Admire the Red Centre from a perspective like no other – from the ridges of the majestic West MacDonnell Ranges on the Larapinta Trail.
Watching the desert emerge from beneath a blanket of darkness as the rising sun creeps above the horizon, bathing the landscape in a soft golden light, is one of the outback’s most memorable experiences. It’s even more unforgettable when viewed from the summit of one the Northern Territory’s highest peaks, Mt Sonder.
To get to the top before first light had meant rolling out of our swags at a rather ungodly 2am, and a long haul in the dark, the track illuminated only by the light of a head torch. But some things are worth an early start.
Climbing a mountain in the dark is just one of many extraordinary moments on the Larapinta Trail. One of the world’s great long-distance hikes, the 223-kilometre trail snakes along the backbone of the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges (aka the West Macs), and is an adventure like no other.