Soak up the ethereal scenery of vast flood plains, razorback rocky outcrops and the glorious scale of this ancient land, walking the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges, led by your guides at Australian Walking Holidays.
On the Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort, you’ll enjoy comfortable facilities in splendid isolation, and experience true bush tucker. Reflect on the dynamic landscape with walks that are as achievable as they are satisfying. The Larapinta Trail will delight the wilderness lover and challenge the seasoned hiker.
Walking the Walk
Ideal for the more ambitious walker, the Larapinta Trail has some challenging stages, passing over remote ridges and canyons, walking up to 72km over six days.
Following in the footsteps of the land’s traditional owners, early explorers and modern adventurers, the stories of the Larapinta Trail will come to life each day. Carrying only your day pack, walk with guides into the wild surrounds of the Australian outback and be captivated by the Larapinta.
This desert walk is enhanced with comfortable, exclusive, semi-permanent wilderness campsites: Nick Murcutt’s Camp near Simpsons Gap, Charlie’s Camp near Serpentine Chalet and Camp Fearless nestled under Mt Sonder. These campsites come complete with hot showers, a large kitchen and a heated dining tent, exclusive to Australian Walking Holidays’ travellers on the Larapinta Trail. Permanently set up, you just arrive and relax. Your professional support crew take care of the details like dinner, while you enjoy the diverse desert scenery.
You’ll be sleeping in spacious safari-style tents with thick off-the-ground foam mattresses that allow you to stay connected to the outdoors, whilst maintaining your comfort levels. With large floor-to-ceiling windows and a deck at the front door, you can bring the outdoors in – sit back and relax while you enjoy the magnificent views of this area.
Your guides will prepare all the meals, using only the highest quality Australian produce, and will run the camp with small elements of guest participation to add to your hands-on experience.
Day 1: Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (with walk to camp optional side trip)
Begin at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, pass through witchetty bush and mulga scrub, over exposed hills and shady woodlands to Wallaby Gap. Camp in the exclusive semi permanent Nick Murcutt’s camp, nestled amongst the hills.
Day 2: Camp to Simpson’s Gap, plus Standley Chasm and lookout Walk
Follow the trail west through magnificent, shady Bloodwoods and tall Ironwoods to Simpson’s Gap. Visit Standley Chasm from a spectacular lookout before heading back to Nick Murcutt’s wilderness camp.
Day 3: Serpentine Gorge to Counts Point
A day of hiking over high ridgelines, through forests, and along dolomite limestones toward our exclusive Charlie’s Camp for a relaxing afternoom amongst the hills.
Day 4: Charlie’s campsite to the Ochre pits
Take in the quietness and the vibrant colour of the Aboriginal quarry at the Ochre Pits. Retire in the early afternoon at the Finke river or at Glen Helen Resort (depending on your preferred walk option).
Day 5: Mount Sonder
Take the sunrise walk up Mount Sonder. Relax with a drink in the afternoon, or even take an optional helicopter fight over the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Day 6: Ormiston Pound Walk
Enjoy extraordinary scenery and wildlife at Ormiston Pound, explore the upper reaches of the Gorge before heading back to Alice to relax, socialise, and reflect.
This graph loosely depicts the gradient of the track, providing you with some basic understanding of how challenging the walk will be. The graphs are useful in helping you decide which walk suits you best. Whatever your ability or fitness, there’s sure to be a walk that suits you in the Great Walks of Australia collection.
* Elevations are indicative only and are not to scale. Walkers should contact individual walk companies to better understand the terrain and difficulty of each walk.
Committed to the Environment
To reduce the impact of trekkers on the environment, the campsites on the Larapinta Trail have specially designed composting toilets to ensure that no waste enters the environment. Showers and washing are based on a low-water-use system. Biodegradable soaps and shampoo are provided to reduce impact, the small amount of grey water is filtered and treated to ensure there is no effect on the arid soils. Solar lighting systems provide sustainable and reliable light; hot water is heated in an outback style, ‘donkey’ water heater fired with gas.
All firewood is supplied from sustainable sources outside the National Park. All waste and rubbish is removed from the camps on a regular basis, and all food waste is composted. All bottles, cardboard and paper are recycled. Non-recyclable rubbish is disposed of in municipal waste.