The Larapinta Trail along the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges is one of the finest long treks anywhere in the world. Over the twelve stages of its 230km length, from the Old Telegraph Station in Alice to Mount Sonder in the West, it traverses desert landscape and panoramic views out to far-flung horizons. The trail can be surprisingly verdant too, with a profusion of wildflowers, macropods and reptiles, and a twitcher’s delight of birdlife. The beautiful jewels of its numerous gaps and gorges are fine places to swim and explore, and it all combines to create a definite sense that you are walking through a rugged wilderness operating on an ancient timescale far outside human civilization. Even over just a few sections this is a wonderful trek, with gorges and peaks, spurs, vegetation and wildlife coalescing in the rich geological welt of the ranges. Crawling into your tent at night, beneath galaxies of stars, you’ll have had an unforgettable day and likely dream of the desert trek treasures to come.