TREK GRADING

We operate our treks in the cooler winter months (April to September) when the weather in Central Australia is superb for bushwalking and exploring deserts. The average daily temperature is about 23 degrees Celsius, however at night it is not uncommon for the temperature to drop to zero or below. 

Note that in late April and into early May the daytime temperatures can be in the early 30s for short periods. Similarly, in September we can experience similar temperatures as winter morphs into Spring.

 

Good physical fitness, a love of the outdoors and a constructive mental attitude are fundamental to the success of your trek or expedition. Due to the very nature of your journey and the remote areas that you may visit, conditions may be outside that of your normal experience and after leaving the comforts of civilisation behind, you should be prepared to enjoy the desert on its own terms and adjust to 'desert time'. 

 

Camel trekking can be a very personal experience - one person's stroll can be another's expedition. Please do not bite off more than you can chew!  It is important that you choose the correct grade for your capabilities. If you have any concerns please do discuss this with our knowledgeable team who are trekking experts. On our more challenging expeditions you will be required you to complete a fitness questionnaire and medical certificate.

Please note that the grading system is not a straightforward measure of how far you are walking. Rather it is an overall indication of how 'tough' it will be and it takes into account the number of hours trekking, terrain, the average temperatures and weather conditions. So even though a trek is graded MODERATE it does not mean you will never feel tired! Similarly, inexperienced desert trekkers need not necessarily avoid treks graded as CHALLENGING, as long as they are experienced and fit bushwalkers.

 

You do not need any previous camel trekking experience to join one of our treks. You just need to be prepared to spend time out bush - this is perhaps where the 'fitness' and 'mental preparation' come into the equation. These treks are not overly difficult (after all, it's the camels who are carrying the gear), but with appropriate preparation and a good mental attitude, at journeys end you can expect to be tired but also fulfilled with a great sense of personal accomplishment.

MODERATE

You do not need any previous desert trekking experience, provided that you are in good health and partake in regular physical activity.

A good level of fitness is required and you must be prepared to rough it & actively participate in the day-to-day running of your trek. Our walking pace is approximately 3 to 5 kilometres per hour, depending on the terrain being covered. The average distance travelled per day is usually between 10 to 12 kilometres with distances up to 15 kilometres sometimes covered depending upon the aims & objectives of the trek.

Trekking may involve some spells of continuous, although moderate, dune climbing on firm sand. All walking is cross country and not on marked tracks.

 

On other days you may cover a little more ground in search of a suitable campsite with enough feed for the camels. Water is available for drinking only but will not be strictly rationed - common sense will prevail.

 

Travel will be cross-country, away from tracks and roads and the itinerary of the trek is flexible allowing the leader to adjust the pace of the trek to the wishes and capabilities of the group combined with the aims and objectives of the trek.

2023 Treks

Bare Sole

Eastern Simpson Desert Treks

CHALLENGING

A good level of fitness is required and you must be prepared to rough it & actively participate in the day-to-day running of your trek or expedition. Our walking pace is approximately 3 to 5 kilometres per hour, depending on the terrain being covered and the average distance travelled per day is usually between 10 to 15 kilometres with distances up to 25 kilometres sometimes covered depending upon the wishes & capabilities of the expedition party.

 

Trekking may involve some spells of continuous, although moderate, dune climbing on firm sand. Occasionally, you will make camp at lunchtime, allowing the afternoon 'free' to explore. On other days you may cover a little more ground in search of a suitable campsite with enough feed for the camels.

 

Water is available for drinking only and WILL BE RATIONED - common sense will prevail. It is essential that you are prepared, both mentally & physically, to fully participate as an expedition member and mentally ready to go bush for an extended period.

2023 Treks

None!

EPIC

The Simpson Desert Expedition

Physical preparation is essential as you may be walking for 7 hours per day or longer for up to 25 days. These are genuine contemporary expeditions that travel in a traditional style just as the early explorers would have done, whilst encountering the rich desert diversity entwined with the rewarding experience of working with the camels.

 

Due to their duration and terrain covered, these explorations are far more challenging than any trek. The expeditions may travel between 320 - 400 kilometres (unless otherwise noted) and have a definite objective, whether it be to cross an entire desert or to arrive at the designated base camp at journeys end. Full rest days during the expedition are not guaranteed and  the average distance covered per day can be between 15 to 25 kilometres. Water rationing is strictly enforced and there are neither permanent camps nor any type of vehicle back-up.

 

2022 Expeditions - none...perhaps in 2024!

 

 

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