor the taste of organic bush foods straight from the Central Desert around the campfire
      • Explore ravines and escarpments and witness diverse life forms
      • Watch the sunrise from Mount Sonder, one of the Territory’s highest mountains
      • Passengers should note that adventure travel and the Larapinta Trail, in particular, involves a higher-than- normal risk; we highly recommend taking out appropriate travel insurance. Please consider the following emergency evacuation procedures when purchasing your travel insurance and ensure appropriate
      • The Larapinta Trail is a wilderness experience defined by remoteness, mountain ranges and extreme temperatures. In case of injury, evacuations can take anywhere from a couple of hours to more than twelve hours, depending on location and whether the rescue attempt extends into the night.
        All passengers participating in our tours do so at their own risk, and no responsibility can be accepted for any loss, injury or accident. Passengers are responsible for any additional costs involved should such instances occur.
      • All passengers will be required to sign a liability waiver before departure. All passengers must wear shoes at all times, use sunblock and wear hats.
      Is there electricity in the campsites/ tents?

      Due to the remote nature of our permanent campsites, we do not have reliable electricity and charging facilities in our campsites/ tents. Therefore, we recommend bringing power banks to charge your electronic items.

      I require a CPAP machine for sleep apnoea, can I still participate in this adventure?

      Yes, you can. However, you will be required to bring batteries/ power banks to charge your machine as we cannot guarantee access to reliable electricity sources.

      Is there phone reception at the campsite/ on the trail?

      It’s unlikely that you will be able to get phone reception at the campsite. There is a sporadic and limited Telstra signal on some high points of the trail and an Optus signal at Ormiston Gorge, which we will visit most days after trekking. However, it is best to prepare for no reception and advise your loved ones accordingly – enjoy switching off and returning to nature!

      Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

      Walking Country supplies all bedding, including linen, sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets. However, if you prefer to use your own, you can, of course, bring it. Alternatively, consider a sleeping bag liner, a smaller option to carry with you on the plane.

      What is the walking terrain like?

      The daily treks are a combination of sandy trails with small to medium rocks, steep ascents and descents of ridgelines, hills, gorges, and some water crossings

      Are alcoholic and soft drinks provided?

      Alcoholic and soft drinks will not be supplied as part of your package. You are welcome to bring your own beverages and let our guide know to store them for you. It is important to note that excessive drinking is not permitted on this tour due to the physical nature of our adventure and the risk of dehydration. We provide drinking water, hydrolytes, some juices, tea, coffee, and milk.

      Do I need trekking poles?

      It is optional to have trekking poles. If you usually hike with trekking poles or prefer them for extra support/ mild injuries such as bad knees, bringing a pair along is an excellent idea. Ensure the trekking poles have rubber on the points so that no damage is done to the bricks on the wall. You will need to pack these in your checked luggage for the flight.

      Do I need to bring a head torch?

      It is compulsory to bring one as you will be trekking early in the morning (Mt Sonder sunrise trek starts at approx. 3 am) and for navigation around the campsite at night as there is only limited solar lighting.

      What should I wear while trekking?

      It is important to make sure you are comfortable. Check the weather forecast before departure, as temperatures can be variable. The best tip for trekking clothing is to wear layers. You will need to bring warm clothes, including long pants, a good jumper, a windbreaker, a beanie, a scarf, gloves, and good woollen socks for summit day (Mt Sonder). You will be entirely exposed during the day, so a good hat and sunscreen are vital. Depending on the season, there can be many flies in the outback, so please consider taking a fly head net with you.

      Do I need to carry a full backpack on each trek?

      No, you will only be required to carry your day pack with items necessary for each section of the trail. Your main luggage will be kept in your tent at our permanent campsite.


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