The 6 day trek will appeal to the active day pack walker willing to undertake moderate to challenging walking of between 5 to 8 hours each day, across uneven terrain with some ascents and descents.
For each day’s hike on this rugged world class track, you carry just a day pack. We create these trips to be an informative experience as well as a walk through the unique terrain, as we seek to share our knowledge of the place and provide all you need to have an active yet comfortable holiday. You walk with a guide for the day’s trek, with the support guide collecting and transferring you to camp each day, where you can relax while Trek Larapinta caters for your needs.
Being a small, boutique business, we remain keenly aware that we rely on the health of our environment. It sustains us and we, in turn, seek to sustain it. On the 6 day trek a beautiful private bushcamp in the Ormiston Gorge region is your home for 5 nights, offering comfortable accommodation in a secluded pristine natural setting. With spacious tents, covered kitchen and communal area, washing area, waterless composting toilets, campfires, and solar generated water heating, lighting and food refrigeration we know it’s a privilege for us to be here. We seek to tend our camps as best we can with minimal impact practices and share these ways with you.
Day 1 : Pick up Alice Springs, Simpsons Gap, walk Ormiston Pound and Gorge | 8kms
Day 2 : Trek section 8 Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam, including Counts Point | 15kms
Day 3 : Hike section 10 Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen/Finke River | 11kms
Day 4 : Explore the Ochre Pits, walk section 9 including Inarlanga Pass, Serpentine Chalet | 12-14kms
Day 5 : Summit Mt Sonder | 16kms
Day 6 : Ellery Creek, explore Standley Chasm, return to Alice Springs | 8-10kms
Travelling with us, you know you’re coming with a boutique business that specialises in the Larapinta Trail. The experience of being in this ancient landscape can be powerful and refreshing. By offering fully-supported camping and interpretive guiding, Trek Larapinta aims to facilitate this experience for you. All the organisation, transport, food preparation, camping and catering equipment and other logistics are taken care of for you, so you can connect with this landscape in a calm, relaxed way and get the most out of your holiday in this amazing part of Australia.
All camping equipment including sleeping bag, swag, pillow, bed linen and top of the range spacious tent.
All catering equipment.
5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
All delicious snacks on the trail.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
Transportation provided in commercially registered, expertly maintained tour vehicles.
All camping, traditional owner and national park fees.
Group first aid and emergency communication facilities.
Private wilderness eco-campsite.
2 Trek Larapinta professional wilderness guides.
Travelling with a culturally and environmentally responsible business.
Small group with a maximum of 8 participants.
Tours do not include pre or post trip airfares or accommodation.
Detailed maps of the Larapinta Trail are also available for purchase.
The 6 day trek requires a moderate to high level of bushwalking/walking and general fitness. As the Larapinta Trail becomes more popular the perception of its difficulty decreases. This however is not the case. The trail remains unrelentingly rocky and hard underfoot and weather extremes can be experienced at any time of the year, so the more prepared you are the more you will enjoy the experience.
Days vary between 5 and 8 hours of easy to moderate to challenging walking, depending on the section. The climb up and down Mt Sonder is a challenging 16km return with a 750m rise in elevation.
If you engage in about one hour of aerobic activity (this might include walking, cycling, swimming etc) three to four times a week during the three months prior to your trip, you should find yourself fit enough to enjoy your days’ activities. Longer walks on uneven bush tracks with your day pack, including some ascents/descents (if you can find them) will help you prepare your body for the full days on the trail.
I first visited the West MacDonnells in 2014. In May I finally returned with Trek Larapinta to spend 6 days in this outstanding area, walking and camping with a wonderful group of 8 people and our 2 fantastic guides Morgan and Will. Trek Larapinta is an excellent company to walk with, their commendable commitment to treat the environment with great respect was well borne out during our visit. Their small group size really goes help to create a wonderful group dynamic. I joined the group as a solo visitor but left feeling I was parting from some great friends. The walking was amazing, you need to have a good level of fitness but you don’t need to be super human! Morgan and Will kept us well fed with their great culinary skills, the occasional musical interludes were spot on too! I would highly recommend Trek Larapinta.
We have just returned from a sensational 6 day walk led by the wonderful Trek Larapinta guides - Sharna, Kate and Zoe. We loved every minute of this hot, rocky, challenging walk. The scenery is spectacular, just like walking through an Albert Namajera painting. The guides kept us well informed about the geology, flora and fauna of the area, as well as the indigenous history of the country. We particularly enjoyed the welcome to country offered by Dee, a local indigenous woman, who reminded us to use all our senses to fully experience the beauty of the West McDonald ranges. Each day after walking we stopped off for a swim in one of the local gorges or rivers, and then travelled back to the beautiful campsite. There we enjoyed fabulous meals, including 3 course dinners and lavish buffet breakfasts, laughs around the campfire and sleeping under the stars in the most comfortable swags. Everything about this walk was outstanding. As Kate, Sharna and Zoe drove us back to Alice Springs on the last afternoon, we were already planning our next walk with Trek Tours Australia and we haven't stopped raving about this memorable holiday ever since.
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!
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