Slow down and truly immerse yourself in your surroundings. An expert-led walking tour is a brilliant way to experience the great outdoors and appreciate the world’s natural beauty.
Author: Jemima Forbes
“The world reveals itself to those who travel
You don’t need to be a mountaineer to enjoy a walking tour. Try a walking vacation and explore an area on your own two feet. We can plan a walking trail to suit your fitness level and needs. All you do is put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and set off with our experienced guides. For the walking vacation you’ll never forget, here are a few options from around the globe (and of course we’ve got more to offer)
1Trek from the Ngorongoro Highlands to Lake Natron, Tanzania
Tanzania has long been a hiker’s paradise. But beyond the lofty peak of Kilimanjaro, there are numerous walking safaris and shorter treks that take you off the beaten track and into the bush. However, few rival the epic route across the spectacular Ngorongoro Highlands to Lake Natron. This immense area is one of the best safari destinations in northern Tanzania. Book a walking tour led by Maasai guides and soak up incredible vistas of peaks like Meru and Olmoti and traverse the Empakaai Crater. You’ll visit traditional Tanzanian villages and spot wild animals, from lions and bushbucks to endangered black rhinos and blue monkeys.
The multi-day trek typically finishes up at mineral-rich Lake Natron, in the shadow of the volcanic Oldonyo Lengai, or Mountain of God. The lake’s unique alkaline content makes it a haven for crustaceans, attracting huge flocks of bright-pink flamingos.
2Explore walking trails around El Chaltén in Argentinian Patagonia
South America’s Patagonia region is a bucket-list destination, and one of the best ways to experience its incredible scenery is on foot. Set off on our guided Patagonia Hiking Tour to marvel at towering massifs, glittering glaciers, and miles of lush rainforests. The 11-day tour begins in Buenos Aires and takes you to the quaint town of El Chaltén, the base for several days of hiking, kayaking, and exhilarating outdoor activities. It sits beneath snow-capped Mt. Fitz Roy and is Argentina’s main hiking hub. Dozens of day hikes are possible from the town.
3Discover the Kenyan countryside on foot and camelback
Combine a walking tour with an ancient mode of transport with a camel-assisted trek in remote northern Kenya. Our travel experts book a stay at Tumaren Camp in the Laikipia region, an oasis in the heart of the bush. Tackle one of many hiking trails during the day before returning to a luxurious tented campsite at dusk. Trekking across the Kenyan savannah gives you a chance to see some of the area’s most elusive wildlife. Explore the local area on a camel’s back or walk through the Acacia woodlands and grassy plains. This awe-inspiring walking and camel safari experience allows you to get up close to Mother Nature.
4Hike the Abel Tasman Coast Track, New Zealand
New Zealand’s virgin wildernesses and breathtaking coastline make it a fantastic location for a walking vacation. The protected trail of the Abel Tasman National Park Coast Track on the South Island is one of its most scenic routes. Winding along the coast for over 30 miles, the track can be completed in three to five days. Or access the trail at one of several different points and walk just a portion of it. Golden beaches and dense forests brimming with birds and wildlife are some of the journey’s highlights. Keep an eye out for dolphins jumping in the waters or seals basking on the rocky shoreline. Incorporate Abel Tasman into a wider itinerary, such as our extensive New Zealand South Island Tour. It allows you to admire the region’s dramatic mountainscapes on a guided trek and the crystal-clear waters of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve during a scenic boat trip.
5Trek the Annapurnas, Nepal
Trekking the Nepal Himalayas is more within your reach than you ever imagined. A popular walking destination is the Pokhara Valley, where countless short and long treks begin just outside the city of Pokhara: the gateway to the Annapurna Mountain range. The ‘Royal Trek’ route, once completed by Prince Charles, is an excellent option for less experienced hikers who want to stretch their legs and appreciate panoramic vistas. Numerous Himalayan ranges and towering peaks like the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu are part of the scenic landscape. Alternatively, you can experience both natural beauty and the distinct culture of the Pokhara Valley on our Undiscovered Nepal tour, taking guided hikes to tinkling waterfalls and spectacular river gorges on sections of the Annapurna Circuit.
6Experience the Nakasendo Way, Japan
While its vibrant culture and enticing cuisine are Japan’s big draws, it is also a fine location for a walking tour. Perhaps the most rewarding option is hiking part of the Nakasendo Way on the island of Honshu, which allows you to experience a side of Japan you’ll never see in its bustling cities. The original Nakasendo highway is a 500+ km historic trail that links Kyoto with Tokyo. The ancient paths meander past dozens of heritage towns, including picturesque Kiso Fukushima and the rocky valleys of Japan’s Central Alps. Guided walking tours along sections of the Nakasendo Trail can be tailored to your wishes. This majestic stretch of countryside includes unique rural hospitality at homestays or traditional ryokans.
Embark on a walking vacation that suits your abilities. Our experts are standing by to help plan an itinerary that takes you to one of the world’s most enchanting destinations on foot.
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