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 ZAR
Trek the Larapinta Trail

5

25568

Inca Trail Express

7

15516

Hiking in Denali National Park

6

35607

Hiking in Kenai Fjords National Park

7

37434

Sacred Land of the Incas

15

41216

Everest Base Camp Trek

15

20700

Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track

6

21191

Hiking in Joshua Tree and Death Valley

5

28798

Inca Trail Express from Lima

8

20708

Hiking in Yosemite National Park

6

31017

Sabah Adventure

11

26900

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

4

15147

Hiking Utah's National Parks

9

45526

Hiking in Yosemite and King's Canyon

6

33019

Patagonia Wilderness

15

83912

Hiking in the Dolomites

8

21684

Walk Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

8

27585

Sunshine Coast Walking Winter Adventure

5

18454

Epic Everest Base Camp Trek
Ages 18 to 29

15

19328

Annapurna Circuit Trek

15

19288

Walk the Cornish Coast

4

7370

Trek Jordan

8

21584

Walk Hadrian’s Wall Highlights

7

17723

Hiking in Zion and the Grand Canyon

5

34277

Hiking in the Grand Canyon

6

43826

Hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon

6

55153

Hiking the Great Land of Alaska

12

68774

Hiking in Moab

5

33163

Trek Patagonia

10

58880

Walk Tasmania's Three Capes

4

15441

Hike the Great Ocean Road

6

26342

Amalfi Coast: Hike & Kayak

8

25552

Portuguese Camino

10

23432

Hike in Kakadu National Park

6

26342

Mont Blanc Highlights

8

26076

Walk the Bay of Fires

5

23057

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

15

14277

Walk the Camino de Santiago

7

15600

Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal

8

22360

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

19

27716

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

5

25764

Walking in Great Smoky Mountains

6

24502

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

8

25050

Walk the Blue Mountains

4

13392

Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc

8

31460

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

15

70960

Walk the Peak District

3

7204

Walking in California's Sierra Nevada

5

25849

Walk the Cairngorms in Winter

5

15738

Walk Bruny Island & the Tasmanian South Coast

6

34034

Walk the Scenic Rim

5

19278

Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

8

42154

Walk the Cairngorms in Summer

5

14977

Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

26128

Mount Toubkal Trek

7

7728

One Week in Nepal
Ages 18 to 29

8

8824

Walk the Wicklow Way

6

22392

Walk Abel Tasman National Park

5

18033

Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek

15

16644

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9

53452

Hike Maria Island

4

14123

Hike Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

7

19499

Walk the Flinders Ranges

6

29750

Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

8

46564

Walk the Jurassic Coast

5

13554

Hike the Lycian Way

8

13808

Walk the Victorian Alps

4

16418

Walk the East Coast of Tasmania

4

18904

The Kokoda Track

10

46660

Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Circuit Trek

30

39508

Highlights of Patagonia

8

42724

Hike Abel Tasman & West Coast Rainforests

8

46235

Sunshine Coast Walking Summer Adventure

5

21726

Walking in Sonoma and Napa Valley

6

32424

Walk the Atherton Tablelands

5

24463

Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

17

82384

Walk Cradle Mountain National Park

4

24950

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

74644

Hike the Pembrokeshire Coast

6

20188

Nepal Family Holiday with Teenagers

11

23860

Chiang Mai Adventure

4

6343

Thailand Hilltribe Trek

5

7738

Sapa Adventure

5

5505

Annapurna Homestay Trek

5

5278

Kathmandu Valley Trek

4

6660

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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