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9 & 11 Day Western Simpson Desert Treks

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The classic Simpson Desert Experience

Maximum group size: 10 trekkers


Western Simpson Desert Trek

Departure Dates: 

9 Day Trek - June 9 > June 17, Private Charter - Fully Booked

9 Day Trek - June 19  > June 27Private Charter - Fully Booked

9 Day Trek - Frame By Frame June 26 > July 4, 1 day 4WD/7days trekking/1 day 4WD $5850 

11 Day Trek - July 6 > July 16, 1 day 4WD/9days trekking/1 day 4WD $6050 

 11 Day Trek - August 16 > August 26, 1 day 4WD/9days trekking/1 day 4WD $6050 

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Trek Grade:

We have been conducting the Western Simpson Desert Trek for over 40 years and it's rightly become our classic Simpson Desert trekking experience, and the favourite of many return trekkers.


Being a longer duration than the Simpson Desert Explorer Treks, the WSD Trek really enables you to be absorbed by the landscape and settle into the magical rhythmic walking of the camels. 

You will walk alongside our team of packcamels accompanied by 4 cameleers who are your crew for the duration of the trek. Our cameleers are not 'tour guides', they are experienced and 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 of the western Simpson Desert. The landscape consists of towering red-crimson dunes, wide inter-dune corridors, small (usually dry!) creeks, large Breakaway ridges and scattered timber of Coolabah, Bloodwood and Mulga. Spinifex is the dominant plant species, however much of this hardy plant was destroyed in the widespread and destructive 2011/12 bushfires, and many of the dunes and swales are now spinifex-free, which does make for easier walking.

Walking in this landscape is on firm sand and occasional claypans and gibber flats. If the western Simpson receives good soaking rain in late March, 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 April 2022 that we will know the extent of any rainfall.

May, June and July 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 or other landforms in the landscape. They carry all your personal gear, and all you have to carry is your day pack. 

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.

What's included

4WD transfers to/from Alice Springs to the western Simpson Desert

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

All meals, though we do not provide snacks


Trek RFDS Medical Chest, First Aid and emergency communications equipment

Crew of 4 to 5 cameleers

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 airfares and accommodation. We can organise this for you

What other things are required?

Travel Insurance. We can advise on which policy is suitable

You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel with us. All our cameleers and support crew are fully vaccinated

Where are we trekking?

In the shaded area of the map in the Simpson Desert, the world's largest parallel sand ridge desert

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