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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
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Tour Reviews

Walking the Picos de Europa - Challenging week

Walking the Picos de Europa

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This was my first walking holiday and first trip with Exodus. I would highly
recommend it to anyone reasonably fit (Challenging week). Accommodation was
great and food amazing - lots of options for veggies and good selection at
breakfast. All the staff in the hotel are very helpful - for example the
owner, Jim, went out of his way to drop two of us in central Bilbao on the
day of the return flight, instead of having to kill time at the airport.
Other trip members were very sociable and friendly and made it an incredible
week. Our guide, Alvaro, was superb - lots of interesting local knowledge
about the wildlife and region. He also ensured that the walks avoided crowded
times/cloud. The Picos itself is a beautiful region to visit. Day off allowed
a trip to the coast, Llanes, which has good restaurants and lovely beach.
The view of the Narnjo de Bulnes in the valley in the last day, between
Sotres and Tielve.


Excellent


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Great trip, thoroughly recommended

Walking the Picos de Europa

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Exodus for me works on word-of-mouth and recommendations. So mine is, go!

It's a fabulous location with moderate-to-challenging walking, spring flora
and fauna fascinating, and so unexpected: like a slice of Switzerland. Our
guide, Alvaro, is one of the best - Exodus I'm sure should be very sorry to
lose him - but there is such a commitment to quality from the hotel that the
team will always be a good one.

Excellent food, comfortable beds, lashings of hot water... a very homely home
base.
Many, but I guess Alvaro's love for his home and his understanding o the
mountains was pretty inspirational.


Like the previous reviewer, I would definitely do it again! Which, I suppose,
is the highest recommendation..


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I would do it all again...

Walking the Picos de Europa

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This holiday was so much more than I expected. More challenging, more fun,
more mountainous! I don't know why but I didn't equate a mountain region with
so much ascending. I am a regular hiker and was surprised to find that I
could walk for up to two hours uphill and still maintain a conversation.
Alvaro the guide was inspiring and motivational, and the group were
encouraging and fun to be with. We really bonded over the tough uphills and
the shared experiences of the magnificent scenery. I was sad to leave the
group at the airport and I think part of me is still in the mountains.
Seeing around ten vultures flying around the top of a mountain - a bird I'd
thought would be ugly, but it's actually quite beautiful. Our group had
experts in flora and fauna who brought the whole thing to life for me. I
learned so much.


Alvaro. What can I say? We all thought he was amazing and were sad to hear
that he's leaving Exodus in August. He will be a great loss to the team. He
was like a sheepdog taking care of his flock, scampering up and down
mountains to make sure we were ok. I can still here him say, "slowly as you
like!" as we ascended yet another dizzying height. He imparted so much
knowledge about the area from history to wildlife and he was just the right
amount of encouraging to all of us, individually.


Don't go before mid-May because you'll have cows wearing cowbells outside
your bedroom window at 1am (lovely as they are). They go up to higher
pastures in mid-May.

Have the G&Ts in the hotel bar - the fishbowl glasses and the measures are
amazing.

Take your own hairdryer.


A friend has already booked this holiday off the back of my Facebook and
Instagram posts. It's a winner and I would recommend it to anyone who is fit
enough to take it on. It was definitely not 'moderate' in my book - I found
it challenging. I've had to reassess my idea of my own fitness but I ended
the week feeling like a butcher's dog.


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Norway trekking weekend

Norway Trekking Weekend

4.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This is a very enjoyable trip, offering a real challenge, but providing
fantastic rewards. The accommodation is very good, and the transfer to the
hotel from Bergen is very pleasant. The walk to Trolltunga is certainly long,
but is worth the effort.
Undoubtedly the moment when it's your turn to walk out onto Trolltunga.


Hilde was excellent, enthusiastic and supportive. She provided chocolate and
drinks and just the right moments.


The trek to Trolltunga is a very popular walk, and there is only one route
up. So, you will be walking up with a lot of other people going the same way.
This also means that, if you want the iconic photograph on the Trolltunga,
you need to be prepared for a very long wait when you arrive for your turn on
the Trolltunga, where you can get quite cold. We waited for about an hour and
a half on our trip - it is quite lively, with wedding proposals and people
doing handstands, but there's no real avoiding it. It's definitely worth it,
though! It is an incredible place.


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Excellent trip

Summits & Ridges of the Queyras

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This is a great trek in beautiful mountains. It's pretty full on - expect at
least 8 hours of walking per day, with over 10 on the longer days, and a lot
of up and down (1000m + each day) on demanding terrain, but the scenery is
stunning so it's well worth it.

If you've trekked around Mont Blanc, you'll find the Queyras much quieter and
a lot less touristy. Not many mountain huts for morning coffee and cake here.
Really too many to choose from!


Stephanie was excellent. Certainly one of the better Exodus guides.


Most nights you will be sleeping in normal UK-style bunk beds (one bed on top
of the other) but in the Agnel hut you will find yourself sleeping side by
side on a giant mattress with about 5 other people. This isn't clear from the
trip notes (unless they've been updated).


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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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