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Women's Larapinta Trek: JuneJuly 2019

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* 2019 Expression Of Interest for the Women's Larapinta Trip is now open. Please register and when this trip opens for bookings, you will be sent the first email notification. Specific dates TBA for 2019.



ABOUT:

The 223km stretch of hiking track just north of Alice Springs in Northern Territory explores expansive landscapes, which allow you to witness and admire all the miraculous shapes and forms that the Earth is made up of. Just some of the highlights of this 7 days, 6 night trek include the West Macdonnell Ranges, Ormiston Gorge, Mount Sonder and Finke River.

While we hike with day packs only, we will be sleeping in swags outside and under the stars. This is truly an out there and fun adventure to really experience Australian outback. We walk sections 10, 11 and 12 of National Parks sections only.

Larapinta Trail isn t for the faint-hearted hiker. With extreme temperatures, large distances, isolated locales and arduous hiking paths, you need to make sure you are organised and prepared before conquering the Larapinta trail.

Hiking distances range from 9km to 15km each day. Don t worry, you will only be carrying your water and daily supplies but will need a moderate level of fitness to get you through some tough terrain.

There is a transport car taking our swags or other supplies to our camping destination each night.

  • GRADE: Moderate
  • START AND FINISH LOCATION: Alice Springs
  • PARTICIPANTS: 21 women in each group
  • TRANSPORT: Shuttle pick up and drop off: Alice Springs Airport

WOMEN'S LARAPINTA ITINERARY

  • Day 0: Arrive in Alice Springs
  • Meals included: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Share Alice Springs

Today we arrive prior to our trip departure in Alice Springs. A shuttle will collect the group from the airport and take us to Aurora Hotel. A pre dinner is included for a meet and greet.

  • Day 1: West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Meals included: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Swag camping

Today we meet you on arrival at Auora and head to the West MacDonnell Ranges via shuttle bus. Time permitting, we will do some sightseeing in the ranges as we make our way to our home for the night, our private camp at Glen Helen Gorge.

  • Day 2: Ormiston Gorge to Finke River
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Swag camping
  • Km: 16km (4-5 hours)

This is our first full day of hiking that will take us through the beautiful Ormiston Gorge Pound (medium difficulty). See National Parks sections 10. We will return to Glen Helen camp tonight, to enjoy a tasty dinner around a beautiful campfire.


  • Day 3 4: Finke River to Redbank Gorge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day
  • Accommodation: Swag camping
  • Km: 36km (9.5 hours ovre 2 days)

Graded hard difficulty. This challenging (but rewarding) 26km section of the trail is through the more scenic part. We will be camping out overnight along the trail. Our transport truck will be meeting us each night. The sacrifice of this incredible scenery is no hot showers for two nights. The landscape at this end is dominated by Mt Sonder, the fourth highest mountain in the Northern Territory. We will finish day 4 at RedBank Gorge campsite, in the shadow of the Mountain itself.

  • Day 5: RedBank Gorge to Mount Sonder & Return
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and goodbye dinner
  • Accomodation: Aurora Hotel - Alice Springs
  • Km: 17km (8 hours)

Today we are up with the possums (1am) for an early start to climb to the top of the iconic Mount Sonder. The Mountain is known traditionally as Rwetyepme. In local Indigenous Dreaming, she's a pregnant woman forever doomed to lay on her back and watch the sky - the mountain peaks resembling the woman in the legend. It's an arduous climb, but you will return to Alice Springs tonight where the group will be dropped at the Aurora Hotel for a nice well earn't shower, rest and to celebrate the days of hiking with a special farewell dinner.

  • Day 6: Deparate Alice Springs
  • Meals included: Buffet breakfast

After breakfast at the Aurora's in-house restaurant, you will have the morning to explore Alice Springs. Take a stroll through Todd Mall, where you can explore the many local Indigenous art galleries, and heritage buildings. If you're still wanting to stretch your legs, an early morning walk to the top of nearby Anzac Hill is a great way to view the beautiful Alice Spings sunrise. Airport transfers will be provided for you in time for your departure.


LEADERS:

We have two female Guides and one female Chef. All Guides must complete a comprehensive in-house training program. It's this training that ensures Guides are qualified to operate tours at the highest possible standard. As part of gaining qualifications, our leaders must attain both First Aid Certification and National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) accreditation, complete a course in Aboriginal culture and regional geology, and gain Charles Darwin University's highly regarded Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Tour Guide Accreditation.

INCLUDES:

  • Itinerary 6 days/ 5 nights
  • Guides x3
  • All Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Post Accommodation @ The Aroura Hotel Breakfast included
  • Private Transfers pick & drop to airport
  • Farewell Dinner @ The Hanuman Restaurant

EXCLUDES:

  • Flights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day pack
  • Head torch
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal snacks

INSURANCE:

Travel insurance is compulsory for this trip. We will help you find the best insurance to purchase. Roughly $50-100 depending on your age.

HOW TO BOOK:

This is an EOI form only. Please register and you will receive an email when we open this trip for bookings!

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