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Walking Country

Details & Facilities

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30-18.00, Sat & Public Holidays: 9.30-17.30, Sun: Closed

Walking Country, based in Alice Springs, offers genuine small group tours, specialising in extended, fully catered, walking tours of the world class Larapinta Trail.

Commencing at the Old Telegraph Station on the outskirts of Alice Springs, the trail meanders 223kms along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges, in Central Australia. Traverse ancient river beds, sheltered gorges and stunning waterholes, as it traverses rugged ranges, weaves through a variety of desert habitats and reveals spectacular landscape panoramas, rewarding trekkers with 360° views from Mount Sonder – the highest point and the end of the Trail.

At Walking Country we pride ourselves on the highest guiding standards. They all have a sound knowledge of our local area focusing on its history, Aboriginal culture, geology and the natural environment. It is fair to state that those who travel with Walking Country actually realise the true “Aussie” outback in a friendly and relaxed manner.

Our treks are designed to suit active people who enjoy small group dynamics. Our maximum group size is 16, allowing our guides more flexibility and versatility not generally available to larger groups. Due to the demanding nature of the treks, children under the age of 14 are not permitted, although Private Charters can be arranged and tailored for children’s needs. When you are on a guided walk, our guides are responsible for your well being so, it's important that you have a reasonable fitness level and are able to stay with the group. The tours do require a degree of participation with the preparation of meals, loading and unloading camping equipment, collecting fire wood and the washing of dishes after meals.

The only true way of camping in the outback is sleeping in a swag. This is a canvas bag that zips on both sides with a nice thick camping mattress inside that enables you to view the brilliant night sky as you drift off to sleep beside the campfire.

Description

The Larapinta Trail is only open to walkers between April and September.

We Provide: Late model air-conditioned 4WD vehicles, all meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment, swags, pillows and blankets, sleeping bags (rated to minus 5 degrees for the cold desert nights), reference books and supplies of drinking water (must have your own bottle). A guide will accompany walkers during the day with a ground support crew assisting with campsites, cooking and carrying of equipment.

Water- Ample quality drinking water will be available for the duration of your trek with limited water made available for washing etc. Opportunity will be given to have a shower at either Ormiston Gorge or Glen Helen, with an additional cost up to $5/person. This may not be possible every day. During the walks or at our camp sites there may be water holes which you can swim and bathe in, although the water will be cold. We discourage the use of shampoos and soaps in any natural water holes.

Portable toilets and change facilities are erected at each campsite.

Food- The food is varied and of great quality and quantity with fresh vegetables, fruits and salads. The food required for the duration of the tour is purchased before departing Alice Springs. There are no supermarkets or local stores to acquire additional food once on tour so if you have any dislikes or specific dietary needs, please ensure to provide detailed information whilst making your booking. All meat dishes are cooked separately catering to any vegetarian requirements.

Outback Camping in Style: We like to camp in style and comfort which involves sleeping in enclosed swags. A mattress, pillow, -5C rated sleeping bags, sheets, woollen blankets are provided. A hands free headlight is thoroughly recommended for after dark activities. Please note you will be required to carry your own day pack on this walk. All other equipment will be handled by our ground crew.

Respecting Indigenous Culture: Please note that itineraries that include visits to Indigenous sites may change at short notice, due to the cultural and ceremonial obligations of our Indigenous hosts and guide.

Exclusions: Flights, airport departure taxes, arrival and departure transfers, visa, travel insurance, optional tours and activities during free time, tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature. It is recommended that any additional alcohol/refreshments be purchased prior to tour departure in Alice Springs. Cold storage will be provided.


Map & Directions

Directions

All of our Larapinta walks include a pre-tour meeting with your guide the night prior to walk commencement, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs.


Cancellation Policy

Physical Fitness

Our tours are true outback camping and walking adventures. We can walk up to 18km’s each day so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Camping

As this is the outback there is no ready access to power water or essential services. The camp sites are chosen for the experience on offer locality to the walking trails and the sheer beauty peace and quiet they engender.

You will be sleeping in traditional Aussie Swags comprising mattress sheets pillow blankets and of course a sleeping bag.

Portable lighting (head lights or similar) are highly recommended. Portable toilets and change facilities are erected at each camp site. This is a genuine camping experience so is rustic in nature. However there is nothing like a roaring fire sensational meals and the best multi star accommodation possible to more than compensate for any lack of home comforts.

Contribution

Being a camping experience a great part of the social aspect is in assisting with the day to day duties around the campsite like food preparation cleaning wood collection etc. To ensure your tour goes smoothly please chip in and do your bit.

Medical Conditions

To ensure your travel with us is enjoyable and without incident medical conditions must be made known to our Reservations staff at the time of booking. Due to large distances between towns we remind customers that we may be many hours away from a medical facility. We reserve the right to seek a Medical Clearance before travelling with us. You are encouraged to carry enough medication required for the duration of your safari. Cold storage is available where required.

Should a medical condition not be declared at the time of booking Walking Country reserves the right to refuse travel. In these instances Walking Country will not be held responsible for any additional expenses incurred or cancellation fees imposed as a result of non disclosure on our tours or that of any other tour operator accommodation provider airline etc. We recommend you discuss any medical concerns you may have with our reservations staff.

Special Dietary Requirements

All dietary requirements must be declared at the time of booking. Walking Country will not be held responsible for the catering/food supply of any individual where a dietary condition is undeclared.

Other than Alice Springs food restocking facilities or similar are minimal in the outback and in many instances only basic food groups are available. Whilst we will endeavour to cater for your dietary requirements it may not be possible to address some food or brand requests due to the limited availability. As such you may be requested to supply your own food type or brand. Walking Country is not obligated to meet any of these costs. Please consult with our reservations staff at the time of booking.

Being Prepared

Trekking Boots: Ensure that your trekking footwear has been well and truly broken in before tackling the Larapinta.

Blisters: This will be the key concern as the trekking is tough at best. Ensure that you have ample blister tape or plasters for the duration of the tour.

Motion Sickness: Some of the vehicle access into areas is slow rough and can be uncomfortable although essential. Those who suffer motion sickness should prepare accordingly.

Pre Tour Illness: For those suffering or getting over an influenza or other illness pre tour should ensure any prescriptions and/or medicines are taken on the trek and maintained for the duration or until the prescription ends. This is for your own comfort and safety as well as ensuring other members of the tour are not affected. A Medical Practitioners Clearance may be requested before acceptance to the Trek.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Walking Country Pty Limited reserves the right to amend tour times itineraries and fares for its tours as circumstances time of year and operational reasons occur. There will be no refunds in these circumstances or for reasons such as delays incurred due to mechanical failure or weather conditions. Walking Country cannot guarantee exact pick-up and drop-off times and will accept no responsibility in the event of cancellation fees from other connecting services. Walking Country reserves the right to cancel a tour or arrange an alternative operator if group numbers are insufficient. Balances paid by credit card are subject to merchant levy. Walking Country accepts no responsibility for any injury illness or other such accident sustained whilst on tour with Walking Country or while engaged in any activities with other tourist operators that may not be part of the Walking Country itinerary but available during a Walking Country tour. Walking Country accepts no liability for lost stolen or damaged property and strongly recommends clients have Travel Insurance including Cancellation Cover. Cancellation fees apply.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 will secure your place with final payment due 30 days prior to trip departure.

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