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Keen to head to the Red Centre for an epic hike and mountain bike, as well as fundraising to offer a young person a chance to participate in an Outward Bound Program? Then join us for this great adventure as we hike the Larapinta Trail for 3 days, then finish it off with a mountain bike trail back to Alice Springs. Central Australia offers such a unique landscape for adventure, where you can explore this ancient place while having the time of your life.
Dates: Thursday to Monday (late May to early Sept)2020
Accommodation: 3 nights camping under the stars in tents, 1 night in a 4.5-star hotel in Alice Springs, 1 night at Crowne Plaza Alice Springs (twin-share)
Food: On the trail – 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners & 3 Breakfasts; snacks & hot drinks.
We provide delicious, fresh, healthy meals & nutritious snacks, catering to all dietary requirements.
Alice Springs - Celebratory restaurant banquet in local restaurant, Hotel buffet breakfast
Vehicles: We will have two support vehicles (one 4WD) to ensure all aspects of the trip run smoothly and safely
Max group size: 10
Investment: $1995 per person
Minimum fundraising amount: $1000 for the Outward Bound Foundation to provide a young person a place on an Outward Bound Program. See details here.
This 5-day Larapinta Adventure is designed to give you:
an incredible journey in a stunning and peaceful natural Australian landscape
a restful break from the stresses of everyday life
a powerful fitness goal to inspire and motivate you towards better health
DAY 1 - ALICE SPRINGS TO Millers Flat Via Standley Chasm (3-4 hrs hiking)
We’ll pick you up from Alice Springs Airport and drive 45 mins to the start of our trek at Standley Chasm to begin the adventure. We will explore spectacular Angkerle Standley Chasm which is a place of great cultural significance for the western Arrernte People. We will then leave it all behind as we head into the polished quartzite canyons and expansive views of the Chewings Range. You will arrive in Millers Flat in the early evening, as your guides cook you up a delicious dinner. A lovely night camping awaits, looking up at the billions of stars. LD
Day 2 – Millers Flat to Mulga Camp (7-8 hours hiking)
After a delicious breakfast, we can choose to take the high route over the top of the Tangentyere Ridge, or the main route through the central valley. Either way is spectacular, one with expansive views, and the other through crag-strewn valleys and rocky creeklines. We will then follow a historic camel path that was constructed in the early 1900's to allow camel trains to pass through the ranges between Hermannsburg and Hamilton Downs Homestead. After a pause for lunch by the shady pools of the Fish Hole, we will continue our hike following a rocky creek bed that the Arrernte people say their spirit ancestors from the Dreamtime found a passage through the ridge. This leads up to Jay Creek, we’ll walk through a large area of mulga woodland and a variety of rocky landscapes as we head up towards Spring Gap. It’s a short hike from there to Mulga Camp, a peaceful place to spend the evening after a great day's hike. BLD
Day 3 – Mulga Camp to Simpsons Gap (5-6 hours hiking)
After another tasty breakfast, we'll follow a creek on the southern side of a quartzite ridge to Spring Gap, which is a prime bird-watching spot marked by large Ghost Gums. This part of the trail follows Rocky Creek as it winds into the silent, stony hills through long stretches of mulga woodland broken up by creekbanks and crossings, with River Red Gums arching overhead.
We’ll have time to explore spectacular Simpsons Gap before our fresh hot dinner is served. You may even catch a glimpse of the Black-footed Rock Wallabies that live amongst the giant boulders. BLD
DAY 4 – Simpsons Gap to Alice Springs (4-5 Hours Mountain biking)
After packing up camp, we’ll be met with bikes by our local specialist Mountain bike guide. After a 16km warm-up ride along a bike path from Simpsons Gap, we get into the gnarley single track territory around Alice Springs Telegraph Station. There are a variety of trails that we can take here, depending on the skills & experience of the group. Our guide will lead the way around sections of track that only the locals know about. After burning up the trails for a few hours, we’ll take a rest for a late lunch.
We’ll then head on to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Alice Springs. Settle in, take a dip in the pool, or explore Alice township. After some well-deserved rest and relaxation, we will meet up for a celebratory dinner at Hanuman Restaurant. B L D
DAY 5 – Alice Springs and onwards
On our last day of the trip, we can arrange for you an exciting balloon ride from Alice Springs (this is an optional extra and not included in the price). What a way to see the sunrise over the desert! We will have a sumptuous buffet breakfast, and you will have a chance to see some beautiful aboriginal art at one of the many galleries. We will then transport you to the airport for a lunchtime flight, or you can continue on to explore more of incredible Central Australia. What an adventure! B
GUIDES AND SAFETY
The group will be led by Helen Cooper, Director of Primal Adventures, and an assistant. A specialist mountain biking guide will meet us for Day 4. Guides are trained in Wilderness First Aid, and there will be a satellite phone and first aid kits.
You will be hiking for 4-8 hours each day for 3 days carrying a 14-16 kg pack. You will also be mountain biking for 4-5 hours on 1 day. High fitness levels required (speak to us if you want to know whether this is suitable for you). Lots of rocky, uneven surfaces and steep terrain.
WHAT TO TAKE
Central Australia experiences very hot days and cold nights. It is necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have appropriate good-quality outdoor gear.
We will provide a full gear list closer to the date of the trip.
We supply: bikes, inflatable mattresses, tents, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
We will travel between Alice Springs and the trailhead in private rental vehicles.
All the meals as indicated above are included in the price. The food is based on nutritious, healthy, wholefood recipes. We will also have a celebratory dinner at a quality Alice Springs restaurant on the final evening (drinks not included), and buffet breakfast on the final morning. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
The tour starts at Alice Springs Airport on Thursday DATE at 12.30pm. We will return to Alice Springs airport at 12.30pm on Monday. We will make recommendations on the best flight options so that you have the option of travelling with the rest of the group.
$1995 per person
Includes 5-day guided adventure, 3 nights camping accommodation, 1 night at Crowne Plaza Hotel Alice Springs, Mountain bikes & specialist guide, transport by private vehicle between Alice Springs and the trail head, all meals as stated above together with restaurant dinner, hotel buffet breakfast, National Parks Permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.
Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory) and flights
A deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your adventure.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
You will be required to complete a medical form prior to commencement of the trip. If you are over 55, you will require a medical clearance from a doctor.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.