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 NZD
Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

$1,596

Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

7

$3,181

Hilltribe Experience

5

$520

Patagonia Wilderness

15

$6,125

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

$1,822

Active in the Pyrenees

8

$1,075

Everest Base Camp

15

$2,035

Annapurna Sanctuary

16

$1,462

Annapurna & Everest

31

$3,745

Inca Trail

8

$2,080

Inca Trail Express

7

$1,515

Borneo - Hike, Bike & Kayak

9

$2,299

Himalayan Teenage Adventure

11

$2,980

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

$6,410

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14

$5,890

Best of Tanzania

17

$7,395

New Zealand Adventure Northbound (ex Christchurch)

22

$7,720

Galapagos Island Hopping

8

$2,663

Mai Chau Adventure

2

$325

Active Chiang Mai

4

$495

Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

17

$6,688

Mount Toubkal Trek

8

$726

Sapa Adventure

5

$450

Top End to the Outback 2017

9

$2,690

Outback to the Top End (ex Yulara) 2017

9

$2,690

Outback to the Top End 2017

9

$2,690

Expedition Djibouti - Footsteps of the Afar

11

$3,855

Darwin to Perth Overland (2017)

22

$4,295

Perth to Darwin Overland (2017)

22

$4,295

Red Centre Adventure (Original)

4

$1,030

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Original)

4

$1,030

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Basix)

4

$850

Red Centre Adventure (Basix)

4

$850

Active South Africa

9

$1,872

Active Italian Lakes

8

$2,885

Active Cinque Terre

8

$2,099

Active Amalfi Coast

8

$2,545

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

8

$3,436

Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

9

$5,045

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure

5

$1,170

Active Madagascar

14

$3,798

Taste of Tasmania (Basix)

6

$960

Broome to Perth Overland

10

$1,640

Perth to Broome Overland

10

$1,930

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

7

$1,055

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland ex Yulara

6

$995

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland

6

$995

Explore the Camino Way

10

$3,591

Northern Vietnam Adventure

11

$1,495

The Kokoda Track

11

$3,787

Essential Peru

21

$3,285

Active Galapagos

10

$4,108

Patagonia Trekking

10

$4,895

Peru Family Trek - Teens on the Trail

14

$4,080

Annapurna Explorer

16

$1,825

Reef to Rock Overland

7

$1,495

Rock to Reef

7

$1,495

Active in Slovenia

8

$1,705

Active in Croatia

8

$2,030

Trek Jordan

8

$1,780

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes

19

$2,740

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Original)

2

$505

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Basix)

2

$480

Myanmar & Thailand Traveller

12

$3,540

Hike & Kayak Yellowstone

8

$3,810

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure ex Yulara

5

$1,170

Walking Annapurna

5

$532

Cuba Trekking and Beaches

15

$3,435

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 4.8 out of 5 based on 608 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail Express, March 2017

Chris Collins

Everest Base Camp, March 2017

Amy Rietveld

Inca Trail Express, April 2017

Khoa Nguyen

Inca Trail Express, April 2017

Tyler Wood

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