Fast gaining a reputation as one of the world’s most popular hikes, the Larapinta Trail often features in articles about touring the red centre around Alice Springs. A number of trekking companies provide guided walks ranging from 5 to 14 days (return trip). This is the safest way to hike the trail, given the remote nature of the terrain and the requirements of national park authorities.
Most hikers don’t realise the grand scale of this ancient land until they trek the high ridgelines along the trail on the West MacDonnell Ranges. Below are vast flood plains, razorback rocky outcrops, remote ridges and a harsh but spectacular vista.
To reduce the impact of trekkers on the environment, the campsites on the Larapinta Trail have specially designed composting toilets to ensure no waste enters the environment. Showers and washing are based on a low-water-use system. Biodegradable soaps and shampoo are provided to reduce impact, and the small amount of grey water is filtered and treated to ensure there is no effect on the arid soils. Solar lighting systems provide sustainable and reliable light, while hot water is heated in an outback style, using a ‘donkey’ water heater fired with gas.
All firewood is supplied from sustainable sources outside the national park. All waste and rubbish is removed from the camps on a regular basis, and all food waste is composted. All bottles, cardboard and paper are recycled. Non-recyclable rubbish is disposed of in municipal waste.
For more information or to book a trek, visit RACQ Travel or contact one of your friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.