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.
 

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

R26,428

Hilltribe Experience

5

R5,570

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

R21,230

Patagonia Wilderness

15

R56,390

Active in the Pyrenees

8

R11,000

Everest Base Camp

15

R19,570

Annapurna Sanctuary

16

R17,155

Annapurna & Everest

31

R39,990

Inca Trail

8

R17,992

Inca Trail Express

7

R13,112

Borneo - Hike, Bike & Kayak

9

R20,656

Himalayan Teenage Adventure

11

R20,905

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

R47,673

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14

R43,778

Best of Tanzania

17

R63,152

New Zealand Adventure Northbound (ex Christchurch)

22

R68,120

Galapagos Island Hopping

8

R30,232

Mai Chau Adventure

2

R3,005

Active Chiang Mai 2017

4

R5,280

Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

17

R54,894

Cuzco to Lima

17

R26,288

Mount Toubkal Trek

8

R7,980

Sapa Adventure

5

R4,280

Top End to the Outback 2017

9

R30,410

Outback to the Top End (ex Yulara) 2017

9

R30,410

Outback to the Top End 2017

9

R30,410

Expedition Djibouti - Footsteps of the Afar

13

R45,845

Darwin to Perth Overland (2017)

22

R45,790

Perth to Darwin Overland (2017)

22

R45,790

Active Italian Lakes

8

R33,490

Active Cinque Terre

8

R26,335

Active Amalfi Coast

8

R26,335

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

8

R32,053

Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

9

R38,426

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure

5

R12,490

Active Madagascar

14

R35,352

Broome to Perth Overland

10

R20,590

Explore the Camino Way

10

R38,790

Northern Vietnam Adventure

11

R15,990

Women move mountains - Marangu Route - Solidarity Trek

8

R31,495

The Kokoda Track

11

R44,145

Essential Peru

21

R31,720

Active Galapagos

10

R37,814

Peru Family Trek - Teens on the Trail

14

R43,550

Annapurna Explorer

16

R17,505

Reef to Rock Overland

7

R15,950

Rock to Reef

7

R15,950

Active in Slovenia

8

R19,850

Active in Croatia

8

R21,690

Trek Jordan

8

R18,990

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes

19

R29,260

Perth to Broome Overland

10

R15,940

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland ex Yulara

6

R6,692

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland

6

R6,692

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

7

R9,215

Taste of Tasmania

6

R8,130

Patagonia Trekking

10

R44,045

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Original)

2

R5,380

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Basix)

2

R5,105

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Basix)

4

R7,443

4 Day Red Centre Adventure (Original)

4

R9,351

4 Day Red Centre Adventure (Basix)

4

R7,443

Adelaide to Darwin Overland

12

R27,550

Outback to the Top End (ex Yulara)

7

R20,590

Outback to the Top End

7

R20,590

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Original)

4

R9,351

Walking Annapurna

5

R5,690

Hike & Kayak Yellowstone

8

R40,680

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure ex Yulara

5

R12,510

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 406 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail Express, November 2016

Michael Chisholm

Everest Base Camp, November 2016

Robert Danson

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak , November 2016

Gary Shaw

Everest Base Camp, November 2016

Nicholas Rudling

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