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The Classic Larapinta Trail Walk & Culture 7D6N Women-Only, Fully Guided

The Classic Larapinta Trail Walk & Culture 7D6N Women-Only, Fully Guided

The Classic Larapinta Trail Walk & Culture 7D6N Women-Only, Fully Guided

$2,890.00

Per Person, Twin Share

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At A Glance

Spend 5 days walking along the most spectacular sections of the Larapinta Trail and enjoy a private bush tucker cooking experience and cultural understanding talk. This is an exciting new walk combining walk and culture experiences that will exceed expectations.

The desert ranges of the Red Centre deliver the quintessential Australian experience on the Larapinta Trail. The end-to-end 223km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's most spectacular trekking experiences. The Larapinta Trail is one of the top 5 walks in Australia. The 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. 

This trekking tour is ideal for the more ambitious women with some challenging stages passing over remote ridges and canyons, walking up to 16 kilometres per day over 5 days. Walking the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges we gain a rare perspective of vast flood plains, the razorback rocky outcrops and sheer scale of this ancient land. The diversity of trail stages is impressive: at times the trail descends from the ridgeline into narrow canyons where sheltered pockets of delicate fern and twisted gum trees grow from the dry rivers of sand. On other stages we walk to the impressive Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm or climb Mt Sonder (1,380m) a perfect vantage point from where we can trace the entire West MacDonnell Range.

You will need to carry only a light pack You will be supported by expert local leaders with full knowledge of the area and environment, providing with the insight story of the Australia's most iconic desert trek.

This Larapinta Trail walk is enhanced with stylish, award winning architect designed, semi-permanent wilderness campsites, which come complete with hot showers and a heated dining and lounge tent, exclusive to you the Larapinta Trail. At each camp you will be provided with high quality, interesting and nutritional meals to support your daily energy recovery.

While you walk, your support vehicle transfers your luggage and camping gear to the next campsite leaving you only to carry a day pack while you hike.

The Larapinta walk includes all nutritious meals, prepared by your guides, 6 nights' accommodation in exclusive semi-permanent campsites including safari tents, stretcher beds, swags and hot showers, all group camping equipment, National Park fees and fees to Traditional Owners as well as off-road transport from Alice Springs.

Adventure into the harsh surrounds of the Australian outback. The Larapinta Trail will delight wilderness lovers and challenge the seasoned hiker. In the footsteps of traditional owners, early explorers, and modern adventurers, the stories of the Larapinta Trail will come to life with every passing desert step.

2018 Departure Dates:
May: 15
August: 2

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 

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  • FEATURES

    Iconic Australian Location: The end-to-end 223km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's most spectacular trekking experiences. 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 TOP4 best extended walk (The other three are Western Australia's Bibbulmun Track and Tasmania's Overland Track and Western Arthurs track).

    Award-Winning Private ECO Campsites: The desert walk experience is enhanced with innovative, stylish and sustainable semi-permanent campsite, which are designed by Neeson-Murcutt Architects. You can relax to enjoy the outback solitude and pristine desert scenery between walks while at the same time minimising environmental impacts.

    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

    Award-Winning Private ECO Campsites
    You will stay at stylish semi-permanent campsites on the Larapinta Trail. Those innovative, stylish and sustainable semi-permanent campsite are designed by Neeson-Murcutt Architects with facilities that will enhance the experience of trekkers while at the same time minimising environmental impacts. The design won the 2014 NT Architecture Award for Small Project Architecture.

    The innovative new campsites give you a relaxing base to enjoy the outback solitude between walks while enjoying the pristine desert scenery. The kitchen, lounge and dining shelter are set on a raised platform out of the dust. The comfortable lounge is a great place to relax in a cool and shady open sided haven on warm afternoons, while also offering a heated shelter during the cool nights. The dining wing offers stylish table setting for the entire group while the campfire circle is an informal area to relax around the fireplace.

    The composting toilets are in a clean and airy amenities shelter and use a special compost system that breaks down waste without using water or chemicals. The hot showers give trekkers a welcome way to wash away the dust of a good days walk on the Larapinta Trail.

    The tents are a custom built safari tent, each 2.4m x 2.4m x 2.1m, offering plenty of room for two people, swags and gear. A stretcher bed provides a comfortable bed base off the ground. The inner tent has mesh walls so it is easy to remove the fly and sleep under the stars. The sturdy canvas tents also offer great protection if bad weather threatens. There are enough tents at each site where single travellers can request a single tent at no additional cost.

    There are 3 semi-permanent campsites in private wilderness locations spread along the trail and you will camp one or two nights in each.

    1. Nick Murcutt's Camp near Simpsons Gap, named in honour of the architect, approximately 30km west of Alice Springs
    2. Charlie Holmes Camp near Serpentine Chalet Dam, approximately 130km west of Alice Springs
    3. Rocky Bar Gap Campsite, at the base of Mt Sonder and approximately 210km west of Alice Springs
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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 six-day-five-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 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • What's included

    - 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
    - Welcome bush tucker dining experience on day 1 in Alice Springs to celebrate our trek
    - Private culture and bush tucker cooking afternoon on day 2 at our exclusive campsite
    - Professional wilderness guide and support staff
    - All group camping equipment
    - 5 nights exclusive, comfortable semi‐permanent campsite twin share; 1 night at Aurora Hotel Alice Springs twin share
    - All National Park fees
    - Fees to Aboriginal Traditional Owners
    - Emergency communications and group first aid kit
    - Off-road transport from Alice Springs
  • walk distance

    Day 1: no walk
    Day2: Approximately 13.5 km, 6 - 7 hours
    Day 3: Approximately 15 km, 7 - 8 hours
    Day 4: Approximately 15 km, 7 - 8 hours
    Day 5: Optional walk is 8 km, 4 - 5 hours
    Day 6: Optional walk is 16 km, 8 hours
    Day 7: no walk

    Total: Approximately 67.5 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 This was my daughters first hiking tour, so a women’s only hike enabled her to experience this type of holiday in a comfortable setting. We both found the week mentally relaxing, but the hike was a little challenging but with the aid and support of our guides and fellow walkers we made. We both have never done anything like this before, but we achieved, experienced and learnt so much in the week. We both totally enjoyed our week away. This is a tour that we will recommend to our female friends and family.
    Review by Irene & Marcy / (Posted on 3/29/2018)
Product Code: EAUNTLTW07