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Trek Larapinta

Established in 1998, Trek Larapinta (TL) is a boutique trekking operator, that specialises in facilitating guided walking tours on the Larapinta Trail.

As a small operator, TL can focus on quality and sustainability, maintain strong local knowledge of the landscape and build deep connections within our community. We guide walking tours for small groups of between 8 and 10 trekkers - the smallest group size on the Larapinta Trail. The company offers volunteer programs on the Larapinta Trail, supports Indigenous enterprises and practices environmentally responsible travel.

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    • ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia
    • Quality Tourism Accreditation
  • Tours

    16 Day End to End Larapinta Trek

    It crosses a variety of terrain, from high ridgelines to sheltered gorges. It’s a special place for us, and it’s a privilege to live, walk and share the experience with you.

    Our new look Larapinta Trail End to End trek is now a 16 day wilderness adventure. Our itinerary has been designed so we can walk the entire length of the Larapinta Trail.

    You will only have to carry the things you need for the day in your small day pack and have your two experienced guides take care of all the camp logistics. Our freshly prepared meals are a highlight of the trek, your guides will surprise and delight you with their culinary skills. We select our guides for their unparalleled knowledge of the Larapinta Trail and ability to work together with you to showcase this spectacular wilderness walking trail, in a safe and supportive environment.

    3 Day Larapinta Trail Experience

    The highlight of the trek sees us summit magnificent Mount Sonder for sunrise.

    Itinerary Summary

    • Day 1 : Pick up Alice Springs, walk Ormiston Pound/Gorge, visit Glen Helen.
    • Day 2 : Walk section 8 including Counts Point.
    • Day 3 : Summit Mt Sonder, explore Standley Chasm, return Alice Springs.

    5 Day Mt Giles Explorer Trek: guided hike up a desert peak

    You are accompanied by two experienced Trek Larapinta Guides who lead this adventure and ensure safe travel, as most of this walk is through untracked terrain.

    Mt Giles rises up out of the Chewings Range and is the third highest peak in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. At 1389m above sea level, this desert peak ceates an awesome backdrop to an already beautiful range system. It towers above the eastern end of Ormiston Pound and delivers impressive views to all those who venture to climb the mountain's summit.

    It includes setting up base camp, going on an exploratory walk, hiking off trail up this mountain, entering the beautiful Ormiston Pound through an uncommon entrance, wandering through the stunning gorge and visiting its waterhole.

    It's for all those who want to venture further into the stunning living desert of Central Australia

    6 Day Larapinta Trek: highlights from the Larapinta Trail

    These are spectacular and varied hikes, taking you through some of the best examples of the West MacDonnell's vegetation, its gorges and views.

    On each section, you are rewarded with views of Mt Sonder. It slips in and out of sight, getting closer all the time, until the final section: a hike up her slopes, to the highest point on the Larapinta Trail.

    • Day 1 : Pick up Alice Springs, Simpsons Gap, walk Ormiston Pound and Gorge.
    • Day 2 : Trek section 8 Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam, including Counts Point.
    • Day 3 : Hike section 10 Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen/Finke River.
    • Day 4 : Explore the Ochre Pits, walk section 9 including Inarlanga Pass, Serpentine Chalet.
    • Day 5 : Summit Mt Sonder.
    • Day 6 : Explore Ormiston Gorge region, Serpentine Gorge, Ellery Creek, Standley Chasm, return to Alice Springs.

    9 Day Larapinta Trek: a journey towards Mt Sonder

    Starting in Alice Springs, we hike along scenic ridges, gorges and mountain peaks, including the glorious Mt Sonder, the highest point on the Trail.

    Carrying only a day pack as you walk, you'll trek through Wallaby Gap; the Serpentine, Ormiston and Redbank Gorges; Finke River; Rocky Bar Gap and more.

    • Day 1 : Pick up Alice Springs, walk section 3 and Standley Chasm.
    • Day 2 : Hike section 4 from Standley Chasm to Brinkley Bluff.
    • Day 3 : Hike section 7 from Ellery Creek to Serpentine Gorge.
    • Day 4 : Trek section 8 Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam, including Counts Point.
    • Day 5 : Explore the Ochre Pits, walk section 9 including Inarlanga Pass.
    • Day 6 : Walk Ormiston Pound and Gorge.
    • Day 7 : Walk section 10 Ormiston Gorge to Finke River.
    • Day 8 : Summit Mt Sonder (section 12).
    • Day 9 : Explore Ormiston Gorge region, Glen Helen, Simpsons Gap, return to Alice Springs.

    Super 6 Day: the Larapinta Trail challenge

    This is not a trek for the faint hearted or inexperienced as each days walk is rated as either hard or very hard by NT Parks and Wildlife. The rewards for taking on this challenging trek are immense, with all of the most spectacular views of the Larapinta Trail on offer.

    • Day 1 : Pick up Alice Springs, walk section 3 Jay Creek to Standley Chasm.
    • Day 2 : Walk section 4 Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole.
    • Day 3 : Hike section 5 Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge.
    • Day 4 : Trek section 8 Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam, including Counts Point.
    • Day 5 : Walk section 9 Serpentine Chalet Dam to Ormiston Gorge.
    • Day 6 : Summit Mt Sonder (section 12), return to Alice Springs.

    This tour is designed so that days vary between 6 and 12 hours of challenging to very challenging bushwalking, it is essential to be very well prepared physically and mentally to take on this trek

    Trek Larapinta Volunteer Project - Larapinta Trail maintenance

    We welcome enquires from individuals, schools, groups and organisations

    These projects will be conducted in conjunction with Parks and Wildlife and other land management organisations. You will work closely with the land managers and be provided with an opportunity to have a unique experience within some of these protected areas.

    Many people who have travelled through Central Australia or walked the Larapinta Trail have expressed a desire to return and experience it in a new and often giving way. Whether this is your first time or you've been before, active participation in one of these projects is sure to be a memorable and rewarding way to experience this land.

    Price: The cost of the trip covers expenses with a donation made to the Friends of the Larapinta Trail. To date Trek Larapinta has donated over $3,000 to the Friends of the Larpainta Trail, with these funds being used to purchase trail maintenance equipment, refreshments for volunteers at working bees and the funding of public liability insurance for the association.

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