Trek the Larapinta Trail

7 Days | Tackle the rugged landscape of one of Australia’s greatest multi-day walks

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Walking & trekking
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NZD $3,550
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The Larapinta Trail, arguably one of the best desert trails in the world, explores Tjoritja or the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Hike across snaking riverbanks, open desert plains and towering mountains on this seven-day trek. Cool off in bright green swimming holes, discover the Indigenous history of the area and hike across peaks scattered with diverse flora and fauna. Take in sights like Ormiston Gorge and ascend to the top of Mt Sonder. Take a moment to appreciate the vast red desert surrounds and weeping ghost gums and end the days camping under a blanket of stars.

Trip overview

Map of Trek The Larapinta Trail including Australia
Start
Alice Springs, Australia
Finish
Alice Springs, Australia
Theme
Walking & trekking
Destinations
Australia
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PJXL
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy views of the rugged and diverse mountain range while you walk across Serpentine Ridge and cap your experience with the summit of Mt Sonder.
  • Camp underneath the breathtaking Milky Way, far away from any light pollution. All meals are included on this trip.
  • Find respite from the Australian sun at one of the stunning swimming holes at Ormiston Gorge.
  • Hike the red slopes of the ranges and spot passing wallabies (maybe a cheeky emu if you’re lucky).
  • Deep dive into First Nations history and visit sacred sites like the Ochre Pits with your local leader, who takes care of all the details so you can concentrate on living the experience.

Is this trip right for you?
  • You’re in for a challenging walking trip and an excellent level of fitness is essential. You must be prepared to trek for multiple hours and up to 20km a day with little shade, climbing peaks and ridges over uneven and rocky terrain with a daypack carrying a minimum personal supply of 3 litres of water. The total distance walked on this trip exceeds 60km. We walk different sections of the Larapinta Trail each day, rather than the entire trail from start to finish.
  • When travelling in Central Australia temperatures can range from very high in the day, to below freezing at night. Please ensure you pack appropriate clothing, including sleepwear. Between June and August, when nighttime temperatures can drop below zero, we highly recommend bringing your own sleeping bag suitable to the conditions for a more comfortable sleep.
  • On this trip you will be camping under the stars. You will be expected to set up and take down tents at the start and end of the trip. Please bring your own sleeping bag, and remember that between June and August, nighttime temperatures can drop below zero, so we highly recommend bringing a sleeping bag suitable to the conditions for a more comfortable sleep.

Itinerary

Map of Trek The Larapinta Trail including Australia

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Walking

Accommodation

Camping (4 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

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Important notes

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
You’re in for a challenging walking trip and an excellent level of fitness is essential. You must be prepared to trek for multiple hours and up to 20km a day with little shade, climbing peaks and ridges over uneven and rocky terrain with a daypack carrying a minimum personal supply of 3 litres of water. The total distance walked on this trip exceeds 60km.

START & END TIMES
This trip starts at 6pm with a welcome meeting on day 1 at your hotel and finishes back in Alice Springs after breakfast on day 7. Please take this into consideration when booking arrival and onward travel.

ACCOMMODATION
For our camping nights, a tent and stretcher bed with a sleeping mat is provided. You will be expected to help set up and take down tents at the start and end of the trip. A sleeping bag is available to be pre-booked at an additional cost, or you can bring your own. Pillows, towels, and swags are not provided. Between June and August, nighttime temperatures can drop below zero, so we highly recommend bringing a sleeping bag suitable to the conditions for a more comfortable sleep. There is a shared toilet and shower block available at the campsite.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking.

SELF ASSESSMENT FORM
A Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip. Your booking agent will provide you with this form when you book to fill out before arrival.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

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4 out of 5 based on 1 reviews submitted.
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Clare · Traveled August 2023
Great guides - supported all members of group Great destination Tents and buses tired
Review submitted 29 Aug 2023
Trek the Larapinta Trail
From
NZD $3,550