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 Super 6 day trek offers walkers the chance to really challenge themselves, as we tackle the hardest sections of the Larapinta Trail. This is not a trek for the faint hearted or inexperienced as each days walk is rated as either hard or very hard by NT Parks and Wildlife. The rewards for taking on this challenging trek are immense, with all of the most spectacular views of the Larapinta Trail on offer. These are stunning and varied hikes, taking you through some of the best examples of the West MacDonnell’s vegetation, its gorges and views.
On each section, you will be tested and rewarded until the final section: a hike to the highest point on the trail, Mount Sonder. It is a beautiful and poignant close to six days of superb trekking on the Larapinta Trail.
This tour is designed so that days vary between 6 and 12 hours of challenging to very challenging bushwalking, it is essential to be very well prepared physically and mentally to take on this trek.
For each day’s hike on this rugged world-class track, you carry just a day-pack. We create these trips to be an informative experience as well as a walk through the unique terrain, so we seek to share our knowledge of the place and provide what you need to have an active yet comfortable holiday. You walk with a guide for the days’ trek, then the support guide comes to pick you up and drive you to camp, where you can relax while Trek Larapinta caters for your needs.
Day 1 : Pick up Alice Springs, walk section 3 Jay Creek to Standley Chasm. | 13kms
Day 2 : Walk section 4 Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole. | 17kms
Day 3 : Hike section 5 Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge. | 17kms
Day 4 : Trek section 8 Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam, including Counts Point. | 15kms
Day 5 : Walk section 9 Serpentine Chalet Dam to Ormiston Gorge. | 29kms
Day 6 : Summit Mt Sonder (section 12), return to Alice Springs. | 16kms
For more information and details about our Super 6 day trek on the Larapinta Trail please visit our dedicated Trek Larapinta website.
Detailed maps of the Larapinta Trail are also available for purchase.
We have just completed the Super 6 Day Larapinta Trek with Trek Larapinta and it exceeded all expectations! Five years in the planning we expected beautiful scenery, but weren't quite prepared for the scale and just how breathtaking it actually is! The trek turned out to be about much more than the scenery. Our guides, Kate and Rob, are experts and an asset to Trek Larapinta. They are very knowledgeable about the geology, flora and fauna of the area and their enthusiasm for sharing the Larapinta with others was inspiring. An added bonus was their superb cooking skills. The fresh, wholesome and extremely yummy food was much appreciated! There were many other highlights; from our fellow trekkers who became firm friends, campfire chats, sleeping under the stars in a swag, very refreshing swims in Birthday Waterhole and the Finke River, a show-off Spinifex Pigeon, to challenging but fun walking. Loved the rock hopping in the gorges! The NT Parks trail builders who constructed all the rock stairs on the slopes are to be commended. We have no hesitation in recommending Trek Larapinta and hope we can join another Trek Australia tour soon!
In early June 2016 eight of us (4 females and 4 males, age range 32 - 67) and guides from Trek Larapinta started their "Super 6 Day Larpinta Trek" option which includes the best and hardest 6 days of the full 16 day trek. This number of trekkers was excellent as we all got to know each other and also the guides. The latter were very friendly, competent, knowledgeable and nice people. There were 2 guides, one of whom went with us on alternate days while the other handled transport and did the cooking. I am a male, aged 67, and moderately fit. The walking covers rather rough rocky ground as well as, at times, clambering over boulders, walking through gorges and some steep ascents and descents. The views of the West MacDonnell range are excellent. The vegetation also changes. The longest day is 30k. The shortest day is about 13k. On the last day we got up at about 2.30am to climb Mt. Sonder, wearing headlamps, for a view of the sunrise. Unfortunately the clouds obscured this somewhat but getting up early meant that we could make the ascent without many other people and in the cool part of the day. It was an interesting, unusual and unforgettable experience. We slept in swags under the stars, again, a first experience for me. The meals were excellent and eating with the others each night around a camp fire was very convivial. We were always given a good breakfast and enough snacks for each day. We carried our own water and whatever else was needed, in our day packs. On 3 nights we camped next to a water hole and a quick dip at the end of a long day was very refreshing. Trek Larapinta were always very professional and conscious of your safety. They office staff are extremely helpful and always ready to answer any questions. I highly recommend this trek option and the company, Trek Larapinta.
I've seen a lot of inland Australia and this ranks as one of the best 6 days I've had in the desert. Terrific company from check in to check out - back of house and guides all of the highest standard. Adaptable to our group where soreness prevailed and accommodating the entire time.
The Trek Larapinta Super Six was an absolutely incredible experience. Super Six are the six days with the most spectacular views (rather than the full 13-day walk) and we absolutely loved it. Be aware, it's not a stroll in the park so you need to be fit and prepared for long days that can be challenging and tiring. But oh - those views are worth every ache. Trek Larapinta are a highly professional company that we cannot recommend highly enough - very experienced, personable guides with a high focus on safety, amazing food and great equipment. To go to sleep at night under a dark velvet sky in a very comfy, warm swag watching shooting stars flash across the heavens is a highlight - oh, did I mention the scrumptious food, amazing guides, incredible scenery, flowers, birds, trees?
Having completed our trek on Friday I am now in the reflection stage! EVERY aspect far surpassed my expectations and I can hardly wait to use this same tour company again. The scenery was magnificent, the degree of difficulty was challenging and our guides, Sean and Wazza....well, second to none. It has all been said before in many reviews but this is a tour waiting for fit, enthusiastic walkers to experience. Congratulations must also go to Parks NT and especially to the Tasmanian track team who have made many parts of the Larapinta far easier to traverse. Love those solid steps! Sincere thanks to Trek Larapinta ; I will be singing your praise for a very long time.
My partner and I recently did the Super 6 tour through Trek Larapinta. Our guides were Jacob & Ben and they were awesome! We had a lovely small group, hiked some of the best sections of the Larapinta, ate incredibly well and slept so comfortably. Having previously done some sections of the Larapinta independently, we decided to book a tour as a bit of a treat and also gain the confidence to tackle some of the harder sections. Jacob was such a great guide - patient, informative and personable. We felt safe at all times. Ben is a wonder chef!! His camp oven meals are better than what you eat in most restaurants! On top of this, we were woken each morning to the boys playing violin and guitar. Waking up in a swag, in a river bed, in the West Macs listening to beautiful live music is just ridiculously good. This was a once in a lifetime experience for us. The expense of the trip was a really big factor in our decision to do it and we nearly did not book it. We're so glad we did, it was worth every cent!
I just participated in the most exciting trek experience of my life! Trek Larapinta have just added a new package called "The Super Six." As the first group participating on this expedition we expected a few kinks along the way. However we were pleasantly surprised when tour guides Ben, Kate and Shaun picked us up from the hotel and immediately made us felt welcomed and well looked after. Unlike the other 6 day option, the super six includes the 6 most difficult sections of the Larapinta trail. While the walk is very challenging, it provides stunning landscapes, geology, plants and wildlife. The guides have expert knowledge in all these areas and provide great commentary along the trail. We camped at private camp sites along the trail under the stars and full moon in comfortable swags. Both Ben and Kate cooked amazing meals in camp ovens including cannelloni, risotto, kangaroo and curries (not to mention the top notch desserts that followed). I would recommend Trek Larapinta to anyone wanting to experience the best of the red centre.
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