Walking holidays

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. 

All our walking trips

New York to New Orleans

11 days from
USD $3,420
CAD $3,530
AUD $3,460
EUR €2,335
GBP £2,000
NZD $3,855
ZAR R34,665
CHF FR2,830

Start: New York
Finish: New Orleans

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Argentina & Brazil Family Holiday

9 days from
USD $2,990
CAD $3,085
AUD $2,385
EUR €2,060
GBP £1,750
NZD $3,375
ZAR R30,280
CHF FR2,495

Start: Buenos Aires
Finish: Rio de Janeiro

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Ethiopian Explorer Northbound

44 days from
USD $4,325
CAD $4,685
AUD $4,643
EUR €3,164
GBP £2,630
NZD $5,127
ZAR R45,974
CHF FR3,825

Start: Nairobi
Finish: Gonder

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Costa Rica Express

9 days from
USD $1,580
CAD $1,630
AUD $1,600
EUR €1,080
GBP £925
NZD $1,785
ZAR R16,030
CHF FR1,305

Start: San Jose
Finish: San Jose

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Southern India Family Holiday

14 days from
USD $1,455
CAD $1,500
AUD $1,470
EUR €995
GBP £845
NZD $1,625
ZAR R14,710
CHF FR1,195

Start: Cochin
Finish: Kovalam

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Ethiopia Uncovered

23 days from
USD $2,385
CAD $2,582
AUD $2,552
EUR €1,743
GBP £1,438
NZD $2,822
ZAR R25,315
CHF FR2,108

Start: Addis Ababa
Finish: Addis Ababa

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Costa Rica Jungle Adventure

5 days from
USD $946
CAD $1,007
AUD $1,045
EUR €727
GBP £627
NZD $1,240
ZAR R9,517
CHF FR897

Start: San Jose
Finish: San Jose

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Texas Ranger

9 days from
USD $2,719
CAD $2,879
AUD $3,169
EUR €1,999
GBP £1,599
NZD $3,519
ZAR R28,795
CHF FR2,395

Start: Dallas
Finish: Dallas

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Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

15 days from
USD $3,420
CAD $3,420
AUD $3,420
EUR €2,430
GBP £1,799
NZD $3,955
ZAR R32,380
CHF FR2,915

Start: Granada
Finish: Panama City

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Explore Nicaragua

8 days from
USD $1,390
CAD $1,430
AUD $1,405
EUR €1,135
GBP £815
NZD $1,560
ZAR R14,040
CHF FR1,375

Start: Granada
Finish: San Jose

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Costa Rica Family Holiday

15 days from
USD $2,052
CAD $2,097
AUD $2,083
EUR €1,417
GBP £1,210
NZD $2,299
ZAR R20,367
CHF FR1,696

Start: San Jose
Finish: San Jose

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Tanzania Family Safari

10 days from
USD $2,952
CAD $3,141
AUD $3,262
EUR €2,200
GBP £1,831
NZD $3,636
ZAR R29,704
CHF FR2,664

Start: Dar es Salaam
Finish: Dar es Salaam

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Iguazu Falls

2 days from
USD $345
CAD $357
AUD $350
EUR €240
GBP £202
NZD $390
ZAR R3,502
CHF FR292

Start: Puerto Iguazu
Finish: Puerto Iguazu

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Best of Burma German

15 days from
USD $2,720
CAD $2,805
AUD $2,750
EUR €1,855
GBP £1,585
NZD $3,055
ZAR R27,555
CHF FR2,245

Start: Yangon
Finish: Yangon

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Vietnam Express Southbound German

10 days from
USD $1,025
CAD $1,055
AUD $1,035
EUR €790
GBP £665
NZD $1,155
ZAR R11,510
CHF FR955

Start: Hanoi
Finish: Ho Chi Minh City

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Utah, Nevada & California

14 days from
USD $1,845
CAD $1,905
AUD $1,870
EUR €1,285
GBP £1,080
NZD $2,080
ZAR R18,695
CHF FR1,560

Start: Las Vegas
Finish: San Francisco

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Lima to La Paz

22 days from
USD $2,546
CAD $2,757
AUD $2,755
EUR €1,864
GBP £1,585
NZD $3,016
ZAR R27,084
CHF FR2,253

Start: Lima
Finish: La Paz

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USA Family - Western Discovery

14 days from
USD $2,360
CAD $2,560
AUD $2,330
EUR €1,725
GBP £1,395
NZD $2,765
ZAR R25,125
CHF FR2,090

Start: San Francisco
Finish: Las Vegas

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Bright Lights & Canyons of the USA

14 days from
USD $1,830
CAD $1,890
AUD $1,850
EUR €1,275
GBP £1,070
NZD $2,065
ZAR R18,515
CHF FR1,530

Start: Los Angeles
Finish: Las Vegas

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Cuba Family Holiday

11 days from
USD $1,326
CAD $1,368
AUD $1,343
EUR €905
GBP £773
NZD $1,496
ZAR R13,451
CHF FR1,096

Start: Havana
Finish: Havana

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Best of America's Southwest

16 days from
USD $2,270
CAD $2,340
AUD $2,295
EUR €1,580
GBP £1,325
NZD $2,555
ZAR R22,970
CHF FR1,895

Start: New Orleans
Finish: San Francisco

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Perito Moreno Glacier

3 days from
USD $287
CAD $295
AUD $290
EUR €200
GBP £167
NZD $322
ZAR R2,902
CHF FR242

Start: El Calafate
Finish: El Calafate

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Mountains & Monasteries

18 days from
USD $4,990
CAD $5,150
AUD $5,050
EUR €3,475
GBP £2,920
NZD $5,625
ZAR R50,550
CHF FR4,195

Start: Beijing
Finish: Kathmandu

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Japan Family Holiday

11 days from
USD $3,582
CAD $3,766
AUD $3,640
EUR €2,506
GBP £2,097
NZD $4,014
ZAR R35,586
CHF FR2,961

Start: Tokyo
Finish: Kyoto

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Cuba Music & Dance

9 days from
USD $1,810
CAD $1,865
AUD $1,830
EUR €1,095
GBP £1,055
NZD $2,035
ZAR R18,325
CHF FR1,325

Start: Havana
Finish: Havana

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Lima to Rio

60 days from
USD $6,935
CAD $7,515
AUD $7,484
EUR €5,073
GBP £4,288
NZD $8,219
ZAR R73,736
CHF FR6,134

Start: Lima
Finish: Rio de Janeiro

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New Orleans to New York

19 days from
USD $5,485
CAD $5,650
AUD $5,595
EUR €3,780
GBP £3,205
NZD $6,180
ZAR R55,555
CHF FR4,575

Start: New Orleans
Finish: New York

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Masai Mara Walk

3 days from
USD $1,250
CAD $1,290
AUD $1,265
EUR €870
GBP £730
NZD $1,407
ZAR R12,662
CHF FR1,052

Start: Nairobi
Finish: Nairobi

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Circle Sri Lanka

15 days from
USD $1,890
CAD $1,950
AUD $1,910
EUR €1,370
GBP £1,190
NZD $2,130
ZAR R20,570
CHF FR1,660

Start: Negombo
Finish: Colombo

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Iran Adventure

15 days from
USD $3,020
CAD $3,115
AUD $3,055
EUR €2,060
GBP £1,765
NZD $3,400
ZAR R30,580
CHF FR2,495

Start: Tehran
Finish: Tehran

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Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12 days from
USD $1,550
CAD $1,595
AUD $1,570
EUR €1,060
GBP £900
NZD $1,745
ZAR R15,725
CHF FR1,280

Start: Istanbul
Finish: Istanbul

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Kruger Experience - Lodge (4 days)

4 days from
USD $895
CAD $922
AUD $905
EUR €622
GBP £522
NZD $1,007
ZAR R9,057
CHF FR752

Start: Johannesburg
Finish: Johannesburg

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Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle

3 days from
USD $582
CAD $602
AUD $590
EUR €405
GBP £340
NZD $657
ZAR R5,905
CHF FR490

Start: Chiang Mai
Finish: Chiang Mai

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Everest in Full Picture - Basix

5 days from
USD $1,037
CAD $1,070
AUD $1,050
EUR €722
GBP £607
NZD $1,170
ZAR R10,510
CHF FR875

Start: Kathmandu
Finish: Kathmandu

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Real Food Adventure - Vietnam

12 days from
USD $1,990
CAD $2,015
AUD $2,055
EUR €1,375
GBP £1,165
NZD $2,240
ZAR R19,050
CHF FR1,660

Start: Hanoi
Finish: Ho Chi Minh City

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Morocco Family Holiday

8 days from
USD $675
CAD $693
AUD $684
EUR €468
GBP £391
NZD $756
ZAR R6,840
CHF FR558

Start: Marrakech
Finish: Marrakech

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Botswana Adventure - Southbound

10 days from
USD $3,350
CAD $3,460
AUD $3,395
EUR €2,610
GBP £1,960
NZD $3,780
ZAR R33,955
CHF FR3,160

Start: Victoria Falls
Finish: Windhoek

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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

7 days from
USD $2,119
CAD $2,187
AUD $2,146
EUR €1,476
GBP £1,242
NZD $2,389
ZAR R21,487
CHF FR1,786

Start: Marangu
Finish: Marangu

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Hilltribe Experience

5 days from
USD $420
CAD $432
AUD $425
EUR €292
GBP £245
NZD $472
ZAR R4,255
CHF FR355

Start: Chiang Mai
Finish: Chiang Mai

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Thailand Discovery

8 days from
USD $725
CAD $740
AUD $735
EUR €525
GBP £455
NZD $815
ZAR R7,855
CHF FR635

Start: Bangkok
Finish: Bangkok

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Explore Egypt

15 days from
USD $1,420
CAD $1,415
AUD $1,390
EUR €990
GBP £790
NZD $1,545
ZAR R14,125
CHF FR1,175

Start: Cairo
Finish: Cairo

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Egypt Adventure

8 days from
USD $1,180
CAD $1,220
AUD $1,210
EUR €815
GBP £690
NZD $1,335
ZAR R11,980
CHF FR985

Start: Cairo
Finish: Cairo

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Japan Express

9 days from
USD $1,970
CAD $2,035
AUD $1,995
EUR €1,370
GBP £1,155
NZD $2,220
ZAR R19,940
CHF FR1,660

Start: Tokyo
Finish: Kyoto

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Cycle Vietnam

15 days from
USD $2,290
CAD $2,365
AUD $2,365
EUR €1,580
GBP £1,340
NZD $2,580
ZAR R23,200
CHF FR1,895

Start: Hanoi
Finish: Ho Chi Minh City

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Okavango & Beyond

9 days from
USD $1,895
CAD $1,950
AUD $1,915
EUR €1,295
GBP £1,100
NZD $2,125
ZAR R18,820
CHF FR1,565

Start: Victoria Falls
Finish: Johannesburg

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Turkey Explored

18 days from
USD $1,810
CAD $1,870
AUD $1,836
EUR €1,258
GBP £1,058
NZD $2,035
ZAR R18,360
CHF FR1,525

Start: Istanbul
Finish: Istanbul

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Angkor Trails

9 days from
USD $886
CAD $913
AUD $895
EUR €616
GBP £517
NZD $999
ZAR R8,964
CHF FR747

Start: Bangkok
Finish: Ho Chi Minh City

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Kenya to Cape Town

45 days from
USD $6,420
CAD $6,725
AUD $6,690
EUR €4,470
GBP £3,810
NZD $7,345
ZAR R65,015
CHF FR5,410

Start: Nairobi
Finish: Cape Town

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Cambodia - Hike, Bike & Kayak

9 days from
USD $1,285
CAD $1,330
AUD $1,310
EUR €900
GBP £750
NZD $1,440
ZAR R12,780
CHF FR1,065

Start: Phnom Penh
Finish: Siem Reap

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Cape Town and Winelands

5 days from
USD $1,250
CAD $1,290
AUD $1,265
EUR €870
GBP £730
NZD $1,407
ZAR R12,662
CHF FR1,052

Start: Cape Town
Finish: Cape Town

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Explore Peru & Bolivia

25 days from
USD $4,405
CAD $4,545
AUD $4,455
EUR €2,995
GBP £2,575
NZD $4,960
ZAR R44,615
CHF FR3,640

Start: Lima
Finish: La Paz

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Scenic Vietnam

15 days from
USD $1,435
CAD $1,489
AUD $1,462
EUR €1,008
GBP £846
NZD $1,629
ZAR R14,638
CHF FR1,219

Start: Hanoi
Finish: Ho Chi Minh City

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Kruger Experience - Lodge (5 days)

5 days from
USD $1,057
CAD $1,090
AUD $1,070
EUR €735
GBP £617
NZD $1,192
ZAR R10,710
CHF FR890

Start: Johannesburg
Finish: Johannesburg

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Real Food Adventure - India

15 days from
USD $2,110
CAD $2,175
AUD $2,135
EUR €1,440
GBP £1,220
NZD $2,380
ZAR R21,390
CHF FR1,745

Start: New Delhi
Finish: Goa

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Zanzibar East Coast Beach Break (5 days)

5 days from
USD $1,705
CAD $1,760
AUD $1,725
EUR €1,187
GBP £997
NZD $1,920
ZAR R17,267
CHF FR1,437

Start: Zanzibar
Finish: Zanzibar

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Turkey Encompassed

15 days from
USD $1,880
CAD $1,935
AUD $1,975
EUR €1,510
GBP £1,140
NZD $2,200
ZAR R19,755
CHF FR1,825

Start: Istanbul
Finish: Istanbul

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Kruger & Coast

9 days from
USD $1,300
CAD $1,310
AUD $1,300
EUR €870
GBP £740
NZD $1,415
ZAR R12,660
CHF FR1,055

Start: Johannesburg
Finish: Durban

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Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks

16 days from
USD $3,060
CAD $3,160
AUD $3,100
EUR €2,320
GBP £1,980
NZD $3,455
ZAR R33,785
CHF FR2,810

Start: Nairobi
Finish: Nairobi

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Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

18 days from
USD $2,015
CAD $2,090
AUD $2,070
EUR €1,395
GBP £1,185
NZD $2,280
ZAR R20,525
CHF FR1,690

Start: Hanoi
Finish: Bangkok

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Africa Encompassed Northbound

60 days from
USD $9,575
CAD $10,030
AUD $9,980
EUR €6,665
GBP £5,685
NZD $10,950
ZAR R96,995
CHF FR8,070

Start: Cape Town
Finish: Nairobi

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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.

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Our Walking trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 399 reviews in the last year.

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