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 ZAR
Walk the Cornish Coast

4

7157

Trek the Larapinta Trail

5

29885

Walk the Peak District

3

7407

Walking in California's Sierra Nevada

5

30410

Hike Abel Tasman & West Coast Rainforests

8

42750

Walk Yosemite National Park

6

37585

Walk the East Coast of Tasmania

4

21595

Walk Bruny Island & the Tasmanian South Coast

6

38875

Walk the Bay of Fires

5

26335

Walk the Wicklow Way

6

23099

Walk the Cairngorms in Summer

5

14540

Hike the Pembrokeshire Coast

6

23750

Walk Abel Tasman National Park

5

21615

Walk the Scenic Rim

5

22020

Walk the Atherton Tablelands

5

27940

Walking in Grand Canyon National Park

5

32135

Walk Cradle Mountain National Park

4

27425

Walk the Blue Mountains

4

15295

Walk Tasmania's Three Capes

4

13740

Walk the Canadian Rockies

8

29470

Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track

6

24930

Inca Trail Express

7

15959

Walk Denali National Park

6

40670

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

4

18165

Walk Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula

7

42760

Sacred Land of the Incas

15

52410

Everest Base Camp Trek

15

26330

Walk the Camino de Santiago

7

19500

Sunshine Coast Walking Summer Adventure

5

25560

Sunshine Coast Walking Winter Adventure

5

23010

Walk the Jurassic Coast

5

11610

Inca Trail Express from Lima

8

20957

Sabah Adventure

12

37040

Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal

8

27950

Walk Hadrian’s Wall Highlights

7

20850

Walk the Cairngorms in Winter

5

17975

Patagonia Wilderness

15

102950

Walk the Flinders Ranges

6

35000

Hiking in the Dolomites

8

27105

Hike the Lycian Way

8

17260

Walk the Mornington Peninsula

5

23935

Victoria’s Great South West Walk

5

23935

Walk the Great Ocean Road

4

19915

Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc

8

41290

Mont Blanc Highlights

8

32595

Walk Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

8

26445

Epic Everest Base Camp Trek
Ages 18 to 29

15

25525

Annapurna Circuit Trek

15

24565

Trek Patagonia

10

73000

Amalfi Coast: Hike & Kayak

8

34075

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

15

19400

Trek Jordan

8

23828

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

19

32995

Sri Lanka Expedition: Village & Tea Treks

14

33830

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

15

87795

Portuguese Camino

10

29290

Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

8

55585

Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

34390

Mount Toubkal Trek

7

7418

One Week in Nepal
Ages 18 to 29

8

10950

Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek

15

20155

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9

66085

Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

8

57595

Trek Armenia: The Transcaucasian Trail

10

28375

The Kokoda Track

10

58325

Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Circuit Trek

30

49385

Highlights of Patagonia

8

51770

Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

17

99020

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

94050

Sulawesi Expedition: Tana Toraja Trek

11

20660

Nepal Family Holiday with Teenagers

11

30360

Chiang Mai Adventure

4

6490

Thailand Hilltribe Trek

5

7738

Kathmandu Valley Trek

4

6660

Sapa Adventure

5

5160

Annapurna Homestay Trek

5

6480

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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