The way to Everest Basecamp, Himalayas, Nepal

Guide to Walking & Trekking Holidays: Famous challenging treks

The way to Everest Basecamp, Himalayas, Nepal

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“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”

The treks in this section are partly about what you’ll see but much more about the challenge they represent to you personally, as summed up in the quote above by Sir Edmund Hillary.

None of these treks are easy, though the Everest Basecamp trek is the toughest, followed by Kilimanjaro, then by the Inca Trail. You need to be very fit and healthy for all these treks, have suitable clothing and equipment (at least for Everest and Kilimanjaro), be prepared for possible altitude sickness, and, most importantly of all, have a positive mental attitude.

We arrange all these treks on a tailor-made basis and can plan other services around them as you wish.

So, are you ready for a challenge?

After an all day trek in hot and humid conditions the moment we reached the sun gate to see Machu Picchu for the first time was a moment we will never forget. My wife got a little emotional having realised a lifelong ambition.

Alex Neaves - Travel Consultant

Alex travels to gain life experiences. He still has a long list of places he wants to go! Alex is assured, dedicated and always sees the positive in life.

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Famous challenging treks

The treks below are some of the world's most challenging. You need to be mentally and physically fit, and will probably need to engage in a suitable fitness regime for a few months before the trek. We have people in the office who have done each of these treks so we can advise from personal experience.

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu speak for themselves - they were breathtaking. Probably above all we loved the smiling faces of the Peruvian people, in particular our porters on the trek who were truly phenomenal and very humorous.

It was fantastic reaching the roof of Africa … one of the best experiences of my life.

The best times to go

EVEREST: Late September to November, and February to May are your best bet.
KILIMANJARO: Avoid the rainy season, so try December to early-February and late June to October.
INCA TRAIL: May to October are good, though July and August are very busy. Book early for permits.

Want to know more?

If this has sparked your interest and you'd like to know more, please get in touch with us. We'll be very happy to talk with you and perhaps send you a suggested itinerary for a suitable adventure or holiday. We look forward to hearing from you.

Walking the Inca Trail, Peru
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Cusco and the Inca Trail

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Follow in the footsteps of the Inca as you hike to Peru's Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail, and explore Cusco and the archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley.

    • Fantastic combination of natural and historical wonders
    • Hike the Inca Trail for the ultimate reward - Machu Picchu
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