Mountain trekking

Guide to walking and trekking holidays

If you're keen on the outdoors and love getting out and about on foot, whether that’s taking on a challenge such as climbing Kilimanjaro or trekking the Inca Trail, or simply hiking through some of the world’s beautiful places, this guide is for you.

Mountain trekking

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Different types of walking and trekking holidays

Connection with the earth, immersion in the smells and sounds of nature, joy of incredible landscapes, exhilaration of spotting wildlife, fascination of meeting local people  . . .  these are some of the reasons we love escaping on walking and trekking holidays. And, at the same time as we walk, we are giving time to ourselves. It turns out that putting one foot in front of the other is one of the best therapies for many of us. So, get your walking boots on and let’s go!

We loved the mountains, the space, the high tree line, the birds, the flowers, the tranquillity, the attitude, the temples and monasteries, the people, feeling safe, never being quite sure what tomorrow would bring. The trek up to the Tiger’s Nest was tough, but with spectacular rewards.

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Guide to walking and trekking holidays

Lake District landscape near Puerto Varas, Chile © JAAguilar,Shutterstock

Walking, hiking and trekking holidays; they all have a slightly different connotation but in essence we’re getting out to enjoy the big wide world on our own two feet. Trekking tends to denote something multi-day and often reasonably or very strenuous, whereas walking tends to be gentle and probably quite short, and hiking is somewhere in between.

If it’s your life’s ambition to head to Everest Basecamp or the summit of Kilimanjaro, we can help you with amazing challenges such as these. However, there are many of us who don’t want to push ourselves quite that hard yet still want to get to see magnificent vistas and beautiful scenery.

We’re going to take you to see the epic glacial landscapes of Patagonia in Chile and Argentina, guide you through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu, and to the Maasai ‘Mountain of God’ in Tanzania. If that’s not enough, we’ll suggest hiking in the Himalayas in Nepal or Bhutan, or following the zebra herds in Kenya’s Loita Hills, and wandering in Malawi’s Nyika Plateau.

For whatever reason you want to head out on a walking holiday, we hope this guide will give you some great ideas for your escape.

Contents

  • FAMOUS CHALLENGING TREKS in Nepal (Mount Everest), Peru (the Inca Trail), Tanzania (Mount Kilimanjaro)
  • TREKKING HOLIDAYS in Argentina (Patagonia), Bhutan (the Druk Path), Chile (Torres del Paine), Ecuador (Cotopaxi), Kenya (Mount Kenya), Nepal (the Annapurnas), Peru (Lares and Salcantay), Tanzania (Ol Donyo Lengai)
  • WALKING HOLIDAYS in Argentina, Bhutan, Chile, India, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania.

Where to go walking or trekking

Argentinian Patagonia

Glacial lakes, rivers and waterfalls are framed by mountains and jagged peaks – this is take-your-breath-away scenery.

At Perito Moreno glacier, Argentina © KBoonnitrod,Shutterstock
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Druk Path, Bhutan

Trek from Paro to Thimphu in 5 to 6 days.

Druk path trek, Bhutan © PI,Shutterstock

Chile

Explore Chile's Patagonia, Atacama or altiplano.

Contemplating Patagonia, Chile © sharptoyou,Shutterstock

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Hike around or up Cotopaxi Volcano in the Andes.

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador © Shutterstock

India

From hiking to living root bridges to walking through tea plantations or trekking in the Himalayas.

Living root bridge, Meghalaya, India © AGMarks
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Kenya

From trekking up Mount Kenya, hiking through Laikipia to walking with Maasai in Loita Hills.

Walking in southern Kenya with Maasai Trails © MaasaiTrails,Kenya
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Nyika National Park, Malawi

Wander through the rolling hills of Nyika in northern Malawi.

Nyika Plateau, Malawi © AvanSchaik,Shutterstock

Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

Rugged mountain scenery, ancient rock art and wildlife. What's not to love?

Landscape at Giants Castle in the Drakensberg mountains, South Africa © HdeBeer,Shutterstock

Nepal

From the challenge of reaching Everest Basecamp to hiking the Annapurna circuit.

Entering a Nepali village on the Annapurna Trek, Himalayas, Nepal © MNataliya,Shutterstock

Peru

Walks in the Sacred Valley, hikes in the Andes including the Inca Trail.

Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru © CCWu,Shutterstock

Tanzania

From summiting Mount Kilimanjaro to hiking in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Success! The summit of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania © PBarton
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When to go on your walking or trekking holiday

This table gives you an idea of when might be a good time to go to the country you have in mind. It is not a definitive guide as there are often reasons why other months might also work, but it is a good starting point. Please feel free to talk to us for more specific details.

Row Title Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Argentina Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Bhutan Months: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
Chile Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Ecuador Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
India Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Kenya Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Malawi Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Namibia Months: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nepal Months: Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov
Peru Months: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
South Africa Months: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Tanzania Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec