Larapinta Experience In Comfort

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Enjoy a selection of the best walks along the Larapinta while staying at our comfortable semi-permanent camps

Details

Duration: 3 Days
Starts in: Australia
Group Size: 8-16

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Telegraph Station to Wallaby, visit Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm Loop Walk (approx. 7km)

Your Larapinta Experience begins at Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the iconic Larapinta Trail. The historic stone buildings here date back to 1872 and housed the first Europeans to live in Central Australia. After a short introduction and trip briefing we get back on the bus for a short transfer to the beginning of our walk. This morning's walk from Ghan to Wallaby Gap, weaves into the heart of the West Macdonnell National Park, giving us a feeling for trekking toward the desert ranges. A short transfer brings us to Simpsons Gap, one of the most important waterholes of this region and a likely place to spot the rare Black-footed Rock-Wallaby. In the afternoon we visit Standley Chasm, a private reserve still run by the Traditional Owners. Here we will do a short loop walk. In the late afternoon we transfer to Nick's Camp, our exclusive set-up nestled in bushland near Honeymoon Gap. Walking Time: up to 5 hours

Serpentine Chalet Dam to Ochre Pits (8km)

Today’s walk takes us to breathtaking Inarlanga (Echidna) Pass. We spend some time in the magnificent pass to enjoy the peace and marvel at the ancient cycad palms. From here we trek south-west to an original ochre quarry, a sacred Aboriginal site. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes for stunning photos. On our way to camp in the afternoon we will stop off at Glen Helen Homestead Outback Resort. Here there is the opportunity to visit Glen Helen Gorge, have a swim in the historic Finke River (estimated to be the oldest river in the world) or relax in the cafe/bar. Afterwards we transfer west to one of our exclusive Camps. Sonder Camp is located in the foothills and offers spectacular views of the mountain it is named after – Mount Sonder.Walking Time: 4-5 hours

The Ormiston Pound Walk (7km), return to Alice Springs

This morning we enjoy the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and wildlife and is the perfect walk to complete our journey. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where Rock Wallabies sometimes scamper about the imposing cliffs, and follow the track through scrub filled with native birds: Spinifex Pigeon, Budgerigar and Mistletoe Bird. Keep an eye out overhead for the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia’s largest raptor. After lunch we board the bus and transfer to Alice Springs. Sitting back and watching the now familiar ancient desert landscape slide by the bus window gives most trekkers a sense of awe and satisfaction. Congratulations on all you have achieved over the last three days! We will drop you to your accommodation at approximately 4-5pm.Walking Time: 4 hours

Additional Information

Create memories to last a lifetime as you cross the Red Centre's wild and untamed landscapes on this highlights packed short walking tour. Over three days you will enjoy the perfect introduction to walking in the outback with a selection of day walks along our favourite sections of the Larapinta Trail. Winding along high exposed ridge lines and through deep, sheltered gorges, this gentle introduction to desert walking traverses one of the world's most evocative and ancient landscapes. Each evening you stay at Nick's Camp, one of our comfortable and stylish semi-permanent wilderness campsites which come complete with hot showers, dining tent and raised individual beds – exclusive to our travellers. Our support vehicle transfers all your luggage and camping equipment, leaving you only to carry a day pack while out walking and exploring for the day. Your professional guides are passionate about providing you with the most unforgettable food, stories, and experiences. If you are short on time or new to walking holidays, there is no better short experience on the Larapinta Trail.

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