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The Larapinta Trail is an extended walking track in the Northern Territorymarker, Australia. Its total length covers from East to West, with one end at Alice Springsmarker and the other at Mount Sondermarker, one of the territory's highest mountains. It follows the West MacDonnell Ranges, sometimes along the ridge line, other times on the plain below, in the West MacDonnell National Parkmarker.

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The walk harbours many aboriginal sacred sites of the Arrernte tribe, which has allowed tourists to visit them. In the 1990s the walk was only half as long, with the section between Mount Sonder and Ellery Big Hole completed at the turn of the millennium. Presently, the Northern Territory government is advertising the walk as Australia's best extended walk, competing with Western Australiamarker's Bibbulmun Track and Tasmaniamarker's Overland Track and Western Arthurs track.

View along the West MacDonnell Ranges from the Larapinta Trail, near Glen Helen.
Mount Sonder, one of the highest mountains in the Northern Territory, is in the background.


A typical notice board between sections along the Larapinta Trail.
The trail is very well marked with kilometre posts marking both the distance to the next campsite or section as well as the total length of the walk to go. There is a published leaflet that details the requirements and attractions of completing each of the twelve sections and notice boards at the transition of each section. These notice boards also show elevation graphs of the walk and alert walkers to potential dangers.

There is a reasonable amount of water along the track, both naturally found and trucked in. There are only one or two places in which water cannot be obtained throughout the day, with frequent storage tanks. Signage suggests that all water should be treated by boiling it for 5 minutes or adding water treatment tablets.

No fires are allowed along the walk.


Most people decide to do the trail during winter when the heat is bearable. Rain is still unlikely during this time, although it has been known to rain on walkers for extended periods. Temperatures are often still hot during this time.

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