Each journey may begin with a single step, but some require a few more steps than others. These are our walking and trekking trips. Here’s the idea: we provide you with expert trail guides, accommodation and porters (where necessary); you bring your legs and a sense of adventure. From the frosted peak of Kilimanjaro and Patagonia’s windswept trails to a more sedate stroll through the rice fields of Vietnam, there’s a calf-stretching trip to suit every level of fitness and expertise. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other.

Walking vs trekking

Walking

If conquering mountain peaks and fighting the elements sounds a tad extreme for what is, essentially, a holiday – never fear. We’ve got a range of walking trips designed to stretch the legs without making them feel like they’re about to fall off. Hike the grasslands of northern Thailand, wander through rice paddies in Mai Chau or amble along Turkey’s famous Lycian Way. It’s a simple recipe: fresh air, the wild outdoors and not a basecamp in sight.

Trekking

When does a walk become a trek? Probably somewhere between your first yak sighting and that moment when you realise all this mist is made of clouds. Our trekking trips cover some of the most famous routes on the planet – Kilimanjaro, Annapurna, Basecamp, the Inca Trail – but that doesn’t put them out of reach for the eagre novice. All you need is a sturdy pair of boots, a bit of pre-trip training and the best guides in the business. That’s where we come in.

Popular walks and treks

All our walking and trekking trips

Trip Name Days From AUD
Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

$1,486

Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

7

$2,632

Hilltribe Experience

5

$485

Patagonia Wilderness

15

$5,695

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

$1,885

Active in the Pyrenees

8

$1,125

Everest Base Camp

15

$1,895

Annapurna Sanctuary

16

$1,495

Annapurna & Everest

31

$3,485

Inca Trail

8

$1,960

Inca Trail Express

7

$1,430

Borneo - Hike, Bike & Kayak

9

$2,250

Himalayan Teenage Adventure

11

$2,770

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

$5,341

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14

$5,475

Best of Tanzania

17

$6,880

New Zealand Adventure Northbound (ex Christchurch)

22

$7,180

Galapagos Island Hopping

8

$2,634

Mai Chau Adventure

2

$300

Active Chiang Mai

4

$460

Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

17

$5,934

Mount Toubkal Trek

8

$695

Sapa Adventure

5

$420

Top End to the Outback 2017

9

$2,250

Outback to the Top End (ex Yulara) 2017

9

$2,250

Outback to the Top End 2017

9

$2,250

Expedition Djibouti - Footsteps of the Afar

13

$3,995

Darwin to Perth Overland (2017)

22

$3,990

Perth to Darwin Overland (2017)

22

$3,990

Red Centre Adventure (Original)

4

$1,065

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Original)

4

$1,065

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Basix)

4

$880

Red Centre Adventure (Basix)

4

$880

Active South Africa

9

$1,990

Active Italian Lakes

8

$2,774

Active Cinque Terre

8

$2,295

Active Amalfi Coast

8

$2,180

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

8

$3,990

Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

9

$4,690

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure

5

$1,090

Active Madagascar

14

$3,850

Taste of Tasmania (Basix)

6

$805

Broome to Perth Overland

10

$1,795

Perth to Broome Overland

10

$1,525

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

7

$980

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland ex Yulara

6

$925

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland

6

$925

Explore the Camino Way

10

$3,380

Northern Vietnam Adventure

11

$1,395

The Kokoda Track

11

$4,460

Essential Peru

21

$3,082

Active Galapagos

10

$4,074

Patagonia Trekking

10

$4,555

Peru Family Trek - Teens on the Trail

14

$3,483

Annapurna Explorer

16

$1,672

Reef to Rock Overland

7

$1,390

Rock to Reef

7

$1,390

Active in Slovenia

8

$1,730

Active in Croatia

8

$1,890

Trek Jordan

8

$1,655

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes

19

$2,550

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Original)

2

$469

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Basix)

2

$445

Adelaide to Darwin Overland

12

$2,930

Myanmar & Thailand Traveller

12

$2,760

Outback to the Top End (ex Yulara)

7

$2,190

Outback to the Top End

7

$2,190

Hike & Kayak Yellowstone

8

$3,545

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure ex Yulara

5

$1,090

Walking Annapurna

5

$495

Cuba Trekking and Beaches

15

$3,260

Essential info

On all of our hikes, your accommodation is pre-booked and your luggage is transferred from one point to the next. All you have to carry is a daypack that contains water, any snacks or gadgets you may want and a few layers to keep you dry and warm. This means you get to enjoy the best of hiking without any of the hassles.

We offer an extensive range of both small group and self-guided walking itineraries all over the world that cover everything from one-day hikes through to itineraries spanning 37 days. Armed with route notes and maps, self-guided walks allow you to explore at your own pace and are perfect for those wanting more independence. Or, if you want to concentrate more on the scenery, join a small group and explore with new friends. All your accommodation will be pre-booked, and your main luggage will be transferred between properties – so all you have to do is strap on your daypack and enjoy the walk!

We have walks ranging from relatively easy to rather challenging. But no matter what degree of difficulty or distance you choose to walk, we recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness to ensure that you get the most out of your walk or hike. Try to commit to some type of physical training program around six weeks before you depart. Here are some suggestions: Long walks: go on some long walks of 3-6 hours duration before you leave, wearing the boots you’re taking and carrying a small backpack to get comfortable with carrying your gear for long stretches. Aerobic exercise: running, distance cycling and the various aerobic classes offered at gyms (like pump, spin, zumba and circuit classes) all help to give you fitness and stamina. Strength training: doing body weight training like pushups, squats, dips, lunges, etc. helps to build up your muscle strength, which is needed for the steady climb up a mountain if you’re embarking on this type of hike (bootcamp sessions are perfect for this type of training).

You’ll need a comfortable daypack to walk with during the day and another piece of luggage (preferably not too large) for the rest of your gear to be transported or carried by porters or Sherpa (this depends on the walking trip you choose). Sturdy, good quality and well-fitted hiking shoes will make the difference between a great trip and terrible time – make sure you break them in before you go to minimise blisters. For some tips and ideas about what to take, check out Intrepid’s Ultimate Packing List – you won’t need half of what’s mentioned but things like wet-weather gear, a hat, layers of clothing, head torch, bandaids for blisters, water bottle and sunscreen are essential.

On some of our hikes you will encounter high altitudes. When climbing above 2,800 metres (9,200 feet), it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude, regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

There’s no real way to tell how your body will react to the rigours of altitude trekking, so it is important that you monitor your condition and discuss any prevailing symptoms with your guide. If you have any pre-existing conditions that could be exacerbated by high altitudes, be sure to get them checked out by a doctor before you leave.

But above all, try not to worry, most of our travellers shake off the effects of altitude pretty quickly and enjoy a safe and rewarding trek.

Traveller reviews

Our Walking trips score an average of 4.82 out of 5 based on 505 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail Express, November 2016

Crystal Matol-Howells

Inca Trail Express, February 2017

Braeden Young

Active Galapagos, January 2017

Tracey Johnson

Inca Trail Express, February 2017

Aaron Ryan

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