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
Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

$1,121

Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

7

$3,293

Hilltribe Experience

5

$530

Patagonia Wilderness

15

$6,370

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

$2,250

Everest Base Camp

15

$1,656

Annapurna Sanctuary

16

$1,385

Everest & Annapurna

31

$3,795

Inca Trail

8

$1,455

Inca Trail Express

7

$1,436

Borneo : Hike, Bike & Kayak

9

$2,455

Nepal Family Holiday with teenagers

11

$2,330

Best of Tanzania

17

$7,525

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14

$5,465

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

$6,685

New Zealand Adventure Northbound (ex Christchurch)

22

$8,065

Galapagos Island Hopping

8

$2,420

Mai Chau Adventure

2

$312

Active Chiang Mai

4

$507

Cuzco to Lima

17

$3,267

Mount Toubkal Trek

8

$795

Sapa Adventure

5

$437

Djibouti Expedition: Footsteps of the Afar

11

$5,010

Walking Annapurna

5

$522

Broome to Perth Overland

10

$1,960

Amalfi Coast: Hike, Boat & Kayak

8

$2,720

Italian Lakes: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

$3,365

Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

$2,248

The Kokoda Track

11

$4,868

Reef to Rock Overland

7

$1,515

Essential Peru

21

$3,276

Slovenia: Hike, Bike & Raft

8

$1,822

Croatia: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

$2,020

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Original)

2

$535

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes

19

$2,107

Trek Jordan

8

$1,990

Madagascar: Hike & Bike

14

$3,565

Inca Trail Family Holiday with teenagers

14

$4,210

Patagonia Trekking

10

$4,940

Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

17

$5,709

Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

9

$4,352

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

8

$4,355

Northern Vietnam Adventure

10

$1,100

Annapurna Explorer

16

$1,850

Active Galapagos

10

$3,736

India: Hike, Bike & Raft

12

$3,040

Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

16

$7,440

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

11

$2,943

South Africa Expedition: Kruger Walking Safari

7

$3,185

Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu

13

$2,905

Trekking the Appalachian Trail

9

$3,130

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 4.84 out of 5 based on 1631 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail Express, August 2018

Natalie and John Greenwood

Inca Trail Express, August 2018

Trevor Velardo

Inca Trail Express, August 2018

Lee Farrell

Inca Trail Express, August 2018

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