Larapinta Trail

ICV Charity Challenge 2017

This is your opportunity to experience a week of amazing scenery, wonderful country and Aboriginal culture!

Five nights – ten people – one life-changing experience

On 25 August 2017, you will begin a memorable journey into the depths of Australia where you will walk and travel over our iconic desert Larapinta.

You will be one of the ten mighty ICV trekkers to take on the ICV Larapinta Trail Charity Challenge, experiencing one of the top ten walks in the world while raising money to support ICV’s work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Trekkers will have a life-changing experience over five nights and six days walking this iconic central Australian desert trail. They will learn about Country and culture with local Arrente leader Deanella Mack, walking together and talking around the campfire at night.

Accommodation is at superb permanent campsites including hot showers, large tents with raised beds, and real outback hospitality.

See last year’s ICV Charity Challenge story and photographs here.

There is only one ICV Larapinta Trail Challenge this year, and only ten places are available. Register today to secure your place.

You can also support the ICV Larapinta Trail Charity Challenge by making a donation online, by phone or email:

Read more about how ICV is making is a difference working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.



1. When is the trek taking place?

25 – 30 August 2017


2. What are the costs?

Travel cost twin share: $2,390 plus flights to and from Alice Springs.

Minimum donation/fundraising: $2,000


3. What is the best way to fundraise the $2,000?

There are a number of ways you can approach your fundraising:

  • You can choose to pay for the travel costs yourself and fundraise only for the charity donation.
  • You can opt to fundraise the entire amount – the travel cost and charity donation. You must make sure that funds raised for the travel cost are done independent of the charity and that donors understand that their donation will be directed towards your travel expenses and are not tax-deductible.
  • You may choose to pay the entire amount yourself and claim the charity donation as a personal tax-deductible donation to your charity.
  • Lastly, you can attempt to fundraise as much as you can in the given time and personally fund the balance of the total. In the case where you have not reached your fundraising target before the walk begins you can work with ICV to discuss different options to meet your target, including covering the shortfall yourself as a tax deductible donation.


4. Where will the funds I raise go?

The funds you raise will support the work of national charity, Indigenous Community Volunteers.

Indigenous communities across the nation are actively closing the gap and reducing disadvantage. ICV believes in the ability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to identify strategies and take ownership of social, economic and cultural development. ICV provides the opportunity, support and respect they need to make it happen using a community development approach.


5. What is the accommodation?

Five night’s exclusive semi-permanent campsite accommodation for the six-day trip.


6. How far do we walk?

We follow an itinerary that will appeal to the active walker prepared to cover between six to sixteen kilometres each day, with plenty of options to visit the best spots in the area.


7. Do we carry our backpacks and tents?

You will need to carry only a day pack, as we will be camping in stylish, exclusive and comfortable semi-permanent campsites, where exceptional facilities are set up and waiting for us. These wilderness campsites add to the enjoyment of the Larapinta Trail, with heated lounge and dining facilities, hot showers, eco-toilet facilities, solar lighting, USB 12V Camera Battery charging and a host of sustainable facilities. When combined with exceptional food and fantastic guides, trekkers can just relax and enjoy the outback hospitality.


8. The Larapinta Trail is over 200 kilometres in length. Do we just do a very small part of it?

A support vehicle will transfer us between trailheads, allowing us to select walks that are the perfect balance of spectacular scenery and distance covered. The diversity of trail stages is impressive, at times the trail descends from the ridgeline into narrow canyons where sheltered pockets of delicate fern and twisted gum trees grow from the dry rivers of sand. On other stages, we walk to the impressive Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm and other perfect vantage points from where we can trace the entire West MacDonnell Range.


9. What are the highlights of the trip?

  • Bringing awareness about Indigenous Community Volunteers
  • Trekking the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Walking to Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm
  • Enjoying learning about the culture and spirituality of the Aboriginal people through Arrernte woman Deanella Mack
  • Exclusive and comfortable campsites with exceptional facilities


10. What does the travel cost include?

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Exclusive semi‑permanent wilderness campsites
  • Professional wilderness guide and support staff
  • All camping equipment, including tents, swags and stretcher beds, chairs
  • Fees to Aboriginal Traditional Owners
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Off‑road transport from Alice Springs
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit.


11. What is not included?

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Alice Springs before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and postage
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bag hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Head torches and other personal equipment


12. How fit do I need to be?

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of passes, crossings and the length of the trek. The Larapinta six day trek is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves 5 – 7 hours walking each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. Although this trek does not involve altitude, it can be tough and should not be underestimated. In order to complete this trek we advise that you undertake regular exercise three or four times a week for at least three months prior to your departure. Hill walking with a daypack is recommended.


13. How far do we walk each day?

Most days about 5km but on Day three you will cover about 17km.


14. Will it be very hot?

In the Centre, the four traditional seasons are more distinct and temperatures are extreme. Please make sure that you prepare for the cold evenings on this trek. There can be frosts most evenings from June – August. Trekking on winter days is often pleasant with mild daytime temperatures (15‑25C) and light winds.


15. What kind of road vehicles will we travel in?

This adventure is operated solely by World Expeditions. The vehicles we use for transport on our Larapinta Treks are Toyota Landcruisers or Coaster minibuses. We take a maximum of either eight (Landcruiser) or sixteen (Coaster) passengers plus a driver per vehicle. Our vehicles are registered as commercial tourist (passenger carrying) vehicles. We have well-equipped camping trailers and large water tanks.


16. What should I bring?

Specialist gear required include walking boots, head torch and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre‑departure information provided on booking).


17. When should I arrive in Alice Springs?

Unless you plan to spend extra days in Alice before the trek, you need to arrive on Friday 25th August. You will be picked up from the airport at 1.00pm and head straight out to the trek.


18. Can I stay on in Alice after the trek has finished?

Yes, you can stay on at your own expense. On Wednesday 30th August we pack up and those flying from Alice Springs airport will be delivered by 11.00am for their flights. Those staying on will be taken to their hotels.


19. What does a typical day look like?

Each day will start with a hot drink call from your guides. They will then prepare breakfast, whilst you prepare for the day and pack up all your equipment. After breakfast, the guides finish their last minute packing and you set off for the day’s walk.

Each day is different but usually, the morning walk is 3‑4 hours with numerous snack, photo and water breaks along the way. A leisurely lunch is served and a chance to put your feet up and simply take in the magnificent scenery.

The afternoon walk is usually shorter than the morning walks getting us to camp with plenty of daylight and time for exploring, relaxing or just enjoying a welcome hot drink and a chat.

A hot dinner and dessert is served around 7pm with time to tell a few stories, perhaps enjoy a visit from Deanella to talk about bush tucker or the stars and hear a brief on the following day’s activities.


20. What are the campsites like?

We have innovative, stylish and sustainable semi‑permanent campsite facilities. They give trekkers a relaxing base to enjoy the outback solitude between walks while enjoying the pristine desert scenery. The tents are a custom built safari tent, each 2.4m x 2.4m x 2.1m, offering plenty of room for two people, swags and gear. A stretcher bed provides a comfortable bed base off the ground. The inner tent has mesh walls so it is easy to remove the fly and sleep under the stars. The sturdy canvas tents also offer great protection if bad weather threatens.

The kitchen, lounge and dining shelter are set on a raised platform out of the dust. The comfortable lounge is a great place to relax in a cool and shady open sided haven on warm afternoons, while also offering a heated shelter during the cool nights. The dining wing offers stylish table setting for the entire group while the campfire circle is an informal area to relax around the fireplace.

The composting toilets are in a clean and airy amenities shelter and use a special compost system that breaks down waste without using water or chemicals. The hot showers give trekkers a welcome way to wash away the dust of a good days walk on the Larapinta Trail.