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 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.

Popular walks and treks

All our walking and trekking trips

Trip Name Days From NZD
Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

8

3970

Hilltribe Experience

5

618

Patagonia Wilderness

15

5676

Everest Base Camp Trek

15

1533

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

16

1120

Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Circuit Trek

31

2932

Nepal Family Holiday with Teenagers

11

1761

Sabah Adventure

12

2894

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

6940

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

15

6365

New Zealand Adventure Northbound

22

7412

Chiang Mai Adventure

4

540

Mount Toubkal Trek

7

770

Sapa Adventure

5

438

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

13

2815

Sri Lanka Expedition: Village & Tea Treks

14

2475

Portuguese Camino

10

2325

Northern Vietnam Adventure

10

1325

Trek Armenia: The Transcaucasian Trail

10

2090

Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains

10

3340

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9

4301

Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

8

4086

Djibouti's Footsteps of the Afar

11

4575

Inca Trail Express from Lima

8

1828

Trekking the Appalachian Trail

9

2820

Everest Teahouse Trek

5

1370

Guatemala Expedition: El Mirador Trek

8

1145

Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

16

6916

Japan: Koya-san & Kumano Kodo Trek

8

4475

Trek Jordan

8

1985

Kangaroo Island Adventure

2

446

Cycle Peru with Inca Trail (Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley)

11

3430

Highlights of Patagonia

8

3045

Annapurna Homestay Trek

5

513

Borneo Expedition: Sabah's Lost World - Maliau Basin

8

1450

Sulawesi Expedition: Tana Toraja Trek

11

1650

Patagonia Explored

14

6400

Annapurna Circuit Trek

16

1875

Broome to Perth Overland

10

2021

Patagonia Trekking

10

4400

The Kokoda Track

11

4935

Kathmandu Valley Trek

4

530

Argentina Expedition: Aconcagua Base & Mt Bonete

10

3721

Inca Trail Express

7

1292

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

19

2780

Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek

15

1620

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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