Walking Trips


Whether it’s through the mountains of Nepal or the cultured environs of Europe, going on a long walk is one of life’s true pleasures. And sometimes, you don’t want to plan it, you just want to lace up your boots and see where the day takes you. So that’s why we’ve created a world of amazing walking trips so all you have to do is turn up.

About Intrepid walking trips

Hiking without the hassle

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.

Guided vs Self-guided

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!

 

Fitness

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).

 

 

Gear

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.

 

Altitude sickness

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.

Popular walking trips in Africa & The Middle East

The mountains of Africa contain some of the most unique trekking in the world, with the heights of Kilimanjaro, Mt Toubkal, Mt Kenya and the Simien Mountains teeming with natural beauty and wonder.

 

Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

8 days, ex Marangu
Travel to Tanzania and embark on an ascent of mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route. 

Mount Toubkal Trek

8 days, ex Marrakech
Trek to the summit of Mt Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, on this Moroccan adventure.

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14 days, Nairobi to Marangu
Visit Nairobi in Kenya, the Serengeti National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Mt Kenya Ascent

6 days, ex Nairobi
Ascend to Point Lenana to witness the breathtaking views over the plains of Kenya. 

Popular European treks

From relaxed ambles in Italy’s Lake District to a spirited trek along the Mont Blanc Circuit, walking in Europecombines breathtaking scenery with incredible cultures and food to die for.
 

Italy Lakes Discovery

8 Days, Milan to Verona
A sojourn that winds through Italy’s lake district and St Moritz’s spectacular mountain peaks.

Turkey Active

12 days, ex Istanbul
Visit the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, tour Anzac Cove and hike the Turquoise Coast.

Spirit of Sicily

11 days, Palermo to Syracuse
Experience Italy’s Mediterranean heaven, from castles in Montalbano to the moon-like surface of Mt Etna.

Mont Blanc Hotel Trek

15 days, ex Chamonix
Trek over mountain passes, through alpine meadows, past intensely blue glaciers, to charming towns and villages.

Popular walking tours in Asia

With some of the most monumental walking trails on the planet, Asia delivers big on the walking front. Conquer mountains in Nepal, meet fascinating hilltribes in Thailand or walk along the world’s greatest wall in China.

 

Everest Basecamp

15 days, ex Kathmandu
Explore the Nepalese Himalayas from Kathmandu as you conquer this Everest Adventure tour.

Annapurna Sanctuary

15 days, Kathmandu to Pokhara
Cross the Himalayas and visit Kathmandu and Pokhara on this amazing trekking adventure.

Hilltribe Experience

5 days, ex Chiang Mai
Travel to Chiang Mai and trek through northern Thailand to discover hilltribe culture and local experiences.

Walking the Great Wall

8 days, ex Beijing
Visit the Mutianyu, Huangyaguan and Gubeikou sections of the Great Wall and learn about this momentous achievement.

Popular treks in South America

Soaring peaks, staggering scenery and ancient Inca lands, South America’s walking trails are like gateways to another world. 
 

Inca Trail

8 days, Lima to Cuzco
Follow Inca traditions from Lima to Cuzco, through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley and along the Inca Trail.

Patagonia Trekking

10 days, Santiago to Buenos Aires
Explore Chile and Argentina's trekking attractions such as the 'W' Trek in Torres del Paine National Park.  

Active Galapagos

10 days, ex Quito
Tour Galapagos's highlights from Isla San Cristobal to Isla Santa Cruz on this active wildlife adventure.

Torres del Paine Hiking

6 days, ex Puerto Natales
Witness vast, grassy plains, striking, blue glaciers, glassy lakes and indescribable beauty in Torres del Paine National Park.

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