Larapinta for Rural Fire Fighers with Edwina Parsons

Join Edwina Parsons to raise much needed funds for the Volunteer Rural Fire Fighters on a guided walk along Australia's most iconic desert trail.

Challenge Highlights

  • Join Edwina Parsons to raise much needed funds for the Volunteer Rural Fire Fighters
  • Visit Larapinta Trail highlights including Inarlanga Pass, Simpsons Gap, the Ochre Pits and more
  • Stay in exclusive award winning eco-campsites
  • 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
  • Dinner at Hanuman Restaurant in Alice Springs

Overview

The Classic Larapinta Trek is one of the seven Great Walks of Australia and is now noted as one of the top 10 walks in the world on many trekking writers walking lists. Walking the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges we gain a rare perspective of vast flood plains, the razorback rocky outcrops and sheer scale of this ancient land. Over three days you will enjoy the perfect introduction to walking in the outback with a selection of day walks along our favourite sections of the Larapinta Trail. Winding along high exposed ridge lines and through deep, sheltered gorges, this gentle introduction to desert walking traverses one of the world's most evocative and ancient landscapes.

Each evening of the trek you stay at one of our comfortable and stylish semi-permanent wilderness campsites which come complete with hot showers, dining tent and raised individual beds – exclusive to our travellers. The campsites add to the enjoyment of the Larapinta Trail, with heated lounge and dining facilities, hot showers, eco-toilet facilities, solar lighting, USB 12V Camera Battery charging and a host of sustainable and stylish facilities. When combined with exceptional food and and fantastic guides, trekkers can just relax and enjoy the outback hospitality. Our support vehicle transfers all your luggage and camping equipment, leaving you only to carry a day pack while out walking and exploring for the day.

Challenge Grade

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of passes crossings and the length of the trek. The Larapinta 6 day trek is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves 5 – 7 hours walking each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. Although this trek does not involve altitude, it can be tough and should not be underestimated.

In order to complete this trek we advise that you undertake regular exercise three or four times a week for at least three months prior to your departure. Hill walking with a daypack is recommended.

Itinerary

You will be met on arrival at Alice Springs airport by your World Expeditions guide and transferred to the hotel for check-in. This afternoon we tour Alice Springs with visits to The Royal Flying Doctor Museum and the Alice Springs Desert Park. This evening we enjoy dinner at the famous Hanuman Restaurant www.hanuman.com.au Overnight: Doubletree Hotel, Alice Springs

Meals:  D

Your Larapinta Experience begins at Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the iconic Larapinta Trail. The historic stone buildings here date back to 1872 and housed the first Europeans to live in Central Australia. After a short introduction and trip briefing we begin our walk to Wallaby Gap. Weaving into the heart of the West Macdonnell National Park 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. Overnight: Nick's Camp Walking Time: Approx 5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we drive to Standley Chasm, a private reserve still run by the Traditional Owners. Here we do the Loop Walk – a spectacular trek around and into the stunning red-rock Chasm – where spring-fed pools attract birdlife. After lunch, transfer to the Ochre Pits and trek to an original ochre quarry, a sacred Aboriginal site. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes for stunning photos. Cross the breathtaking Inarlanga (Echidna) Pass where we have time to enjoy the peace, and marvel at the ancient cycad palms. In the late afternoon we walk to Charlies Camp, our exclusive eco-campsite nestled in bushland near Honeymoon Gap. The evening is spent relaxing around the campfire while your guides prepare a scrumptious dinner. Overnight: Charlie's Camp Walking Time: 3-4 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 and is the perfect walk to complete our journey. 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 having experienced some of the unforgettable highlights of the Larapinta Trail, we return to Charlies Camp for our final night to celebrate an incredible journey. Overnight: Charlie's Camp Walking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we have a private group transfer to Alice Springs Airport where arrangements conclude.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners - snacks & hot drinks
  • Exclusive semi-permanent campsites
  • Professional wilderness guide & support staff
  • Camping equipment including tents, swags, stretcher beds, catering & dining utensils
  • National Park and camping fees
  • All transport during the tour
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • 1 nights Hotel in Alice Springs

What's Not Included

  • Airfares with Qantas from Sydney to Alice Springs return - flights can be booked by Huma or independently
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and postage
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bag hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Head torches and other personal equipment

What You Carry

  • The Larapinta Trek is a fully supported trek. You will need to carry just a day-pack with your water bottles, jacket, camera and other personal items. You should carry at least 3 litres of water each and every day.
  • Your luggage will be transferred by the support vehicle between campsites. Please keep luggage to a soft duffle bag per person. Please do not bring hard suitcases or extra large duffles as these are hard to transport.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Non Refundable Registration Fee:USD$200 
Minimum Charity Donation/Fundraising:USD$1000 

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Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 4 Jun 20208 Jun 2020
Duration:5 Days
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:EL1
Travel Cost:USD$0