Club Taree Larapinta Challenge for Mental Health

Trek the best sections of the stunning Larapinta Trail in support of mental health awarenes

Challenge Highlights

  • Raise funds for your chosen Mental Health charity or support service
  • Visit Larapinta Trail highlights including Counts Point, Euro Ridge, the Ochre Pits, Ormiston Pound and Mt Sonder
  • Climb Counts Point for sweeping views over the region's highest peaks
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of the ancient Indigenous Culture
  • End each day relaxing around a campfire under the stunning night sky of the Australian Outback
  • Enjoy delicious 3-course evening meals prepared by your professional guides
  • Summit Mount Sonder for a spectacular sunrise

Overview

Create memories to last a lifetime as you cross the Red Centre's wild and untamed landscapes on this highlights packed short walking tour. This four day trip allows you to experience the highlights of the Larapinta Trail, including Counts Point, Euro Ridge, the Ochre Pits, Ormiston Pound... and to top it all off you'll climb to the lofty peak of Mt Sonder to watch the sunrise (1,380m). On this fully supported trek you walk with just a day pack to explore the best sections of this iconic desert trail. Winding along high exposed ridge lines and through deep, sheltered gorges, this introduction to desert walking traverses one of the world's most evocative and ancient landscapes.

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. Your professional guides are passionate about providing you with the most unforgettable food, stories, and experiences. There is no better short experience on the Larapinta Trail.

Challenge Grade

The Larapinta Highlights in Comfort is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves walking 4-5 hours each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. The trail conditions of the Larapinta Trail are rocky, rugged, hard surfaced and dry. While a number of sections of the trail wind through open plains, undulating areas and relatively flat country, overall, the trail is characterised by rocky, stony and mountainous terrain.

Suggested preparation: We recommend regular strenuous exercise 3 or 4 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) in the months leading up to your trip. At least once a week, you should walk with a weighted day pack (5–8kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best way to train for an active holiday is to simulate the activity you will be undertaking on the trip. Train for uneven terrain by finding a hilly, rough narrow bush track, and go for a lovely long walk in your trekking boots.

Itinerary

After all the fundraising and preparation, the journey finally begins! On arrival into Alice Springs airport, transfer to the Mercure Alice Springs for accommodation on a twin share basis with breakfast. Note: The airport shuttle will drop you at the hotel and costs approx $16 each way. This afternoon please make your way to the Lone Dingo Camping and Outdoor Store on the corner of Todd Mall and Gregory Terrace for the 3:30pm pre-trek briefing with your guide. Overnight Mercure Alice Springs

Meals:  Nil

We pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am and begin our walk at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the Larapinta Trail. Please ensure you've had breakfast before the pick up (you may need to pre-purchase food as most cafes will be shut before 7am). 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. Walking Time: 5-8 hours *You will need to arrive in Alice Springs the day before your trip, ensuring that you arrive in time to attend the 3:30pm pre-trip briefing.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's highlight is the 5km walk along the crest of the high ridge leading to Counts Point. From here we have clear views of Central Australia’s western horizon to Mt Zeil (1531m), the highest peak in the Northern Territory, and Mt Sonder which marks the end of the Larapinta Trail. We can also see the huge comet crater of Gosse Bluff, a feature of the landscape for the next few days. We descend from the high ridgetop though mysterious stands of mulga trees. At the base of the ridge we follow a track of dolomite limestone toward camp; keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites under foot, one of the most ancient forms of life. We transfer west to one of our exclusive Camps. Fearless – named in honour of trekking guide Sue Fear, or Sonder Camp - named after the majestic Mt Sonder. Both Camps are located at the foothills of Mount Sonder. Walking Time: 5.5-6.5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we enjoy the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and wildlife. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where Rock Wallabies sometimes scamper about the imposing cliffs, and follow the track through scrub filled with native birds: Spinifex Pigeon, Budgerigar and Mistletoe Bird. Keep an eye out overhead for the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia’s largest raptor. After our walk we enjoy lunch by the stunning Ormiston waterhole. On our way back to camp we visit an original ochre quarry, a sacred Aboriginal site. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes for stunning photos. We enjoy an early evening in preparation for our big day tomorrow. Walking Time: 4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Your guides will have you up early this morning (2-3am) for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving your way up to the 1380m summit of this majestic mountain following only the glittering light of your head-torch, surrounded by deep and peaceful darkness, is a truly inspiring experience... and watching the sunrise from the top is unforgettable! Mount Sonder is the official end and highest point of the entire Larapinta Trail and as such we have expansive views across the entire vast landscape we have been exploring over the last few days. We descend to Redbank Gorge and can enjoy a great brunch back at camp. After brunch we board the bus and transfer to Alice Springs. Sitting back and watching the now familiar ancient desert landscape slide by the bus window gives most trekkers a sense of awe and satisfaction. Congratulations on all you have achieved over the last four days! We will drop you to your accommodation at approximately 2-4pm. This evening your group may like to arrange a celebratory dinner together at one of Alice's great eateries.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, snacks & hot drinks
  • Professional wilderness guides & support staff
  • Pre tour hotel accommodation in Alice Springs
  • Accommodation at our exclusive eco-comfort camps on a twin share basis or free upgrade to single tent for solo travellers
  • Camping equipment including tents, swags & stretcher beds
  • Catering & dining utensils
  • All transport during the tour
  • National Park fees
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Emergency communications & 24 hour back-up

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation in Alice Springs after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and alcoholic beverages
  • Backpack and sleeping bag (sleeping bag hire available with 14 days notice)
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfares

What You Carry

  • The Larapinta Experience in Comfort is a fully supported trek. You will carry just a day pack containing the following items:
  • -Water for the day's walk (2-4L, amount is dependent on the day)
  • -Sunhat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • -Snacks for the day, provided by your guides
  • -Waterproof and warm layers
  • -Camera and any other personal items
  • Depending on the amount of personal items you decide to carry, your day pack will weigh approximately 5-8kg. Your luggage will be transferred by the support vehicle. Please keep luggage to one soft duffle bag per person; please do not bring hard suitcases or extra large duffles as these are hard to transport.

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Fundraising Target:USD$840 

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Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 13 Sep 202417 Sep 2024
Duration:5 Days
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:TLH
Registration Fee:USD$140
Travel Cost:USD$140
Fundraising Target:USD$840