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 ZAR
Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

R17,960

Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

7

R30,208

Hilltribe Experience

5

R5,570

Patagonia Wilderness

15

R61,195

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

R19,490

Andorra: Hike, Bike & Raft

8

R10,910

Everest Base Camp

15

R16,961

Annapurna Sanctuary

16

R14,586

Everest & Annapurna

31

R34,730

Inca Trail

8

R22,490

Inca Trail Express

7

R15,489

Borneo - Hike, Bike & Kayak

9

R23,701

Himalayan Teenage Adventure

11

R30,200

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

R71,185

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

14

R62,850

Best of Tanzania

17

R82,475

New Zealand Adventure Northbound (ex Christchurch)

22

R68,120

Galapagos Island Hopping

8

R28,081

Mai Chau Adventure

2

R3,327

Active Chiang Mai

4

R5,280

Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

17

R73,036

Cuzco to Lima

17

R27,720

Mount Toubkal Trek

8

R7,380

Sapa Adventure

5

R4,705

Top End to the Outback 2017

9

R28,690

Outback to the Top End (ex Yulara) 2017

9

R28,690

Outback to the Top End 2017

9

R28,690

Expedition Djibouti - Footsteps of the Afar

11

R39,815

Darwin to Perth Overland (2017)

22

R45,790

Perth to Darwin Overland (2017)

22

R45,790

Red Centre Adventure (Original)

4

R9,776

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Original)

4

R9,776

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Basix)

4

R8,072

Red Centre Adventure (Basix)

4

R8,072

Active South Africa

9

R24,040

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

8

R47,615

Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

9

R40,365

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure

5

R7,687

Madagascar: Hike & Bike

14

R46,400

Taste of Tasmania (Basix)

6

R10,270

Broome to Perth Overland

10

R20,590

Perth to Broome Overland

10

R18,531

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland

7

R9,562

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland ex Yulara

6

R9,027

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland

6

R9,027

Explore the Camino Way

10

R34,284

The Kokoda Track

11

R55,495

Essential Peru

21

R31,654

Active Galapagos

10

R38,851

Patagonia Trekking

10

R54,360

Annapurna Explorer

16

R19,450

Reef to Rock Overland

7

R15,950

Trek Jordan

8

R20,735

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Original)

2

R5,380

Kangaroo Island Adventure (Basix)

2

R5,150

Myanmar & Thailand Traveller

12

R33,443

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure ex Yulara

5

R9,382

Walking Annapurna

5

R4,782

Cuba Trekking and Beaches

15

R39,590

Amalfi Coast: Hike, Boat & Kayak

8

R21,875

Italian Lakes: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

R28,450

Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

R22,370

Slovenia: Hike, Bike & Raft

8

R18,490

Croatia: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

R18,435

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes

19

R25,415

Inca Trail Family Holiday with teenagers

14

R36,625

Northern Vietnam Adventure

10

R11,910

India: Hike, Bike & Raft

12

R27,755

Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

16

R67,920

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

11

R29,850

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 4.82 out of 5 based on 972 reviews in the last year.

Inca Trail Express, October 2017

Gale Bonaventure

Inca Trail Express, October 2017

Rowena Evans

Inca Trail Express, October 2017

Suzan Guidry

Inca Trail Express, October 2017

Kaitlin Faulkner

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