The Larapinta Trail is one of the finest walks in Australia. On this specially designed National Geographic active adventure, we take in the most spectacular highlights of the Larapinta Trail staying in our exclusive semi-permanent campsites and then continuing by road to Kings Canyon & Uluru. Commencing with the Larapinta Trail we take in the highlights of the trail where we'll gain a rare perspective of vast flood plains, the razorback rocky outcrops and sheer scale of this ancient land. You will need to carry only a day pack, as a support vehicle will transport the luggage and meet us at our campsites with bush tucker that will exceed expectations. We journey south of the ranges to experience the dramatic cliffs and gully's of the Kings Canyon before journeying into the very centre of Australia to marvel at the spectacular beauty of the Kata Tjuta with the pinnacle of the journey - witnessing the sun set and rise over the majestic Uluru.
Today your group will be picked up from the Alice Springs Airport and transferred to your group hotel. Your afternoon will be free to explore the township of Alice Springs at your leisure or relax at the hotel before the evening group meal.
We will pick you up from your accommodation between 7am and 7.30am. Our walking commences from the eastern terminal of the trail next to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. The trail passes through witchetty bush and mulga scrub, and over exposed hills and shady woodlands, we wave goodbye to Alice at the top of Euro ridge before we trek through the deep narrow passage of Wallaby Gap. You have the option to head to camp from here or continue on to (8km) our exclusive Semi-permanent wilderness site, Nick's Camp, with stunning views across the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley. Nicks Camp is named to remember its original architect Nick Murcutt. Following your introduction to Camp, you will be greeted by local bush food specialist, Rayleen Brown, from Kungkas Can Cook. She will give an informative presentation about native local bush foods with tastings. Walking 13 km.
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 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.int. After our walk we'll transfer to Mt Sonder Camp, named after the majestic Mt Sonder. Your guides will prepare dinner and will aim for an early night in preparation for your walk up Mt Sonder early the following morning. Walking Time: Approx 6 hours.
Your guides will have you up early this morning (3am) for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving your way up to the 1380m summit of this majestic mountain following only the glittering light of your head-torch, surrounded by deep and peaceful darkness, is a truly inspiring experience... and watching the sunrise from the top is unforgettable! Mount Sonder is the official end and highest point of the entire Larapinta Trail and as such we have expansive views across the entire vast landscape we have been exploring over the last few days. We descend to Redbank Gorge and can enjoy a great brunch on the Finke River. If time permits in the afternoon we may visit the Glen Helen Homestead at the base of the range where we can relax with a drink or even take a scenic helicopter fight over the West MacDonnell Ranges. Overnight Sonder Camp. Walking Time: 6-7 hours.
Today we continue West on Namatjira drive leaving the West MacDonnell range NP behind us and take a closer look at Tnorala the meteorite crater. We then continue along the Mereenie loop road to Kings Canyon resort located in Wattarka NP. We can refresh at our Hotel accommodation before our relaxing evening meal and have local Traditional Owners talk to us about the Canyon and the region. Overnight Kings Canyon Resort.
Today we will spend a morning exploring the wonders of Kings Canyon. We will explore Kings Creek (2.5km) Canyon rim walk (6km loop) and south wall walk (5km) if time permits and the temperatures are not too hot to walk along the rim. After lunch there will be approximately 350km drive to Uluru. On arrival to Uluru, visit the Cultural Centre and learn about the creation stories for the Anangu people of the area. We return to our hotel to freshen up before dinner. Overnight Desert Gardens Hotel, Yulara Resort.
We will rise with the sun today and prepare for our days exploration of Uluru and Kata Juta. There are several walks in and around the ‘Rock’ that we can choose to discover. We can walk the base walk that takes around 4hrs and 11km or many other shorter walks such as Mala, Kuniya, Liru or Dune. After discovering the base of Uluru we work our way further west to Kata Tjuta and walk the Valley of the winds, depending on how we all feel we may walk up to 8km for this loop walk or take a shorter 3km section then head around to Walpa gorge for a shorter 2.5km walk, then return back to our accommodation at the Yulara Resort. This evening we will enjoy a unique outback experience under the stars at the Sounds of Silence dinner with views to Uluru.
Enjoy a Uluru leisurely base walk (Mala & Mutitjulu Waterhole- with local rangers & guides). All walks dependant on outgoing flight times. We will drop you to the airport for connecting flights, or can return to Alice Springs by vehicle with guide. (470kms approximately 5.5 hours).
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