Established in 1998, Trek Larapinta is an Alice Springs-based trekking operator specialising in small group walking holidays on the Larapinta Trail, within the Tjoritja National Park in Central Australia. Trek Larapinta maintains strong local knowledge of the landscape and continues to build deep connections within the local community through supporting indigenous enterprises and practicing grass roots environmentally responsible travel.
Who are the people behind Trek Larapinta?
Holger Strie – Managing Director
Clare Drabsch – Operations Manager
Kellie OBrien – Guest Services
Nick Scharm – General Manager
All of our Trek Larapinta wilderness guides
Tell us something quirky or memorable about you, your team, your customer or your business
Drifting off to sleep under a blanket of stars to the sounds of nature and the crackling fire, walking on the sands of an ancient river bed and the coolness of the desert dawn – when you walk with boutique eco-tourism trekking company Trek Larapinta you experience a complete immersion in nature. Your senses will be heightened as you connect with yourself and the earth in this ancient and spiritual country. DREAM. EXPLORE. DISCOVER and RECONNECT with Trek Larapinta
What’s the favourite thing you love about your business?
We at Trek Larapinta, think small is beautiful; being small we can focus on tour quality and sustainability, maintain strong local knowledge of the landscape and build meaningful connections for our guests. Remote, arid, beautiful, changing and breathtaking are the landscapes of the Larapinta Trail, a truly transformative multi-day eco experience that leaves an imprint on our visitors we are privileged to connect to this country through our tours. Seeing our guests connect drives and rewards us.
What’s the company background?
Trek Larapinta was established in 1998 by Dr. Charlie Carter, who together with his partner Deb Clarke operated a two-person operation until 2007. It was then sold to Shane Fewtrell who then sold it to professional and highly experienced guide Holger Strie in 2011. In 2018 Holger still owns and operates Trek Larapinta, actively following the principles of ecotourism, continually innovating and promoting advanced ecotourism principles whilst exploring and showcasing the magic of the West McDonnell Ranges.
What’s your ultimate vision for Trek Larapinta?
To provide the best small group eco-trekking experiences through deep immersion in the wilderness of the Larapinta Trail.
A testimonial about Trek Larapinta?
Spent 6 days with Trek Larapinta walking the Larapinta in a small group of 8. Awesome guides, the trail is spectacular, the colors of the landscape and the sky at night are the things I will remember for the rest of my life. (TripAdvisor 2018)
More information about Trek Larapinta
Tourism Region: NT-Central Australia
Industry sector: Tour