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.

Popular walks and treks

Our walking and trekking trips

Trip Name Days From USD
Trek the Larapinta Trail

5

1482

Inca Trail Express

7

1000

Hiking in Denali National Park

6

2691

Sacred Land of the Incas

15

2580

Everest Base Camp Trek

15

1665

Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track

6

1549

Inca Trail Express from Lima

8

1223

Hiking in Yosemite National Park

6

1617

Sabah Adventure

11

2157

Hiking in Kenai Fjords National Park

7

2247

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

4

1164

Hiking Utah's National Parks

9

3165

Patagonia Wilderness

15

5745

Hiking in the Dolomites

8

1925

Walking in the Lake District

5

1415

Walking in Snowdonia

5

897

Sunshine Coast Walking Winter Adventure

5

1635

Epic Everest Base Camp Trek
Ages 18 to 29

15

1587

Annapurna Circuit Trek

15

1375

Walk the Cornish Coast

4

775

Hiking in Jordan: Petra and Wadi Rum

8

1685

Walk Hadrian’s Wall Highlights

7

1263

Hiking the Great Land of Alaska

12

5066

Hiking in Moab

5

2238

Trek Patagonia

10

4075

Walk the Tasman Peninsula

4

1212

Hike the Great Ocean Road

6

1790

Amalfi Coast: Hike & Kayak

8

1971

Portuguese Camino

10

1895

Hike in Kakadu National Park

6

1935

Walk the Cotswolds

6

1840

Mont Blanc Highlights

8

2680

Walk the Bay of Fires

5

1665

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

15

1225

Walk the Camino de Santiago

7

1305

Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal

8

1472

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

19

2185

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

8

2680

Walk the Blue Mountains

4

908

Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc

8

3660

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

15

4608

Walk the Peak District

5

890

Walking in California's Sierra Nevada

5

1484

Classic Walks of Scotland

6

1365

Walk Bruny Island & the Tasmanian South Coast

6

2145

Walk the Scenic Rim

5

1219

Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

8

2832

Walk the Cairngorms in Summer

5

1070

Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

2080

Mount Toubkal Trek

7

618

One Week in Nepal
Ages 18 to 29

8

656

Walk the Wicklow Way

6

1722

Walk Abel Tasman National Park

5

1455

Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek

15

1335

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9

3128

Hike Maria Island

4

1095

Walk Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

8

1660

Hike Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

7

1478

Hiking in Joshua Tree and Death Valley

5

2005

Walk the Flinders Ranges

6

2240

Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

8

2727

Walk the Jurassic Coast

5

795

Hike the Lycian Way

8

945

Walk the Victorian Alps

4

1270

Hiking in Yosemite and King's Canyon

6

2119

Walk the East Coast of Tasmania

4

1292

The Kokoda Track

10

3680

Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Circuit Trek

30

3115

Highlights of Patagonia

8

3010

Hike Abel Tasman & West Coast Rainforests

8

2755

Sunshine Coast Walking Summer Adventure

5

1735

Walking in Sonoma and Napa Valley

6

2081

Walk Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands with Donkeys

5

1855

Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

17

4879

Walking in Great Smoky Mountains

6

1770

Walk Cradle Mountain National Park

4

1895

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

4752

Hike the Pembrokeshire Coast

6

1445

Nepal Family Holiday with Teenagers

11

1915

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

5

1479

Chiang Mai Adventure

4

375

Thailand Hilltribe Trek

5

388

Sapa Adventure

5

303

Hiking in the Grand Canyon

5

2690

Annapurna Homestay Trek

5

313

Kathmandu Valley Trek

4

308

Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park and Mt Rainier

6

3675

Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park

3

1995

Hiking and Camping in Death Valley

4

1698

Hike New Hampshire's Appalachian Trail and Presidential Peaks

4

1265

Hiking and Camping Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse

5

1795

Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Trail

3

945

Hiking and Backpacking in Yellowstone

4

1195

Hiking and Camping in Yellowstone

5

1965

Hiking and Camping in Zion

3

1468

Hiking and Camping in Utah

6

2177

Yellowstone Hiking Experience

3

2130

Hiking in Yellowstone

5

3145

Hiking and Backpacking Yosemite's North Rim

4

1395

Hiking and Camping in Joshua Tree

4

1590

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 realize 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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