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 EUR
Trek the Larapinta Trail

5

1625

Walking in Grand Canyon National Park

5

1655

Inca Trail Express

7

816

Hiking in Denali National Park

6

2165

Hiking in Kenai Fjords National Park

7

2270

Sacred Land of the Incas

15

2675

Everest Base Camp Trek

15

1292

Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track

6

1355

Hiking in Joshua Tree and Death Valley

5

1745

Inca Trail Express from Lima

8

1039

Hiking in Yosemite National Park

6

1880

Sabah Adventure

12

1910

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

4

1010

Hiking Utah's National Parks

9

2765

Hiking in Yosemite and King's Canyon

6

2005

Patagonia Wilderness

15

5210

Hiking in the Dolomites

8

1540

Victoria’s Great South West Walk

5

1235

Walk the Great Ocean Road

4

1025

Walk Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

8

1565

Sunshine Coast Walking Winter Adventure

5

1230

Epic Everest Base Camp Trek
Ages 18 to 29

15

1065

Annapurna Circuit Trek

15

1105

Walk the Cornish Coast

4

495

Trek Jordan

8

1340

Walk Hadrian’s Wall Highlights

7

1075

Hiking in Zion and the Grand Canyon

5

2080

Hiking in the Grand Canyon

6

2660

Hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon

6

3345

Hiking the Great Land of Alaska

12

4175

Hiking in Moab

5

1910

Trek Patagonia

10

3690

Walk Tasmania's Three Capes

4

1030

Hike the Great Ocean Road

6

1760

Amalfi Coast: Hike & Kayak

8

1734

Portuguese Camino

10

1510

Hike in Kakadu National Park

6

1760

Mont Blanc Highlights

8

1855

Walk the Bay of Fires

5

1400

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

15

950

Walk the Camino de Santiago

7

1093

Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal

8

1568

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek

19

1785

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

5

1565

Walking in Great Smoky Mountains

6

1485

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

8

1675

Walk the Blue Mountains

4

870

Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc

8

2345

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

15

3851

Walk the Peak District

3

435

Walking in California's Sierra Nevada

5

1570

Walk the Mornington Peninsula

5

1235

Walk the Cairngorms in Winter

5

950

Walk Bruny Island & the Tasmanian South Coast

6

2065

Walk the Scenic Rim

5

1285

Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

8

2533

Walk the Cairngorms in Summer

5

905

Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8

1775

Mount Toubkal Trek

7

545

One Week in Nepal
Ages 18 to 29

8

537

Walk the Wicklow Way

6

1440

Walk Abel Tasman National Park

5

1205

Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek

15

1036

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9

3310

Hike Maria Island

4

945

Walk the Flinders Ranges

6

1985

Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

8

2885

Walk the Jurassic Coast

5

825

Hike the Lycian Way

8

980

Trek Armenia: The Transcaucasian Trail

10

1435

Walk the Victorian Alps

4

1095

Walk the East Coast of Tasmania

4

1150

The Kokoda Track

10

3010

Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Circuit Trek

30

2545

Highlights of Patagonia

8

2805

Hike Abel Tasman & West Coast Rainforests

8

2625

Sunshine Coast Walking Summer Adventure

5

1378

Walking in Sonoma and Napa Valley

6

1965

Walk the Atherton Tablelands

5

1630

Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

17

5110

Walk Cradle Mountain National Park

4

1415

Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

15

3952

Hike the Pembrokeshire Coast

6

1225

Nepal Family Holiday with Teenagers

11

1565

Chiang Mai Adventure

4

318

Thailand Hilltribe Trek

5

400

Sapa Adventure

5

265

Annapurna Homestay Trek

5

335

Kathmandu Valley Trek

4

343

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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