- Trip Duraction: 6 nights, 7 days
- Participant Numbers: 20 women + female guides
- Meals/drinks: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
- Accommodation: Hotel 2 nights (twin share)
- Swag Camping: 4 nights
- Included Activities: As per the itinerary, including entrance fees where applicable.
- Transport: Arrival and departure transfers - All-Terrain Vehicle
This incredible 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 truly a magical experience 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 and early start the following day.
* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.
Today we arrive prior to our trip departure in Alice Springs. A shuttle will collect the group from the airport at 12.40pm and take you to the Aurora Hotel. A pre-tour dinner is included for a meet and greet at one of the best restaurants in Alice Springs.
Aurora hotel (Twin Share)
11 Leichardt Terrace, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Please be ready at 8am 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 your leaders will meet you in front of the Aurora Hotel and we'll drive west into the West MacDonnell Ranges. Time permitting; on our way, we will be doing some sightseeing, including Simpsons Gap and Ellery Creek. We then head to Ormiston Gorge for a 1-hour hike to warm up the legs before making our way to our private camp at Glen Helen Gorge.
Accommodation: Swag camping, Glen Helen (swags are a mattress with a canvas covering over your head. You will be taught how to roll them
out, pack them up and sleep comfortably under the stars).
Hiking distance in total: 10km
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.
Accommodation: Swag camping, Glen Helen
Hiking distance in total: 16km
Graded hard difficulty. This challenging (but rewarding) 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 Red Bank Gorge campsite, in the shadow of the Mountain itself.
Swag camping (2 nights) with no showers
Hiking distance day 3:
Hiking distance day 4:
Today we are up with the possums (1am) for an early start to climb to the top of the iconic Mount Sonder in the dark 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 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-earned shower, rest and to celebrate the days of hiking with a special 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'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 Springs sunrise. Airport transfers will be provided for you in time for your departure.
Meals: Hotel breakfast
- Swag camping, & Aurora Hotel (twin Share)
- Breakfast (6) Lunch (5) Dinner (6)
- 2 Females Guides and 1 Camp Host/Chef
- Arrival and Departure Transfers to Aurora Hotel
- Services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Late check out at hotel
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Drinks with included lunches and dinner
- Optional activities (helicopter flights available at Glen Helen Gorge)
- Sleeping bags
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.
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!
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.
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.
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