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? Though this trail is a challenge, it's not just for the young, so read on for my full experience hiking this trail. Sonder and walk east back to town. I haven't done any real bushwalking before but I'm pretty fit 4x5km run and 2 weights sessions a week. Much of the trail runs high along the open ridges, but it never goes too long without descending into gaps. There is nothing small about the experience. It has some serious climbs up the ridges and occasional rock scrambles but the scenery is incredible. We wanted to say how amazing Damo & Vicki were on the Challenge Larapinta Trek we did in Sept 2019. But there were discrepancies between the various sources. 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. The NATMAP 1:250 000 topographical maps, Hermannsburg and Alice Springs also show the Trail. Thorn Tree is currently set to READ-ONLY mode. It is also one Australia's newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world. we use cookies to improve your experience on our website. Australia does have a few more trails less arduous and closer to civilisation for that. 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). 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. 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. The notion of an organised tour appals me. So I would have an EPIRB. I always intended to pay for a self guided tour. 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. 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? I'm thinking of taking myself on a self-guided trek along the Larapinta. Agree - you wouldn't want to get lost in that terrain (it might be years before they found your bones). 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. I’ve never seen anything move quite like that in North America. The Larapinta is a popular trail with Australians, who account for nearly all of the trail’s users. The way the land has been shaped by nature really is quite a vista. You don’t say when you are considering this trip. The path enables you to discover the many attractions of the West MacDonnell Ranges. We were super impressed with their maturity and care of the group. 19 talking about this. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. A Membership is required to post in the forums. What is the Larapinta Trail? Download the Backpacking Light Handbook to help you make intelligent decisions about gear, skills, ultralight philosophy, and reducing your pack weight. Something for everyone: Basic, Premium, and Unlimited Membership options available. I know some sectors are much easier than others. 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. An active book discussion forum for both fiction and non-fiction books including forums for religion, philosophy, science, politics, current events and more. The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most underrated experiences. Over the course of two weeks I met with an average of a half dozen other hikers each day. 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). These types of tours will cost over $1, 000 (for a 3-day trek). 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. 2020 If you’re interested in learning more about the trail, try the official website: The trail runs 230 kilometers from the town of Alice Springs, west along the spine of the ancient West MacDonnell Ranges, to Mt. The land is older, more worn down…. I've only ever backpacked. Sonder—they can do drops along the way). The Great Ocean Road looks lovely but I want to get off the grid for a bit and be absolutely alone. Another option you might consider is a supported self guide walk. 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">. Trek Larapinta is a small local Australian company. 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:. How hard is it and would the experience be Wolf Creek scary? 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. 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. 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. 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. Whilst navigation is not overly difficult, the terrain is at times challenging. Forums are supported by our merchant partners (. Running for 40km on city streets does not give you credentials for the rock, dry and isolated surfaces along the MacDonnell Range. Home › Forums › Campfire › Post-Trip Reports › Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory, Australia. The Larapinta trail is 223 km long and covers some very challenging country in the NT. July was of course mid-winter in Australia, so the days were short—sun up at seven, down by 5:00 or so. 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. 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. So I'd appreciate some alternate suggestions. Not that it doesn’t have a charm of its own. 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. The notion of an organised tour appals me. General and technical information about the Larapinta Trail which includes campsites, terrain, vegetation, landforms, climate and weather, trail grading, trailheads and trail facilities. You would not walk this trek over summer, November to March. Thanks for all your advice... and point taken. 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. More information can be found by viewing the following announcement. 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. Detailed information about the Larapinta Trail, a walking trail that runs along the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Over the course of two weeks I met with an average of a half dozen other hikers each day. Alice Springs Tourism; Alice Springs Hotels; Alice Springs Bed and Breakfast; Alice Springs Vacation Rentals; Alice Springs Vacation Packages; Flights to Alice Springs Larapinta Trail - Northern Territory, Australia | AllTrails But I'm also a 54 year old woman with a limited sense of direction and I'll be on my lonesome. 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. 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. 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. Sonder at sunrise, rather than in town. The Larapinta Trail, to me, is the quintessential Australian hike, and it delivers. Alternatively talk to businesses that organise the supported treks. Challenge yourself to hike the whole trail or tackle one or more of its 12 sections, all of which vary in difficulty and length. You are looking in the wrong place for the detailed advice you are after. Designed to be walked in either direction, the Larapinta Trail runs for 223 km between the town of … I'm thinking of taking myself on a self-guided trek along the Larapinta. 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. © There would be no mobile phone reception. 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 an extended walking track in the Northern Territory of Australia. Copy and paste the url below to share the link. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. You really need to take a reality check. 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. Go with a group and it will be a relaxing rather stressful experience. John and Lyn Daly’s book, Take a Walk on the Larapinta Trail; 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. 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. The Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is one of Australia's most famous walking experiences. The set up is professional, well planned, well thought out and combined with excellent guides with local knowledge and passion for what they do. 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. 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). The Larapinta Trail is well marked and easy to follow from start to finish. You can You would need to consider hiring a EPIRB. Do a group tour or find a companion. 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