Starting From AU$2,540.00
Starting From AU$2,540.00

Larapinta Trail

Trek along Western MacDonnell Ranges on Australia’s most quintessential outback trail

There’s no greater way to embrace Australia’s outback than to get under its skin along one of the country’s most epic treks; the Larapinta Trail. Hike along ancient escarpments with limitless moments that showcase the contrasts between the ochre-to-ruby red rock against the clear blue skies of Australia’s interior. Meanwhile your guides outline the nourishment that the Larapinta provides, as well Western Arrente Peoples way of life, their bushtucker and their stories to the region. While you certainly appreciate the vastness of the Red Centre you will also be surprised by the plant life and wild life that exists around you, that’s found amongst the ranges’ deep gorges, winding creeks and life-supporting water-holes.

Day 1 : Alice > Larapinta Trail > Ormiston Gorge
We start our adventure on Section 1 of the Larapinta Trail at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station just North of the main township. Originally called ‘Stuart’ before being renamed ‘Alice Springs’ by Charles Todd, the site was one of the many repeater stations that connected Adelaide and Darwin before more recent forms of communication across Australia and England were put in place. Traipse along tracks close by the old telegraph line through low-level and rocky country. Ascend treks along the crests and ridges to viewing areas that look-over the outback township of Alice Springs. The trail descends to Wallaby Gap, where you may capture a glimpse of the residing black-footed rock-wallabies. Your truck will transfer you to your Ormiston Gorge camp. Enjoy your ten thousand-star accommodation tonight in a swag. Special information: It’s very important that you are ready at 7 am in the hostel lobby for collection. See the joining point instructions in the Essential Trip Information for more details. Walking Distance: 14km - approximately 6 hours.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Larapinta Trail
Start the day with the Red Centre’s best kept secret; the Ormiston Gorge. Home to one of the most spectacular waterholes, with deep water and sheer red cliffs on either side, the gorge is a stunning location to stop and reflect. Larapinta Trail's section 10 carves its path through Ormiston to the oldest unchanged river system in the world, the Finke River. With its unique and endemic cabbage palms, the Western Arrernte named the river ‘Lhere Pinte’, which ofcourse forms the origins of the term we use to describe the trail today. We then make our way to our camp for the night to enjoy a tasty dinner and swap stories around the campfire. Special Information: Walking Distance: 10km - approximately 5 hours
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Larapinta Trail
Days 3 and 4 are a little tougher than the preceding days, but definitely more rewarding. The key feature on Section 11 are the outstanding views near the peak of Mt Sonder, some 1380 metres above sea-level. It’s an undulating 26 kilometres across spinifex-clad uplands, winding through the foothills towards the aspiring peak. We traverse the Davenport River then ascend to Hilltop Lookout, with a vantage point that provides picture-perfect vistas of the Sondor’s peak and its surrounds. Make your way down through acacia woodlands to sheltered Rocky Bar Gap. We then trek along the Southern flank of Mt Sonder to Redbank Creek. We spend both nights at either our Redbank or Glen Helen camp. Special Information: Walking Distance: 26km over two days
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Larapinta Trail
Refer day 3
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Larapinta Trail > Mt Sonder > Alice Springs
An early start to climb to the summit of the iconic Mt Sonder, which will result in the final section (S11) of the Larapinta Trail. The early start allows you to climb in the cool before the sun does its thing. Mount Sonder or ‘Rwetyepme’ in Western Arrernte culture referenced a pregnant woman condemned to her life watching the sky. The tough climb to the peak, provides instant gratification with its endless views in every direction of Australia’s outback. Offering views towards the Great Sandy Desert to the South, Gibson Desert to the West, Mount Zeil to the North and the Western MacDoneell Ranges to the West, the region which you have accomplished. Afterward, you’ll make your return to Alice Springs in the late afternoon, to reach the completion of your Larapinta Trail experience. Special Information: Walking Distance: 16km - approximately 6 hours. Arrival into Alice Springs will be in the late afternoon. Please consider this when booking onward travel.
Meals :Lunch

This trip starts at 7am at Alice Springs YHA with a pick up, and finishes back in Alice Springs in the late afternoon of day 5. Please take this into consideration when booking arrival and onward travel.