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Nicola B
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2022年9月
The trail is sometimes challenging, but so worth it. An incredible experience in the Australian semi-arid bush with wonderful views at every turn. The scenery changes so much along the length of the West McDonald Ranges, which was unexpected and kept me thinking it couldn't get any better - but it did! Orminston Pound was my favourite spot - definitely do the Pound Walk as a side trip to the Larapinta. Mount Sonder for sunrise was amazing too!
撰写日期:2022年10月16日
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Luckiefill
澳大利亚维多利亚124 条分享
2022年7月 • 夫妻情侣
Our five day highlight treck with ‘Life’s an adventure’ exceeded our expectations.

The walks were certainly challenging however our guides, Peter, Josh and Danny kept us motivated and inspired. Nothing was too much trouble and their knowledge added to our experience.

The camp was terrific fun and the food outstanding. In fact, when we reached our accommodation for nights three and four, there was general consensus that the boys were better cooks than the chef!

The walk itself was pretty tough on our feet but the walking poles really helped on the rocky terrain both uphill and down.

The views were breathtaking at times and there was a lot of flora starting to flower so we were very lucky. July was a great time to go as it could get very hot in late August.
撰写日期:2022年8月8日
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Juzzy B
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2022年7月
Awesome experience . we did a 6 day "highlights" trek of the trail with Epicurious travel. Highly recommended.
撰写日期:2022年8月1日
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gillg
澳大利亚珀斯1,862 条分享
2021年7月
Larapinta Trail 21 (>225km)

Part 1- Pre-departure to Alice Springs to Brinkley Bluff

The Larapinta Trek exceeded any expectations, not sure what I actually expected beyond it being wide and vast and a “moderate-difficult” graded trail, but it was that and so much more. I finished on the 6th July, it has kept me feeling very high for the last week or so of travelling around the Red Centre. Now that I am back home here is how it all went down....

As usual I was very well prepared on the logistics, not so much on the training. Excellent spreadsheet. Flew into Alice Springs for 2 nights pre-trek to get my resupply boxes and a few fresh food items as well as having a look around. Stayed at a functional, budget, but well located, motel. The fly screen door looked to have been forced in the past-lots of screwdriver or crowbar wrenching marks- eek. High security around the property and carpark (the town is renowned for its high crime rate). High security in the supermarkets/ bottle shops (ID required to check you aren’t on the problem drinker register or aren’t going to on-sell it. Spray deodorant

Day 1

Trail Head, ready for this big adventure over the next 16 days
behind locked cabinets and the fuel is all low vapour (so it can’t be sniffed). Pretty sad stuff. I used a trail support service (LTTS) to give me access to 3 containers and food drops and a pick up at the end to get me back to AS. Got my boxes packed with the food I’d dehydrated/prepped at home and added some fresh stuff-wraps, tomatoes, carrots, fruit, cheese, etc. The motel stored my bags while I headed off (after a big breakfast and excellent coffee from one of the v good little quirky cafes). There are 12 actual sections/trail heads with shelters, drop toilets and water tanks as well as a few other scattered lesser equipped camp spots with drop toilets and water tanks. You can also free camp where ever you’d like (within local custodian wishes) as long as you are prepared to carry extra water for those days. I had a basic plan for 15.5 days but had decided to be flexible as opportunity arose.

I decided on a shortish 1st day to ease in and so that I didn’t have to carry too much water. Luckily I did, that first day was hot! I regretted my big breakfast and not training more. I regretted not starting early in the morning. The first 2 big hills were hard work (really hard), I also had to walk an unscheduled 5 km the first day as I walked from the motel in town , not the actual start trailhead at Telegraph Station. I also lost my LUCI light (at the cafe at Telegraph) so had to go back and get it (another plus 3km). First day- 20km-ish, not 12 as planned.First camp site was nice - no shelter, just deserted bush tent sites. Saw no-one for entire day after Telegraph - excellent. Walked over the Ghan railway tracks- cool. Non-predicted Situation #1- Went to make coffee after wandering to the waterhole to spot wallabies and pitching tent- no coffee/tea/powdered milk!!!! Clearly I had put that into a resupply box and not my pack- I was a bit devastated to say the least. I did have 4G reception so put out an SOS - so very fortunate that a (local) girl said she’d drop me some supplies the next day out at the next campsite!!! She happened to be a friend of a friend in Perth that I went tohigh school with. Soooo lucky. Meanwhile - I recycled a tea bag from lunch to get me started the next morning.

My rendezvous went off without a hitch- Fiona rescued my caffeine addiction and took a few items off my hands that I managed to cull after just 1 night. Had a big 2nd day- not on my original planner. As I had got in early to Simpsons Gap to meet Fiona I decided to keep going (fueled by Fiona's coffee, banana and oranges!!!) and ended up in a river bed for the night. I’ve always understood that you shouldn’t camp in river beds but here they need deluges and several days rain for water to get going. I pitched as it was getting dark and within half an hour the rain started. It rained steadily all night but the tent did OK- no leaks!

The next couple of days had various challenging sections- I was enveloped in low cloud and wind for a few hours but no significant rain (lucky as I didn't take my goretex rain jacket) which morphed into a sunny afternoon. Explored the nearby water hole and took about 10000 pics of a warm

Flat and dry to start with. Passed over the railway tracks for The Ghan
reflection on canyon wall rock and a rising moon- breathtaking. Slept in the shelter (open, 3 sided but with a cupboard to store food (dingo proof) that also had solar charging USB ports!) that night. Freezing night, about 1C. Big full moon. Shared with a group of 3 friends (one coughing a lot) and 2 solos.

Next day quite a challenge- a choice of high route or low route- not surprisingly I took the amazing high route- stellar views. Hard steady climbing but so stunning. Walked over long ridges. Lots of rocks. Really enjoyable. Got my rhythm. No signs of anyone all day- perfect. Coming down headed into a long canyon. Non-predicted Situation #2- map said "when you reach massive impassable boulder blocking canyon path, stay to the right of the canyon and climb up the furthest boulder for 5 metres before traversing a ledge into a notch cut by the creek"- I couldn’t see a traversing route, a single notch, or anything like that so ended up climbing about 10m to the top of the boulder , over a dry waterfall and cross country downhill to get back on track- not overly smart when you’re on your own with a big pack!! Anyway- it was fine! HUGE afternoon of climbs and descents and medium boulder scrambling into a place called Standley Chasm- unbelievably beautiful. This is where I got my first food drop. It’s an indigenous owned area and runs as a commercial campground plus cafe. Met a few hikers and exchanged stories, indulged in a bacon and egg sandwich and 2 real coffees, left some of my excess food in the hiker box, had a long shower, hair wash and clothes wash, etc. Got my clothes dried by a communal campfire (yet another scorch mark to my trusty hiking pants). Nice to have the shower but definitely ready for more hiking the next day.

A high point of the trail was ahead of me on Day 5- Brinkley Bluff, I LOVED it, switchback climb, stellar views and my first dry camp so double water. Heavy pack! Resupply plus the water. Blowing a gale all night and freezing but just insanely gorgeous sunset and sunrise. It remained a major highlight of the trek.

Part 2- Brinkley Bluff to Serpentine Gorge

So now I'm at Day 6. Glorious sunrise, frozen fingers. Steep traverse down from the summit this morning- rugged and rocky but not so bad really. Long morning of multiple terrains including an extended gorge navigation climbing up and over lots of boulders in Spencer Gorge. Saw my first snake! In the afternoon got to climb again to Windy Saddle and along Razorback Ridge with steep drop-offs as well as very steep drop-offs. Non-predicted Situation #3- getting slightly off track on the ridge- map said avoid steep unstable shale and loose rocks- that of course is where I ended up! Having rescued myself to rejoin the trail the day got massively easier. Got into another dry camp in a river bed around 5pm- Fringe Lily Creek. Getting chilly by then, camped in the very shady section as a latecomer. Joined even later by Annie and Nick and Lisa.

Longer day again the next day (Day 7), a descent, lots of vegetation, 16 billion more rocks and another gorge- Hugh Gorge- gorgeous, water to navigate, wet shoes and some big boulders that I had to take my pack off , throw it over and throw myself over behind it. More rock hopping. As you can imagine, conquering these challenges makes for such an endorphin rush. Actually I didn't think today was as hard as yesterday in terms of the bouldering. Ate lunch at the comfortable Hugh Gorge campsite in order to sleep at Rocky Gully where the afternoon hiking was to be open and undulating with a final few steep rocky climbs (possibly a dumb logistical decision given what happened next)...Non-predicted Situation #4- stacked it about 2km from camp at the 20 something km mark- inattention and fatigue- luckily had sunglasses and hat insitu which protected my face as I went face first on a down hill rocky bit. Stabbed my calf with one of my hiking poles, ended up with a bruised wrist and grazed knees but sooooo lucky (alas, trusty, long serving 2013 Kathmandu pants take another direct hit to the previously mended knee areas!)! Limped into a nice spot away from a moderately sized group of people already set up. Slow tent pitching while feeling sorry for myself but easily distracted by the wild cockatiels and other assorted birds
(budgies, zebra finches, raptors, ravens, etc). Still no dingoes. Joined again by Annie and Nick and Lisa.

Slow pack up next morning with an icy tent but good to get moving- a pretty easy day ahead, only about 15 or so km. I love that first cuppa in the morning, I put my stove on the boil as I start packing up - it's kind of a challenge to be paked by the time the stove boils. Hot by the afternoon- good tent drying and clothes washing conditions. Lots of people camping down in the riverbed, I opt for the shelter as I'm by myself up there and it's easier on the sore knee not having to put the tent up. Big sunset. The Larapinta Trail website states that these couple of sections are undulating and boring with some of the most mundane and pointless routes on the trail- I'd disagree. Lots of birds, good rocks and great endpoints IMO. The Ellery Creek Big Hole- stunning, amazing birds (the budgies are awesome, they form little squadrons and zip around like fighter pilots) and reflections.

Day 9 was pretty short too but had the most incredibly blue sky andSpinifex Country

Don't be fooled- those little soft looking button plants are evil, spiky beasts known as hard spinifex.
huge rippling clouds. You seriously can’t take a bad photo. The short day meant lots of time for afternoon side trips- The Serpentine Gorge- OMG seriously stunning with unbelievable budgie and zebra finch activity. Sepentine Gorge Lookout-WOW! Serpentine Gorge food drop accessed from a big blue shipping container-FRUIT! TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS (slightly liquid ), AVOCADOES, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE- what's not to love? Oh yes- that missing coffee/tea/milk pack missing from my first supply turned up in the Serpentine Gorge resupply box.

Part 3- Serpentine Gorge to Mt Sonder (The End)

It busied up a bit at the Section 7/8 stage, these sections being the most popular with day hikers/section hikers and larger tour groups with their own campsites. Prior to this I'd walk for many hours without seeing anyone. It was also at this stage you'd see the same faces on the trail and at camp each night. A diverse lot, all sorts, all ages; from a family of 4 with probably an 8 and 10 year old (machines) through to a 78 year old Scotsman with 2 new hips and previous back surgery and veteran of the Appalachian Trail and many others (the most tenacious person that I've ever met I think). By then I had met 3 like minded souls- another girl soloing and a couple on pretty much the same schedule as me. We crossed paths mostly at the end of the day. I’d generally leave first (after rustling around in the dark boiling water and packing up trying not to disturb- sorry guys) and get into camp first. Over the next couple of nights we’d camp clos-ish to each other but cook and eat separately. As news of a COVID lockdown in Alice Springs and the emergence of an outbreak with border closures in NSW we formed our own little COVID family bubble, still mostly walking separately but sleeping and eating as a unit- sharing coffee, Whittakers chocolate bars, etc. Survivor Larapinta! Got to say, it was an unexpected thing for me as I generally seek solitude, but they were such energetic, fun and enjoyable company and really, really value added to my experience. (Thanks Lisa, Annie and Nic (kitchen builder extrordinnaire)- legends!)

The hiking remained outstanding. Lots of ascents and descents, lots of rocky and assorted terrains, lots of stellar views. No more falls. Ormiston Gorge was magnificent, complete with dead fish (dead as part of their usual cycle apparently)and a freezing cold water crossing. Still no dingoes or wallabies but 1 cheeky little desert mouse. Had some amazing experiences over that next week- slept under the stars in 2 hilltop locations with just the four of us. Enjoyed those 2 chilly, windy nights so much and the sunsets, hundereds of satellites, stars and sunrises from the sleeping bag were something else. As the hiking progressed I just felt better and better. Love that feeling of hard work but huge rewards in terms of natural beauty. For the last few days Mt Sonder came into view and remained a constant- it was so cool progressing towards it knowing that it is the ultimate climb.

Camped in the Redbank creek bed for the last night, getting up at 0300 to do the 8km climb up Mt Sonder for sunrise. A good, steady climb reaching the western peak as the sky was changing was sooooo awesome. Ate breakfast and drank coffee up the top with maybe 30 other hikers feeling really exhilarated watching the sunrise. So amazing. It was a fast paced return to pack up the tent and be ready for the 1100 pickup to get back into Alice Springs (masks on please!).

Overall- 10/10 trek, diverse, challenging (at times), incredibly scenic with a strong connection to country. So highly recommended.
撰写日期:2022年6月27日
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marcoplato2016
澳大利亚悉尼18 条分享
2022年6月 • 好友
Amazing 5 day trek with Walking Country tours. Guide Angie and support Rob were fantastic- knowledgeable, warm and fun. The hiking was strenuous at times but always worth it. Sunrise at Mount Sonder and Ormiston Pound were highlights. Highly recommend the experience!
撰写日期:2022年6月12日
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Eric Banner
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2022年5月
Some place are so beautiful to get to but Alice Springs can be hot and so make sure you take plenty of water
撰写日期:2022年5月3日
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FemmeApex
加拿大温哥华6 条分享
2021年8月
Had the fortunate and amazing opportunity to walk the Larapinta Trail solo again in 2021 just before borders slammed shut with Victoria. Used the amazing services of Larapinta Trail Trek Support ( LTTS) again - of course!. They are such an amazing group of people, a legendary business. They are huge supporters of solo women hikers and empowering young girls through their mentoring programs. Thank you Park Rangers for keeping the facilities in such excellent condition, and thank you to the kind Indigenous Park Rangers who spoke about their culture and bushtucker of the LT while I was patching up my blisters at Serpentine Chalet Dam shelter. The NT is truly one of the last down to earth, real people, genuine experiences left in Australia. Thank you!
撰写日期:2021年12月2日
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Josephine W
澳大利亚伊普斯威奇52 条分享
2021年9月
Recently returned from enjoying a challenge and thoroughly remarkable 9 days exploring about 50% of the trail over 9 days. Each day presented us with unique natural wonders blended with rocky challenges. Though many spectacular spots are accessible for those not willing to don the hiking boots and backpacks - this is a serious must do!
撰写日期:2021年10月1日
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Maria F
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2021年8月 • 独自旅游
This was an amazing experience I booked through intrepid with two amazing guides Anne and Hayley and an equally awesome driver/guide Arty. They looked after our group with humour, caring and encouragement. Sleeping under the stars i our open swags I thought would be a challenge as it was cold overnight, getting down to 1C, but it was just wonderful to see the stars and going to sleep by an open fire was special. The hiking was spectacular, especially the last challenging day hiking up Mt Sonder for the sunset. Tough but well worth getting up at 3.30am! Highly recommend this 5 day/4 night trip. It’s challenging but lots of fun. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time!!
Thanks to the terrific guiding team!
撰写日期:2021年8月27日
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Marianne W
印度新德里8 条分享
2021年8月
A wonderful experience.All that was imagined and then some. Scenery awesome. Our guide Anne was engaging and delightful. Very passionate, considerate and encouraging. The last day up Mt Sonder was fantastic and much appreciation to Anne and Maddie getting us there before sunrise. .The group were a delight and got on well. Sleeping under the stars a wonderful experience.Maddie, the driver and support also excellent. The meals etc were tasty and plentiful . Anne and Maddie were informative and engaging at all times.
I would highly recommend walking this trail with Anne as your guide.
撰写日期:2021年8月18日
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