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Expression Of Interest: Women's Larapinta Trek: June 2018

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Are you up for a real adventure? Ready to sleep in a swag under the stars?

Women Want Adventure are heading to the Larapinta Trail in June 2018.




We have started to email women on this Expression Of Interest List. Registratons on this list are now closed.



ABOUT:

The 223km stretch of hiking track just north of Alice Springs in Northern Territory explores expansive landscapes, which allow you to witness and admire all the miraculous shapes and forms that the Earth is made up of. Just some of the highlights of this 6 days, 5 night trek include the West Macdonnell Ranges, Ormiston Gorge, Mount Sonder and Finke River.

(We are not walking the whole trail. We will we trakking sections 10,11 and 12).

While we hike with day packs only, we will be sleeping in swags outside and under the stars. This is truly an out there and fun adventure to really experience Australian outback.

Larapinta Trail isn’t for the faint-hearted hiker. With extreme temperatures, large distances, isolated locales and arduous hiking paths, you need to make sure you are organised and prepared before conquering the Larapinta trail.

Hiking distances range from 9km to 15km each day. Don’t worry, you will only be carrying your water and daily supplies but will need a moderate level of fitness to get you through some tough terrain. An experienced guide and Women Want Adventure Leader, will also be escorting the group.

There is a transport car taking our swags or other supplies to our camping destination each night.




GRADE: Moderate

START AND FINISH LOCATION: Alice Springs

PARTICIPANTS: 20

TRANSPORT: Shuttle pick up and drop off: Alice Springs Airport

PRICE: $2290 inc GST

DEPOSIT: $400 (non refundable)




WOMEN'S LARAPINTA ITINERARY

Day 1 (14th June): West MacDonnell Ranges

Meals included: Dinner

Accommodation: Swag camping

Today we meet you on arrival at Alice Springs Airport and head to the West MacDonnell Ranges via shuttle. Time permitting, we will do some sightseeing in the ranges as we make our way to our home for the night, our private camp at Glen Helen Gorge.


Day 2 (15th June): Ormiston Gorge to Finke River

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Swag camping

Km: 9.1km (4-5 hours)

This is our first full day of hiking that will take us through the beautiful Ormiston Gorge Pound (medium difficulty). See National Parks sections 10. We will return to Glen Helen camp tonight, to enjoy a tasty dinner around a beautiful campfire.


Day 3 – 4 (16th-17th June): Finke River to Redbank Gorge Click here to enter text.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day

Accommodation: Swag camping

Km: 26km (9.5 hours ovre 2 days)

Graded hard difficulty. This challenging (but rewarding) 26km section of the trail is through the more scenic part. We will be camping out overnight along the trail. Our transport truck will be meeting us each night. The sacrifice of this incredible scenery is no hot showers for two nights. The landscape at this end is dominated by Mt Sonder, the fourth highest mountain in the Northern Territory. We will finish day 4 at RedBank Gorge campsite, in the shadow of the Mountain itself.


Day 5 (18th June): RedBank Gorge to Mount Sonder & Return

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and goodbye dinner

Accomodation: Aurora Hotel - Alice Springs

Km:15.8km (6 hours)

Today we are up with the possums (1am) for an early start to climb to the top of the iconic Mount Sonder. The Mountain is known traditionally as Rwetyepme. In local Indigenous Dreaming, she's a pregnant woman forever doomed to lay on her back and watch the sky - the mountain peaks resembling the woman in the legend. It's an arduous climb, but you will return to Alice Springs tonight where the group will be dropped at the Aurora Hotel for a nice well earn't shower, rest and to celebrate the days of hiking with a special farewell dinner.


Day 6 (19th June): Deparate Alice Springs

Meals included: Buffet breakfast

After breakfast at the Aurora's in-house restaurant, you will have the morning to explore Alice Springs. Take a stroll through Todd Mall, where you can explore the many local Indigenous art galleries, and heritage buildings. If you're still wanting to stretch your legs, an early morning walk to the top of nearby Anzac Hill is a great way to view the beautiful Alice Spings sunrise. Airport transfers will be provided for you in time for your departure.




LEADERS:

We have partnered with Adventure Tours Australia. We have two female Guides and one female Chef. All Adventure Tours Guides must complete a comprehensive in-house training program. It's this training that ensures Guides are qualified to operate tours at the highest possible standard. As part of gaining qualifications, Adventure Tours Guides must attain both First Aid Certification and National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) accreditation, complete a course in Aboriginal culture and regional geology, and gain Charles Darwin University's highly regarded Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Tour Guide Accreditation.


INCLUDES:

  • Itinerary 6 days/ 5 nights
  • Guides x3
  • All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Post Accommodation @ The Aroura Hotel – Breakfast included
  • Private Transfers – pick & drop to airport
  • Farewell Dinner @ The Hanuman Restaurant


EXCLUDES:

  • Flights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day pack
  • Head torch
  • Personal Travel Insurance


INSURANCE:

Travel insurance is compulsory for this trip. We will help you find the best insurance to purchase.

A $400 deposit will need to be paid upon booking for this trip. Due to large numbers of Expression Of Interest, we will be emailing the first 20 women on the EOI list to make a deposit. We then make our way down the list.

Please email Women Want Adventure is you have not yet received the Itinerary, Terms and Conditions and national parks sections email.

Please contact Trip Organiser Monique on 0403918346 for more information or email womenwantadventure@outlook.com with your questions.




HOW TO BOOK:

Women Want Adventure will email, in order of the first 20 women who registered an Expression of Interest on this list. Once you receive your email - we will send the booking information and you will be required to pay a $400 deposit within 10 days to secure your place (this is non refundable).

PRICE: $2290

CANCELLATION POLICY:

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking, cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

  • 60 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit
  • Between 30-59 days prior to departure, we will retain the deposit and 50% of total booking cost
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with your booking

Please read our full Terms and Conditions attached in your booking email. You must agree upon booking to these Terms and Conditions in writing before paying your deposit.




PACKING LISTS:

A packing list will be sent to you upon booking with the itinerary.


FAQs

How old do I need to be to attend this trip?
Women Want Adventure Trips are for women only, and over the age of 18 years.

What is the weather like in June?
Mid 20's during the day and cooler at night.

What if I get sick while on the trip?
If you are not feeling well at any time you will be able to stay with the support trucks. In case of emergency, we have a satellite phone to contact emergency services.

What is the best flight to catch to arrive on the first day? Qantas has the only direct flights to Alice Springs - arrival times are all similar. Please contact stephanie@itravel-au.com for further assistance and let Monique know if you will arrive a day earlier. We can pick you up from a central location in Alice Springs on the 14th June.


Is there options to purchase lunch in Alice Springs on arrival? No options to eat lunch in Alice Springs. You will be heading out to Glen Helen from the airport, approximate time 2 hours. Please have lunch on the plane.

How physically fit do I need to be to attend this trip, I'm afraid I'll hold the group back. This trip is suited for beginners. There are some long days trekking and it would benefit you to have a moderate level of fitness. It's best to walk 2-3 times a week at home to prepare you for this trek.

I have a gluten free diet, do you cater for me? Yes. You are required to inform us of your dietary requirements prior to departure. We will then be able to cater for you.

What is the average age of women attending? Women in their 30-60's

Are we walking the whole Larapinta Trail? No. Please read as per the itinerary, we are walking very scenic sections 10,11 and 12.

What kind of food will we be eating? We are camping in the outback. It will be very simple food. High protein & carbohydrates. Oats and hot beans for breakfast, fruit and snack bars for morning tea, wraps for lunch and stir-fry's for dinner.

Can I bring my own snacks? Yes. We highly recommend bringing your own snacks, such as protein bars & electrolytes. Fruit and muesli bars will be supplied.

Can we stay on after the trip for extra time in Alice Springs? Yes, please notify us prior to departure.

What is a swag? It’s a covering that will protect you from the weather and keep your sleeping bag dry at night. Swags have a thin layer mattress, where you sleep on the ground.

Are our Guides male or female? Female Guides only.

I don't have hiking boots. Do I have to get some? We highly recommend purchasing hiking boots for the trail. For safety reasons and the amount of kilometres covered each day. We can recommend boots for you.

What type of toilet facilities will there be? Will I go in the bush? Yes, please bring toilet paper. Please bring a plastic bag for female sanitary items as we don't want to leave this on the trail. There are also drop toilets for the first 2-3 nights.

Are there hot showers at our camp? Yes, only on the first 2-3 days. Hot water is limited. Baby wipes are suggested for day 3 and 4. Please bring your own towel.

How many ladies will be on the trip with me? 20 ladies + your female Guides.

What if I book and then I can't attend? Please read our Terms and Conditions upon booking and notify us in writing as soon as possible, cancellation fees apply.

I didn't get a spot on this trip as it sold out. Will there be another one and when? If this trip fills, we will work hard to put out a second trip. We have no guarantee at the moment and will make an announcement if this goes forward.

Who can I contact for further information? Please make sure you carefully read the itinerary and FAQs. You can contact Trip Leader Monique Farmer via email at womenwantadventure@outlook.com.


We hope you can join us on the Larapinta Trip! Keep an eye out for an email from us for booking.


Kind Regards,

Women Want Adventure

www.womenwantadventure.com.au

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