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

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12
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USD $1,430
CAD $1,560
AUD $1,670
EUR €1,160
GBP £860
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 $2,520
CAD $2,760
AUD $2,950
EUR €2,045
GBP £1,510
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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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
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USD $1,555
CAD $1,760
AUD $1,860
EUR €1,265
GBP £965
NZD $2,045
ZAR R17,505
CHF FR1,295
Jump aboard an active tour of Northern Thailand. Visit Bangkok, explore Chiang Mai, take a hilltribe trek and kayak...
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USD $4,745
CAD $5,195
AUD $5,560
EUR €3,850
GBP £2,855
NZD $5,980
ZAR R51,240
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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CAD $995
AUD $1,065
EUR €629
GBP £463
NZD $1,145
ZAR R8,347
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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CAD $2,095
AUD $2,240
EUR €1,550
GBP £1,150
NZD $2,395
ZAR R20,640
CHF FR1,595
Travel to Peru and retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow Inca traditions...
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CAD $2,295
AUD $2,470
EUR €1,695
GBP £1,265
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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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USD $1,350
CAD $1,475
AUD $1,580
NZD $1,695
GBP £800
EUR €1,095
ZAR R14,570
CHF FR1,120
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 $2,085
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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USD $4,730
CAD $5,175
AUD $5,705
EUR €3,840
GBP £2,850
NZD $5,960
ZAR R51,100
CHF FR3,930
Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park and Mt...
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USD $4,285
CAD $4,685
AUD $5,020
EUR €3,475
GBP £2,575
NZD $5,395
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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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CAD $6,895
AUD $7,245
EUR €5,120
GBP £3,755
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ZAR R68,120
CHF FR5,240
This comprehensive New Zealand tour captures the best of both the North and South Islands. Visit attractions like Mt...
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CAD $2,685
AUD $2,869
EUR €1,989
GBP £1,469
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ZAR R26,492
CHF FR2,032
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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EUR €205
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 $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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CAD $5,891
AUD $6,311
EUR €4,359
GBP £3,235
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ZAR R58,147
CHF FR4,477
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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CAD $2,580
AUD $2,668
EUR €1,875
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ZAR R25,091
CHF FR1,930
Visit South America and travel through Peru from Cuzco to Lima. Follow the Inca Trail, visit Machu Picchu, explore...
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CAD $630
AUD $675
EUR €465
GBP £345
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...
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CAD $1,795
AUD $1,930
EUR €1,340
GBP £995
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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USD $2,665
CAD $2,995
AUD $3,205
EUR €1,887
GBP £1,398
NZD $3,380
ZAR R25,134
CHF FR2,275
Pamper the appetite and treat the senses on this exquisite journey through Italy’s Lake District and the staggering...
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CAD $825
AUD $865
EUR €610
GBP £450
NZD $950
ZAR R8,130
CHF FR625
Discover beautiful Tasmania on this nature-filled journey. Uncover historic towns like Richmond, Strahan and Bothwell...
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CAD $1,876
AUD $1,971
EUR €1,390
GBP £1,021
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ZAR R18,531
CHF FR1,417
Journey from outback Alice Springs via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield and Kakadu to the eclectic city of Darwin on...
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USD $1,155
CAD $1,265
AUD $1,355
EUR €940
GBP £700
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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CAD $2,360
AUD $2,480
EUR €1,487
GBP £1,147
NZD $2,665
ZAR R20,829
CHF FR1,790
Mountains, forests and beaches – soak up the spectacular scenery of Italy’s Amalfi Coast on this walking tour through...
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CAD $1,615
AUD $1,730
EUR €1,195
GBP £890
NZD $1,860
ZAR R15,940
CHF FR1,225
Go trekking in Nepal on an adventure that takes you around the Annapurna Circuit. From Kathmandu to Pokhara,...
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CAD $1,876
AUD $1,971
EUR €1,390
GBP £1,021
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CHF FR1,417
Journey from the eclectic city of Darwin to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and fly south to Alice Springs and...
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CAD $1,615
AUD $1,695
EUR €1,195
GBP £880
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ZAR R15,940
CHF FR1,225
Soak up the laidback lifestyle on Australia's West Coast from Perth to Broome. From isolated beaches to vibrant reefs...
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CAD $595
AUD $625
EUR €440
GBP £325
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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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CAD $3,420
AUD $3,660
EUR €2,535
GBP £1,880
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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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CAD $636
AUD $672
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This 3 Day Uluru Adventure is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow...
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CAD $2,214
AUD $2,322
EUR €1,638
GBP £1,201
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CHF FR1,678
Start in the Far North in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, heading all the way to the beautiful South and the...
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CAD $1,615
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CHF FR1,225
Soak up the laid-back lifestyle of Australia's West Coast. From isolated beaches and vibrant reefs to red desert...
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CAD $1,555
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EUR €990
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ZAR R13,162
CHF FR1,190
Based in Bled, hike Mt Vogel, bike through Triglav National Park and raft the rapids of the Sava Dolinka River. There...
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CAD $4,095
AUD $4,385
EUR €2,920
GBP £2,250
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ZAR R40,435
CHF FR3,115
Travel to Tanzania and embark on an ascent of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route. Stay at Shira, Barranco...
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CAD $2,511
AUD $2,637
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CHF FR1,908
Travel through Australia's Flinders Ranges and the famous Oodnadatta Track to the dusty Red Centre and tropical Top End
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EUR €2,000
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CHF FR2,048
Travel to South America and visit Peru on a family adventure through Lima, Ollantaytambo and Cuzco. Tour Peru and...
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CAD $1,330
AUD $1,420
EUR €995
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CHF FR995
Experience the boundlessly welcoming and friendly nature of the ethnic hill tribe people as you take in the small...
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CAD $1,050
AUD $1,105
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GBP £570
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Explore Kata Tjuta, be captivated by an Uluru sunset, walk through Kings Canyon and visit the little talked about gem...
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GBP £510
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CHF FR710
Journey through Australia’s outback wonders on a seven-day adventure into the Red Centre. From Adelaide, visit Lake...
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AUD $1,890
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CHF FR1,340
Pump up the octane on this active Croatia adventure. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, trekking, whitewater rafting and...
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CAD $1,055
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Explore Kata Tjuta, be captivated by an Uluru sunset, walk through Kings Canyon and visit the Western MacDonnell...
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Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. Tour the Galapagos'...
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CAD $528
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GBP £288
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This 3 Day Uluru Adventure is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow...
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CAD $3,515
AUD $3,690
EUR €2,595
GBP £1,915
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CHF FR2,670
Discover the wild heart of the Australian Outback through the mighty Kimberleys and down along Western Australia's...
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CAD $2,855
AUD $3,055
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Walk the pilgrim’s trail on the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain. Get arty at the Guggenheim, go rafting in...
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This 3 Day Uluru Adventure is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow...
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CAD $3,805
AUD $4,075
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CHF FR2,890
Attempt a summit of Mt Whitney, hiking and camping through Sequoia National Park and along a section of the Pacific...
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CAD $3,045
AUD $3,260
NZD $3,495
GBP £1,670
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CHF FR2,310
Discover Peru in depth on this adventure tour through Peru that ends in La Paz, Boliva. Trek the Inca Trail, marvel...
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CAD $636
AUD $672
EUR €476
GBP £352
NZD $736
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CHF FR476
This 3 Day Uluru Adventure is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian outback in a narrow...
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USD $2,605
CAD $2,940
AUD $3,085
EUR €2,115
GBP £1,595
NZD $3,385
ZAR R29,005
CHF FR2,165
Be part of a unique wilderness expedition through Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole
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CAD $3,515
AUD $3,690
EUR €2,595
GBP £1,915
NZD $4,050
ZAR R34,690
CHF FR2,670
The Aussie outback is calling on this awesome 4x4 tour of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Explore the...
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USD $3,120
CAD $3,410
AUD $3,650
EUR €2,530
GBP £1,875
NZD $3,925
ZAR R33,660
CHF FR2,595
Approach Mt Kilimanjaro from the north for the opportunity to see amazing mountainside African animals – monkeys and...
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CAD $140
AUD $148
EUR €95
GBP £75
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CHF FR95
Venture into the Northern Territory's Western MacDonnell Ranges and visit Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek and Simpsons Gap.
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CAD $840
AUD $880
EUR €620
GBP £455
NZD $965
ZAR R8,270
CHF FR635
Explore Kata Tjuta, be captivated by an Uluru sunset, walk through Kings Canyon and te Western MacDonnell Ranges.
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USD $3,255
CAD $3,815
AUD $3,995
EUR €2,825
GBP £2,195
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ZAR R37,560
CHF FR2,895
Hike to Ardoukoba Volcano, see whale sharks, join a nomad camel trek to Lake Assal and sleep under the stars on this...
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CAD $4,046
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ZAR R39,916
CHF FR3,068
Experience a journey of epic proportions. Hike one of the most challenging and historically enlightening trails in...
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CAD $676
AUD $712
EUR €504
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ZAR R6,692
CHF FR516
This is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian Outback in a narrow time frame. Visit...
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CAD $840
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ZAR R8,270
CHF FR635
Explore Kata Tjuta, be captivated by an Uluru sunset, walk through Kings Canyon, and explore the lesser-visited gem...
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CAD $3,190
AUD $3,350
EUR €2,365
GBP £1,735
NZD $3,675
ZAR R31,495
CHF FR2,420
To hike Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is to conquer the highest peak in Africa. Trek with our experienced guides...

 

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.

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