6 Day - Larapinta Trek
Be mesmerised by some of Australia's most stunning landscapes with six days of great trekking on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia. Great meals, en - suite accommodation and 4wd coach transfers make for a very comfortable expedition on this iconic walking trail. A must do trek!
Departs & returns - Alice Springs
Price $2395 - 5 Nights: Twin share accommodation
(single occupancy upgrade available for an additional $375)
5 Nights en - suite accommodation at Glen Helen Homestead.
Quality meals and snacks (5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners)
2 Tour Guides (1 trekking guide & 1 who looks after logistics)
Small group with a maximum of 15 guests
Air conditioned 4wd coach transport with forward facing seats.
DAY 1 – 10 km walking
Hotel pick-up in Alice Springs at 7.30am.
We start with a short drive out to Simpsons Gap for a short walk, morning tea and a comprehensive trek briefing.
Ormiston gorge is a must see in Central Australia and we will be heading deep into this system on the Ormiston Pound walk. It’s an easier day and a beautiful introduction to walking in the West Macs. Our trek takes us up to the high escarpment overlooking this natural impoundment, before descending into the pound itself. We finish the loop by walking into Ormiston Gorge.
A short transfer in our 4wd coach takes us to our accommodation at Glen Helen Homestead on the banks of the ancient Finke River. We stay here in a lovely outback setting in en suite rooms with a stunning red rock backdrop. We base ourselves here for the next 5 nights so make yourself comfortable.
DAY 2 – 15 km walking
Starting at Serpentine Chalet historic site we ascend to the ridge line of the Heavitree Range on section 8 of the Larapinta trail. Todays hike takes us to one of the most iconic view points on the trail, Counts Point. This is a great hike which rewards us with sweeping panoramic vistas of the ranges from above. After lunch we descend the range and enjoy some easier walking through the beautiful Serpentine Gorge.
DAY 3 - 11 km walking
Today we walk section 10 of the Larapinta Trail, taking us from Ormiston Gorge along the ancient Finke River bed and finishing at our Glen Helen accommodation. The Finke is one of the oldest watercourses on our planet and is dotted with massive River Red Gums and is home to a splendid array of birdlife.
DAY 4 – 11 to 14 km walking
Our morning starts at the Ochre Pits, an ochre deposit that is still used by the local Arrernte people for decoration and painting.
We spend the day exploring further along section 9 where we take in some spectacular views of the Larapinta Trail. Returning to Inarlanga Pass we have lunch and rest amongst the shade of a relic Gondwanan Cycad garden.
Our trek finishes at Serpentine Chalet.
DAY 5 – 11 km walking
A short 4wd transfer from our accommodation to Redbank Gorge, where our challenging ascent of Mt Sonder begins. This is on the final section of the Larapinta trail and as we approach the top of our climb the sense of achievement hits home, a vast 360 degree panorama of Central Australia surrounds us. Remote desert peaks stretch as far as the eye can see. The view is simply breathtaking.
Tonight we dine in Glen Helen's highly awarded restaurant. Tonights dinner is own expense and a wonderful opportunity to try the local outback delights and the fine hospitality Glen Helen offers in this remote outback oasis. You may like to celebrate the journey with a coldie or two from the well stocked bush bar.
DAY 6 - 5 km walking
A leisurely morning beside the Finke River bed, with time to enjoy a lesurely breakfast and a good cuppa tea or coffee before packing your bags.
You will have the chance to head off for a walk into Glen Helen Gorge where the mighty Finke River cuts through the range. You may also like to have a refreshing swim at this idilic water hole.
For those that wish you can also take an optional Helicopter flight over the ranges before we head back along Namatjira drive to Alice Springs with stops at Ellery Creek Big Hole and the spectacular Standley Chasm; must sees of the West MacDonnell Ranges.