CROSS COUNTRY TREKS
TREKKING CHEWINGS RANGE
From 2021 onwards we will be leading off-track, cross country treks across the Chewings Ranges and other areas of the West MacDonnell National Park. These treks are some of the most spectacular cross country treks in Australia. Only three treks a year are permitted making these treks rare and unique.
2022 Dates Now Live
WESTERN CHEWINGS TRAVERSE
This is one of the best cross country treks in Australia without fail.
The trek traverses across the spectacular Western Chewings Ranges in the Tjoritja/WestMacDonnell National Park. The Chewings Range is the crown jewels of the national park.
The Western Chewings Traverse Trek is an approximately 90km cross country trek on the western portion of the Chewings Ranges. This is a 11 day, hard graded trek traversing over and across some spectacular mountainous terrain and peaks which includes Mt Giles.
Strictly limited places. Three treks each year only.
Very strict light impact code for the trek due to the high conservation
value of the area
Approx 90km, 11 Day Cross Country Trek*
13 Days Total
( 1 day Pre-Trek, 11 days field, 1 day Post-Trek,)
Trek Grade: Hard#
6 Trekkers Max (5 trekkers, 1 staff)
Led by LTTS Cross Country Specialists
Heli Caching of Food and Water
Vehicle Drop Off to Ormiston Gorge (Start Point)
Remote Area Helicopter Pick Up (Finish Point)
Heli Pick Up Flight back to Alice Springs via Eastern Chewings Range
Trek Includes Summit of Mt Giles
Comprehensive Pre and Post Trek
Trek Preparation Program Provided
Strict Trek Code and Eligibility Requirements
Three Treks a Year Only
*The trek will cover rough terrain, razorbacks, many steep sections and will involve side treks into highlight spots which will often require clambering and steep climbing. Though the distance is approx 90km and the duration is 11 days, the trek is rough but also allows for comfortable rest periods in scenic locations.
# Hard definition is not hiking 'hard', but 'trekking hard'. For example, Section 4 & 5 on the Larapinta Trail would be considered easy going for a trekking standard. The Chewings Traverse will be about 2.5x and 3x harder than Section 5 for the entire 11 day trek.
This is an approx 90km, 11-day trek across the high ridges of the Western Chewings Ranges. Most of the trek is above 1000m in elevation with incredibly spectacular views of the whole national park area. This is a cross country trek by definition - no trails, no signage, no shelter, rough ground, heavy packs, lots of clambering and biblical views and experiences.
This is a wild trek that is led by LTTS and is supported with helicopter supplied remote area food and water resupply points. Everything packed in is packed or helicoptered out.
This is a hard cross country trek. It is about twice or three times harder than completing the Larapinta Trail E2E solo. Hikers carry all their gear, equipment, food, water and clothing for the entire 10 days. Regular cache resupplies assist with water and food resupplies but trekkers should expect to carry a minimum of 20kg in sturdy 70-90lt packs. This trek is led by LTTS but trekkers do everything else themselves as per any other 'independent' type trek. This is NOT a tour!
If you haven't trekked cross country before, this will be a very new, liberating and incredibly amazing experience. But expect challenges and a good work out.
2022 TREK DATES