There is nothing small about the experience. It is an amazing part of Australia, very steep in parts but incredibly beautiful. I'm thinking of taking myself on a self-guided trek along the Larapinta. But I'm also a 54 year old woman with a limited sense of direction and I'll be on my lonesome. There would be no mobile phone reception. Alice Springs Tourism; Alice Springs Hotels; Alice Springs Bed and Breakfast; Alice Springs Vacation Rentals; Alice Springs Vacation Packages; Flights to Alice Springs Trek Larapinta is a small local Australian company. Sonder at sunrise, rather than in town. In the company of expert guides trek across Australia’s MacDonnell Ranges, hiking the best of the Larapinta Trail from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder (1350m). I know some sectors are much easier than others. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. One stretch in the first half, from Mulga Camp to Standley Chasm was a rough and challenging 25 km that took us about nine hours to cover. The Larapinta Trail is situated in the Northern Territory. I always intended to pay for a self guided tour. But there were discrepancies between the various sources. habby also mentions walking clubs and wherever you are in Australia, you may not be too far away from a club so it is worth checking out what sort of walks they organise and as a group it will be easier to manage the drop off and pick up aspects, there being plenty of walks in all different parts of Australia and so you could look at doing some less testing ones first and develop the SOD and camping out skills before graduating to one of the tougher if not toughest like Larapinta.Joining a walking club would be good for you to help sort out a walking/camping kit. Moogen, I imagine that if u made reasonable plans you would be fine walking the larapinta alone.Altho,it is considered remote it is not inaccessible....When are you planning to go? The trail runs 230 kilometers from the town of Alice Springs, west along the spine of the ancient West MacDonnell Ranges, to Mt. Even in winter time inland the days are going to be warm when the wind is not blowing and if you get yourself a little lost, you could end up becoming dehydrated and you would know how that feels from doing a marathon. So I can’t really recommend them if you are doing the Larapinta walking trail on a budget. These maps will be published in John’s forthcoming book on the trail. I’ve never seen anything move quite like that in North America. Alternatively talk to businesses that organise the supported treks. In the company of expert guides trek across Australia’s MacDonnell Ranges, hiking the best of the Larapinta Trail from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder (1350m). A Membership is required to post in the forums. Detailed information about the Larapinta Trail, a walking trail that runs along the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. The views, challenges and wildlife are incomparable. I can assure you that with a group tour you won’t be surrounded by a bus load of plus 70 year olds. Membership Sales & Support: 406-640-HIKE (406-640-4453) |, Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory, Australia, http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/walks/larapinta/, http://indesertsmostly.blogspot.com/2008/07/last-day-in-alice.html, Our Lightweight Gear Recommendations for REI Members, Backpacking Courses, Webinars & Other Events. Beginning at Alice Spring’s Telegraph Station (the official start of the Larapinta Trail), walk through ancient bushland and up onto the rocky spine of the MacDonnell Ranges. Over the course of two weeks I met with an average of a half dozen other hikers each day. Ask them how they think a fit but 54 year old woman with a limited sense of direction would go on one of there treks. The Larapinta trail is 223 km long and covers some very challenging country in the NT. While I loved the hike, the mountains and canyons and gaps, I don’t think it’s quite as dramatic or impressive as much of the U.S. southwest. All rights reserved. The Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is a bucket list experience for anyone who enjoys walking holidays. The trail is dotted with established campsites, most with water tanks, some with picnic tables, a couple even with gas grills (Australians are mad about grilling). Thanks for all your advice... and point taken. I'm not insane. Following the spine of the West MacDonnell range, this extended walk along the Larapinta Trail will take in the sections along the trail that simply cannot be missed. You would not walk this trek over summer, November to March. The Larapinta Trail is well marked and easy to follow from start to finish. If you had to rely solely on such sources, your pack would be dang heavy with water; there are a couple stretches of thirty or forty kilometers without water. The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most underrated experiences. Detailed information about the Larapinta Trail, a walking trail that runs along the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Following the spine of the West MacDonnell range, this trek will allow you to walk the entire length of the Larapinta Trail utilising the knowledge and experience of the pioneers of this now iconic trail. You can Obviously, then, the trail is somewhat “developed.” And a few of the camping sites—at the more dramatic and popular gaps–can be accessed via dirt roads. You now advise us it is the later! An active book discussion forum for both fiction and non-fiction books including forums for religion, philosophy, science, politics, current events and more. 19 talking about this. I also knocked over a marathon a few years back so I can tough it out. But how well marked are they? Subscribe here. You can contact the Friends of the Larapinta Trail via email: info@friendsofthelarapintatrail.org.au or be our friend on facebook to keep updated on all our activities or to ask us a question. You don’t say when you are considering this trip. Nights were chilly, down to around 30 F at the coldest, 40F at the warmest. These types of tours will cost over $1, 000 (for a 3-day trek). The 223km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences. Sonder and walk east back to town. http://www.larapintatrail.com.au/larapinta-trail-grading.html, https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/australasia-pacific-australia-new-zealand-antarctica/australia/the-great-ocean-walk-solo-women, http://www.thehikinglife.com/2016/01/a-quick-dirty-guide-to-the-larapinta-trail/, http://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=22452, http://www.danthewanderer.com/larapinta-trail/. My favorite place to hike in the States is the Anza-Borrego in California, and so I couldn’t help but compare the West MacDonnell Ranges. update your settings Australia does have a few more trails less arduous and closer to civilisation for that. It is also one Australia's newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world. Water tanks at most sites, though, are filled periodically by trucks that come in on closed two-tracks (and occasionally they don’t come often enough—it’s possible though uncommon to find a tank empty). We managed without too much trouble to hitch a ride out, first to Glen Echo, a nearby “resort” (store/restaurant/ campground), then back to Alice. I was pretty lucky in developing SOD skills, coutry living, boy scouts, military, light aircraft flying and one thing in common was always having a good compass, still better to have one rather rely on GPS and more fun in laying a compass on a map and then looking at your surroundings from a vantage point - but you can practice the basics on a map at home, plot yourself a route and break it into sectors and make up a distance/direction list etc. It comes down to your meaning of self-guided, completely DIY or as I suggested above a supported self guided walk. As for getting back to town, lots of people (at least in winter) drive out to the Sonder trailhead on a rough dirt road. Designed to be walked in either direction, the Larapinta Trail runs for 223 km between the town of … I think you could easily hitchhike by approaching people in the carpark at Standley or Simpsons Gap to get back to Alice. July was of course mid-winter in Australia, so the days were short—sun up at seven, down by 5:00 or so. The first section of the trail was opened in 1990, and after many years of development and community consultation, the Larapinta Trail was finally completed in 2002. Three car accessible campsites have storage closets in rest room buildings, where food boxes can be left (you get a key in town at the Tourist visitor center). Most people get an expensive shuttle out to Mt. Another option you might consider is a supported self guide walk. Copy and paste the url below to share the link. The water tanks are necessary, as the only water along the trail is found in (some of) the widely spaced gaps. So I would have an EPIRB. They were just fabulous company, knowledgable, happy, fun, easy-going, smart and managed their way through a very awkward & challenging situation with other members of the walking group. Generally hikers organize food drops ahead of time (one reason many prefer to shuttle out to Mt. Ranked as one of the planet's top 20 treks, the Larapinta Trail is a 231 kilometre path that follows the rocky spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount Sonder. The question is how difficult is the trail if you go into it with that kind of support. Agree - you wouldn't want to get lost in that terrain (it might be years before they found your bones). The Larapinta is a popular trail with Australians, who account for nearly all of the trail’s users. I brought only a pair of shorts, but often at night and in the mornings I put a pair of long underwear on underneath. The Larapinta Trail, Alice Springs: See 514 reviews, articles, and 306 photos of The Larapinta Trail, ranked No.3 on Tripadvisor among 68 attractions in Alice Springs. We used Trek Larapinta for transfers to and from the trail and they were great, but fairly expensive (about $500 for our original plan of 2-person redbank dropoff, standley pickup, and 2 food drops). Run Larapinta is a 4 day, 4 stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the iconic Larapinta Trail in Australia’s Northern Territory. Sonder, go bounding smoothly through the thick brush and rock. we use cookies to improve your experience on our website. © They will have one or two people who don’t walk, their role is to do the food & water drops and pick up the group at the end of the trail. The first half of my fourteen day walk we hiked almost all of the daylight hours, the second half we took a lot of short days, a couple times walking only six or seven miles. Prepare for some remote and challenging bushwalking. If you don't have outdoors experience and knowledge I agree with the others you should do the journey as part of an organised group. Hi there, Receive new Members-only content, gain access to 2,000+ articles in the archives, and become a part of the most passionate community of backpacking experts in the world. If you’re interested in learning more about the trail, try the official website: Self-guided Larapinta Trail tours include Larapinta Trail transfers, trekking equipment and food drops. The Larapinta trail is a hiking track that spans 223km to the west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory… Larapinta Trail - Northern Territory, Australia | AllTrails Anyone with moderate fitness and walking ability should be able to walk the Larapinta Trail - or at least parts of it. The trail is in the centre of Australia and there is not much to help you complete your 20 day trek, though campsites are available. I've only ever backpacked. Our walk of the Larapinta Trail was assisted by the use of draft 1:50 000 coloured maps provided by John Chapman. Over the course of two weeks I met with an average of a half dozen other hikers each day. Can I suggest you do a google for something like “larapinta trail blog” and you will find info from people who have actually done the walk. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. The fastest hikers I met had done the trail in ten days; the most leisurely were taking three weeks. We wanted to say how amazing Damo & Vicki were on the Challenge Larapinta Trek we did in Sept 2019. Having worked in Central Australia for two years, I’d felt that I’d come to appreciate the cultural significance, design of the landscape and the brutality of the elements – but the Larapinta Trail was something else. It is divided into sections, most about a day's walk - so with a (4WD) car shuffle and a few 2 day sections, it can almost be walked with just a day pack. Go with a group and it will be a relaxing rather stressful experience. The MacDonnell ranges are pretty rugged and harsh country and maybe if you have not done too much bushwalking, it might be better for you to do a bit in less testing terrain beforehand and develop that sense of direction a bit more. I haven't done any real bushwalking before but I'm pretty fit 4x5km run and 2 weights sessions a…. Be amazed by the dramatic colour changes in the rock formations at Glen Helen Gorge and Standley Chasm. The season would be a main consideration http://www.thehikinglife.com/2016/01/a-quick-dirty-guide-to-the-larapinta-trail/http://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=22452http://www.danthewanderer.com/larapinta-trail/. guided walks will as habby indicates mean you will be with like minded people.A women on here recently asked about the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria, it closely following some of the Great Ocean Road and I have pulled up that thread for you - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/australasia-pacific-australia-new-zealand-antarctica/australia/the-great-ocean-walk-solo-women - habby has also commented there and as it turns out the lady has planned on a supported walk, there being a few more other than the one she is using and there also a guided walk. Whilst navigation is not overly difficult, the terrain is at times challenging. Other than the GOW, there are walks on Mornington Peninsula where you cannot get too lost, parts of the Bicentennial trail that takes off from east of Melbourne and you can also access sections of it further east and north east in Victoria or interstate, then you have all the national parks with good walks, Wilsons Promontory for instance and then up around the Blue Mountains with heaps of day and longer walks, Gold Coast Hinterland and then heading west, there is the Heysen Trail in SA and a similar one over in WA, Katherine Gorge and Kakadu up north or way south in Tasmania, as I say heaps to build yourself up to something like the Larapinta. Base on the experience of people in my bushwalking (trekking) club who have undertaken the Larapinta Trail a number of times you need to plan for food and water drops along they way. The Great Ocean Road looks lovely but I want to get off the grid for a bit and be absolutely alone. The Larapinta Trail is an extended walking track in the Northern Territory of Australia. And of course there’s the kangaroos: a highlight of the walk was seeing a pair, up on the slopes of Mt. It’s great to be up high, but some of my favorite stretches were in the canyons that cut across the range, deep and rugged and bouldery gorges, occupied by ancient cycads and big gum trees; in the evenings the wallabies might come out, dingo too, big hill kangaroos. Forums are supported by our merchant partners (. 2020 The region, though, offers many opportunities for side trips across country, especially in the western half of the trail (though again, water would be an issue). There are long days walking in exposed conditions and a desert environment with hard surfaces underfoot and climbs & descents. John and Lyn Daly’s book, Take a Walk on the Larapinta Trail; Sonder—they can do drops along the way). 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