Walking & Trekking 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.

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.


 

All our walking and trekking trips

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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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 $387
CAD $432
AUD $425
EUR €292
GBP £245
NZD $472
ZAR R4,255
CHF FR342

Start: Chiang Mai
Finish: Chiang Mai

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Patagonia Wilderness

15 days from
USD $3,870
CAD $4,205
AUD $4,125
EUR €2,785
GBP £2,295
NZD $4,585
ZAR R41,300
CHF FR3,370

Start: Buenos Aires
Finish: Buenos Aires

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Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12 days from
USD $1,485
CAD $1,535
AUD $1,550
EUR €1,020
GBP £870
NZD $1,675
ZAR R15,065
CHF FR1,235

Start: Bangkok
Finish: Bangkok

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Active in the Pyrenees

8 days from
USD $905
CAD $965
AUD $1,010
EUR €690
GBP £620
NZD $1,190
ZAR R9,145
CHF FR855

Start: Soldeu
Finish: Soldeu

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Walking Annapurna

5 days from
USD $542
CAD $560
AUD $550
EUR €377
GBP £317
NZD $612
ZAR R5,505
CHF FR457

Start: Pokhara
Finish: Pokhara

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Everest Base Camp

15 days from
USD $1,510
CAD $1,555
AUD $1,525
EUR €1,030
GBP £880
NZD $1,700
ZAR R15,265
CHF FR1,245

Start: Kathmandu
Finish: Kathmandu

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Everest Base Camp Challenge

15 days from
USD $1,280
CAD $1,320
AUD $1,295
EUR €890
GBP £750
NZD $1,440
ZAR R12,960
CHF FR1,080

Start: Kathmandu
Finish: Kathmandu

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Annapurna Sanctuary

16 days from
USD $1,100
CAD $1,135
AUD $1,115
EUR €755
GBP £645
NZD $1,245
ZAR R11,180
CHF FR895

Start: Kathmandu
Finish: Kathmandu

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Annapurna & Everest

31 days from
USD $2,720
CAD $2,805
AUD $2,750
EUR €1,855
GBP £1,590
NZD $3,055
ZAR R27,515
CHF FR2,245

Start: Kathmandu
Finish: Kathmandu

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Inca Trail

8 days from
USD $1,660
CAD $1,715
AUD $1,685
EUR €1,135
GBP £975
NZD $1,870
ZAR R16,845
CHF FR1,375

Start: Lima
Finish: Cuzco

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Inca Trail Express

7 days from
USD $1,215
CAD $1,255
AUD $1,230
EUR €820
GBP £710
NZD $1,370
ZAR R12,320
CHF FR995

Start: Cuzco
Finish: Cuzco

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Himalayan Teenage Adventure

11 days from
USD $1,809
CAD $1,867
AUD $1,831
EUR €1,237
GBP £1,062
NZD $2,043
ZAR R18,333
CHF FR1,494

Start: Kathmandu
Finish: Kathmandu

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Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14 days from
USD $3,635
CAD $3,805
AUD $3,790
EUR €2,530
GBP £2,155
NZD $4,160
ZAR R36,835
CHF FR3,065

Start: Nairobi
Finish: Marangu

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Active Galapagos

10 days from
USD $3,315
CAD $3,596
AUD $3,534
EUR €2,358
GBP £1,969
NZD $3,929
ZAR R35,300
CHF FR2,854

Start: Quito
Finish: Quito

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Mai Chau Adventure

2 days from
USD $305
CAD $315
AUD $310
EUR €212
GBP £180
NZD $345
ZAR R3,102
CHF FR257

Start: Hanoi
Finish: Hanoi

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Active Chiang Mai

4 days from
USD $380
CAD $392
AUD $385
EUR €265
GBP £222
NZD $427
ZAR R3,852
CHF FR320

Start: Chiang Mai
Finish: Chiang Mai

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Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

17 days from
USD $4,595
CAD $4,746
AUD $4,664
EUR €3,143
GBP £2,694
NZD $5,189
ZAR R46,615
CHF FR3,804

Start: Quito
Finish: Cuzco

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Italian Lakes Discovery

8 days from
USD $2,655
CAD $2,740
AUD $3,245
EUR €2,210
GBP £1,855
NZD $3,615
ZAR R32,160
CHF FR2,675

Start: Milan
Finish: Verona

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Peru Family Trek - Teens on the Trail

14 days from
USD $2,695
CAD $2,780
AUD $2,725
EUR €1,875
GBP £1,575
NZD $3,040
ZAR R27,280
CHF FR2,270

Start: Lima
Finish: Cusco

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Cuzco to Lima

17 days from
USD $2,111
CAD $2,282
AUD $2,278
EUR €1,543
GBP £1,310
NZD $2,499
ZAR R22,403
CHF FR1,865

Start: Cuzco
Finish: Lima

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Walking in the French & Swiss Alps

8 days from
USD $2,980
CAD $3,075
AUD $3,020
EUR €1,980
GBP £1,745
NZD $3,360
ZAR R30,220
CHF FR2,395

Start: Chamonix
Finish: Zermatt

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Mount Toubkal Trek

8 days from
USD $552
CAD $595
AUD $616
EUR €420
GBP £369
NZD $726
ZAR R5,622
CHF FR518

Start: Marrakech
Finish: Marrakech

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Spirit of Sicily

11 days from
USD $3,135
CAD $3,340
AUD $4,260
EUR €2,835
GBP £2,490
NZD $5,025
ZAR R37,830
CHF FR3,495

Start: Palermo
Finish: Syracuse

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Torres del Paine Hiking

6 days from
USD $1,640
CAD $1,692
AUD $1,660
EUR €1,142
GBP £960
NZD $1,847
ZAR R16,615
CHF FR1,382

Start: Puerto Natales
Finish: Puerto Natales

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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.

Traveller reviews

Our Walking trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 379 reviews in the last year.

Active Galapagos, June 2015

Inca Trail Express, July 2015

Active Galapagos, June 2015

Inca Trail Express, July 2015


 

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