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

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12
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USD $1,462
CAD $1,512
AUD $1,476
EUR €985
GBP £855
NZD $1,656
ZAR R14,859
CHF FR1,197
An adrenaline charged tour of Turkey. Visit the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, tour Anzac Cove and hike the Turquoise Coast...
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USD $1,335
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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USD $2,119
CAD $2,187
AUD $2,146
EUR €1,476
GBP £1,242
NZD $2,389
ZAR R21,487
CHF FR1,786
To hike Kilimanjaro is to conquer the highest peak in Africa. Travel up the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro with experienced...
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USD $387
CAD $432
AUD $425
EUR €292
GBP £245
NZD $472
ZAR R4,255
CHF FR342
Travel to Chiang Mai and trek through northern Thailand to discover hilltribe culture, village life and local...
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USD $3,870
CAD $4,205
AUD $4,125
EUR €2,785
GBP £2,295
NZD $4,585
ZAR R41,300
CHF FR3,370
Trek through South America's Patagonia region on an overland trip to Chile and Argentina. Discover the beauty and...
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12
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USD $1,545
CAD $1,660
AUD $1,625
EUR €1,060
GBP £940
NZD $1,810
ZAR R16,285
CHF FR1,265
Jump aboard an active tour of Northern Thailand. Visit Bangkok, explore Chiang Mai, take a hilltribe trek and kayak...
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USD $920
CAD $1,025
AUD $1,025
EUR €705
GBP £590
NZD $1,145
ZAR R10,260
CHF FR830
Walk, ride and raft in the outdoor paradise that is the Pyrenees. Visit Andorra, bike through the Iron Route,...
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USD $507
CAD $560
AUD $550
EUR €377
GBP £317
NZD $612
ZAR R5,505
CHF FR452
Travel to Nepal and hike the Annapurnas. Travel from Pokhara to the Modi Valley, trekking to Siklis and Ghalegaun...
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USD $1,317
CAD $1,360
AUD $1,334
EUR €909
GBP £769
NZD $1,483
ZAR R13,362
CHF FR1,100
Go trekking in Nepal on an adventure that takes you to Mt Everest Base Camp. Explore the Nepalese Himalayas from...
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15
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USD $1,280
CAD $1,320
AUD $1,295
EUR €890
GBP £750
NZD $1,440
ZAR R12,960
CHF FR1,080
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 $1,100
CAD $1,135
AUD $1,115
EUR €755
GBP £645
NZD $1,245
ZAR R11,180
CHF FR895
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 $2,641
CAD $2,727
AUD $2,655
EUR €1,795
GBP £1,543
NZD $2,974
ZAR R26,743
CHF FR2,182
Journey out from Kathmandu to the rugged Himalaya. Follow the footsteps of Hillary up to Everest Base Camp and trek...
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USD $1,710
CAD $1,760
AUD $1,730
EUR €1,135
GBP £1,000
NZD $1,915
ZAR R17,340
CHF FR1,375
Travel to Peru and retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow Inca traditions...
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CAD $1,295
AUD $1,265
EUR €820
GBP £730
NZD $1,410
ZAR R12,675
CHF FR995
Travel to Peru to discover the Inca, Peru's ancient civilisation. Walk the Inca Trail and visit Cuzco, Machu Picchu,...
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USD $1,691
CAD $1,746
AUD $1,712
EUR €1,168
GBP £990
NZD $1,908
ZAR R17,144
CHF FR1,411
Experience trekking in the Himalayas with an experienced guide and explore the Annapurna Mountains. Along the way,...
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USD $3,635
CAD $3,805
AUD $3,790
EUR €2,530
GBP £2,155
NZD $4,160
ZAR R36,835
CHF FR3,065
Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park and Mt...
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CAD $3,596
AUD $3,534
EUR €2,358
GBP £1,969
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ZAR R35,300
CHF FR2,854
Travel to the Galapagos Islands from Quito, Ecuador. Tour the Galapagos' highlights from Isla San Cristobal to Isla...
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CAD $305
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GBP £172
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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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CAD $392
AUD $385
EUR €265
GBP £222
NZD $427
ZAR R3,852
CHF FR320
Trekking in Chiang Mai, explore Thailand's lush jungle areas, go rafting on the Mae Taeng river - visit Thailand on...
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CAD $4,881
AUD $4,794
EUR €3,143
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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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A superb sojourn that winds through the splendid scenery of Italy’s lake district and St Moritz’s spectacular...
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CAD $4,030
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Travel to South America and visit Peru on a family adventure through Lima, Ollantaytambo and Cuzco. Tour Peru and...
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Visit South America and travel through Peru from Cuzco to Lima. Follow the Inca Trail, visit Machu Picchu, explore...
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CAD $3,075
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ZAR R30,220
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Walk the French and Swiss Alps on a hiking tour. See chateaux, glaciers and the mighty Matterhorn mountain on this...
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CAD $586
AUD $616
EUR €420
GBP £369
NZD $726
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Trek to the summit of Mt Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, on this Moroccan adventure that will also have you...
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CAD $3,708
AUD $3,870
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GBP £2,304
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ZAR R35,050
CHF FR3,145
Travel to Sicily and experience Italy’s Mediterranean heaven. From castles in Montalbano to the moon-like surface of...
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CAD $1,692
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EUR €1,142
GBP £960
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ZAR R16,615
CHF FR1,382
Venture into the wilds of Chilean Patagonian on a hiking trip through Torres del Paine National Park. Witness vast,...

 

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 392 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail Express, August 2015

Active Galapagos, May 2015

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak, July 2015

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak, July 2015


 

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