The Larapinta Trail in the desert outback of central Australia is one of the most popular treks in the world. Often, famous hikes and treks require high levels of training and endurance. Larapinta offers incredible scenery and remoteness, along with a solid trail infrastructure to aid campers, making it accessible for people of all ages.
Stretching 223km across the Australian Outback, the trail follows the length of the West MacDonnell Ranges, one of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth.
Alternately rocky and smooth, climbing to various altitudes, the trail is separated into 12 sections. Each includes a full day's hike, between 5 and 11 hours.
To make things even easier, within each trail section, there are several routes to choose from, each with varying degrees of difficulty, scenery, altitude, and attraction.
At the end of each trailhead there are facilities to ensure a comfortable camping experience, including tank water, toilets, gas barbecue, first aid, and shelter.
The trail itself winds past several Aboriginal sacred sites of the Arrernte, an indigenous people originating in central Australia, who have allowed tourists to visit the sites.
Spending a week on the Larapinta is not so much about crushing a fitness goal, or watching wildlife, as it is about the ability to pace yourself and enjoy the scenery.
360 views of the Australian outback, sunrise, and sunset as you enter the foothills of the MacDonnell Range offer a variety of landscapes to be enjoyed at your own pace.
Various tour companies would be happy to help you plan a trip through Larapinta, however with the existing campgrounds, it's entirely possible to set out with a small group and plan your own journey.