Australian adventure travel company, World Expeditions, is celebrating a return to travel this month on the trail it pioneered 25 years ago, with five groups departing Alice Springs to walk the NT’s iconic Larapinta Trail.
According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, bringing this week’s departures to fruition has been the culmination of an enormous team effort.
“We had a false start back in March, when we set up all the camps in preparedness for our busiest season ever, only to have to demount them again when travel stopped with the onset of Covid restrictions,” Ms Badyari said.
“Now, with them re-erected and with a new Covid Safe protocol in place, we - and our guides - are thrilled to see our first travellers back on the trail,” she said. “The season will be short but, it’s something.”
World Expeditions’ new operational procedures to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 include special measures with food preparation, enhanced hygiene, sanitation and physical distancing. All travellers are required to complete a health screening at the start of the trip and to wear masks in certain settings, consistent with the relevant laws and regulations.
The company operates more than 10 itineraries on the Larapinta Trail, through its domestic brand, Australian Walking Holidays, and is the only company to offer trekkers luxuries such as hot showers, access to comfortable lounge areas in the exclusive eco camps, an indigenous food experience and private accommodation with comfortable, off-ground beds. There are limited places on departures between now and the end of September, 2020.
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