DAY 1 - Start of the Larapinta Trail from Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (16 km)
Having done a fair bit of trekking overseas, I thought it was about time to hoof it and see a bit of my own country for a change. The Larapinta Trail is a classic trek along the West MacDonnell Ranges out of Alice Springs; around 223km over 2-3 weeks. I signed up for a 7-day trip with World Expeditions which covered the highlights of the Trail. NT had a lot of rain earlier this year, so instead of red desert & barren rocks everything was unexpectedly lush and green. The trek was absolutely fantastic with stunning vistas, especially along the ridgelines, culminating in reaching the summit of Mount Sonder for a magnificent sunrise. The terrain was challenging and hard underfoot (dolomite rock with little topsoil), the days were hot at around 28c, and it was fabbo to bed down in a comfy swag. We were really lucky to miss several bushfires outside Alice, which eventually closed the first 6 sections of the trail.