Uluru, Uluru, everybody talks about Uluru (me included , see my travel tips to plan your time there). However personally, I preferred the amazing 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (also know as the Olgas). Only 2 walks allow access to some sections between the domes. The Valley of the Wind is one of them.
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Valley of the Wind Walk
Fitness: how difficult is the Vally of the wind walk?
I believe, like for my hikes in Petra, a lot of you are wondering if you will be fit enough to be able to complete this 3 hour Valley of the wind walk.
Note that the trail takes you to 2 lookout points. 2 lookouts mean 2 higher points which means (as it is a single trail and then a loop) going up hill 3 times. It is graded level 4 – Difficult. It is NOT AN EASY WALK due to a couple of steep ascents and descents and a few rocky patches. This is why they close it at the first lookout if it gets too hot…
However, that being said, I was not at all in good fitness conditions and managed to complete it (although I really thought of turning around at one point). So my recommendations, for those worried about completing the walk, are:
- Start very early to avoid the hottest hours ( many sites say it, but please make the effort)
- Wear good hiking shoes (not the Australian way with flip-flops…)
- Bring a lot of water
- Go counter-clockwise (left-round). My personal opinion is that the second lookout was not the most amazing part of the walk. What I enjoyed the most was the trail in the vast area after (if you go clockwise). So if you start going left you will enjoy this area first and you can decide not to climb to the second lookout and just return to the first one.
Karu to Karingana Lookouts (anti-clockwise)
I actually completed this Valley of the wind walk with clouds and rain. And even in those conditions, the scenery was surprising at every corner and you could only feel very small in front of those giants. I think I was quite lucky and that it was a great way to see the place. The clouds gave the landscape an even more mystical aura. The only downfall was that I did not dare to take out my DSLR (it was brand new at the time), so I do not have many pictures to share.
Karingana to Karu Lookouts (anti-clockwise)
Som more travelers' experiences
The 3 following travel bloggers are sharing their experience of walking the Valley of the wind. This way you will see what it looks like when it is sunny!
- The inspiring Wild Junket exploring Kata Tjuta
- Journey jottings that I just discovered tells us all about her walk, step by step
- Adventures of a Ranga lets the pictures talk for themselves
I definitively recommend walking the Valley of the Wind Trail. This is so different from Uluru, you will not regret it.
Have you ever felt a place was even better in the clouds?