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Hiking and walking tours are great both for getting exercise and having time to survey and appreciate the local landscape. From Arizona to Ireland, New Zealand to Italy, hiking and walking tours are among the most popular organized adventure trips -- and you can find one to suit just about every level of ability and budget.

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99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 3,299 Great 1,068 Average 160 Disappointing 38 Terrible 16
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Caminos del inka hasta machupichu October 2018

5.0

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Realize el trekk de caminos del inka hasta machupichu de 4 dias y 3 noche con mi padre. La.agencia inka rainbow organizo todo. Gracias a su excelente organizacion todo salio como planeado. Recomiendo la agencia al 100%. Read more

Operator Inka Rainbow

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Bucket List Bhutan October 2018

5.0

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If seeing Bhutan and hiking in the Himalayan region is on your bucket list,
then the Land of the Thunder Dragon tour is for you! This trip was such a
good mix, that it made me really feel like I got to see a good variety and
experience Bhutan to the fullest.
We got to trek for five days, seeing beautiful scenery, visit two festivals
(including a really fun, smaller local one, and a more famous and larger one
in the city), and visited many cultural sites.
Exodus Travels has an amazing local staff in Bhutan, and the guides were all
great. Everything was organized down to the last detail, and the trip was
executed flawlessly.
I can't recommend this trip enough!
On the fourth day of our hike, the clouds cleared and we got to see some of
the world's tallest unclimbed mountains!


We had two leaders, Norbu and Tshering, and they were both excellent. They
knew the answer to every question anyone could possibly have about Bhutan!
They both had outgoing, fun personalities and worked to make sure everyone on
the trip was happy and having a good time.


Pack warmer clothes than you think you'll need for the hike, and pack modest
but cooler clothes for the rest of the trip if you're going in September.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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One of the best Exodus trips October 2018

5.0

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Although the price is high, this is a great holiday and worth the cost. The
only thing that could have been better was the weather, as we had two days of
rain during the trek, but that made us appreciate all the other days of good
weather more. The scenery was fantastic, the itinerary was perfect, and we
were very well taken care of. We certainly left with a positive view of
Bhutan.
Really, the whole holiday was inspirational. Watching the sunrise during the
trek was beautiful and we were glad the guides woke us up to see it. We also
visited Punakha Valley even though we were supposed to miss it as we were
going to a festival and we were very glad we got to go as it was great. All
the dzongs were interesting and the buildings were photo-worthy everywhere we
looked.


Norbu was very knowledgeable, attentive, and accommodating. He had clearly
been a guide for a long time. Our other guide was also helpful and a very
nice man, although his English and his knowledge were not quite as good.


It can be very cold on the trek, especially at night, and very hot in the
valleys. You are also likely to get sunburnt on the trek, no matter how much
sunscreen you apply.

Pillows are provided on the trek.

Take cash on the trek for the tips as this will be given to the camp crew at
the end of the trek before you get to the hotel in Thimpu. The recommended
tip in the trip notes didn't include the main guide on our trip.

Take cash -- some people had trouble using cash machines.

Leave some clean clothes in Paro before starting the trek. You will get them
in Thimpu after the trek.

You have free time in Kathmandu at the beginning and end of the trip -- there
is nothing organised before dinner. It's not difficult to visit sites on
your own but if you are a woman travelling on your own, try to go with
someone else. Sole women often get harassed, probably not as badly as in
some places, but enough to be a nuisance and, potentially, slightly menacing.
People in our group experienced this. For myself, on one occasion I was
walking behind my husband so it wasn't clear that we were together and I was
followed by a man who wouldn't take no for an answer until my husband turned
around and threatened him.


One of our best holidays!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Fabulous country, fabulous trip...go!! October 2018

5.0

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We did this trip with some fear and trepidation as we would be trekking at
altitude for the first time. We were very keen to visit Bhutan before it
modernises and we also hoped to see the rhododendron in bloom in the
Himalaya. We had done quite a bit of training for the trek and this paid off
as we were fit enough for the grade of walk. We loved the country, the
people, the Buddhist culture and the government philosophy of 'improving
gross national happiness'. This is evident everywhere and seems very genuine.
From the minute you land in Paro you know you are somewhere very special. It
is quite wonderful to be immersed in their culture for the whole time you are
there. The trek was not what we expected as we had snow every night and had
to walk on icy surfaces some days and were perhaps colder than we had
anticipated. The excellent trip notes had suggested we bring adequate
sleeping bags and down jackets, so we were always cosy at night. We did
perhaps miss some of the spectacular views because of the weather and the
rhododendrons were only just in bud..so if you want to see them you should
plan your trek in May rather than April. However, we were able to be a part
of the Paro festival and this was fascinating. Exodus puts together a very
good and varied itinerary, in comfortable accommodation, with great guides,
good transportation and excellent food throughout. You are well acclimatised
to altitude and the trekking is not too hard. We were disappointed to have to
share campsites with other groups. There are a lot of trekkers on the Druk
path and if you want solitude on trek you should go on one of the longer
treks. This is a great introduction to trekking in the mountains and we felt
extremely well looked after. My gluten free meals were always varied and
plentiful. The main food is rice and veggies and many differing ways of
cooking them. Breakfast was always wonderful too. We thoroughly recommend
this trip and Exodus as a company. Go...you won't be disappointed.
Reaching the highest summit and hanging prayer flags.


Our leader Norbu was absolutely fabulous. He was calm and confidant and
always with a smile. His knowledge was outstanding. He always helped out if
anyone was struggling with the trek or altitude.


Take adequate warm clothing and a good sleeping bag.


I cannot wait for my next exodus trip


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Darjeeling , Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge October 2018

4.0

Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This trip is wonderfully varied with each day having something different to
the last. The accommodation throughout is very comfortable especially if you
love an adventure. There are highlights such as heritage and eco hotels and
lodges , and full service camping with roomy tents . In March and the
beginning of April the weather included sunny days in the cities of Delhi and
Calcutta , contrasting with cold fresh nights on camp , with a hail shower .
The hotel in Delhi has a pool and relaxation facilities , and for anyone
arriving earlier , there is time for city tours to see the sights . The
drives from the plains to the Himalayan hill stations revealed beautiful
rivers , terraced tea plantations and habitations on high and steep slopes .
We visited colorful Buddhist temples and the Unesco World Heritage site of
the Toy Train at Darjeeling .
Being woken at 0500 and being lead by Rajeev our leader , to the top of the
ridge near the Kalijar campsite to see the sunrise lighting up Kachenjunga ,
the 3rd highest mountain in the World , and seeing the whole range of the
Himalayan snow capped mountains in front of us , which included Mount Everest
in the distance . Rajeev was tremendous in pointing out and naming each
individual summit . The team took the trouble to ensure we even had cups of
tea and had lots of time to savour the amazing view and take photographs.


Rajeev was excellent in leading our group which had walkers with varied
experience , and walking pace . He gave detailed information about the region
, farming methods , his country and the mountain ranges , and answered our
many questions . He is a very capable leader .


Come prepared to try out different food , and with fitness preparation for
walking to summits on fairly steep slopes. Bring a camera too !


I think the highlights wee often the optional parts of the trip like walking
to the summit of Singalila , and seeing the Everest range on a clear day so
make the most of these . The 16 Zoe's , a cross between a Yak and a cow ,
were the fantastic animals that carried our camping gear for us , and the
team of herdsman and cooks provided an amazing service during our camping
trek .


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Operator Exodus Travels

Hiking & Walking Tours and Travel Guide


Hiking & Walking Attractions & Landmarks Guide

A hiking tour is one of the most rewarding ways to see a country, both in the physical accomplishment and the fabulous views. Hiking brings you close to the earth, as you wind through natural habitats, feeling the weather and smelling the air. And many options now exist to satisfy even the most cautious traveler.

Choosing a Route

It's important to make sure you look at the tour's activity level before picking the trip. If you're already physically fit and are looking for a challenge, feel free to go for a trip with a "hard" physical level! While no hike is going to be 100% comfortable (this isn't sailing through the British Virgin Islands on a luxurious cruise ship!) it is possible to find less intense outings. And not all hikes are up and down. For example, Mt. Cook in New Zealand is a mainly flat hike, though long. A good option for those worried about elevation or wanting to avoid a strenuous hike. If that still sounds like little too much, consider starting out with a walking tour, or having a look at the easy hiking/walking trips that we at Stride have conveniently marked.

What to Pack

The most important thing to have before you start packing is a sturdy backpack that you have tested out before the trip. Walk around with it at home and make sure it sits properly on your shoulders and back. Next, make sure you have a mix of long and short sleeve shirts, as well as shorts and pants. Depending on how long your trip is, a few of each should be enough. You don't want too heavy of a pack that weighs you down. Sunscreen and a collapsible water bottle will be something you can use everyday as well.

How to Dress

The most important things to consider when dressing are the activity level, the weather where you're going, and the time of year you're going there. The hike might start off early in the morning when it's cold, but dress in layers so you can easily peel them off as the day goes on and you warm up. A good waterproof coat will be essential as well. It can easily fold up in your backpack, but will save you from soaking through your clothes should a downpour happen.

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