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.

Charity treks

This year we’re running a number of fundraising trips on behalf of The Intrepid Foundation, a not-for-profit company assisting NGOs with some fantastic initiatives. The money you raise for these trips will directly finance The Intrepid Foundation projects all over the world, from underprivileged villagers along the Kokoda Track to remote communities in the Nepalese Himalayas. You’ll visit some of these projects in the flesh and see first hand the lives your money has helped improve.

All you have to do is book a trip and begin your fundraising campaign. How you do this is up to you, but we’ve got some info below to get you started.  Check out the trips below or read more about full range here.
 


 

All our walking and trekking trips

DAYS
12
FROM
USD $1,400
CAD $1,560
AUD $1,640
EUR €1,160
GBP £850
NZD $1,795
ZAR R15,420
CHF FR1,195
An adrenaline charged tour of Turkey. Visit the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, tour Anzac Cove and hike the Turquoise Coast...
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7
FROM
USD $2,470
CAD $2,760
AUD $2,895
EUR €2,045
GBP £1,495
NZD $3,175
ZAR R27,220
CHF FR2,095
To hike Kilimanjaro is to conquer the highest peak in Africa. Travel up the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro with experienced...
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5
FROM
USD $395
CAD $455
AUD $475
EUR €335
GBP £245
NZD $520
ZAR R4,470
CHF FR345
Travel to Chiang Mai and trek through northern Thailand to discover hilltribe culture, village life and local...
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12
FROM
USD $1,272
CAD $1,408
AUD $1,488
EUR €1,052
GBP £772
NZD $1,636
ZAR R14,004
CHF FR1,076
Jump aboard an active tour of Northern Thailand. Visit Bangkok, explore Chiang Mai, take a hilltribe trek and kayak...
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15
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USD $4,570
CAD $5,350
AUD $5,615
EUR €3,850
GBP £2,910
NZD $6,160
ZAR R52,775
CHF FR3,940
Trek through South America's Patagonia region on an overland trip to Chile and Argentina. Discover the beauty and...
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5
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USD $495
CAD $595
AUD $625
EUR €440
GBP £325
NZD $695
ZAR R5,880
CHF FR450
Travel to Nepal and hike the Annapurnas. Travel from Pokhara to the Modi Valley, trekking to Siklis and Ghalegaun...
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8
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USD $890
CAD $995
AUD $1,045
EUR €740
GBP £540
NZD $1,145
ZAR R9,820
CHF FR755
Walk, ride and raft in the outdoor paradise that is the Pyrenees. Visit Andorra, bike through the Iron Route,...
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15
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USD $1,615
CAD $1,795
AUD $1,895
EUR €1,340
GBP £985
NZD $2,080
ZAR R17,820
CHF FR1,370
Go trekking in Nepal on an adventure that takes you to Mt Everest Base Camp. Explore the Nepalese Himalayas from...
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16
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USD $1,135
CAD $1,265
AUD $1,330
EUR €940
GBP £695
NZD $1,460
ZAR R12,490
CHF FR960
Embark on a 16-day Annapurna trekking experience in Nepal. Cross the Himalayas and visit Kathmandu and Pokhara, and...
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31
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USD $3,065
CAD $3,420
AUD $3,590
EUR €2,535
GBP £1,860
NZD $3,940
ZAR R33,750
CHF FR2,595
Journey out from Kathmandu to the rugged Himalaya. Follow the footsteps of Hillary up to Everest Base Camp and trek...
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8
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USD $1,602
CAD $1,780
AUD $1,865
EUR €1,317
GBP £969
NZD $2,035
ZAR R17,544
CHF FR1,355
Travel to Peru and retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow Inca traditions...
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7
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USD $1,168
CAD $1,304
AUD $1,368
EUR €969
GBP £701
NZD $1,496
ZAR R12,877
CHF FR990
Travel to Peru to discover the Inca, Peru's ancient civilisation. Trek or train to Machu Picchu, drive through the...
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11
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USD $2,190
CAD $2,445
AUD $2,565
EUR €1,810
GBP £1,195
NZD $2,760
ZAR R24,115
CHF FR1,855
Experience trekking in the Himalayas with an experienced guide and explore the Annapurna Mountains. Along the way,...
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9
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USD $2,070
CAD $2,295
AUD $2,420
EUR €1,695
GBP £1,255
NZD $2,655
ZAR R22,750
CHF FR1,750
This Sabah Adventure tour through the Borneo wilderness will truly capture your imagination. Climb Mt Kinabalu and...
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16
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USD $4,279
CAD $4,770
AUD $5,008
EUR €3,537
GBP £2,596
NZD $5,494
ZAR R47,092
CHF FR3,622
Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park and Mt...
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14
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USD $4,005
CAD $4,685
AUD $4,920
EUR €3,475
GBP £2,550
NZD $5,395
ZAR R46,260
CHF FR3,560
Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park and Mt...
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8
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USD $2,352
CAD $2,644
AUD $2,775
EUR €1,958
GBP £1,437
NZD $3,042
ZAR R26,089
CHF FR2,007
Travel to the Galapagos Islands from Quito, Ecuador. Tour the Galapagos' highlights from Isla San Cristobal to Isla...
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USD $297
CAD $305
AUD $300
EUR €205
GBP £172
NZD $335
ZAR R3,002
CHF FR250
Venture into the lush environs of Mai Chau and enjoy two days of cycling through remote villages, witnessing lush...
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4
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USD $370
CAD $435
AUD $455
EUR €320
GBP £235
NZD $495
ZAR R4,280
CHF FR330
Trekking in Chiang Mai, explore Thailand's lush jungle areas, go rafting on the Mae Taeng river - visit Thailand on...
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17
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USD $5,605
CAD $6,463
AUD $6,781
EUR €4,753
GBP £3,501
NZD $7,423
ZAR R63,781
CHF FR4,866
Travel to Ecuador and the wildlife-rich shores of the Galapagos Islands. Then visit Peru and embark on an Inca Trail...
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17
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USD $2,100
CAD $2,517
AUD $2,641
EUR €1,854
GBP £1,353
NZD $2,840
ZAR R24,837
CHF FR1,910
Visit South America and travel through Peru from Cuzco to Lima. Follow the Inca Trail, visit Machu Picchu, explore...
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FROM
USD $560
CAD $630
AUD $660
EUR €465
GBP £340
NZD $725
ZAR R6,190
CHF FR475
Trek to the summit of Mt Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, on this Moroccan adventure that will also have you...

 

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 4.84 out of 5 based on 520 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail Express , January 2016

Rod Moss

Inca Trail Express , January 2016

Amanda Dee

Active Galapagos , January 2016

Sharon Bakee

Active Galapagos , January 2016

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