Each journey may begin with a single step, but some require a few more steps than others. 

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.

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Popular walks and treks

Our walking and trekking trips

Trip Name Days From USD
Walk the Cairngorms in Winter

5

901

Trek the Larapinta Trail

5

1930

Walking in Grand Canyon National Park

5

1845

Inca Trail Express

7

988

Hiking in Denali National Park

6

2045

Hiking in Kenai Fjords National Park

7

2151

Sacred Land of the Incas

15

2656

Everest Base Camp Trek

15

1298

Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track

6

1416

Inca Trail Express from Lima

8

1248

Hiking in Yosemite National Park

6

1781

Sabah Adventure

12

1876

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

4

1144

Hiking Utah's National Parks

9

2614

Hiking in Yosemite and King's Canyon

6

1896

Patagonia Wilderness

15

5256

Hiking in the Dolomites

8

1636

Victoria’s Great South West Walk

5

1515

Walk the Great Ocean Road

4

1260

Walk Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

8

2085

Sunshine Coast Walking Winter Adventure

5

1394

Epic Everest Base Camp Trek
Ages 18 to 29

15

1260

Annapurna Circuit Trek

15

1167

Walk the Cornish Coast

4

557

Trek Jordan

8

1352

Walk Hadrian’s Wall Highlights

7

1016

Hiking in Zion and the Grand Canyon

5

1968

Hiking in the Grand Canyon

6

2516

Hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon

6

3167

Hiking the Great Land of Alaska

12

3949

Hiking in Moab

5

1943

Trek Patagonia

10

3495

Walk Tasmania's Three Capes

4

1169

Hike the Great Ocean Road

6

1989

Amalfi Coast: Hike & Kayak

8

1724

Portuguese Camino

10

1484

Hike in Kakadu National Park

6

1989

Mont Blanc Highlights

8

1968

Walk the Bay of Fires

5

1458

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

15

984

Walk the Camino de Santiago

7

1180

Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal

8

1688

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

19

1756

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

5

1479

Walking in Great Smoky Mountains

6

1407

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

8

1892

Walk the Blue Mountains

4

982

Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc

8

2496

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

15

4444

Walk the Peak District

3

413

Walking in California's Sierra Nevada

5

1484

Walk the Mornington Peninsula

5

1515

Walk Bruny Island & the Tasmanian South Coast

6

2155

Walk the Scenic Rim

5

1458

Hiking in Joshua Tree and Death Valley

5

1654

Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

8

2816

Walk the Cairngorms in Summer

5

859

Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

1744

Mount Toubkal Trek

7

508

One Week in Nepal
Ages 18 to 29

8

552

Walk the Wicklow Way

6

1416

Walk Abel Tasman National Park

5

1365

Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek

15

1072

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9

3348

Hike Maria Island

4

1067

Walk the Flinders Ranges

6

2249

Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

8

2916

Walk the Jurassic Coast

5

778

Hike the Lycian Way

8

872

Trek Armenia: The Transcaucasian Trail

10

1800

Walk the Victorian Alps

4

1241

Walk the East Coast of Tasmania

4

1195

The Kokoda Track

10

2952

Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Circuit Trek

30

2504

Highlights of Patagonia

8

2756

Hike Abel Tasman & West Coast Rainforests

8

2746

Sunshine Coast Walking Summer Adventure

5

1641

Walking in Sonoma and Napa Valley

6

1862

Walk the Atherton Tablelands

5

1849

Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

17

5216

Walk Cradle Mountain National Park

4

2049

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

4764

Hike the Pembrokeshire Coast

6

1161

Nepal Family Holiday with Teenagers

11

1536

Chiang Mai Adventure

4

390

Thailand Hilltribe Trek

5

490

Sapa Adventure

5

328

Annapurna Homestay Trek

5

410

Kathmandu Valley Trek

4

423

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 eager 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.

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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