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Best of The Larapinta Trail Walk 9D8N, Fully Guided

Best of The Larapinta Trail Walk 9D8N, Fully Guided

Best of The Larapinta Trail Walk 9D8N, Fully Guided

$3,055.00

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At A Glance

The desert ranges of the Red Centre deliver the quintessential Australian experience on the Larapinta Trail. The Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is one of Australia's most famous walking experiences in Australia's Red Centre. The Best of The Larapinta Trail is designed to take in the most spectacular highlights along the 223km track.

The 9 day Larapinta trail provides a rare perspective of vast flood plains, razorback rocky outcrops and the awe-inspiring scale of this ancient land. It also harbours many Aboriginal sacred sites of the Arrernte people. 



Following the spine of the West MacDonnell range, this demanding but incredibly rewarding 9-day Larapinta trek will allow you to walk approx. 150 km length of the Larapinta Trail utilising the knowledge and experience of the pioneers of this now iconic trail. You'll carry just day packs while a 4WD vehicle transfers all the group camping gear to the next campsite, freeing trekkers to enjoy the diverse desert scenery, revel in the camaraderie of like-minded travellers and focus on achieving your goal.

The desert walk experience is enhanced with accommodation at innovative, stylish and sustainable semi-permanent campsites where you will be provided with high quality, interesting and nutritional meals to support your daily energy recovery.

The tour includes 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners, prepared by your guides, 8 nights' exclusive semi-permanent campsites including safari tents, stretcher beds, swags and hot showers, National Park fees and fees to Traditional Owners as well as off-road transport from Alice Springs. You will be supported by expert local leaders who possess full knowledge of the area and environment, providing trekkers with the insight story of Australia's most iconic desert trek.


This walk will delight the wilderness lover and challenge even seasoned walkers. A true immersion in Australia's ancient outback landscape.

2019 Departure Dates:
April: 9(FULL), 19(FULL)
May: 1(FULL)
August: 24 (FULL)
September: 17

Please contact us for other departure dates and availability. Or simply book online. A date of your choice is available for groups of 6 or more people. Subject to availability.E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

* Guests who book before the 30th September 2018 for any Larapinta trip that is 6 or more days departing in 2019, will receive a $100 off per person.
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  • FEATURES

    Iconic Australian Location: An odd geological occurrence around 300 to 400 million years old made the Red Centre in Australia. The end-to-end 223 km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's most spectacular trekking experiences. The iconic Larapinta Trail follows the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges, passing red desert, plummeting gorges and starry skies. The walk provides a rare perspective of vast flood plains, razorback rocky outcrops and the awe-inspiring scale of this ancient land. It also harbours many Aboriginal sacred sites of the Arrernte people. It's one of the Australia's Top 4 best extended walk (The other three are Western Australia's Bibbulmun Track and Tasmania's Overland Track and Western Arthurs track).

    Trekking Food: You will be provided with high quality, interesting and nutritional meals to support your daily energy recovery. You normally start a day with cooked or continental breakfasts, then enjoy a picnic style lunch, and usually a classic outback style dinner for your to relax in the desert scenery. Fruit, bread, toast and quality coffee and tea, snacks are also available along the trail.

    Expert Field Guides: You will be supported by expert local leaders. They are full knowledge of the area and environment, providing with the insight story of the Australia's most iconic desert trek. They also have remarkable wilderness culinary skills and pride themselves on the variety, quality, nutritional levels and presentation of their meals and their ability to cater to a wide range of dietary requirements.
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  • Accommodation

    True Australian Outback Experience
    During the trip you camp with swags and tents - a true Australian Outback experience.

    Your guides will prepare all the meals and run the camp, however you will be asked to contribute by putting up your own tent and rolling out your swag. Participation around the camp will make for a more enjoyable experience for everybody.

    ‐ A swag is comprised of a three‐inch thick foam mattress with a canvas cover to keep it clean – they are very comfortable! Your swag contains a pillow with pillow cover and one sheet.

    ‐ Swags are rolled out inside Mozzie Dome style tents, these offer sleeping under the stars while protecting from bugs. They convert to weatherproof tents in case of rain.

    ‐ Most groups are made up of a mixture of single participants and couples. Tents are given out as per person or couple, there is no need to share with people you do not know.

    ‐ Sleeping bags are essential for warmth.You can bring your own or hire from us for just $20. We ask that you provide your own inner‐sheet if you hire a sleeping bag.

    ‐ There are toilets at each campsite. There are even a couple of places on the trek where you have the option to have a hot shower! Your guides will let you know at the briefing when this will be.
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  • Food & Wine

    You will be provided with high quality, interesting and nutritional meals. Where possible fresh local produce is used. All the food is sourced from the best providers and carefully selected, stored and transported so as to maximise freshness and quality. The guides have remarkable wilderness culinary skills and pride themselves on the variety, quality, nutritional levels and presentation of their meals and their ability to cater to a wide range of dietary requirements. Each guide is able to select their own menu for the destination with plenty of opportunity for special flourishes and tasty surprises.

    As a general guide:
    Breakfasts-ranges from cooked to continental. Usually a selection of cereals, fruit, bread/toast and quality coffee and tea.

    Lunches-depending on the trip, you may prepare your lunch such as wraps or sandwiches in camp before the days trekking. Or more usually we will have a picnic style lunch with a wide selection of bread rolls, wraps, deli-meats, sandwich and salad ingredients to prepare a tasty lunch how you like it.

    Dinners- usually 2 or 3 courses. The main meal is usually a classic outback style meal such as grilled barramundi, camp-oven roast, or perhaps tasty stir-fry or pasta dish.

    Snacks – there is always plenty of trail snack available such as muesli bars and fresh fruit. In the evenings we often serve hors d'oeuvres around the campfire while dinner is being prepared.

    No alcoholic or beverages included.
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  • Experiences

    Included:
    - Expert guided night-day-eight-night walking journey along the Larapinta Trail
    - Walking the high ridgelines of Alice Springs and gain a rare perspective of vast flood plains, razorback rocky outcrops and the awe-inspiring scale of this ancient land
    - Accommodation at innovative, stylish and sustainable semi-permanent campsites
    - High quality, interesting and nutritional meals from local produce

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:
    - Uluru discovery tours
    - Camel tours
    - Helicopter flights
    - Staying at Longitude 131°
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  • DAY 9

  • What's included

    - 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners
    - Professional wilderness guide and support staff
    - Catering & eating utensils
    - Vehicle supported camping throughout
    - 8 nights exclusive semi-permanent campsites including safari tents, stretcher beds, swags and hot showers. Swags for sleeping (but not sleeping bags)
    - All National Park fees
    - Emergency communications and group first aid kit
    - Off-road transport from Alice Springs
  • walk distance

    Day1: Approximately 24 km
    Day 2: Approximately 13 km
    Day 3: Approximately 17 km
    Day 4: Approximately 18 km
    Day 5: Approximately 14 km
    Day 6: Approximately 19 km
    Day 7: Approximately 29 km
    Day 8: Ormiston Pound Walk (3 - 4 hours)
    Day 9: pre-dawn walk for climbing Mount Sonder

    Total: Approximately 150 km
  • WALKING GRADING

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  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Alice Spring NT
    - Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Alice Spring
  • Weather and Climate

    In the Red Centre, the four traditional seasons are more distinct and temperatures are extreme, plummeting below freezing on winter nights (June to August) and soaring to the high 40°C (105 F plus) on summer days (December to January). Trekking on winter days is often pleasant with mild daytime temperatures (15-25°C, or 60-80 F) and light winds. Please make sure that you prepare for the cold evenings on winter treks, there can be frosts most evenings from June - August.

    The shoulder seasons of April-May and September are mild with some warmer days. Night frosts are unlikely and daytimes are warm and occasional hot days may require an adjustment to the itinerary (ie: less walking, more swimming).

    Rain is not common in the desert but it does rain on occasion, please be prepared for wet and windy conditions on all trips.

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    (Data sourced from Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Units = °C)
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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    reviews What a challenging but totally exhilarating 9 day experience exploring the best of the Larapinta Trail! Every day was different, challenging but rewarding. I highly recommend this trek.
    Review by ANTHONY, Brisbane / (Posted on 5/28/2017)
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    reviews This was a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. The Larapinta Trail was on my bucket list and I finally did it with my best friend! Our guides Nacho and Ryan were very knowledgeable and attentive. The semi-permanent campsites were extremely comfortable. The food was delicious. A truly memorable experience!
    Review by Benjamin & Alec / (Posted on 5/28/2017)
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    reviews Our recent Larapinta Trail trek exceeded our expectations. We had a great time over 9 days. This's an amazing way to see such beautiful country. I was lucky to share the special time with my Mum and Dad. I'm so glad ONLYLUXE recommended the trip to us as my Dad's 60th birthday gift.... Thank you very much for a memorable trip.
    Review by Frances, Melbourne / (Posted on 5/28/2017)
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