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Bare Sole Yoga Trek
Desert Yoga
Desert Yoga
Downward Dog

Join yoga teacher Ellie McGrath on this 11 day SLOW TREK 

An opportunity to reconnect with nature, connect with our professional traveling colleagues (the camels), and unwind from the daily grind of Great Humbug
 

Bare Sole Full Moon Connect + Frame By Frame

Departure Date: August 16 > August 26 1 day 4WD/9.5 days trekking/half day 4WD

Maximum group size: 10 trekkers

Bare Sole price: $6050 

Bare Sole in 2024 has a special bonus!

What could be better than a desert Full Moon? Our resident landscape photographer Carolyn Larcombe will be on hand to guide and tutor on the finer details of photography and the challenges of capturing the essence and majesty of this ancient land. The desert and everything in it contains a myriad of photo opportunities, so if you are looking to capture images of your Full Moon Connect experience and are interested in photography then you will have the opportunity to work alongside Carolyn and learn from her many years of desert trekking with our camels. 

And not forgetting of course that our camels are rather photogenic as well!

Our trekking season concludes with a Bare Sole, and the full moon in August will be a great wind down as we near the end of the trekking season.

Every morning Ellie will be facilitating a yoga session on the nearest dune crest to the camel camp, awakening your senses as you prepare for the days walking. What a perfect way to begin the desert day!

Then in the late afternoon, a more focused yoga + meditation session will take place, again on the nearest dune crest, as we digest the days events and continue to allow our head to clear and our minds to rest.

Ellie
Camel Pose

Ellie has been practising yoga for over a decade and is currently teaching yoga and pilates. She is a strong advocate for the power of nature & landscape to reset our minds, helping to bring us to a more calmer alignment, which in turn helps us to manage the complexities that can sometimes overwhelm our daily lives. 

The landscape is a powerful tonic, and as animals we need that direct connection to the earth, and to the other animals (the camels) that we walk with.

And she loves camels! Particularly Claude (pictured above) who happily provides guidance & tuition for the Camel Pose.

So we will supply the landscape, the camels, the desert silence, the SPACE, healthy tucker via campfire cooking and a fairly impressive canopy of stars.

Sorry, but we won't be supplying Wifi or mobile coverage or internet access or electric lights or diesel generators.

We do supply a yoga mat, and all you have to bring is an open mind.

What else is involved for baring my sole?

On this trek you will walk alongside our team of packcamels accompanied by 5 cameleers who are your crew for the duration of the trek.

Our cameleers are not 'tour guides', they are seasoned stockmen/women who are specialists in handling and working with camels, and have a wealth of experience in walking the desert and knowledge of its flora & fauna, and are respectful of our First Nations people who call the desert home.

We will be walking in the dune fields and swales of the Strzelecki Desert on Clifton Hills Station in South Australia. The landscape consists of small red/washed out white dunes and includes the floodplain of Cooper Creek which winds and curls its way from NSW, past Innamincka township, and onwards to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

Walking in this landscape is on firm sand and occasional claypans and gibber (small stones) flats. The remnants of cyclone Kirrily soaked most of the desert with good rain in early February (Innamincka has recorded 142mm for the year) so there may be a profusion of yellow flowers such as poached-egg daisy & 'Yellowtop' covering the landscape, and supplying our camels with fresh feed....however it's not until we actually get out there in late April that we will know the extent and impact of any rainfall.

August is ideal walking weather in Central Australia and over the course of a 5 to 6 hour walking day you would walk approximately between 8 to 10 kilometres.  Our pace of travel is determined by the camels and their ability to negotiate the dunes and other landforms in the landscape. They carry all your personal gear, and all you have to carry is a healthy attitude and your day pack. Best to leave everything else behind.

This is a very real, very Australian desert experience. Camels are the perfect cross-country vehicle and so we don't follow roads or tracks, and there is no vehicle back-up. Camps are chosen for the availability of camel feed, and we never camp in the same place twice. And in addition, as we are Australia's only trekking company that specialise in remote desert travel, you won't 'bump into' any other groups of trekkers. 

All of our treks are active participation-based experiences and the cameleers will involve you with loading and unloading the camels as much as you wish to be involved. Similarly, your assistance is always greatly welcomed with the numerous camp chores to be done at the end of the day such as collecting firewood or helping to shepherd the camels as they feed.

Please note that the entire trek will be on Clifton Hills Station, a working cattle property of 16,500 square kilometres, so we may see occasional evidence of cattle and some station infrastructure. 

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Further info

What's included

4WD transfers to/from Birdsville to the Strzelecki Desert

All camping equipment - swags, stools, tents. You bring your own sleeping bag and eating utensils

All meals, though we do not provide snacks

LOTS of space...

Survey RFDS Medical Chest, First Aid and emergency communications equipment

Crew of 4 to 5 cameleers

Desert Silence!

Trekking with an environmentally aware responsible business 

(A detailed Trek Information Guide is sent to you when you book)

What's not included

Pre and post survey airfares and accommodation. You are responsible for arranging your travel to/from Birdsville and any accommodation. We can help organise this for you

Please look at this page How To Get To Birdsville

What else is required?

Travel Insurance. You have the option to arrange your own travel insurance, or you can contact us for a quote.

Where are we trekking?

In the shaded area of the map in the Sturt Stony/Strzelecki Deserts, South Australia

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