The Larapinta Trail from Cooks Point

The Larapinta Trail from Cooks Point

LARAPINTA

Welcome to the New Year! 2015 is already shaping up to be an awesome year here at Wildplans. Together with Tour de Trails we’ve got some awesome itineraries on the schedule for you.

Our first Larapinta Trail tour departs Alice Springs on the 14th of May and we have a private Larapinta trip booked the week after. These are both using the semi-permanent, luxe campsites managed by the highly regarded World Expeditions. The food is exquisite local produce and we’ve picked the best mix of challenge and beauty the trail has to offer.

Patagonia will welcome us in November with a high-luxe itinerary departing Punta Arenas for the incredible Torres del Paine on the 16th of October. This place will blow you away! Incredible small-group trail running, amazing accommodation and that “end of the earth” feeling you rarely experience anywhere else.

In April we’re off to Timor Leste (East Timor) to recce a new trip that will take in the incredible high country ridgelines and unbelievably friendly locals, while our sister outfit Tour de Trails recently advertised their first trip to Bhutan with Trail Goddess Anna Frost.

Happy New Year!!!

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PATAGONIA

Patagonia is one of the most awe-inspiring, raw, visually astounding places we’ve ever seen.  So close to the Magellan Strait, Cape Horn and Antarctica, wind-sculpted and weather-beaten, Torres Del Paine is the most impressive part of an incredible landscape.

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Starting with gentle run along an undulating trail, we’ll arrive at Refugio Paine Grande by lunch before an out-and-back to Mirador (lookout) Grey, overlooking the incredible Glacier Grey and the lake it feeds with Icebergs.

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The next few days will take us counter-clockwise along the famous “W” trail, one of the worlds best hiking trails, before we head into the remote northern half of the Torres del Paine circuit.

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After passing through Los Perros and crossing John Gardner pass we’ll drop down toward Refugio Grey, running parallel to Glacier Grey that we saw all those days ago.  Tomorrow is our last day on the trail and we’ll start with a hike along the glacier itself before taking a boat to the three heads of the glacier and then back down the lake to the incredible Hotel Grey.

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TIMOR LESTE (EAST TIMOR)

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From the highest point in Timor Leste, Mt Tatamailau (aka Ramelau), we’ll descend rugged ridgelines, summit the incredible Mt Cailaco and make our way to the spectacular coastline of the fiercely independent, unique East Timor.

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