Adventure travel company World Expeditions has added a third semi-permanent campsite on its Classic Larapinta Trail in Australia’s Red Centre, offering trekkers the benefits of comfortable accommodation below the beautiful Mt Sonder in the West MacDonnell Ranges.
The third campsite, designed by architect Rachel Neeson, ensures that the trekker’s experience is all about the Larapinta Trail walks, not long drives between trailheads.
Like the first two campsites, the third one is named in memory of one of the company’s early guides.
Fearless Camp, which is named after pioneering Himalayan guide, Sue Fear, takes its place alongside Nick’s Camp, named after the original campsite’s architect, Nick Murcutt, and Charlie’s camp, named after long serving guide and Larapinta pioneer, Charlie Holmes.
Also like the first two campsites, Fearless Camp's design incorporates sustainable technologies such as water-free composting toilets, solar lighting systems and a hybrid grey water disposal system designed for the arid environment.
World Expeditions remains the only operator with exclusive leases for campsites negotiated in partnership with the Aboriginal Traditional Owners and the West MacDonnell National Park.
According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, the partnership with the Aboriginal traditional owners is one of the most exciting aspects of the company’s Larapinta product.
“Our trekkers have been enjoying a face to face experience of Aboriginal culture, learning of the proper dreamtime stories from the Traditional owners at the Larapinta Valley Town Camp and Yarrenyty Artere Art Center,” Ms Badyari said.
Regular Sunday and Wednesday departures of the 6 day Classic Larapinta Trek are complemented with Friday departures for exclusive private groups.