Just a brief message to let you know what a totally amazing 3 day trek we experienced 10 days ago! My friend and I loved every minute of it – the landscape speaks for itself, but your guides and the services provided were perfect, accolades to Rob, Declan and the gorgeous Ella for allowing the group to gel and share the experience at their own pace, they were informative in a very relaxed way, highlight the sunrise on Mt Sonder, unforgettable
I would like to exprees my appreciation for the great 3 day walk organised and guided by Ella, Rob and Declan. They were very professional and patient with our slow walking pace. The food was fantastic and they created a great atmospphere in the group. Thank you
Just returned from our 3 day Larapinta Trek with Holger as our guide . This trek exceeded all of our expectations and was an amazing experience . Holger spoiled us with his amazing food and cooking , in addition to his knowledge and support theoughout every day . The amenities were all fantastic , clean and quite luxurious ! Everything had been considered for our needs and we could not recommend Holger and Trek Larapinta highly enough . We think we are ready for a longer adventure now thanks to Holger !
Trek Larapinta -- A Magnificent & Magical 6-Day Trek Spending six days exploring the McDonnell Ranges with Trek Larapinta has been the highlight of our year and an adventure that we will always remember. We heard about Trek Larapinta through Australian friends who raved about their 9-day trek in June of 2016. A booking was still available for the last 6-day trek scheduled for the season, in September. It was a fabulous time to hike the Larapinta Trail--the weather was mild (only two afternoons of 30+ heat), the desert floor was in bloom, and night sky was a carpet of stars. Our guides Kia and Dan were terrific--thoughtful, informative, companionable, and wonderful cooks. Now in our 50s and 60s, neither of us had experience in the Australian outback, and only one of us had wilderness experience (in the US and Canada). Whether we were facing the rigors of a steep ridge, or helping out with the daily routines of base camp, Kia and Dan made us feel comfortable and confident throughout. They were always attentive to the details of each day's trek, staying on plan even as they they encouraged all of us in our group to explore, to ask questions, or to linger quietly in the beautiful sweep and color of the McDonnells. Every day brought something that would astonish the eye or spirit, and our hike up Mount Sonder in the cool of night rewarded us at dawn with an incredible display of light and shadow across the ridges and desert reaches below. We already are thinking about taking another adventure with Trek Tours Australia in the next few years! Kia, Dan, and Trek Larapinta.....THANK YOU!
I'm still amazed that I could celebrate my 65th birthday, watching the sunrise from Mt Sonder, complete with musical accompaniment and a birthday scone cake. Thanks Trek Larapinta for offering this wonderful way to see this amazing landscape. Your two highly competent and companionable guides, Jo and Ben, cooked wonderful meals and looked after us very well both in camp and on the trail. The campsite was comfortable and the program a great way to see and experience a small part of this ancient and very beautiful landscape. If you want to experience Central Australia, in particular the West MacDonnell Ranges with its hidden delights, I could think of no better way to do it, but It does take some preparation re personal fitness and appropriate gear, and it is not for the faint hearted. It is well worth the effort, especially knowing how well supported we were with Trek Larapinta/Trek Australia.
Our guided 6 day trek exceeded all expectations! There was endless amazing scenery, knowledgeable & fun guides, delicious gourmet meals, comfortable but natural campsite & the walking was the just the right level of challenge.
We had the best time on our six day Larapinta trek. Kate, Justin and Alisha were awesome guides - very welcoming and accommodating. The trek far exceeded our expectations including the amazing five star catering, the choice and variety of treks, the eco friendly campsite. We were a group of mums and I highly recommend this tour and the amazing experience we had. Thanks guys
Just returned from 6 day Larapinta walk. Fantastic experience. Every day was seemlessly planned by your cheery crew of Annie, Jo and Lish. Of course we loved the environment, scenery etc but this message is about the your staff. Knowledgeable , organised, fun and great cooks. Will be recommending it to others. Cheers, Tim
Last week I completed a trek with your company organised by Yoga Teacher Jacqui Guiliano. I wanted to email to acknowledge that I cannot speak highly enough of your staff and of the whole experience. Jo, Jacob and Joel were absolutely amazing. They are remarkable young adults with fantastic interpersonal skills, knowledge, and caring The food was also amazing – boy they can cook! Finally, I really appreciated the ethos of Trek Larapinta. The campsite was so ‘Green’ – it is so re-assuring to see how much thought went in to respecting the environment and into recycling. I would highly recommend your company. Thank you, the week far exceeded my expectations!
We did the trail with Trek Larapinta and can not say one bad thing about it - the walk, our guides, the whole Trek Larapinta organisation and set up. To anyone looking for a company to go with, these guys are the one. Kate, Kia and Benni were a brilliant mix of experience, knowledge and fun and of course the West Macs are amazing. 3am up Mt Sonder more than worth it even with the cold and the downhill! If looking to go on a guided tour anywhere in Australia, we will definitely be lchecking the Trek Tours Australia website first. Thanks for a great week! P.S. Cameron says "your welcome" Anne!
Doing the 6 day trek with Trek Larapinta has been one of the highlights of my life. From the minute we were collected from our hotel until the day we were returned our wonderful guides were fantastic. Jo,Stella and Ash were positive , helpful and a real joy to be around. Nothing was ever too much and if we were lagging behind they would cheerfully wait for us without making us feel we were letting the team down. If you want to do this trek it is important to train before hand. Especially on rocky surfaces and up hills. The more thoroughly you train the more you will enjoy it. We thought we had prepared well but definitely could have been more prepared. I couldn't recommend Trek Larapinta more highly. Take the risk. I have never done anything like it and now I am hooked!
I have just completed the 6 day trek with Trek Larapinta and have enjoyed stunning scenery, great food, comfortable accommodation and great company. An all-round excellent holiday capably guided by Kate, Kenna and Alisha. Thanks guys for your knowledge and expertise.
Just finished the 6 day tour with trek tours and it was fantastic! Organisation, food, information, accommodation was all fantastic. Particularly enjoyed the expertise that Kenner, lish and Kate brought to the tour - geology, biology, history , everything . Dee's introduction to the indigenous perspective was a highlight as was the nighttime ascent of Mount Sonder. Can't rate highly enough.
I just returned last night from the 9 day trek of the Larapinta Trail with Trek Larapinta. I rarely provide testimonials but this trek was just so good I wanted to send a note immediately I returned. First of all, the guides: Joel and Jacob were a formidable pair. Nothing was too much trouble. They did everything they said they would do and more. They looked after all of our needs from start to finish. They have very likeable and easy-going personalities. From their detailed knowledge of the trail itself, their in-depth understanding of the local flora and fauna, their focus on safety, their cooking flair to their expert walking advice and indigenous sensitivity - they were brilliant ambassadors for your company. You are lucky to have such excellent employees. We were a demanding and experienced group but that neither intimidated nor bothered Joel or Jacob. They took everything in their stride. They delivered on the promises set out on your website. That is pretty rare in today's world. Second, the food. Excellent. No complaints whatsoever. There was nothing wrong with any of the portions, the quality was superb (great meats, dips and fresh fruit and vegetables) and the variety was surprising. It really amazed me that the guides could conjure up some of the dishes in the remote bush. Really impressive. We have asked for copies of some of the recipes. Hard to think some of them would be hard enough to prepare in a city kitchen let alone in a remote camp. Third, the facilities. The camps were of high quality. The tents were excellent, the bedding good. The bar and shaded area and camp seats were fantastic. The dunny (important) and sheltered bucket washing area also a really nice touch. Again, the facilities were a real surprise and the book library and fridge at Pioneer camp provided welcome additional facilities. Finally, the treks themselves. Really good use of some of the best the Larapinta Trail offers. I really liked the small size of the group. Made it all more personal. In summary, a really impressive trek with all boxes ticked. I would highly recommend the 9 day trek for experienced and fit walkers. I would highly recommend Trek Larapinta.
Elise and I have just finished the 9 day larapinta trek and absolutely loved it! We had such a ball and loved every minute. What added to our amazing experience were our guides, Stella and Eve. They were so professional, knowledgeable and made sure we were always comfortable and catered for. Nothing was too much trouble, and their passion for that part of the world definitely showed. Thanks again and looking forward to another trek or two with your brilliant company in the future! Regards, Alison and Elise.
I have just enjoyed the 9 Day Trek Larapinta Tour with three most amazing guides - Rob, Jo and Ella - informed, enthusiastic, entertaining and highly skilled. The format of the tour with excellent campsites, menus, variety of hikes, swimming holes and settings was the perfect formula. There were challenging days which made the experience all the more satisfying. Thank you for a most memorable trip. A stunning desert experience. Meg Smith
We recently completed the nine day program with Trek Larapinta. We found it an excellent selection of the trail, covering all of the highlights: whilst challenging at times, it was always enjoyable, especially as we experienced picture perfect weather. Trek Larapinta is a very well organised company: great eco-camp sites, amazing food from the camp oven and super fun staff. Rob, Jo and Ella made our 9 days an experience to remember - their knowledge of the geology, flora and culture of the region was supplemented by their cooking and fire-side humour! Dee (Cultural Connections) provided an excellent evening by the fire informing and educating us in the aboriginal culture in a very positive environment. Thanks - highly recommended!
We did the nine day trip with Trek Larapinta with guides Ben and Jo . As the oldest (66) and the slowest of the group of eight I started walk with some apprension . But both Ben and Jo skillfully kept us walking at our own pace without letting the group stretch out too far . Walks varied each day , some reasonably easy others more challenging. Ben and Jo would go through the next days walk every afternoon so that we all knew what to expect , no surprises .They adjusted the itinerary as much as possible so that we had a watering hole swim at least every second day .The main camp at the confluence of the Pioneer and Ormiston Rivers was like something out of a Namitjira watercolor . Tents and beds were very comfortable and the outback bathroom was fine . Ben and Jo are outstanding cooks , every night a new delight , most nights a sweet . On our last night Jo made a pudding just off the top of her head , it was stunning . No hesitation in recommending Trek Larapinta
A friend and I recently completed the fully supported nine day Trek Larapinta walk. Nothing but praise for the experience, organisation, and food provided on this activity. Each day's walk was well planned, and not only a physical challenge but an educational experience as well, due to the knowledge of our guides about the geology, flora, fauna and history of the area. Accommodation in fixed camps was better than anticipated, with swags and sleeping bags on stretchers in tents. The meals were truly a treat, with tasty, wholesome and healthy meals served each night, and healthy lunches provided for each day's walk. We certainly didn't go hungry! Our guides, Stella and Eve, were magnificent, and obviously have a passion for their roles. A perfect way to experience the beauty of the desert physical environment, and challenge one's own physicality.
Not a trek - a journey After the trek with Trek Larapinta (June 2016), I thought "I could do this again" and considered just booking for the next year. I thought that I would let the immediate thrill settle before writing a review to see whether to tendency to hyperbole would settle - it hasn't. We, 50 something and 60 (reasonably but not especially fit) did the end-to-end walk. Of course there was the initial trepidation of could we do it but yes, demanding as it was in sections, we could keep with the diverse group and the expected times for the sections. Enough about us. The trail: beautiful, spectacular, special, amazing (I hate the word awesome), and more. You can read reviews, see the pictures, but nothing really prepares you for the experience: a trek that becomes a journey, a journey creating a memory that will last a lifetime. And still, after 9 months and some other travel, we are thinking of returning, possibly and probably more than once. As said, you can read the reviews but ... To Trek Larapinta: well, we read the reviews, spoke to a friend, went with them and will travel with them again, albeit probably next under one of their other labels in Tasmania. Our guides (and friends) for 16 days, Rob and Ben, two quite different people who worked together to ensure that every part of our journey was more than whatever we might have hoped or dreamt; whether it was aspects of the trek, time alone or time together, the meals, the sense of quiet camaraderie amongst the group of 8 travellers, the mundane but critically important logistics, the stories and the jokes, and the insights, and more. Thank you.
I recently completed the End to End Larapinta Trek (13 May 2017 departure) and would like to thank the guides, Ben & Stella, for their wonderful, entertaining and caring company, they made sure the walk went smoothly by keeping our group of 8 well feed, nurtured (dressing blistered feet) and informed. They were both incredibly interested in the area and happy to impart their combined knowledge of the geology, Aboriginal history, flora and fauna. They were both extremely environmentally conscious and genuinely interested in the wellbeing of the participants. Trek Larapinta strives to leave as little physical 'footprint' on the wilderness areas while providing a first class walking experience. The majority of the campsites provided tranquillity and solitude and were, when possible, away from others. I feel confident in recommending Trek Tours to anyone interested in walking tours. The Larapinta was one of the hardest walks I have done because of the tough, rocky terrain but I enjoyed every day because of the spectacular scenery and views, the personal challenge and for the privilege to experience such a beautiful ancient land in the company of others who appreciated the landscape and the fragility of the area. Long may it continue.
It's less than a week since I've come home from my guided walk with Trek Larapinta on the Larapinta Trail which heads westwards out of Alice Springs and culminates in a climb to the top of Mount Sonder to watch the sunrise. The trip exceeded my expectations, mainly because of the way our guides, Dan and Stella, helped our little band of eight strangers enjoy the walk through some of the most stunning country I've experienced. Their professionalism, their knowledge of the country, their cooking, their sense of humour and their ability to help mould us into a cohesive (if occasionally rowdy) group have made this 16 days, for me, a truly memorable experience. The Larapinta Trail follows the MacDonnell Ranges, along sharp ridgetops, through deep gorges, across wide open valleys. The texture of the landscape is remarkable, the colours of the rocks are earthy and varied, and the satisfaction of being able to undertake a long walk in such good company is immense. Every time we came into camp from a walk we were greeted with a smile and a bowl of sliced watermelon. We slept under the stars (and a full moon) and were very well fed by Dan and Stella who made the tastiest dishes on the gas stove or the heavy cast-iron camp ovens in the coals of the fire. Because the walk was supported by a four-wheel drive, our packs were light and we only needed to carry water, some extra clothing layers, and personal items such sunscreen and camera. Here's a little story of the professionalism and generosity of this company. One night, as we circled the campfire at the Finke River we saw a two-wheel drive vehicle get bogged a hundred metres or so from us. Dan simply said, "Looks like they could do with a bit of help," and trundled on down in the Troopy to tow him out. No fuss, no bother--just a willingness to help. I'd thoroughly recommend Trek Larapinta and the immersive experience on the 16-day end-to-ender. Arthur
We have done the guided 16 day end to end Larapinta Trail with Trek Larapinta. It was a fantastic tour with a small group of only 8 people and our 2 experienced guides Joel and Kenna. The landscape was amazing. Rock hopping through creek beds, walking along scenic mountain ridges, swimming in water holes, sitting at campfire, sleeping in swags under the stars. We only had to carry our small day pack. The meals were freshly prepared and very delicious. An unforgettable outback experience! We highly recommend the tour with Trek Larapinta! Don't miss it!
Incredible 16 day end to end Larapinta Trail with Trek Larapinta What a fabulous time my brother and I have had trekking the Larapinta Trail with Trek Larapinta. Our group of 8 were looked after by our 2 multi talented guides Kenna and Joel who tended to our sore feet, cooked us delicious meals, told us jokes around the campfire and helped us get to the end of the tough days. Nothing was too much trouble for them and we really appreciated all the help and care they gave us. Joel's laugh was infectious and I'm sure Kenna's "ex tractor fan" joke will be told over and over. This is a very special part of the world and we feel privileged to have been able to experience walking in this spectacular landscape, sleeping under the stars in our swags and spending 16 days with a lovely group of like minded people who all got along so well. The weather was perfect in late April, early May and the best time to do this walk. Not too cold at night or for a dip in the waterholes and a good temperature for walking. I would recommend Trek Tours (Trek Larapinta) to anyone wanting to walk the Larapinta Trail. It has been an amazing experience and should be on every walker's bucket list. Wendy.
I had such a wonderful time doing the Trek Larapinta 16day end to end in 2016 that I just had to do it all again in 2017. Scenery was just as stunning this time, particularly the high points of Brinkley Bluff, Razorback Ridge, Counts Point, Mt Giles Lookout, Hilltop Lookout and of course Mt Sonder. What really made it exceptional was the great leadership of Josh and Hayley. Their quiet enthusiasm weaved its way magically thru the whole with journey with their comprehensive knowledge of the natural environment, fantastic cooking, damned hard work when we were out walking, and great companionship. Any leader could look after a group when all goes well, but in both treks there were some health/injury issues of the walkers to deal with and the Trek Larapinta leaders handled these difficult situations with excellent professionalism. A true test of a well run company. Trek Larapinta also demonstrates a very high level of environmental ethics. Programming of the days was very good as it included two shortish days at the start, a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park (not to be missed), a pre-dawn walk up Mt Sonder, and the beautiful Ormiston Pound walk to finish with. Definitely worth spending the 16 days on.
Just finished the 16 day end to end Larapinta Trail with Trek Larapinta. It was a great experience. Sleeping in swags under the awesome stars, days that challenge you physically and mentally, amazing food, incredible views and great company in a small group of 8 with two guides. I ended up with a much better appreciation of the environment of the red centre, enhanced by the fact that you are literally on the ground - close up and personal every day. For me the guides, Kat and Kate were a highlight in themselves. What amazingly knowledgable, capable and positive people they are. Their attitude and skills made the challenge achievable. They looked after everything from advice, guiding, educating, cooking, logistics, psychology - I envy their energy levels!! This is not a walk you would take on without prior experience of walking. The terrain is relentlessly rocky and sometimes steep. However, the rewards are worth the effort for sure and doing the walk with the support provided by Trek Larapinta is certainly the way to go if you are not a very experienced hiker.
Just got back from the Trek Larapinta end to end and I am ready to walk with these guys again. It was a truly amazing trip. The guides are informed, fun, open, hilarious and inspiring people. The track is incredibly changing and beautiful. Each day was a delight with our guides celebrating the small and great things along the way, from tiny plants to crooning with the dingoes. The food and campsites were spectacular and the sea of stars at night and total silence a gift. We passed a number of solo and small group independent walkers, many of whom commented that they would have prefered to be walking with our guides and group. A couple of independents stopped their walk after realising their pack weight from water etc was too much. If you are wanting to undertake this walk safely without the pack weight and in a small group, then Trek Larapinta is by far the best option! It is also worth noting that Trek Larapinta has an outstanding record for care and protection of the natural environment and I was really impressed with their level of commitment to sustainability and to supporting other local businesses. I would do this walk again tomorrow with this crew if I had the chance and I will certainly be doing other walks with this company in the future.
We are writing to express how thrilled we both were to have chosen Trek Larapinta to guide us through the Western MacDonnell Ranges. The walk was beyond our wildest expectations- we adored every minute of it night and day, and would have happily turned around and walked back to Alice Springs the next day after climbing Mt Sonder. There are so many aspects to rave about apart from the stunning scenery and walk and I will try to do it all justice. Joel and Brad were exceptional guides. The daily organisation by them was masterful and effortless. All the equipment and gear was excellent quality. The food and standard of cooking were amazing- so fresh and energising every day. We congratulate you on the running of your company and we will certainly be walking with you again- a class act.
A trek to remember My sister & I completed trek larapinta's super 6 trek in August last year and have not stopped raving about it since we got back. It will be a stand out hike for many years to come. In my opinion, a guided hike is the only way to experience a really enjoyable as well as challenging hiking holiday. Trek Larapinta were fabulous. Everything was taken care of. The food was yummy & plentiful. Our 2 guides were young but very knowledgeable and experienced. They provided good information about the local area, the indigenous heritage & were fun & friendly. I especially liked the way they also provided good education about hydration (important with the hot weather we experienced) & blister management that made for an issues free trip. I would highly recommend this company. The outback experience & terrain was truly magnificent. Every day we were surrounded by brilliant blue sky, rich red rock, and the stunning colours of wild flowers in bloom. Every night we looked up to a sky lit up by thousands of stars. This was a hard hike & not for those who don't have a high level of fitness. Fortunately our group did & it was a group that clicked well. The new friendships & commraderie added to the trip, making a once in a lifetime adventure. I wish I turn back time and do it all again. Thank you Trek Larapinta for making it so special.
We have just completed the Super 6 Day Larapinta Trek with Trek Larapinta and it exceeded all expectations! We expected beautiful scenery, but weren't quite prepared for the scale and just how breathtaking the West Macdonnell Ranges actually are! The trek turned out to be about much more than the scenery. Our guides, Kate and Rob, are experts and an asset to Trek Larapinta. They are very knowledgeable about the geology, flora and fauna of the area and their enthusiasm for sharing the Larapinta with others was inspiring. An added bonus was their superb cooking skills. The fresh, wholesome and extremely yummy food was much appreciated! There were many other highlights; from our fellow trekkers who became firm friends, campfire chats, sleeping under the stars in a swag, very refreshing swims in Birthday Waterhole and the Finke River, to challenging but enjoyable walking. Loved the rock hopping in the gorges! The NT Parks trail builders who constructed all the rock stairs on the slopes are to be commended. We have no hesitation in recommending Trek Larapinta and hope we can join another Trek Australia tour soon!
We ate like Kings, slept like Queens and walked across the most beautiful country. Thank you Kate and Kenna for a brilliant 'Super 6 Day Trek' through the stunning Larapinta trail, it was epic!!
Having completed our trek on Friday I am now in the reflection stage! EVERY aspect far surpassed my expectations and I can hardly wait to use this same tour company again. The scenery was magnificent, the degree of difficulty was challenging and our guides, Sean and Wazza....well, second to none. It has all been said before in many reviews but this is a tour waiting for fit, enthusiastic walkers to experience. Congratulations must also go to Parks NT and especially to the Tasmanian track team who have made many parts of the Larapinta far easier to traverse. Love those solid steps! Sincere thanks to Trek Larapinta ; I will be singing your praise for a very long time.
My partner and I recently did the Super 6 tour through Trek Larapinta. Our guides were Jacob & Ben and they were awesome! We had a lovely small group, hiked some of the best sections of the Larapinta, ate incredibly well and slept so comfortably. Having previously done some sections of the Larapinta independently, we decided to book a tour as a bit of a treat and also gain the confidence to tackle some of the harder sections. Jacob was such a great guide - patient, informative and personable. We felt safe at all times. Ben is a wonder chef!! His camp oven meals are better than what you eat in most restaurants! On top of this, we were woken each morning to the boys playing violin and guitar. Waking up in a swag, in a river bed, in the West Macs listening to beautiful live music is just ridiculously good. This was a once in a lifetime experience for us. The expense of the trip was a really big factor in our decision to do it and we nearly did not book it. We're so glad we did, it was worth every cent!
I just participated in the most exciting trek experience of my life! Trek Larapinta have just added a new package called "The Super Six." As the first group participating on this expedition we expected a few kinks along the way. However we were pleasantly surprised when tour guides Ben, Kate and Shaun picked us up from the hotel and immediately made us felt welcomed and well looked after. Unlike the other 6 day option, the super six includes the 6 most difficult sections of the Larapinta trail. While the walk is very challenging, it provides stunning landscapes, geology, plants and wildlife. The guides have expert knowledge in all these areas and provide great commentary along the trail. We camped at private camp sites along the trail under the stars and full moon in comfortable swags. Both Ben and Kate cooked amazing meals in camp ovens including cannelloni, risotto, kangaroo and curries (not to mention the top notch desserts that followed). I would recommend Trek Larapinta to anyone wanting to experience the best of the red centre.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the trek to Mt Giles with Josh and Ben a few weeks ago. They were amazing even when I didn't start very well on the first day! Everything was up to your usual high standard and I am always amazed at the food that comes out of their packs. Check out Kristine's review of her Mt Giles expedition at Mt Giles Expedition