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Top Trip Memories

  • Hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  • Camping under the Big African Sky
  • Trekking across Banaue and looking at its famous mud walled rice terraces
  • Trekking the Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro and marveling at the views below.
  • Waking up at midnight to prepare gear needed to ascent
  • Camping along the banks of Mara River to witness the annual migration.
  • Trekking the demanding GR20 route.
  • Trekking up to Everest Base Camp with assistance from Sherpas.
  • Walking the Milford track in picturesque New Zealand
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Tour Tips

  • If you’re going on a trekking adventure, be sure to train beforehand. The more you prepare, the better you’ll feel and the better experience you’ll have.
  • Ask the tour company what equipment is required and what can be rented on site. Many times, sleeping bags are required but you can rent certain pieces of clothing. Plus, group cooking equipment is often provided.
  • Pack light! This goes for all guided tours, but especially for trekking and camping when you need to carry your own pack over uneven ground for long distances.
  • Adhere to baggage weight limits, even if you won’t be personally carrying your bag. Many times, a porter, sherpa, or pack animal will carry your load so respect any maximum weight requirements.
  • Ask the tour company about communication while traveling. In some circumstances you will be out of mobile phone range for multiple days but your guide will carry a satellite form for any urgent matters.

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Trekking & Expeditions Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

1,931 Reviews

  • Excellent 1,370
  • Great 508
  • Average 35
  • Disappointing 7
  • Terrible 4

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

5.0
March 2017
Sunrise Adventure
Recommend: Yes
We are a group of students from Singapore who have decided to embark on a trekking trip to Everest Base Camp. Even though we did not make the trip to Everest due to the the plane to Lukla airport being unable to take off (due to the bad weather during monsoon), which rendered us stranded at the airport, all was not lost. Suresh, who was in-charge of Sunrise Adventure Trek, made back-up plans and we were off to Annapurna Base Camp for our trek the very next day.

The porters and guides (Ramesh and Sobit) were all very friendly, taking care of our needs every step of the way. The warm demeanour has also won us over, with spontaneous dances being part of the nightly activities.

Will definitely be back to Nepal to explore the other treks, and also for this warm group of people whom I now call friends.
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Mont Blanc High Lights

Mont Blanc Highlights

4.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Really enjoyed this trip ,lots of good point's - here's a few
Firstly we had brilliant weather the whole week so we did all the walks and saw all the sights in glorious sunshine.
Secondly the chalet and our hosts were superb ,the food was delicious and plentiful all week.
Thirdly our walk leader was very capable and gave a sense of security and safety throughout the trip.
Probably achieving all the walks without too many aches and pains .

As previously stated he was very capable and made sure the group were safe at all times.
He explained the routes/plan on an evening for the next day so we all knew what was ahead of us.

Early October when i went was pretty quiet in Chamonix on a night but this was compensated for by having great weather during the day which i've heard is not unusual.

A great weeks walking holiday - want to go on another Alp's based trip next year now.

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Mont Blanc Highlights

Mont Blanc Highlights

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
I did this trip during the last week in September and the weather was great every day. A well organised trip and everything went to schedule. Comfortable chalet and excellent meals in the evening.
Everyday had its highlight. The Aiguille de Midi on our rest day was spectacular and the hot chocolate and ice cream in Italy were delicious.

Mark obviously knew the hills like the back of his hand. we kept a good pace each day, had great views and got plenty of information about the areas we were in.

If you are used to walking the hills in the Lake District then you will be fine with this trip. Don't forget your swimsuit/trunks for the hot tub.

This was my first Exodus trip but it won't be my last.

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Mont Blanc Highlights

Mont Blanc Highlights

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Very enjoyable week with lovely people. Beautiful scenery in a stunning location.
Walking in the Alps looking at the glaciers, just beautiful. On our free day we did the cable car up to Aguille Di Midi it was amazing, and definitely worth doing.

Mark was an excellent leader, always chatting and telling us funny stories. He made sure everyone was looked after and always kept the group together up the mountain.

Improve your fitness before you go, some of the accents and decents are quite steep. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it.

Sarah and Rich who ran the chalet were just amazing. They made us feel very at home and although the rooms are basic the were fit for purpose. The food was simply outstanding and as a fussy eater I never once struggled to eat. It was definitely home from home.

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Mont Blanc Highlights

Mont Blanc Highlights

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A thoroughly enjoyable week - spectacular walking with an interesting and varied group of fellow guests; very comfortable accommodation in the chalet; delightful and welcoming hosts (Sarah and Rich); fantastic food; easy access to the lovely town of Chamonix.
There were so many! Of course the views - helped by ( generally) sunny but coolish, ideal walking, weather. The day in Italy above Courmeyer was particularly stunning. It has definately inspired me to do more walking in mountainous terrain. An unexpected pleasure was the amazing cooking of our Chalet hosts. The evening meal quickly became one of my most keenly anticipated events of the day!

Our group leader was friendly and congenial company. He was clearly very experienced, having worked in the region for a number of years, which ensured that I felt safe and well supported while we were in the mountains. He provided lots of information both prior to the walks as well as during them. He was supportive of the 'weaker' members of the group but also made it clear when he thought a particular walk was beyond our capabilities.

The walking is not particuarly technically difficult (hence the 3 rating) but it is physically challenging. I would have said that I was reasonably fit and did some additional training in preparation but I struggled (and generally failed) to maintain the pace set by the rest of the group. Between them my fellow walkers had climbed Kilimanjaro, walked the Annapurna Circuit and Inca Trail and trekked to Everest Base Camp! A The central base does allow for the possibility of ducking out of the most strenuous days and our guide provided directions to alternative, less demanding trails when required.

If you think you might use the hot tub (which involves a shower before and probably afterwards) take a towel with you. The Chalet doesn't have an additional supply.

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Trekking & Expeditions Trips & Tour Advice

Trekking and other expeditions -- which often involve camping -- are a key aspect of adventure travel. Whether you're trekking in the Himalayas, crossing the Sahara, or joining an expedition to the Amazon rainforest, a good tour operator can ensure you have a safe and productive trip. Let Stride help you make your next expedition an adventure, not an ordeal.

Trekking and camping is a great way to slow down and really experience a country at the local level. You’ll likely walk past or through small villages, like the ones found in the Khumbu of Nepal and on the way to Machu Picchu in Peru. You’ll also have a chance to really connect with your travel companions over shared meals around the fire after a challenging but exhilarating day of trekking.

How to Choose the Right Trekking Trip

Choosing the right trip and tour company for your trekking vacation is key. Not only do you want quality service and a knowledgeable guide, but your safety is paramount and it can be hard to know which companies to trust. Stride is here to make the narrowing down process easier!

Options for Everyone

Treks can range from easy walks on relatively flat ground, such as the Abel Tasman route in New Zealand, to full on, expedition style adventures, like trekking to Mount Everest base camp in Nepal. When first researching a trekking trip, be honest with your physical shape. Does trekking for 5-6 hours per day for 12 days in a row at high altitude sound like fun? Great, then maybe Everest Base Camp is calling you! On the contrary, if that sounds like your worst nightmare, but you still want to get the blood pumping and enjoy the outdoors, perhaps you would enjoy trekking in the highlands of Thailand or Vietnam to experience local villages and indigenous life. Or, for something off the beaten path, you can trek through centuries old villages in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, stopping each night at local guesthouses for a delicious meal of couscous and hot mint tea.

Safety & Training

Trekking in the outdoors is inherently more risky than some other travel styles, but there are two main factors in ensuring you have the trip of a lifetime and the safest possible experience. First is the reputation and qualifications of the tour company and their guides. How long has the tour company operated in the area that you’re traveling to? Are their guides trained in basic First Aid? For high altitude treks in Nepal, Tanzania, and elsewhere, do guides carry a gamow bag, which can help reverse the effects of altitude sickness and/or supplemental oxygen? These are all questions to research here on Stride or directly with your chosen tour operator.

The second factor is the type and amount of training you put in before you even land in your destination. For trekking specifically, nothing beats going on long hikes in your local hills, ideally with a weighted backpack. If you don’t have easy accessibility to the outdoors, the stairmaster at the gym will definitely do the trick! The more you put in on the front end in terms of preparedness, the more enjoyment you will get out of your trekking trip experience.

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