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One has not truly experienced Australia without venturing into its vast wild heart—the Outback. The Larapinta Trail immediately comes to mind for those seeking to explore the seldom-visited central areas of the country. Starting and ending in Alice Springs, traverse one section of the trail over five days, encountering majestic ridges, enchanting gorges, and ancient rock formations steeped in millennia-old stories. Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges, marvel at sweeping views across vast desert plains, and reach notable landmarks like Ormiston Pound and formidable Mt Sonder. Indulge in the flavors of the land with delectable bush food, delve into rich Aboriginal history and Dreamtime legends, and find solace at peaceful campsites under starry skies. Let the Larapinta Trail ignite your sense of adventure and leave an indelible mark on your soul, unveiling the timeless allure of Australia’s Outback.

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Adventure highlights

  • Breathtaking landscapes

    Immerse in the visual feast with towering red cliffs, winding gorges, expansive desert plains, and panoramic ridgelines

  • Rich cultural heritage

    Visit significant Indigenous sites, hear Dreamtime stories, and feel the spirit and history of the land

  • Unique cuisine

    Savor delectable platters with organic bush food from Australia’s Central Desert


Embark on an unforgettable journey through the rugged beauty of the Larapinta Trail. Begin in Alice Springs and venture into the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges. Traverse high quartzite ridgelines, encounter ancient folklore, summit the area’s highest peak and take in the vistas of the vast Australian Outback. Stay in remote and comfortable camps, learn about Aboriginal culture, savor authentic bush food. Experience the essence of the Larapinta Trail, where adventure, natural wonders, and cultural richness intertwine for a transformative hiking expedition.

  • Arrive in Alice Springs and settle into your accommodation, immersing yourself in the vibrant heart of the Red Centre. Take the opportunity to explore the city, visit art galleries showcasing Aboriginal artworks, and gather any necessary items for the Larapinta Trail. In the late afternoon, join your group at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden to meet your Larapinta Trail hiking guide and fellow travelers, where you’ll discuss the exciting days that lie ahead. Rest and recharge for the upcoming adventure.


    The town of Alice Springs, Australia.
  • Bid farewell to the comforts of civilization as you head into the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, starting from the outskirts of Alice Springs. Marvel at the breathtaking views, particularly at Euro Ridge. Let the natural beauty of the region captivate your senses and allow you to unwind and immerse yourself in the journey. At Wallaby Gap, our Ground Support Vehicle will meet your group, transporting you to a remote campsite within the MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Indulge in a Kungkas Can Cook Tasting Platter, savoring pre-dinner treats that celebrate the flavors of the Central Desert Region and beyond.

    Meals: Lunch and dinner
    Hiking: 8.7 mi (14 km)
    Driving distance: 91 mi (146 km)


    Euro Ridge near Alice Springs, part of the Larapinta Trail.
  • Embark on an awe-inspiring adventure along the western section of the Larapinta Trail, an 8.3 mi (13.4 km) stretch that caters to experienced hikers with good fitness levels. Discover the exhilarating beauty of high quartzite ridgelines, including the imposing Haasts Bluff and the Northern Territory’s highest point, Mt Zeil. Be prepared to be amazed by the stunning views that unfold before you. Enjoy nourishing meals throughout the day, providing you with the energy to fully appreciate the remarkable landscape.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 8.3 mi (13.4 km)
    Driving distance: 58 mi (94 km)


    Serpentine Gorge, one of the famous sites found along the Larapinta Trail.
  • Embark on a journey through the low-lying regions surrounding Ormiston Gorge, gradually ascending into the back reaches of the Finke River. Immerse yourself in the rich traditional folklore of the area, where you’ll encounter significant sites such as ‘Yapulpa,’ linked to the Carpet Snake Dreaming legend, and the Emu and Kangaroo Man Dreaming. As the sun sets, enjoy the vibrant colors of the night desert at our beautiful permanent campsite, an ideal setting for stargazing beneath a canopy of a million stars.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 6.8 mi (11 km)
    Driving distance: 17 mi (27 km)


    A waterhole found along the Larapinta Trail.
  • Prepare for an early and challenging ascent as your group tackles the 5-mile (8 km) climb to the peak of Mount Sonder. Witness the awe-inspiring vision of the sunrise and be rewarded with a breathtaking 360° view that will leave you speechless—an unforgettable achievement that will etch itself into your memory. Spend the remainder of the day at camp, surrounded by the enchanting beauty of the Milky Way, embracing the tranquility of nature.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 9.9 mi (16 km)
    Driving distance: 40 mi (64 km)


    Panoramic views across the desert plains in Central Australia.
  • Experience the grand finale of the Larapinta Trail with the awe-inspiring Ormiston Pound Walk. Marvel at the Chewing’s Range and Mount Giles, immortalized by Albert Namatjira. After a delightful lunch, bid farewell to the trail and head back to Alice Springs. Celebrate your journey at an Outback Restaurant, sharing stories and laughter while enjoying a refreshing ale or cool drink. Your adventure will have ended after dinner. Say goodbye to your guide, fellow hikers and retreat to your accommodation in Alice Spring. The following day, say goodbye to this part of Australia—or continue touring on your own.
    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Hiking: 5.6 mi (9 km)


    A campsite near the Larapinta Trail with permanent safari tents.
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Walking Country
Walking Country
Walking Country, a trusted small-group tour operator based in Alice Springs, specializes in providing hassle-free experiences of the Larapinta Trail. With their expertise and more than two decades of experience, they take care of all logistical hassles, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the journey. Their commitment to Aboriginal culture shines through, offering extensive indigenous experiences and a deep appreciation for the local traditions. With trained guides well-versed in Aboriginal culture, wildlife, and the natural environment, Walking Country ensures an authentic and enriching exploration of the Larapinta Trail.
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If you are looking for an unforgettable tour of the Larapinta Trail, we did a 5-day Larapinta Trail tour. It’s one of the most iconic Australian tour companies that allows you to see the best on this trail. In addition, they have their permanent campsite, and the evenings were outstanding. A big thanks to Don, he is one the best expert in Larapinta Trail.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Tour host
      • 5 days of hiking on a section of the Larapinta Trail
      • National Park fees and traditional owners and camping fees
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners)
      • An outback meat tasting platter, organic bush food tasting platter straight from the Central Desert, and trail snacks such as fresh fruit, muesli bars and biscuits
      • Hot and cold drinks (excluding alcoholic beverages) and fresh drinking water
      • Overnights in private and permanent campsites on indigenous land (4 nights) — single tent available for an additional fee during booking
      • All camping equipment (such as linen, pillows, sleeping bags and permanent safari tents)
      • Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle for all transportation
      • Extensive remote first aid kit, satellite phone and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
      • Hotel pick up and drop off on the first and last day of the tour

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Alice Springs
      • Accommodation in Alice Springs before and after the tour
      • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
      • Alcoholic beverages (but you can bring your own if you wish to)
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • To fully enjoy and engage in this guided Larapinta Trail adventure, a moderate level of fitness is essential. Daily hikes will cover distances ranging from approximately 6.8 to 9.9 miles (11 to 16 km), often traversing steep, rocky terrains under direct sunlight and high humidity. Over the course of the tour, you’ll be embarking on approximately 43.5 miles (70 km) of challenging walks, and the hikes will be conducted at the guide’s discretion to prioritize guest safety.

    If you’re feeling unwell or have a mild injury on any given day, you have the option to opt out of the day’s walk. In such cases, you can enjoy a day of rest at our permanent campsite or at Ormiston Gorge, which features a café and a beautiful waterhole/beach area.

    The daily treks encompass a combination of sandy trails, small to medium rocks, steep ascents and descents along ridgelines, hills, gorges, and occasional water crossings. You should be comfortable covering the daily distances while carrying a small daypack (approximately 7-10 kg) containing essentials like water, sunscreen, snacks, camera/phone, and personal items. On average, each day’s trek will span 6-9 hours, including breaks. Rest assured, your guide will be by your side, providing encouragement and ensuring your safety throughout the journey.

  • Here’s a list of hiking gear you need to bring:

      • Daypack large enough to fit all items you may need in a day (18-30L)
      • Trekking poles — optional
      • Water bladders or bottles (with 3-5 L total capacity)
      • Head torch with spare batteries
      • Insect repellent/fly net or sunscreen with fly repellent
      • Additional snacks such as energy bars or similar (your guide will provide dry fruit and nuts, fresh fruit, some muesli bars, lollies, and some cakes)
      • Reusable ziplock bag for snacks

    For clothes, you will need:

      • Lightweight, quick-drying clothes suitable for longer hikes/walks
      • Warm clothes for night/sleeping/early treks (clothes made of fleece are suitable)
      • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for rain
      • Gloves and a beanie
      • Wide-brimmed hat
      • A pair of sturdy, lace-up boots for the track that provide adequate ankle support and have good, solid soles for walking on sharp rocks (new or near new condition)
      • A pair of hiking socks, (ideally one per day)
      • A pair of lightweight shoes
      • Warm clothes for the campsite
      • Swim suit/trunks and towel for showers/swimming
      • Flip-flops or similar (good for bathroom visits)
      • Your main bag should be a soft sports bag or large backpack that will packed and transported on the bus (it shouldn’t weigh more than 45 lbs/20 kg)

    For other items, we recommend you bring:

      • Blister bandages and tape
      • Sunscreen and sunglasses
      • Anti-bacterial gel
      • Wet-wipes and/or toilet paper for the treks
      • Plastic bag for rubbish collection
      • Personal items such as toiletries and medications
      • Power bank to charge devices (there is no electricity at camp)
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • If you would like to bring any alcohol, purchase this before the meet-and-greet

    Bring comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather. You can expect cold evenings and mornings, pleasant daytime temperatures, and low possibility for rainy days. However, there is always a chance that the weather will be unpredictable, so you should be prepared for different scenarios. Temperatures can get extremely high (+120°F/50°C temperatures are not unheard of) and they can drop below freezing during the night. You’ll get a chance to discuss your packing list with the guide if you’re not sure about some items.

  • The campsites offer a unique and exceptional experience. Located on indigenous land, these beautiful private and permanent campsites feature permanent safari tents, complete with twin bedding, pillows, linen, sleeping bags, and blankets, ensuring comfort, privacy, and security. They are carefully chosen for their proximity to the hiking trails and breathtaking views of the landscapes, allowing you to enjoy the sunset over the majestic West MacDonnell Ranges and stargaze under the vast outback sky. These campsites provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable moments.

    Rest assured, the campsites are equipped with all the necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay, including a bush-camp kitchen, portable toilets, and pop-up showers. Please note that all water is brought in from Alice Springs, so water usage should be conservative. Wet wipes are recommended for freshening up on other days, or you can choose to dip into one of the water holes along the trek.

    For those seeking extra privacy, single-person tents are available for an additional fee. Additionally, all participants can opt for a bush swag if they want to sleep under the stars! While there are no charging facilities at the campsite, you can bring power banks to charge your electronic items. Phone reception is unlikely at the campsite, but the guides are equipped with satellite phones, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), and extensive remote first aid kits to stay in touch with the operations team in Alice Springs. Enjoy switching off and returning to nature in this remote and stunning setting.

  • During the Larapinta Trail adventure, all meals are covered, ensuring a variety of nourishing options. The day starts with breakfast, featuring muesli, toast, fresh fruits, and occasionally treats like croissants or pancakes. Lunch offers wraps, salads, fried rice, or an authentic Aussie BBQ with meats and bagels.

    Dinners are a highlight, prepared over a campfire, and may include hot pots, fish or meat dishes, accompanied by rice or pasta and fresh salads. For dessert, indulge in Tim Tams, butter-fried fruit cake, custard, apple crumble, sweet damper, or marshmallows, perfectly paired with a warm cup of tea.

    Trekking snacks such as nuts, fruit, and biscuits are provided, but feel free to bring your favorite chocolate bars, nuts, protein bars, or lollies to keep your energy up during the day.

    Various dietary requirements are catered to, including vegetarian, pescetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free — just let your guide know in advance. While specialist items like dairy-free yogurt or nut milk are not supplied, you’re welcome to bring these, and they will be stored for you.

    Fresh drinking water is offered throughout the journey, with the option to fill your water bladders and bottles using the equipped trucks. Given Central Australia’s arid climate, carrying 3-5L water bladders and hydrolytes is recommended to stay well-hydrated.

    Please note that alcoholic and soft drinks are not included, but you’re welcome to bring your own beverages. Moderation is encouraged due to the physical nature of the adventure and the risk of dehydration.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the maximum number of participants is 15.
      • The minimum number of participants for this tour to operate is 6.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking the Larapinta Trail can be arranged for larger and for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors older than 7 are permitted to join the hike, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Alice Springs, most people fly into one of major Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, or Adelaide. From there, we suggest taking another direct flight to Alice Springs. Once there, you should take a shuttle or a taxi from the airport to the city center (which is around 9 miles away).

    You will meet your guide at Olive Pink Botanic Garden at 4.30pm on Day 0. Additionally, you’ll be picked up at your accommodation at around 6am on Day 1, marking the official start of the adventure. You’ll be able to discuss the best arrival options with your guide prior to the departure as it may differ depending on where you come from.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. Medical insurance is essential to cover accidents or emergencies on and off the trail, including hospital treatments and air transportation. Verify that your medical insurance accounts for the Larapinta Trail’s demanding conditions. Travel insurance is equally crucial, protecting against flight cancellations, natural disasters, unexpected disruptions, and emergency repatriation costs. Given the trail’s remoteness, having travel insurance is a prudent choice.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A $340 non-refundable deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid at the latest one month (30 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund minus the deposit.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
      • For bookings made within thirty (30) calendar days of departure, full payment is due upon confirmation and no refunds will be due in the case of cancellation
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