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Classic Larapinta – World Expeditions

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  • Hike selected sections of the Larapinta Trail over six days, carrying only a daypack.
  • Spend each night at an exclusive luxury campsite, complete with hot showers.

The group and guides were excellent. Wonderful scenery and great company as well as high standard of service from guides. – Wendy Bones

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$2,295 per person (no single surcharge)

See the West Macdonnell Ranges in style on a six day Classic Larapinta trip. Your days will be spent hiking selected sections of the 16 day trail, and you’ll spend each night at one of World Expeditions’ exclusive private campsites, complete with hot showers. On day five you’ll watch the sunrise from the summit of Mount Sonder, marvelling at the changing colours of the desert landscape as it comes alive.


  • Transfers from Alice Springs
  • Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Professional dedicated and friendly tour guides
  • National Park and camping fees (including fees to Aboriginal traditional owners)
  • 5 nights at exclusive semi-permanent campsites including safari tents, stretcher beds, swags and hot showers
  • All group camping equipment
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit

    • You will receive a detailed gear list for the trip upon booking.


    • Walking time: 2 – 7 hours per day
    • Walking distance: 8 – 16 kilometres per day
    • Difficulty: This trip requires a good level of fitness.
    • Child friendly: No.
    • Sleeping bags can be hired from World Expeditions for $20



    Larapinta Experience – World Expeditions ($1,395)
    • 3 days instead of 6
    • Hike less of the trail
    • No sunrise at Mount Sonder
    Larapinta 5-day Trek – Life’s an Adventure ($1,999)
    • 5 days instead of 6
    • Spend two nights at Glen Helen Homestead and two nights camping
    • A la carte meals on two nights at Glen Helen’s restaurant
    • Hot showers only on accommodated nights (instead of all nights)
    • Hike fewer sections of the trail
    • Fewer departure dates
    Red Centre – Auswalk ($2,695)
    • 7 days instead of 6
    • Hike less of the Larapinta Trail but also hike Kata Tjuta, the base of Uluru, and the Kings Canyon Rim Walk
    • All nights are accommodated


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Day One Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (13.5km) and optional walk to Nicks Campsite (8.5 km)
We pick you up from your accommodation between 7am and 7.30am. Our walking commences from the eastern terminal of the trail next to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. The trail passes through witchetty bush and mulga scrub, and over exposed hills and shady woodlands,we wave goodbye to Alice at the top of Euro ridge before we trek through the deep narrow passage of Wallaby Gap. You have the option to head to camp from here or continue on to (8km) our exclusive Semi-permanent wilderness site, Nick’s Camp, with stunning views across the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley. Nicks Camp is named to remember its original architect Nick Murcutt.
Day Two Nicks Camp to Simpson’s Gap (10 km) Plus Standley Chasm and lookout Walk (5km)
From Nick’s Campsite, we follow the trail west through magnificent, shady Bloodwoods and tall Ironwoods, the dominant trees on this narrow alluvial flat. We may catch sight of a shy Echidna or Black-footed Rock Wallaby as we approach Simpson’s Gap. A short transfer takes us to the stunning Standley Chasm where we undertake a walk to the top of the lookout and visit the Chasm that is still run by the traditional owners. We transfer to Charlies campsite in an exclusive wilderness location nestled in the foothils below Counts Point. Charlie’s camp is named in honour of pioneering Larapinta Guide Charlie Holmes
Day Three Serpentine Gorge to Counts Point, then to Charlie’s exclusive camp-site. (15km), Also optional Serpentine Chalet Dam (2 km)
The highlight of this day is the 5 km walk along the crest of the high ridge leading to Counts Point. From the summit we have views west to Mount Sonder, and where for the first time we can see the comet impact crater, Gosse Bluff, a feature of the landscape for the next few days. The descent from the high ridgetop takes us down though a surprising forest of old Hill Mulga Trees. At the base of the ridge we trek along the dolomite limestones toward camp, keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites one of the most ancient forms of life. We trek in to our exclusive Charlie’s Camp and a relaxing afternoom amongst the hills. An optional walk (2 km return) to Serpentine Chalet Dam reveals some early history and the chance for a swim in the dam, if your game to chance the cold water. We camp at Charlie’s Camp, our exclusive semi-permanent campsite
Day Four Charlie’s exclusive camp-site to the Ochre pits (8km). Option for Ormiston Gorge to Finke River (10km)
We start the day (if we didn’t do it the day before) with an optional walk to Serpentine Chalet Dam reveals some early history and the chance for a swim in the dam. We then trek to Inarlanga (Echidna) Pass to take in the quietness and marvel at the ancient Cycads and continue to the vibrant colour of the Aboriginal quarry at the Ochre Pits. We then break for an early afternoon finish at the Finke river (Oldest in the world) or relax at Glen Helen Resort in preparation for our big day tomorrow. We do have an option to continue for the afternoon though with a 10km walk from Ormiston Gorge to the Finke River which takes us through the diverse lowlands and Creek country. We transfer west to our exclusive camp at foot of Mount Sonder. This camp is named Camp Fearless in honour of trekking guide Sue Fear
Day Five Mount Sonder 16km,(1380m) early morning sunrise walk (3am-11am)
Today the group will get up early (3am) for a pre-dawn walk for our ascent of Mount Sonder. We aim to be at the summit for sunrise to see views as the sun spreads across this vast country. We descend to Redbank Gorge and can enjoy a great brunch on the Finke river and if time permits in the afternoon we may visit the Glen Helen Resort at the base of the range. We can relax with a drink or even take an optional helicopter fight over the West MacDonnell Ranges. A short transfer returns us to Camp Fearless looking back up toward Mt Sonder.
Day Six Ormiston Pound Walk (3-4 hours), trip concludes in Alice Springs.
The best side walk of the trail is of the Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers some extraordinary scenery and wildlife and is our final walk which explores the upper reaches of the Gorge and the chance to see the many Rock Wallabies as they scamper about the imposing cliffs. We drive back in to Alice Springs, hoping to drop you to your accommodation between 4pm and 5pm. The group may also decide to arrange a group dinner together after a nice shower in Alice this evening.