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As already outlined this is a remote area walk and not to be taken lightly. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. I started in Alice, and I would highly recommend that direction—it’s much more dramatic to finish atop Mt. 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. It has some serious climbs up the ridges and occasional rock scrambles but the scenery is incredible. You are looking in the wrong place for the detailed advice you are after. The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most underrated experiences. 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. I've only ever backpacked. Not that it doesn’t have a charm of its own. The track is particularly rough on shoes (and feet) and even walking in winter it can be quite hot in the day and very cold at night (like ice on the inside of the tent cold). All rights reserved. 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. Daytime temps were mostly in the mid-sixties. 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. 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). Anyone with moderate fitness and walking ability should be able to walk the Larapinta Trail - or at least parts of it. An active book discussion forum for both fiction and non-fiction books including forums for religion, philosophy, science, politics, current events and more. Much of the trail runs high along the open ridges, but it never goes too long without descending into gaps. BACKPACKING LIGHT® and the FEATHER/MOUNTAIN icon are registered trademarks granted for exclusive use to Beartooth Media Group, Inc. I haven't done any real bushwalking before but I'm pretty fit 4x5km run and 2 weights sessions a week. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Trek Larapinta is a small local Australian company. A Membership is required to post in the forums. 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. The question is how difficult is the trail if you go into it with that kind of support. Last summer, in July, I walked the Larapinta Trail in central Australia. Considered to be among the best hiking trails in the world, the Larapinta Trail is as enormously challenging as it is unimaginably beautiful. The NATMAP 1:250 000 topographical maps, Hermannsburg and Alice Springs also show the Trail. 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. You would need to consider hiring a EPIRB. 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. There is much material already written and published about the Larapinta Trail, so I'll only summarize it here and provide links to the main site for maps and more details. 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). Not to scare you anymore than the Wolves, but people do die in the outback and probably best if you can find some hiking companions to do that sort of terrain for what if you do an ankle or worse? 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. Sonder (at 1380 meters the fourth highest peak in the Northern Territory). The water tanks are necessary, as the only water along the trail is found in (some of) the widely spaced gaps. The Larapinta Trail is well marked and easy to follow from start to finish. So I'd appreciate some alternate suggestions. I'm thinking of taking myself on a self-guided trek along the Larapinta. Ranked as one of the planet's top 20 treks, the Larapinta Trail is a 223 kilometre path that follows the rocky spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount Sonder. These types of tours will cost over $1, 000 (for a 3-day trek). The Larapinta is a popular trail with Australians, who account for nearly all of the trail’s users. The Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is a bucket list experience for anyone who enjoys walking holidays. 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 views, challenges and wildlife are incomparable. 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. You now advise us it is the later! Prepare for some remote and challenging bushwalking. 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. It comes down to your meaning of self-guided, completely DIY or as I suggested above a supported self guided walk. Subscribe here. Australia does have a few more trails less arduous and closer to civilisation for that. 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. I think you could easily hitchhike by approaching people in the carpark at Standley or Simpsons Gap to get back to Alice. 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). It would seem from http://www.larapintatrail.com.au/larapinta-trail-grading.html that you would want to be on the fitter side and when you say self guided, do you mean getting support for food/water drop offs etc. Sonder—they can do drops along the way). 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. General and technical information about the Larapinta Trail which includes campsites, terrain, vegetation, landforms, climate and weather, trail grading, trailheads and trail facilities. 19 talking about this. There’s little doubt it’s one of the best trails Australia has to offer. You can The walk is described in the entries for July 16th through July 31st. Generally hikers organize food drops ahead of time (one reason many prefer to shuttle out to Mt. I’ve never seen anything move quite like that in North America. But I'm also a 54 year old woman with a limited sense of direction and I'll be on my lonesome. Copy and paste the url below to share the link. 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? by clicking the Privacy policy link at the bottom of the page. The fastest hikers I met had done the trail in ten days; the most leisurely were taking three weeks. 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 Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is one of Australia's most famous walking experiences. I know some sectors are much easier than others. We wanted to say how amazing Damo & Vicki were on the Challenge Larapinta Trek we did in Sept 2019. 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. Alice Springs Tourism; Alice Springs Hotels; Alice Springs Bed and Breakfast; Alice Springs Vacation Rentals; Alice Springs Vacation Packages; Flights to Alice Springs Download the Backpacking Light Handbook to help you make intelligent decisions about gear, skills, ultralight philosophy, and reducing your pack weight. How hard is it and would the experience be Wolf Creek scary? This topic has been locked by a moderator. More information can be found by viewing the following announcement. I had been preparing a response for you moogen but then had a power outage and see habby has covered a couple of points I was to make:. Detailed information about the Larapinta Trail, a walking trail that runs along the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. The notion of an organised tour appals me. . Agree - you wouldn't want to get lost in that terrain (it might be years before they found your bones). 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. 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 also knocked over a marathon a few years back so I can tough it out. The way the land has been shaped by nature really is quite a vista. I haven't done any real bushwalking before but I'm pretty fit 4x5km run and 2 weights sessions a…. Challenge yourself to hike the whole trail or tackle one of its 12 sections, all of … The trail runs 230 kilometers from the town of Alice Springs, west along the spine of the ancient West MacDonnell Ranges, to Mt. Another option you might consider is a supported self guide walk. Larapinta Trail - Northern Territory, Australia | AllTrails 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/. 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). http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/walks/larapinta/, As for my walk, I kept a weblog—“In Deserts, Mostly”—of the two-month trip I took last summer, in the western U.S, and Australia. John and Lyn Daly’s book, Take a Walk on the Larapinta Trail; Whilst navigation is not overly difficult, the terrain is at times challenging. Running for 40km on city streets does not give you credentials for the rock, dry and isolated surfaces along the MacDonnell Range. Our walk of the Larapinta Trail was assisted by the use of draft 1:50 000 coloured maps provided by John Chapman. Get our Handbook - the resource you need to make intelligent decisions about gear, safety, comfort, and pack weight. It’s not just the risk of getting lost but also what you would do with personal injury or illness (including snake bite) along the trail. The Larapinta Trail is designed to start in Alice Springs and finish at Mt Sonder and as such the difficulty ratings attached to each of the 12 sections in the printed brochures and the guidebooks are based on this. 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. Sonder, go bounding smoothly through the thick brush and rock. There are long days walking in exposed conditions and a desert environment with hard surfaces underfoot and climbs & descents. There is nothing small about the experience. 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. 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/. © I brought only a pair of shorts, but often at night and in the mornings I put a pair of long underwear on underneath. 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. Talking to friends who have walked the Larapinta (as well as walking extensively in Australia, NZ & Europe) it is a tough walk. Designed to be walked in either direction, the Larapinta Trail runs for 223 km between the town of … 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. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. Here’s the url: http://indesertsmostly.blogspot.com/2008/07/last-day-in-alice.html src="/backpackinglight/user_uploads/1239834639_12041.jpg" alt="Hugh Gorge" width="550" height="413">. 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). The Larapinta Trail takes in a variety of desert habitats before rewarding walkers with magnificent 360° panoramic vistas, from the summit of Mt Sonder – the highest point and end of the trail. So I can’t really recommend them if you are doing the Larapinta walking trail on a budget. The Larapinta is a popular trail with Australians, who account for nearly all of the trail’s users. July was of course mid-winter in Australia, so the days were short—sun up at seven, down by 5:00 or so. As for getting back to town, lots of people (at least in winter) drive out to the Sonder trailhead on a rough dirt road. The land is older, more worn down…. 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. Go with a group and it will be a relaxing rather stressful experience. 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. 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. But how well marked are they? The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's finest walks, situated just out of Alice Springs and spanning 223kms across the West MacDonnell Ranges. 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 situated in the Northern Territory. © Copyright 2001-2020 BEARTOOTH MEDIA GROUP, INC. | U.S. Library of Congress Serial Registration ISSN 1537-0364 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 notion of an organised tour appals me. Most people get an expensive shuttle out to Mt. Be amazed by the dramatic colour changes in the rock formations at Glen Helen Gorge and Standley Chasm. So I would have an EPIRB. I'm not insane. 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. Though this trail is a challenge, it's not just for the young, so read on for my full experience hiking this trail. In fact you would be walking with a group of like minded people who you share your experience of the walk. The Larapinta Trail is an extended walking track in the Northern Territory of Australia. The Larapinta trail is 223 km long and covers some very challenging country in the NT. The 223km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences. Thorn Tree is currently set to READ-ONLY mode. 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. Sonder at sunrise, rather than in town. 2020 Hi there, The Larapinta trail is rated by us as a challenging – strenuous grade and best suited to hikers of strong fitness and confidence. Do a group tour or find a companion. The Larapinta trail is a hiking track that spans 223km to the west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory… 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. Sonder and walk east back to town. Thanks for all your advice... and point taken. Nights were chilly, down to around 30 F at the coldest, 40F at the warmest. 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. It is also one Australia's newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world. The path enables you to discover the many attractions of the West MacDonnell Ranges. It is an amazing part of Australia, very steep in parts but incredibly beautiful. 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. 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). These maps will be published in John’s forthcoming book on the trail. I can assure you that with a group tour you won’t be surrounded by a bus load of plus 70 year olds. 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. You would not walk this trek over summer, November to March. Home › Forums › Campfire › Post-Trip Reports › Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory, Australia. I'm thinking of taking myself on a self-guided trek along the Larapinta. update your settings Something for everyone: Basic, Premium, and Unlimited Membership options available. Forums are supported by our merchant partners (. What is the Larapinta Trail? It seems I haven't been very clear. 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. http://www.larapintatrailwalk.com.au/Larapinta-Treks/Self-Guided-Walks. Very rocky under foot, the trail is occasionally overgrown with spinifex; gaiters or hiking pants are recommended. 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. The Larapinta Trail Website is one of the most comprehensive trail websites in the world. You don’t say when you are considering this trip. There would be no mobile phone reception. 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