The 9 day trek will appeal to the active day pack walker that has the extra time to explore some of the more challenging and spectacular parts of the Larapinta Trail, in addition to what is experienced on the 6 day trek. The trek involves moderate to challenging walking of between 5 to 8 hours each day, across uneven terrain with some steep 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 9 day trek two beautiful private eco-bushcamps are your home for the trek – the first two nights are spent near Standley Chasm, and on day 3 you move to our camp in the Ormiston Gorge region. Both camps offer comfortable accommodation in secluded pristine natural settings 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, explore section 3 and Standley Chasm | 8-10kms
Day 2 : Hike section 4 from Standley Chasm to Brinkley Bluff and return | 20kms
Day 3 : Hike section 7 from Ellery Creek to Serpentine Gorge | 14kms
Day 4 : Trek section 8 Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam, including Counts Point | 15kms
Day 5 : Explore the Ochre Pits, walk part of section 9 including Inarlanga Pass | 12-14kms
Day 6 : Walk Ormiston Pound and Gorge | 8kms
Day 7 : Walk section 10 Ormiston Gorge to Finke River | 11kms
Day 8 : Summit Mt Sonder | 16kms
Day 9 : Explore Ormiston Gorge region, Simpsons Gap, return to Alice Springs | 5kms
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.
8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 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 9 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.
Having just finished the 9-day trek recently, I already very much miss the simple routine of camp life and the easy company of our two wonderful guides Josh and Nathan. Climbing into my swag not knowing whether the night would bring ripping winds or would be so still that you can hear the dingoes howl in the distance; only to emerge the next morning well rested and in anticipation of a new exciting day on the trail. Observing how day turns to night and night to day, how the light and temperature change constantly. Putting one foot in front of the other in an arid foreign landscape that felt increasingly familiar. Finishing the day with a dip in a glorious waterhole to rinse off the sweat and dust, before returning to camp for yet another delicious fireside dinner under the stars. So many fond memories! It doesn't take long for daily life to take a back seat and for the thoughts to wander when you're absorbed in this incredible vastness of space with its open blue skies and lack of humans, well taken care of every step of the way. Thank you, Josh, Nathan and Trek Larapinta for making me fall in love with the Outback. I'll always look back on my time on the trek with a smile on my face.
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.
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