Join our 5 day fully supported and guided walk of the Larapinta Trail. This trail was voted by National Geographic as one of the top 20 trekking experiences to be had on the planet. The Larapinta Trail Walk offers over 600 species of plants, amazing natural beauty including magnificent gorges, canyons and high ridges, abundant wildlife and a glimpses of the longest continuous cultural history in the world, the Arrente People whom have been in the region for the last 50,000 years.
Trek the Larapinta Trail with Life’s An Adventure – winner of the Australian Tourism Award for best Adventure company in 2013. Our tours are aimed at a mature market of travellers (40 years +) and have been created to offer the creature comforts this age group desires, as well as offering walking options on the more challenging days of the trail, to suit a variety of fitness levels.
A Truly Supported Walk
This walk has been designed for those looking for a guided multi day walking experience with everything done for you, so you can focus on enjoying the walk. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour, these will be transported for you each day. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying a heavy rucksack on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure you will carry as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch each day!
An ideal combination of camping and accommodation
We feel we have created our tours with the perfect combination of camping and accommodation. Experience 2 nights camping under the stars at the start of your tour with walk-in tents with off the ground beds. Then when you crave it the most, we will spend 2 night at the historic Glen Helen Homestead. With a warm cosy fireplace, a charming restaurant featuring award-winning food and live entertainment in the main lounge area on many nights, you’ll love the atmosphere of the homestead, as well as its comfortable rooms with ensuites and hot showers.
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. We love the clients we attract on a Life’s An Adventure walking experience. Happy, down to earth people, who are passionate about walking and simply excited to be on holidays. We find our guests often form lifelong friendships on tour as they are travelling with wonderful like-minded people.
We call our guides CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your walking tour lives up to to your expectations. Our chief guides in the Larapinta Lola and Danny have a fun loving and caring nature as well being passionate and knowledgable. Both have a wonderful can do attitude and will go above and beyond to ensure your tour is every bit as memorable as you hoped.
Fabulous meals featuring local produce
At the campsite, sit back to wonderful meals around the campfire prepared by our guides. You can expect to enjoy meals with a local twist including lemon myrtle barramundi and bush tomato lamb. We support local businesses and purchase the majority of our food from a local providore in Alice Springs.
When you arrive at Glen Helen Historic Homestead, your meals will be enjoyed in the homestead’s charming Namatjira Gallery restaurant. Their creative menu offers a contemporary take on typical Australian fare including kangaroo, barramundi and lamb. Accompanying your meal will be wine from the Barossa Valley.
Life’s an Adventure would like to acknowledge the original custodians of the land – The Arrente people.
Our day starts in Alice Springs at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort at 7.30am where you will meet your guides for a pre-tour briefing and head for a “Welcome to Country” before exploring famous Simpsons Gap.
Back in our state of art fully air conditioned 4 wheel drive bus we travel to Ormiston Gorge which is one of the main highlights of the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Enjoy a beautiful and spectacular walk up to high escarpment overlooking the pound and then we descend into the pound for lunch. Make sure you pack your swimmers.
The walk takes you through a spinifex covered landscape. You will be amazed with extensive population of wildlife surrounding the many waterholes along the way. Upstream as you walk through the gorge rising spectacularly on either side are cliff faces which look like RED Lego blocks. You will see ancient pines, river red gums and you may even see the famous Sturt Desert rose.
We head to our campsite to find our stand up touring tents erected and your overnight bags waiting in your tent. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and tea when you arrive. Relax as a delicious dinner served with Australian wine is prepared for your enjoyment. Sit around the campfire, toast marshmallows and chat about the day’s adventure with your new friends.
Climb 110 metres and descent 110 metres
We have carefully planned your journey so that the most challenging day to Mt Sonder (the highest point of the trail) is at the start of the tour when you are fresh and more energetic, then we gradually make each day easier as the tour comes to an end. We start the day early so we can enjoy a glorious walk to Mt Sonder.
European’s were first acquainted with the mountain in the watercolour painting of the famous aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira. This section walk to the summit early to enjoy the best colours of the range and we return via the same trail. Further north you can see for hundreds of miles into the distance. Initially we climb through bushland the tree’s gradually become more stunted as the track rises on open spinifex covered slopes. The lookout has a can with a visitor’s book. We will enjoy on top sweeping views of where we have been and enjoy our achievements. The trip to the peak of Mount Sonder comprises an 8km walk from the gorge over rocky and steep terrain suited to fit bushwalkers.
Note: For those not up to conquering Mount Sonder we offer an alternative easier walk day.
Today our walk will take us from the Ormiston Gorge to the Historic Glen Helen Homestead. Our walk starts with a magnificent Red Mallee forest, wildflowers after rains if you’re lucky and a dis-used cattle corral, which reminds us of the past pioneers of this rugged cattle country.
Mount Sonder looming in the distance and plains stretching as far as the eye can see. We descend over gently undulating terrain when we come to the junction of Ormiston and Davenport creeks which is the start of the famous Finke River. The Finke was called Larapinta by the Arentee People which means salt creek and it is one of the oldest water courses on this planet. We cross the Finke River to the west bank and rise through a patch of river red gums to an open plain.
An easy walk leads to the oasis of the Historic Glen Helen Homestead which is our accommodation for the next two nights. (pictured above right). After settling in we can take a quick stroll to Glen Helen Gorge for an insight on the history and ecology of this unique area or take a swim in the pool.
Tonight enjoy our group meets in the restaurant for an a-la-carte meal in the homestead. Modern cuisine with an Australian twist enjoy your choice of barramundi, lamb, pork, kangaroo and more with a glass of wine. Retire to your room with ensuite and reverse cycle air conditioning.
Today we walk section 8 of the Larapinta Trail. We climb to Eagles landing which in the Aboriginal dreamtime tells the story of an Eagle ancestor who patrolled the range from Ochre pits to Serpentine Gorge.
After a morning tea stop at Eagles landing, we then continue to Counts Point. This vantage point offers a wonderful opportunity to see the overall geology of the ranges. Views along this straight Quartz ridge lines give a spectacular view of Mt Sonder. To the right in the distance is the highest peak in the Northern Territory Mt Zeil.
In our opinion the best view along the whole length of the trail. After lunch we descend the range into the plains to the end of our days walk at Serpentine Gorge chalet. We then transfer back to our hotel accommodation at Glen Helen Homestead.
Today we hike an easy 4 km track along the song line of the Arrente track from Ochre pits which connects to Inarlanga Pass. The Ochre pits are still used by the traditional land owners, Arrente people. The track follows high ground to some of the best views of the whole Larapinta trail.
We enter into the Inarlanga Gorge the smoking green fronds of the McDonald ranges Cycads stand out against the glowing red walls of the gorge formed 300 million years ago.
The gorge has been the ceremonial place and important watering point for the Western Arrente people for thousands of years. We walk the descent back through spinifex foothills over a low saddle through mulga back to our starting point. We travel back to Alice Springs for a celebratory drink, the end of a fantastic journey.
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5 Day Walk
$ 2,195 /p
prices per person twin share
|Fully supported walk|
|4 x dinner including 2 restaurant meals|
|5 lunches & 4 x breakfasts|
|2 x nights camping|
|2 x nights at Glen Helen Homestead|
|National Park Pass|
|Return transfers to/from Alice Spring to the walk|
|No credit card fees|
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