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 ZAR
Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

R17,960

Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

7

R37,760

Hilltribe Experience

5

R5,570

Patagonia Wilderness

15

R65,350

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

R18,385

Active in the Pyrenees

8

R10,098

Everest Base Camp

15

R18,483

Annapurna Sanctuary

16

R17,160

Annapurna & Everest

31

R39,990

Inca Trail

8

R22,490

Inca Trail Express

7

R14,430

Borneo - Hike, Bike & Kayak

9

R25,820

Himalayan Teenage Adventure

11

R31,790

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

R68,090

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14

R62,540

Best of Tanzania

17

R78,550

New Zealand Adventure Northbound (ex Christchurch)

22

R68,120

Galapagos Island Hopping

8

R23,686

Mai Chau Adventure

2

R3,327

Active Chiang Mai

4

R5,280

Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

17

R67,751

Cuzco to Lima

17

R27,720

Mount Toubkal Trek

8

R6,783

Sapa Adventure

5

R4,705

Top End to the Outback 2017

9

R28,690

Outback to the Top End (ex Yulara) 2017

9

R28,690

Outback to the Top End 2017

9

R28,690

Expedition Djibouti - Footsteps of the Afar

11

R39,815

Darwin to Perth Overland (2017)

22

R45,790

Perth to Darwin Overland (2017)

22

R45,790

Red Centre Adventure (Original)

4

R10,387

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Original)

4

R10,387

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Basix)

4

R8,576

Red Centre Adventure (Basix)

4

R8,576

Active South Africa

9

R24,040

Active Italian Lakes

8

R32,706

Active Cinque Terre

8

R24,548

Active Amalfi Coast

8

R25,200

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

8

R42,853

Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

9

R41,977

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure

5

R10,616

Active Madagascar

14

R34,466

Taste of Tasmania (Basix)

6

R10,270

Broome to Perth Overland

10

R20,590

Perth to Broome Overland

10

R20,590

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

7

R9,000

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland ex Yulara

6

R8,496

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland

6

R8,496

Explore the Camino Way

10

R32,971

Northern Vietnam Adventure

11

R15,990

The Kokoda Track

11

R45,798

Essential Peru

21

R36,397

Active Galapagos

10

R36,530

Patagonia Trekking

10

R52,270

Peru Family Trek - Teens on the Trail

14

R43,550

Annapurna Explorer

16

R19,450

Reef to Rock Overland

7

R15,950

Rock to Reef

7

R15,950

Active in Slovenia

8

R20,245

Active in Croatia

8

R19,521

Trek Jordan

8

R17,091

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes

19

R29,260

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Original)

2

R5,380

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Basix)

2

R5,150

Myanmar & Thailand Traveller

12

R35,919

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure ex Yulara

5

R10,633

Walking Annapurna

5

R4,782

Cuba Trekking and Beaches

15

R36,665

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 4.81 out of 5 based on 810 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail Express, June 2017

Sherri Pierro

Active Galapagos, May 2017

Diane Platz

Active Galapagos, July 2017

Beth Hackett

Inca Trail Express, July 2017

Thomas Stevens

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