Situated in the heart of Central Australia, the Larapinta Trail extends over 223 kilometres along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges and is one of the most spectacular multi-day hiking experiences in the world.
Our Larapinta Trail End to End trek is a 16 day wilderness adventure. Our itinerary has been designed so we can walk the entire length of the Larapinta Trail.
You will only have to carry the things you need for the day in your small day pack and have your two experienced guides take care of all the camp logistics. Our freshly prepared meals are a highlight of the trek, your guides will surprise and delight you with their culinary skills. We select our guides for their unparalleled knowledge of the Larapinta Trail and ability to work together with you to showcase this spectacular wilderness walking trail, in a safe and supportive environment.
Day 1 : Pick up Alice Springs, section 1 – Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap.
Day 2 : Section 1 – Wallaby Gap to Simpsons Gap, visit Alice Springs Desert Park.
Day 3 : Section 2 – Simpsons Gap to Jay Creek.
Day 4 : Section 3 – Jay Creek to Standley Chasm.
Day 5 : Section 4 – Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole.
Day 6 : Section 5 – Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge.
Day 7 : Section 6 – Hugh Gorge to Rocky Gully.
Day 8 : Section 6 – Rocky Gully to Ellery Creek.
Day 9 : Section 7 – Ellery Creek to Serpentine Gorge.
Day 10 : Section 8 – Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet.
Day 11 : Section 9 – Serpentine Chalet to Ormiston Gorge.
Day 12 : Section 10 – Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen/Finke River.
Day 13 : Section 11 – Finke River to Rocky Bar Gap.
Day 14 : Section 11 – Rocky Bar Gap to Redbank Gorge.
Day 15 : Section 12 – Redbank Gorge to Mt Sonder (return).
Day 16 : Ormiston Pound/Gorge walk, return to Alice Springs.
For more information and details about our End to End trek on the Larapinta Trail please visit our dedicated Trek Larapinta website.
Detailed maps of the Larapinta Trail are also available for purchase.
I am back in Canada and still thinking about the wonderful experience I had on your End to End Larapinta Trail Trek. Having trekked in a Nepal, Peru, Patagonia and more, this trek rates at the top. The scenery is superb and the trail is often a challenge. What makes this trek extra special is the level of service provided throughout. Hayley & Josh were wonderful, and who would have thought that we would have such great meals prepared by them every day. The food and the personality of the guides made it extra special. Thanks to everyone.
It's less than a week since I've come home from my guided walk with Trek Larapinta on the Larapinta Trail which heads westwards out of Alice Springs and culminates in a climb to the top of Mount Sonder to watch the sunrise. The trip exceeded my expectations, mainly because of the way our guides, Dan and Stella, helped our little band of eight strangers enjoy the walk through some of the most stunning country I've experienced. Their professionalism, their knowledge of the country, their cooking, their sense of humour and their ability to help mould us into a cohesive (if occasionally rowdy) group have made this 16 days, for me, a truly memorable experience. The Larapinta Trail follows the MacDonnell Ranges, along sharp ridgetops, through deep gorges, across wide open valleys. The texture of the landscape is remarkable, the colours of the rocks are earthy and varied, and the satisfaction of being able to undertake a long walk in such good company is immense. Every time we came into camp from a walk we were greeted with a smile and a bowl of sliced watermelon. We slept under the stars (and a full moon) and were very well fed by Dan and Stella who made the tastiest dishes on the gas stove or the heavy cast-iron camp ovens in the coals of the fire. Because the walk was supported by a four-wheel drive, our packs were light and we only needed to carry water, some extra clothing layers, and personal items such sunscreen and camera. Here's a little story of the professionalism and generosity of this company. One night, as we circled the campfire at the Finke River we saw a two-wheel drive vehicle get bogged a hundred metres or so from us. Dan simply said, "Looks like they could do with a bit of help," and trundled on down in the Troopy to tow him out. No fuss, no bother--just a willingness to help. I'd thoroughly recommend Trek Larapinta and the immersive experience on the 16-day end-to-ender. Arthur
Just finished the 16 day end to end Larapinta Trail with Trek Larapinta. It was a great experience. Sleeping in swags under the awesome stars, days that challenge you physically and mentally, amazing food, incredible views and great company in a small group of 8 with two guides. I ended up with a much better appreciation of the environment of the red centre, enhanced by the fact that you are literally on the ground - close up and personal every day. For me the guides, Kat and Kate were a highlight in themselves. What amazingly knowledgable, capable and positive people they are. Their attitude and skills made the challenge achievable. They looked after everything from advice, guiding, educating, cooking, logistics, psychology - I envy their energy levels!! This is not a walk you would take on without prior experience of walking. The terrain is relentlessly rocky and sometimes steep. However, the rewards are worth the effort for sure and doing the walk with the support provided by Trek Larapinta is certainly the way to go if you are not a very experienced hiker.
Richard described the walk as "the experience of a lifetime". I could not agree more. It was tough, rough, difficult, visually spectacular and overall the best walk I have done. I think Trek Larapinta has got the itienrary right. Splitting the first section into 2 parts allowed us to get our walking legs going before tackling the next 4 very tough sections. Brad's decision to save the Ormiston Pound walk until the penultimate stage was a good one. It is a relatively easy but visually spectacular walk and was the perfect lead-in to Mount Sonder. Our Guides Brad and Andrew, in my humble opinion they were the AAA team. I can't see how we could have got a better team. Both are extremely experienced guides. Brad guided us on the walks. His knowledge of the Trail, its geology, flora, fauna and aboriginal significance was excellent. His briefings were succinct but always prepared us for the day ahead. As he got to know us he allowed the group some latitude without getting too far apart. Andrew was our man back at camp. He did all the hard work setting up the various camp sites, getting supplies, making sure that we were sticking to our timetable (well reasonably close, some of us were always a bit tardy) and best of all, preparing the meals. He is a superb cook. Every meal was different. My favourites were the roast lamb and the lasagne. Nothing was too much trouble for either of them. For the first two nights we slept in our swags in the open. These happened to be the coldest nights of the walk. After that we put up our tents as we did have some overnight rain at times. The swags were warm and comfortable. The tents were excellent. They were easy to erect and dismantle and had plenty of space and sufficient head room. The tents at the Finke River were palatial. Andrew's site selection meant that we were always well away from other walkers and in some magical spots in or near river beds. Having 2 nights at each of Rocky Gully and Serpentine Chalet was a good move. The camp on the Finke River is in a superb spot. I was amazed at the lunch food that Brad carried in his pack. It was always something to look forward to. The scroggin was excellent. Highlights In no particular order, Brinkleys Bluff, Razorback, Counts Point, Ormiston Pound and sunrise on Mount Sonder were my visual highlights. The real highlight was the way the whole group including Brad and Andrew came together. It was gratifying to see how each person was always looking out for the others and providing assistance where necessary. The conversations around the evening campfire were most entertaining. My thanks go to my walking companions and Brad, Andrew, Richard, Kym and the rest of the Trek Larapinta team for making this such an enjoyable experience.
Just got back from the Trek Larapinta end to end and I am ready to walk with these guys again. It was a truly amazing trip. The guides are informed, fun, open, hilarious and inspiring people. The track is incredibly changing and beautiful. Each day was a delight with our guides celebrating the small and great things along the way, from tiny plants to crooning with the dingoes. The food and campsites were spectacular and the sea of stars at night and total silence a gift. We passed a number of solo and small group independent walkers, many of whom commented that they would have prefered to be walking with our guides and group. A couple of independents stopped their walk after realising their pack weight from water etc was too much. If you are wanting to undertake this walk safely without the pack weight and in a small group, then Trek Larapinta is by far the best option! It is also worth noting that Trek Larapinta has an outstanding record for care and protection of the natural environment and I was really impressed with their level of commitment to sustainability and to supporting other local businesses. I would do this walk again tomorrow with this crew if I had the chance and I will certainly be doing other walks with this company in the future.
We are writing to express how thrilled we both were to have chosen Trek Larapinta to guide us through the Western MacDonnell Ranges. The walk was beyond our wildest expectations- we adored every minute of it night and day, and would have happily turned around and walked back to Alice Springs the next day after climbing Mt Sonder. There are so many aspects to rave about apart from the stunning scenery and walk and I will try to do it all justice. Joel and Brad were exceptional guides. The daily organisation by them was masterful and effortless. All the equipment and gear was excellent quality. The food and standard of cooking were amazing- so fresh and energising every day. We congratulate you on the running of your company and we will certainly be walking with you again- a class act.
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