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Women's Larapinta Trip: 13th - 19th June 2020

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Summary

  • Trip duration: 6 nights, 7 days 
  • Participant numbers: 10-12 women + 3 female leaders
  • Meals/drinks: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation: Hotel 2 nights (twin share)
  • Swag camping: 4 nights
  • Included activities: Hiking, swag camping
  • Transport: Arrival and departure transfers - All-Terrain Vehicle

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This incredible women's Larapinta hiking experience will have you sleeping in swags under the stars, walking over 80km, learning about cultural significance and connecting with like minded women in the red centre. It's a magical adventure that is suitable for women looking to try something new, see places they have never been before and have fun!

The Women's Larapinta Trek is one of our most popular destination adventures. The Larapinta trail covers over 233km from east to west, with the eastern end at Alice Springs with 12 different sections. On our trip, we only walk sections 10, 11 and 12 (with some of secton 1 on the first day) which are the more scenic sections, including the 1380m sunrise climb to Mt Sonder. On your arrival, we pick you up from Alice Springs Airport and take you to Aurora Hotel. Our first night is a pre-trip welcome dinner to meet other ladies and go over any questions you may have before an early start the following day. 

You do not have to carry your swag or additional equipment on this trip while hiking. Only day packs are carried.

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* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

Today we arrive into Alice Springs. A shuttle will collect the group from the airport and take you to the Aurora Hotel. A pre-tour dinner is included at 6.30pm for a meet and greet at one of the best restaurants in Alice Springs. Here we will talk about the trip, go through any last minute gear checks and connect everyone.Accommodation: Aurora hotel (Twin share)11 Leichardt Terrace, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Airport Transfers: Included Meals: Dinner 6.30pm Accommodation:Aurora hotel (Twin Share)11 Leichardt Terrace, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Please be ready at 7.15am in the hotel lobby for collection. You can leave any personal items or clothing not needed on your trip at the hotel for free.Today we start our hiking experience leaving the Telegraph Station on our own exciting journey. The trail runs close to the first road across Australia, from Adelaide to Darwin, completed in 1872. The trail winds through rounded boulders of Alice Springs granite and heads towards the Charles River. From the highest outcrops you will see fine views back over Alice Springs to the cliff-edged spine of the Heavitree Range.After stopping for morning tea, we head back to the trail, which winds up steps 790m to Euro Ridge. From the top enjoy superb panorama views over to Mt Gillen (950m), the highest point on the Heavetree Range. We then descend the western side of the Euro Ridge before dropping into Wallaby Gap where we meet the truck for our first outback group lunch.After lunch, we jump in the truck and drive one hour to our fist camp for the trip at Glen Helen.
This second full day of hiking will take us past the beautiful Ormiston Gorge. Permanent waterholes like those at Ormiston Gorge are the only refuges for many species of the fish in dry times.Today the trail meanders over a series of even-topped hills studded with Desert Bloodwoods. You�ll find this part easy walking with wide views opening out in all directions as the trail swings west, then south, then east and south again. We rest our legs at the Hilltop Lookout for morning tea before winding out way down into lower hill country towards the river for lunch.The riverbeds we stop in for lunch may look �bone dry� but that�s because we can�t see everything that�s going on. The underground flow along these river channels continues long after the surface water shrivels back to small pools and then nothing. Water stored in the sands means that the riverbanks support great biodiversity and continues growth.We will return to Glen Helen camp tonight by foot to enjoy a tasty and healthy dinner around a warm campfire.Accommodation Swag camping at Glen Helen Hiking distance in total: 16km (5 hours hiking)Meals: Breakfast lunch, dinner
Starting from Glen Helen this morning the track follows a string of semi-permanent waterholes that are very important to local wildlife. You�ll pass some 600 million year old natural arches in quartizite ridges standing out of the ground like crumbling walls.This challenging (but rewarding) section of the trail is through the more scenic part. We leave sites of Glen Helen and slowly start to make our way up a 380m hill to reach the summit for lunch with incredible views of Mt Sonder in front of us. The craggy face of Mt Sonder fills the sky in front as we re-fuel our bellies before a decent into Rocky Bar Gap, also known as Devenport Creek. We wind across low spinifex hills and mulga woodland before resting in our special camp location for the night.Tonight we enjoy a warm fire, marshmallows, fire cooking and more.Accommodation Swag camping with no showers Hiking distance day 3:20km (8 hours hiking)Grade: Moderate to hard Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
After a morning making toast on the fire we put on our hiking boots to follow the trail westward along the undulating foothills of massive Mt Sonder. Today is a flatter hike with little to no hills. Enjoy the rest on the legs as we make our way to Redbank Gorge where you can swim in the gorge and relax for the afternoon.Accommodation Swag camping with no showers Hiking distance day 3:14km (4 hours hiking)Grade: Easy Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Today we wake up at 2.30am to get ready to hike to the top of the iconic Mount Sonder with our head torches. 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 resemble her in the legend. It's an arduous 8 hours hike, but you will return to Alice Springs tonight where the group will be dropped at the Aurora Hotel for a nice well-earned shower, rest and to celebrate the days of hiking with a special farewell dinner.Hiking Distance:16km total (8 hours hiking)Included Activities Hiking, farewell dinner Accommodation Aurora Hotel (twin share)Meals: Breakfast, lunch and farewell dinner
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 still want to stretch your legs, an early morning walk to the top of nearby Anzac Hill is a great way to view the beautiful Alice Springs sunrise. Airport transfers will be provided for you in time for your departure.Included Activities Airport Transfer Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • Accommodation: Swag camping, & two nights at Aurora Hotel (twin Share)
  • Included meals: Breakfast (6) Lunch (5) Dinner (6)
  • Transport: Per daily itinerary 
  • Leaders: Three females leaders and one camp chef
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers to Aurora Hotel
EXCLUDED:
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Late check out at hotel
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcohol
  • Sleeping bags 

Grading

Grading: Moderate

Overnight hikes, uneven terrain, you need to be reasonably fit and enthusiastic. Suitable for women who walk 2-3 times per week (regular walkers). Hikes can between 3- 8 hours on some days.

Our last hike (Mt Sonder) is an 8 hour, 16km return hike. There are sections of this trail graded hard as it becomes steap closer to the summit. We also hike to the summit at 3am in the morning. How exciting! Please be prepared for longer distances, hills and steps. Our leaders take the best care of you and provide options for different levels of fitness.

Reviews

Annie Valery 30/06/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Annie Valery - ACT

"What an experience both mentally and physically. What made it all the better was sharing it with like minded women wanting adventure. Thanks to Monique and the team, Liv, Sue and Claire. We couldn't have done it without you all."
Niki McDonagh 21/06/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Niki Larapinta Testimonial

I recently returned back from WWA Larapinta Trek. It was such an amazing adventure exploring our great nation whilst spending time connecting with a fabulous group of women. Communication before and during the trip was exceptional and the food on the trip was great too! Highlights include climbing Mount Sonder for sunrise, watching the full moon rise over the ranges, sleeping in dry river beds and quick dips into the freezing cold water holes. I would definitely recommend to others! 10/10
Ruth Conroy 17/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

Ruth Conroy - NSW

Everything I hoped for!! I must have said 100 times how special an experience this was! I loved meeting a group of wonderful women. The stars and the laughter. So glad to be a part of this adventure. Thanks for all your hard work WWA - much appreciated.
Kelsey McIntosh 17/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

Kelsey McIntosh - VIC

On the plane to Alice Springs, I watched "The Greatest Showman". It finishes with a quote that reads: "The noblest art is that of making others happy". That is exactly what Women Want Adventure as done for every woman this this trip. Thank you for this opportunity and for taking the risk to make others happy.
Dash Buxton 17/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

Larapinta Testimonial

AMAZING!!! "I am a woman hear me roar". So corny but I said this quote to myself so many times on this trip. I loved sleeping under the stars, especially in front of The Rock at Glen Helen Gorge. Loved walking with my bestie too!
Cathy Hudson 30/06/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Cathy Hudson - ACT

Just finished a wonderful week with Monique Farmer and Women Want Adventure on the Larapinta trail. Thank you so much to Monique for her organisation skills, hiking expertise, preparedness to answer any questions, sensational food and TLC. Thanks to all the women for being such a great group and for the laughs. Thanks to Sue, Liv and Claire for their support too. I give this trip 5 stars and highly recommend to all women. My highlights included the amazing scenery, Glen Helen Gorge, and sleeping under the stars 🌟 👍🌟

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