On this fully supported trek you walk with just a daypack to explore the best sections of this iconic desert trail: from the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges you’ll see the vast floodplains that form this ancient land. You’ll be dwarfed by the immensity of Ormiston and Serpentine gorges and soothed by their idyllic waterholes. You’ll be amazed by dramatic colour changes in the rock formations at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm… and to top it all off you’ll climb to the lofty peak of Mt Sonder (1380m) to watch the sunrise. At the end of each day we relax in comfort at our architect‑designed camps – including hot showers, comfortable lounges and heated dining shelter – as our guides prepare gourmet 3‑course dinners around the campfire. Our exclusive camps combined with passionate guides, spectacular food, and an unsurpassed itinerary make this tour the ultimate Larapinta experience.
Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (14km)
Walking Time: 5–8 hours Please advise us which hotel you are staying at so we can arrange your pick up. Alternatively, why not let our friendly team help to recommend a hotel for you to stay in Alice Springs. Pick ups commence from your Alice Springs accommodation between 7–7.30am and begin our walk at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the Larapinta Trail. From here the trail takes us west through witchetty bush, mulga scrub and bird-filled shady woodlands. We climb high over exposed hills to the jagged outcrop of Euro Ridge, with expansive views over Alice Springs and the surrounding landscape, before descending to the passage of Wallaby Gap. After a stop for refreshments you take a quick transfer by bus to Nick’s Camp. Nick’s Camp is one of our exclusive award-winning camps, nestled in the bush with stunning views across the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley. Following your introduction to camp you will be treated to a spread of local bush foods prepared by local specialist Rayleen Brown.
Nick’s Camp to Simpson’s Gap (7km) then to Standley Chasm (2km)
Serpentine Gorge to Charlie’s Camp (16.5km)
Charlie’s Camp to Ochre pits (8km)
Early morning sunrise walk up Mount Sonder 1380m (16km)
Ormiston Pound Walk (8km), transfer to Alice Springs