Walking. Sometimes it’s the only way to see the world. Come within a hair’s breadth of an orangutan on a rainforest trail or challenge yourself with a trek through clouds to a volcanic crater. With Exodus, you can take your walking holiday to a whole new level.
Meander through Bhutan’s lush meadows, climb down craggy cliffs to a secluded beach cove in Sardinia, or even tackle some of the world’s highest peaks on one of our trekking tours. Our guided and self-guided walking holidays let you take it all in, at your own pace.
Our expert leaders are some of the most experienced trekkers on the planet today. We work with local leaders where possible, stay in locally owned accommodation and pay some of the highest wages to our porters on the big-named peaks, including our Kilimanjaro treks.
Several factors are considered when grading our different types of walking holiday to help you find the comfort level that best suits you. These include:
Length & duration of trek per day
Trail conditions underfoot
Average altitude change
Levels of porterage, support and local services available
Level 1: Leisurely walking trips
Experience is not necessary; anyone fit and healthy enough to complete a weekend walk can manage a Leisurely, Level 1 walking trip. Walks are often optional and trails are seldom flat, so expect a reasonable amount of ascent and descent.
You would normally walk for two to five hours during the day and daily ascents will likely be around 300m to 500m.
Level 3: Moderate walking trips
Moderate Level 3 walking tours are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks. No experience is necessary, but good health and reasonable fitness are important. Walking at higher altitudes and occasional longer or harder days may be involved, but general underfoot conditions will be fair.
A walking day during these tours is normally five to seven hours. Daily ascents will likely be around 500m to 800m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 900m to 1,000m.
Level 5: Challenging walking trips
Fitness is important for walking holidays at this grade, which compares to extended walking in mountainous terrain such as the Lake District or Snowdonia. High altitudes, climate and remoteness are also expected. Previous trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident of your physical condition.
Walking days are usually between six and eight hours, although they may be longer for passes or peaks. Daily ascents will likely be around 900m to 1,000m, perhaps with the odd day ascending to 1,200m.
Level 7: Tough walking trips
At this level, we recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain. Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered. This may involve the use of ice axes and crampons.
Stamina is essential as walking days last six to nine hours – or more on occasional days. Daily ascents will likely be around 900m to 1,000m, perhaps with the odd day ascending to 1,200m.
Level 9: Tough+ walking trips
A Level 9 walking tour includes all the elements of our Level 7 itineraries but adds climbing a glaciated mountain peak. Specialist pieces of equipment like ice axes and crampons will be needed, and you should have experience of using them.
Please check the trip notes carefully to ensure that your experience and equipment meet the demands of a Tough+ trip. When climbing, the peak days can be very long and you may be on your feet for 11 hours or more.
Split and optional grades
To provide a more accurate grading system, we use an intermediate or split grade where a trip falls between two grades. For example, Level 2 would combine Leisurely and Moderate qualities.
Occasionally there are optional ascents available en route. In this case, the optional grade will be highlighted below the dial on each trip page.
This was an excellent week of walking. The paths are steep in some places but well defined and Jose guided us with care and attention on the challenging ascents and descents of the Sierra Aitana. The walks were well-paced by Jose but the days are long so you do need to be fit. We trekked through a number of landscapes illustrating the historic and current use of the area and Jose with his local knowledge enhanced our understanding of how this area has evolved over the centuries as well as the current challenges. The views from the walks were amazing – one way you could see the coast from Alicante to Benidorm and beyond and the other the folding valleys and mountains of the interior. The skies were blue and the days sunny and warm and we experienced very little wind even on the summits. We were based at the Hostel Rincon de Pepe where we had a wonderful week being looked after by Raquel. The food was amazing and hearty (three courses plus wine). The terrace was also great place to have breakfast every morning as the sun rose out of the Med, as well as a beer or two after the walk as the sun disappeared behind the mountains.
This is a great week’s walking in a little-known (and underrated) part of Spain. The Aitana range is a compact set of mountains so you get to tick off almost all of it, and there are great views from the top of all the peaks, out to the coast and across to the surrounding peaks. Most of the walks are reasonably demanding, but also rewarding.
Being based in one location, with very short transfers (or none) for each walk makes for a very relaxing week aside from the walking. It’s also a fairly short transfer to/from Alicante Airport.
The vast majority of meals are included which makes it much better value than some other (apparently similarly priced) holidays.
Jose the guide is exceptional: hard-working, helpful, supportive and deeply knowledgeable about the area.
Depending on the type of walking holiday you choose, you could be scaling great heights, soaking up coastal scenery or spotting incredible wildlife.
It could be self-guided or you could make friends with like-minded travellers in one of our group walking tours. Either way, our guided tours will mean you’re supervised by one of our expert leaders. They’ll impart valuable knowledge about your destination, giving you a more personal experience you simply won’t get anywhere else.
What different types of walking holiday do you offer?
Every walking holiday is different, so make sure you check your itinerary. Consider the terrain and the weather at your chosen destination and set time aside to research the climate expected during your walking tour.
Sturdy walking boots with good ankle support are essential, as well as appropriate socks to reduce rubbing.
A hot climate will require a sun hat, sunglasses and appropriate clothing, such as shorts and t-shirts made from breathable materials. Walking trips in destinations with hotter climates, such as those in deserts, can plunge to chilly temperatures at night, so be sure to bring layers, particularly if you are camping. Some countries also experience heavy or intermittent rainfall, so a waterproof is recommended.
You should also consider whether your destination requires a more conservative dress code. Many of our walking tours integrate cultural activities that may require a shawl or headscarf.
Meanwhile, a snowy climate will demand a warm hat, headband or buff. We recommend two pairs of gloves, with one waterproof pair. Be sure to remember sunglasses, as the sunlight reflecting from the snow can be very intense. Check our winter adventure kit list for more information on clothing and accessories you might need.
What should I take on a walking holiday?
We have an essential walking kit list that highlights items such as SPF and gel plasters. You might consider a first aid kit with painkillers too. Depending on the climate, mosquito spray could come in handy.
If you go for one of our snowshoeing walking holidays, we’ll provide equipment like snowshoes, walking poles and avalanche transceivers.
What is the duration of a walking holiday?
Walking tours can be as little as a few days or upwards of 12 days if you choose a longer expedition.
What will my group be like during my walking holiday?
If you choose one of our guided small group walking trips, you’ll be in a group of 8 to 16 people. A large proportion of our walking holiday trips are made up of solo travellers, creating a great opportunity to make friends with like-minded people with different stories to share.
What will the accommodation be like on your walking holidays?
Again, this will depend on your chosen tour. You could be camping or staying in a range of unique, locally owned accommodation throughout your tour. This could be anything from mountain huts to farmyards, rural gîtes to hotels.
Will food be provided on my walking holiday?
Most of our trips include food and drink, with some tours allowing you to buy your own if there are services or eateries available. Check the details of your chosen tour to see whether food is included.
Some of our walking holidays are very food-centric and involve related activities, such as wine tasting in the vineyards of Burgundy. So be sure to choose your walking trip based on what you want from the experience.
Why choose a walking holiday with Exodus?
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