Jaw-dropping mountain views. Paths that follow centuries-old trade routes. Nights under the Milky Way. From gentle walks to challenging treks, being on foot gives you access to some of the world’s most inspiring locations.
Days have a carefree, reassuring rhythm on our trekking trips. Each morning, you’re woken with a steaming glass of milky ‘bed tea’, then after breakfast, you’re off with a guide who knows the way like the back of his hand. No matter what your ability or the type of walk you choose, you dictate the pace. There’s no need to worry about holding anyone up or pushing on if you’re in the mood for a challenge.
Explore your surroundings
Your guide’s biggest strength is to let you into some of the secrets of the area – smoothing the way into remote temples, pointing out sacred birds and rare mountain goats, or perhaps arranging a meeting with the local oracle.
As you walk, you’ll carry only what you need for the day. From steamy forest to frosted hills, through sun or snow, by afternoon your luggage will appear at your overnight stop carried by a porter, pony or your very own yak. After a day of fresh air and exercise, your camp is there to welcome you with a hot dinner and a cosy bed or sleeping bag. Quite simply, it’s a world away from the ordinary.
Walks and Treks Experiences:
Luxury trek in Nepal’s Annapurna
On foot along ancient winding paths linking isolated rural villages you’ll find jaw dropping mountain scenery and a way of life in Nepal that has changed...
On foot in Bhutan
Until the 1960’s there were no roads in Bhutan and the only way to get around the kingdom was on foot. For us it remains the best way to experience the ‘real’ Bhutan.Communications in Bhutan have vastly...
Luxury trekking in India’s Kumaon Himalaya
Walking in Kumaon, staying in comfortable village houses, is a great way to experience rural life and stunning views in the foothills of the Himalaya.The remote hills of Kumaon in north west India are not...
Walking in Kerala’s hills
The fertile plains, undulating hills, steamy jungles and manicured plantations of Kerala are fantastic walking country.Kerala’s green hills dotted with colonial bungalows, waterfalls and lakes, protected...
How fit do I need to be?
You don’t need to be super fit to enjoy our walks and treks as we can design your trip around your ability. With your personal guide by your side, you walk at your own pace.
For anyone in normal good health we can recommend many excellent relatively easy day walks along rural trails used by villagers and children, across fields and hillsides to reach farms and schools, often still with fabulous views. Of course, we can suggest more challenging multi-day treks too. If you’re interested in multi-day treks, we always recommend you begin a programme of regular exercise at least two months prior to your holiday.
An important factor to consider is the altitude of your trek. Above 2500m (8200ft) there is less oxygen in the air and therefore less reaching your lungs and organs. This means exercise is harder at altitude, and you may become tired more quickly. If you’re trekking above 4000m (13 123ft) it’s likely you’ll experience symptoms of altitude sickness such as mild headaches and breathlessness, but given time to acclimatise, your body will adjust.
Where will I stay?
In India our clients usually stay in rustic, luxury hill retreats or renovated traditional village houses where you’ll be treated as an honoured guest. There are no TVs or hairdryers and sometimes your bathroom is in an outdoor wash house, but you’ll be served delicious cuisine by your personal chef and enjoy the soundest sleep in a stylish room.
In Bhutan our fully supported camping treks come with dome sleeping tents, a mess tent for dining, a loo tent and a bowl of hot water for washing. It’s clean and comfortable, and allows you to get to some unforgettable, remote locations.
In Nepal we avoid the basic tea-houses common to many treks, instead staying in small comfortable lodges and simple hotels where you’ll have a clean and cosy room with en-suite bathroom complete with hot running water – a real luxury in the mountains.
What should I pack?
The most important item is a comfortable pair of worn-in walking boots. Wear your boots when you fly to make sure they’re not lost before your trek. Trekking tops or polo shirts, long lightweight trousers or shorts and a fleece jacket are suitable for most walks and treks. Excess items can usually be safely stored if you don’t need them on trek. We can usually provide trekking poles and sleeping bags for camping treks on loan or hire if needed. As every trek is different, we can offer you more specific advice when you get in touch about planning a trip.