Trek 4 Kids - Larapinta Trail
DATE: 18th June 2017 to 3rd July 2017
LOCATION: Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
Join us on this epic 16 day challenge event to raise awareness and funds for our inspirational kids who are living with cancer. The Larapinta Trail is an extended walking track in the Northern Territory, Australia. Its total length covers 223km from East to West, with the eastern end at Alice Springs and the western end at Mount Sonder, 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 Park.
In the past our Camp Quality challenge events have seen us walk the Kokoda Track, climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and crawl through the Jungles of Borneo. In 2017, we are taking on our next challenge event and this time it is in the Central Australian Desert taking on the 223km of rugged terrain that is the End to End Larapinta Trail.
Should you decide to take on this awesome adventure, you will be one of only a handful trekkers who will be participating in both a very personal discovery experience and an amazing adventure with a group of like-minded people walking to make a difference in the lives of kids living with cancer.
- Number of participants: Max 15
- Trip duration: 17-18 days
- Challenge duration: 16 days
- Grade: Medium to very hard
- Accommodation: Mixture of private eco-camps and remote wilderness bush camping (NOTE: All camping equipment including sleeping bag, swag, pillow, bed linen and top of the range tent (twin share) is provided)
How your support helps
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, normalcy becomes a thing of the past. Camp Quality provides essential services throughout every stage of the cancer journey; from diagnosis, treatment, remission as well as through the heart-breaking case of bereavement. In 2015, we were able to support 12,000 family members across Australia.
By taking part in this challange event, you’ll be helping us provide continued support to many families currently living with cancer.
Ready to register?
Please ensure you have read and accept the Terms and Conditions detailed in the Camp Quality Trek 4 Kids Larapinta Information Pack prior to registering. Registrations for this event close Friday 13th January 2017 or when our maximum number of 15 participants is filled.
Sponsor a friend
The challenge dates are Sunday 18th June to Monday 3rd July, 2017. As a group we will also be booking a night’s accommodation either side of the Trek.
Pick up in Alice Springs from your hotel at 7.30am on Day 1. Drop off in Alice Springs at your accommodation approximately 4pm - 5pm on Day 16.
Each Trekker commits to:
- Organising and paying for their own return flights to Alice Springs.
- Paying for their own overnight accommodation the day before and day after the Trek (where we stay will be organized by Camp Quality).
- Paying the all-inclusive $3,995 fee for the end to end Larapinta Trek experience package (see below for what's included in the price).
(NOTE: A $750 deposit is required on booking to secure your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to departure - 19th April 2017).
Each Trekker also commits to raising an additional $4,000 for Camp Quality to take part in the Challenge.
The following is included in the Larapinta Trek experience:
- All meals and snacks from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 16 and all catering equipment
- All camping equipment including sleeping bag, swag, pillow, bed linen and top of the range tent (twin share)
- Transportation provided in commercially registered, expertly maintained 4WD vehicles, with hotel pick up and drop off
- 2 Trek Larapinta professional wilderness guides
- Group first aid kit and satellite phone in the event of an emergency
- All camping and National Park fees
- Mixture of private eco-camps and remote wilderness bush camping
- Travelling with a locally owned, culturally and environmentally responsible business
- Small group with a maximum of 15 participants
See below for a summary of the Ultimate 15 day End to End Itinerary:
- Day 1 - Section 1: 13.5km – 6 hours – Medium Grade (Telegraph Station – Wallaby Gap)
- Day 2 - Section 1: 10.5km – 4 hours – Medium Grade (Wallaby Gap – Simpsons Gap)
- Day 3 - Section 2: 25km – 9 hours – Medium Grade (Simpsons Gap – Jay Creek)
- Day 4 - Section 3: 13km – 8 hours – Hard Grade (Jay Creek – Standley Chasm)
- Day 5 - Section 4: 17km – 9 hours – Very Hard Grade (Standley Chasm – Birthday Waterhole)
- Day 6 - Section 5: 17km – 9 hours – Very Hard Grade (Birthday Waterhole – Hugh Gorge)
- Day 7 - Section 6: 16km – 7 hours – Medium Grade (Hugh Gorge – Rocky Gully)
- Day 8 - Section 6: 15km – 6 hours – Medium Grade (Rocky Gully – Ellery Creek)
- Day 9 - Section 7: 14km – 6 hours – Medium Grade (Ellery Creek – Serpentine Gorge)
- Day 10 - Section 8: 15km – 7 hours – Medium Grade (Serpentine Gorge – Serpentine Chalet)
- Day 11 - Section 9: 29km – 10-12 hours – Hard Grade (Serpentine Chalet – Ormiston Gorge)
- Day 12 - Section 10: 12km – 5 hours – Medium Grade (Ormiston Gorge – Glen Helen)
- Day 13 - Section 11: 15km – 7 hours – Hard Grade (Finke River – Rocky Bar Gap)
- Day 14 - Section 11: 12km – 4 hours – Medium Grade (Rocky Bar Gap – Redbank Gorge)
- Day 15 - Section 12: 16km – 7 hours – Hard Grade (Redbank Gorge – Mt Sonder)
- Day 16 - Extra: 8km – 4 hours – Easy Grade (Ormiston Pound walk - Return to Alice Springs)
A few resources to help you know exactly what is involved on this Trek, and what is required of you to participate:
Camp Quality would like to thank our generous major sponsors of the Trek 4 Kids - Larapinta Trail event.
- Flight Dance
- Commercial Pre-Cast
- Michael Phillips Financial Planning
- Bayside Jewellers
- Specialised Geo
- Ace Mechanical Solutions
- Mavid Construction
- Emma's Mum and Dad
- Jayco Newcastle
- Ekert Constructions
For more information
Frequently asked questions
- Is there a mimimum age to participate?
Yes. All Trekkers must be at least 18 years of age.
- How fit do I need to be to participate?
The Trek is rated Medium to Very Hard Grade, and each day we are walking an average of 15km per day. Therefore we recommend first time Trekkers do some preparation to improve their fitness prior to the challenge. Please read the Larapinta Information Pack for more information about the required level of fitness to participate in this challenge event.
- How much of the money I pay is going back to Camp Quality?
The money you pay for flights, accommodation and the 16 day Trek is just to cover the costs of your participation in the challenge. However, every dollar of the money that you fundraise yourself (minimum $4,000) goes back to supporting our kids, families and programs.