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“Larapinta Trail trek”

The Larapinta Trail
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5-Day Larapinta Trail Walking Tour from Alice Springs
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 20, 2012

The Larapinta Trail http://www.larapintatrail.com.au/ takes you behind and beyond the tourist sites in the West MacDonnell Ranges to see and feel the extraordinary country, much of it only visible and appreciated from the top of the range. I trekked the western end of the trail with Trek Larapinta http://www.treklarapinta.com.au/ to experience the terrain, the history, the geology, the wildlife and plants with their knowledgeable and skilful guides, and I unhesitatingly recommend them to all.
We were a small group operating from a base camp, comfortably accommodated in sleeping bags & swags in tents, and fed culinary delights to nourish us for the exertions: try roast lamb and vegetables cooked in camp ovens to tempt and reward your appetites! Not to mention camp oven damper.
Trek Larapinta operate in sympathy with the unique and tough but still fragile environment of Central Australia, a creed which all our trekkers subscribed to and enjoyed, and learned from.
Mount Sonder had continually tantalised us and the culmination of our trek was the ascent.
Back in Alice Springs we had the bonus of the Camel Cup.

4  Thank John G
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FriendsofLarapinta, Manager at The Larapinta Trail, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2014

Hello John,
Thank you for such a positive review of your experience with Trek Larapinta...sorry it has taken a while to respond we have only just gained access to Trip Advisor to post our responses. Since you trekked with us we have added a couple of new trips including our very popular 16 day End to End Larapinta experience. It would be our pleasure to host you on another trek.
Kind regards
Richard Mayne
Managing Director
Trek Larapinta

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

The Larapinta Trail is one of the world's great bushwalks. It captures the essence of the Australian outback. The trail weaves its 223 km way through the starkly beautiful landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Every step of the walk pays homage to the extraordinary and ancient geological forces that have shaped the landscape, which is given its cultural meaning by the stories of the local Arrente people.

World Expeditions runs a 6 day guided Classic Larapinta Trek that provides an authentic outback Australian experience with bush camping, a decent amount of walking (between 8 and 16 km per day), and plenty of highlights that include Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, and the ochre pits of the Arrente people. A memorable experience was the glorious sunrise on the slow and strenuous night climb to the peak of the magnificent Mount Sonder (1380 m). Expect to see kangaroos, rock wallabies, dingos, flocks of budgerigars and beautiful desert foliage over the course of the trek although the spiritual solitude in the cathedral like chasms invites quiet contemplation. There is at times an odd juxtaposition between the ill-fated European endeavours on the ancient landscape, such as the failed Serpentine Chalet Gorge and its dam, and the more significant Aboriginal sites such as the ochre pits used by the Arrente people over thousands of years.

If our guides (Pete and Angela) are indicative of the guided experience, you can expect the utmost in professionalism, conviviality, affiliation with country and culture, and the best camp oven meals you've ever had. Fitness and bushwalking experience matters more than age - our tour group ranged in age from 13 years to 72 years yet the good level of fitness meant the group set a solid pace each day (up to 23 km) and not a single blister. Walking in June promises great walking weather with mild days and cold nights. The cloudless sub zero desert nights deliver a rich smorgasbord of stars every evening. Enjoy a glass of wine and recount the day's experiences as night falls ,while delicious meals that include roasted lamb shanks, grilled barramundi, spaghetti with kangaroo bolognaise, camel sausages and superb desserts are prepared by the WorldEX guides.

Accommodation is in semi-permanent campsites that offer environmentally sustainable shower and toilet facilities and the experience of sleeping in warm swags. Lunches are in sandy creek beds under ancient river gums. This can be one of those life-changing experiences. Expect to return to the mainstream fitter, stronger, more resilient - and in awe of the majesty of this ancient land.

4  Thank MeganKate_Adelaide
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

An excellent trail with fantastic views and multiple walk options. The Larapinta Trail Website ( www.larapintatrail.com.au) was very helpful as well. I had a ball.

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

This is one of the great trails. It doesn't matter whether you walk end to end (19 days or so) or a shorter trip of a few hours - it will all be a journey. You will better understand just how old this country is. I am a local, and I will one day walk end to end. I know many people who have, and all are changed by the experience.
There is a plethora of info out there, and as with tourism info, one could easily be seduced by the hyperbole. In this instance though, it is justified.

Thank desertmob
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

Walked this end of Aug 2008 into the first few days of Sept. Took us 14 days but will probably go back and try to do it slower next time. This is by far my favorite walk in the last 8 years of serious bushwalking. The landscapes can appear quite devoid but are full of life and records of history. Not many people when we went; started at Mt. Sonder and ended back in Alice. The heat required some 4am departures - walking into the sunrise with dingoes howling. Hear brumbies stampeding at night. Food drops and water tanks were sufficient. There are only a few sections where you are in a very remote area (gorge/canyon) but for the most part you are only a couple of hours walk out to the main highway. But definitely go well prepared and put some planning into it. Great for daywalks, too.

Thank WhoisJohnGault
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