Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Walking in Patagonia

You saw the Top Gear boys race through the exciting mountains of Patagonia, but Walks Worldwide Specialist, and trekking expert, Matthew Bennett prefers to take the slower route. Recently returned from our group tour the Ultimate Patagonia Adventure, Matt is keen to share his experiences. 

"Embarking on the Ultimate Patagonia Adventure was the fulfilment of a dream; to trek in one of the most beautiful areas of the world on an epic journey to the end of the earth!"

"The scenery was spellbinding. Beautiful panoramas surrounded us, made up of stunning lakes, untouched snowy peaks and towering spires, which gave the place a truly magical feel."

What makes this the Ultimate Patagonia Adventure...

Dedicated tour leaders supported by specialist local guides in each National Park 

"Could not have wished for better guides! They were all so knowledgeable, helpful and friendly from start to finish, always remaining professional and fun... such a bonus!" 

All the big hitters of Patagonia included                                                  
"This trip goes far beyond the bucket list, featuring highlights such as: Cerro Fitzroy, Perito Moreno Glacier, granite towers of Torres Del Paine, Lake Pehoe and the Beagle Channel."  

Amazing cuisine  

"Now here is something to write home about! Argentina and Chile have some of the finest food in the world. Just some of the highlights were the excellent red wine from Mendoza, the beef steaks in El Chalten, fresh Salmon in Puerto Natales and a wonderful lamb BBQ at the Estancia in Rio Grande!" 

Diverse landscapes with glaciers galore!

"As well as Perito Moreno Glacier, we also had the opportunity to visit and even trek on Viedma Glacier in Argentina and spend a day walking to the Grey Lake and Glacier on the famous W route of Torres Del Paine."

"On the Argentinian side of Patagonia, the humidity is blocked by the Andes, so the landscape is semi arid. Whereas on the Chilean side the humidity comes off the pacific Ocean, giving a much greener landscape. Further down in Ushuia, the landscape resembles some of the beauty spots of the northern hemisphere" 

"This was far more than a walking holiday. The trip was a fantastic experience which few other destinations could live up to!"

Ultimate Patagonia Adventure: 17 day trip, from £2,249 (Land Only) or 19 day trip, £3,999 (Flight Inclusive). A detailed itinerary, specific dates and prices can be found here.

Find out more about this amazing adventure online or call Matt on 01962 737 565.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Burmese Days

We've launched our first trip to Burma/Myanmar: Burmese Days. Walks Worldwide Manager, Tim Shepley would like to share his experiences of travelling around this astoundingly beautiful country. 

"Like most people who visit Myanmar, my first impressions were based on the old British capital of Yangon (formally Rangoon). While the official capital has been moved to Naypyidaw, Yangon remains the largest and most important city, it seems a world away from other major SE Asia capitals such as Singapore or Bangkok, almost stuck in a time warp. It is often said that you are not in Paris if you can’t see the Eiffel Tower, the same could certainly be said for Yangon and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

My next stop was the last royal capital of Mandalay, while central Mandalay features the rebuilt Mandalay palace the real highlight of this area are the beautiful ancient capitals such as Ava and Mingun on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

Bagan takes your breath away like few other places on earth, similar in many ways to the Ankor temples of Cambodia, Bagan features over 2,200 temples spread out over a vast plain, it also offers one of the greatest places to watch a sunrise and sunset that I have ever seen.

My personal highlight of the trip was the trek from Kalaw, a British hill station, to Inle Lake, this 3-day hike through local villages, sleeping in local monasteries really allowed you to get up close to some of the friendliest people I have met on all my travels. The walk concluded on the banks of the magnificent Inle lake.

Myanmar is truly is a special destination; it is quickly opening up and tourism is growing a phenomenal pace. I loved my Burmese Days, and with this magnificent itinerary I am sure you will too."

Burmese Days: 16 day trip, from £2,250 land only. A detailed itinerary, specific dates and prices can be found here.

Find out more about this intriguing itinerary online or call Tim on 01962 737 565.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Best Time to Travel Guide | Book before it's too late!

Autumn: Escape from the UK’s blustery Autumn and step into another culture. The monsoon season is ending in Nepal ensuring it’s the perfect time to trek in the Himalayas once again – why not head for Everest Base Camp or an Annapurna Panorama Lodge Trek

Morocco is a great destination for these months, just before the winter snow drops – what about the Toubkal Ascent or the private guided option of Lords of the Atlas, from our Superior Collection? 

Don’t forget Europe! With temperatures a little cooler, it’s a great chance to get some good walks in without the pressure of the heat! Walk the Best of the Lycian Way in Turkey, head for The Accursed Mountains in Albania or tackle the Summits and Ridges of Bulgaria.

When and where do you want to go? What about...
September: Turkey - Best of the Lycian Way (Anytime)
October: Nepal - Everest Base Camp Lodge Trek (11th and 25th October)
November: Jordan - Bedouin trail to Petra (9th November)

WinterWinter walking – think frosty picturesque scenes, the crunch of the snow beneath your feet and the bright blue skies of a clear Winter’s day. However, if you aren't a fan of the cold, head for India - The Spice Trails of Kerala is perfect for a more tropical getaway or Patagonia to reach the ‘end of the earth’. 

If you'd like to find your Winter wonderland in Finland with our Call of the Wild departures. Husky dogs, Reindeer, remote wilderness cabins and Finnish saunas. Winter walking doesn't have to involve a snowy setting. 

Nepal is still a great option for this time of the year – it’s warmer in the valleys and expect crystal clear skies and the best mountain views at high altitudes so why not try Everest and Annapurna In Style? It’s never really Winter at the equator so Kilimanjaro is popular in these months too. Also Morocco is fab for some Winter walking - Winter Toubkal Climb. 

Spend New Years Eve in Jordan on our Petra and the Valley of the Moon departure. Or climb Fansipan in Vietnam in February 2015.

Fancy a trip in...
December: Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Summit (18th December)
January: Patagonia - Ultimate Patagonia Adventure (17th and 31st January)
February: India - The Spice Trails of Kerala (7th February)

Spring: The days are getting longer and the temperatures are warming. Some of the best places to trek in spring are the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the Himalayas in Nepal. Fancy something a bit different? 

Trekking to Petra in Jordan is great this time of year due to lower temperatures and dry conditions making it perfect to sleep beneath the stars in the desert. 

Europe’s trails tend to remain snowbound during most of Spring, however southern Europe is perfect for walks a little closer to home; try Troodos and the Akamas in Cyprus, Best of the Lycian Way in Turkey or Undiscovered Portugal. 

Vietnam is lovely this time of year so why not summit Fansipan; the highest mountain in Indochina.

Still can't decide, how about these?
March: Morocco - Raiders of the Lost Kasbah (14th, 21st 28th March)
April: Peru - Classic Inca Trail (14th April)
May: Spain - Andalucia Along the GR7 (Anytime)

Don't forget, we have multiple departures a month to all kinds of destinations so if you're stuck just give us a call on 01962 737565. 

For our full range of destinations and walking holidays head to our website

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Guide to High Altitude Trekking

Finally summiting the majestic mountains in Nepal and Tanzania that you’ve spent days tackling, can be the most incredible feeling in the world. However, if it has involved walking at higher altitudes you may have experienced some level of discomfort as a result of altitude sickness. So what is it and how do you deal with it? We offer our experiences below. 

What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as it's known, is the body's reaction to reduced air pressure and lower concentration of oxygen when at higher altitudes. Mild symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness and exhaustion.

When does it happen?
It can happen from 2,500m above sea level, however symptoms are more likely to be noticeable when travelling at altitudes of 3,600m and above. The height at which AMS develops can vary greatly between individuals and it is important to let your tour guide know if you start to feel unwell. The more serious condition of High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Oedema (HACE) can develop if AMS is ignored.

Who does it affect?
Anyone can be affected, no matter how young or old or how experienced. Unfortunately being physically fit offers no guarantee of protection against AMS either.

How to prepare for it?
There isn’t an easy way to prepare for altitude sickness. Climb slowly, take rest days, keep hydrated and no alcohol are sensible precautions. However, the best thing you can do whilst trekking is to be aware of the onset of AMS and not ignore it.

Walks Worldwide trips are planned so that there is plenty of time for acclimatisation. We also offer trekking at different levels so that you can decide how strenuous you want to trek.

What should you do if you have symptoms?
With mild symptoms, the general consensus is that you should refrain from going any higher for 24-48 hours and drink plenty of fluids. For more severe cases, you should immediately descend to a lower level and seek medical advice.

For more comprehensive advice we recommend you visit the NHS website here.

Trekking is our passion and many of us at Walks Worldwide have experienced trekking at high altitude so dealing with its affects is something we are very familiar with. Here are some of our experiences.

Tim Shepley, Business Development Manager

How has altitude affected you? “I had a very positive experience while trekking in Tibet and Nepal, I did everything they advise you to do. However, on a different trip, I crossed the border from Salta in Argentina on a jeep tour across Uyuni salt Flats and onto Potosi, this was an altitude rise from 1500m to 4000 in 3 days. Although I was doing limited physical activity I lost my appetite, struggled to sleep and had chronic headaches for a few days. My symptoms eased as I reduced altitude and eventually when I arrived in La Paz at 3500m I started to recover.”

What advice can you share? “Climb slowly, never try to do too much too quickly and keep hydrated”

Steve Nagle, Sales Consultant

How has altitude affected you“I have trekked Kilimanjaro (5580m) and Langtang and Lakes in Nepal (up to 4600m). I am very fit for my age, having done endurance events, and run competitively every weekend. For me, above 3500m is about the time I first feel the effects - usually slight fatigue and minor headaches.”

Any tips for high altitude trekking? “Seek medical advice from your GP before leaving and take the correct kit – especially good gloves – the top of Kilimanjaro gets pretty cold!”

Adam Hickman, Schools Worldwide General Manager and Winter Mountain Leader

How has altitude affected you“I have worked as a professional mountain leader for the past 10 years and have been lucky enough to lead trekking groups in many of the great ranges around the world. My first experience at altitude was quite an unpleasant one, as a young fit climber I thought I was indestructible and broke all the rules in terms of acclimatisation. As a consequence I felt very unwell and nearly ended up with serious complications. Since then I have grown a bit older and wiser and learned to follow the advice above. These days I always make sure I plan routes which include a gradual acclimatisation.”

What advice can you share?  “I would advise people to take their time and listen to their body! People are often apprehensive about going to high altitude for the first time however by following a few simple rules and ensuring you allow enough time for acclimatisation it shouldn't be an issue. The human body is wonderful at adapting to a changing environment, it is important to remember however that everybody adapts at different speeds so it is worth considering this when planning to trek at altitude for the first time."

We hope our experiences above have helped reassure you that AMS can be managed and the possibility of discomfort should not deter you for experiencing some of the most exhilarating journeys the world has to offer. 

Please visit your GP or travel clinic if you have any concerns.

If you'd like to speak to one of the Walks Worldwide team, please call 01962 737565 or view our walks here. 

Friday, June 27, 2014


“That’s a bit tough for me!” is a lament we often hear at Walks HQ, even from avid walkers. But whilst treks such as Kili or the high Himalayan trails are serious challenges, they are achievable with the right planning, training and support.

Our new Passport to the Peaks is designed to help.  This carefully selected collection of walks and trails in categories of increasing difficulty will build your confidence, stamina and experience – enabling you to conquer some of the world’s most demanding and inspiring treks.

Our walking expert, Matt Bennett, offers his advice on how to get started.

Preparation & Training

Who is our typical Walks Worldwide traveller? Or should I say how long is a piece of string? People taking on Walks Worldwide trips are coming from an increasingly diverse background in terms of age, and level of walking experience, yet when out on the mountains and trails share a great appreciation for taking in their beautiful surroundings and the sense of achievement gained from completing a trek.

For the initiated, those who walk regularly in the UK or have done walks to the European Alps and further afield, with experience managing the challenges of altitude, remote landscapes and rugged trails, it may be possible to take our trips) with similar preparation to walks taken on previously.

For the rest of us, we can provide the following recommendation to prepare and help reduce the rigours:
  • Aim to walk regularly for a duration of around 2 hours.
  • Use your walks at home as an opportunity to test your gear and get used to taking on energy rich snacks and plenty of water.
  • If possible, try to head to a hilly area in the UK, to do a few longer days walking back to back.
  • Set yourself a fitness goal (e.g. completing a 12 mile walk or a local 5km run), to keep your preparation on track!

Support from Walks

Practicing what we preach? Across the team here at Walks Worldwide we have a great wealth of walking experience and as such can offer plenty of guidance to ensure that you take on a suitable trek and are as well prepared as possible. If taking on a walk in a less familiar part of the world (such as the Bedouin Trail to Petra across desert landscapes in Jordan), or the challenge of a lifetime (such as the Kilimanjaro Shira Route in Tanzania), it may not be possible to practice in the environment of your trip.

This is where the Walks Worldwide experts come in. Talking to consultants who know the itineraries intimately, have completed a number of the trips themselves and work with our guides in developing the best itineraries, can do a great deal to help you prepare for the unknown. A good guide as to what challenges to expect, how best to equip yourself and identifying a trek that is suitable for you can make all the difference in ensuring that your trip is a success!

Tips While You’re Away

While you are away, our biggest tip is to enjoy it and make the most of your time away in some of the most wonderful beauty spots in the world! Sometime people can get so wrapped up in the preparations, that the rewards become less prevalent. Here are a few pointer to help you get the most out of your trip:
  • Take it nice and slowly at first, it always take a couple of days to adjust to a new environment.
  • Enjoy the company if travelling a part of a small group and take heed of the advice of your local hosts and guides.
  • Ensure that you are suitably prepared for the conditions that you are likely to face on the trip (warm conditions on trails such as the Camino de Santiago, very cold conditions on the higher altitude stages of Everest Base Camp, and hot conditions on trips such as Raiders of the Lost Kasbah).
  • When walking at altitude, always take it very slowly. It is always those that rush on ahead who struggle most with altitude sickness.
  • Take plenty of breaks for water- to keep hydrated, snacks- to maintain energy levels, and pictures- to enjoy the views of these unforgettable landscapes!

See more information at the Passport to the Peaks page online and apply today!

Saturday, June 14, 2014


To celebrate the England v Italy game, we’re offering the chance to win Lifesystems LED Head Torch worth £24.99! We're hosting our competition on Rafflecopter - see the app below to enter! 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrate World Heritage Day with Walks Worldwide

Did you know that 18 April is UNESCO's World Heritage Day? This special day offers an opportunity to raise awareness about the diversity of our cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it. To celebrate World Heritage Day, why not take the trip of a lifetime and visit a monument or site worthy of World Heritage Status? Here are some ideas – why not discover what makes them so special.

Simien Mountains - Ethiopia
Our new trekking trip in Ethiopia –  The Simien Mountains and Castles – offers you the chance to trek through the incredible beauty of the Simien Mountains National Park, a land of outstanding natural beauty and rare wildlife. Look out for the Gelada baboon, Simien fox and Walia ibex, a wild mountain goat found nowhere else in the world. Witness high plateaus; jagged mountain peaks, plunging gorges and canyons said to rival Colorado’s Grand Canyon.

Ait-Ben-Haddou - Morocco
For a journey through history on foot, discovering unspoiled traditional Berber villages and classic mountain passes off the beaten track, choose our Raiders of the Lost Kasbah trip in Morocco. This walking holiday in the Atlas Mountains is unique to Walks Worldwide, and includes a trek to Ait-Ben-Haddou, backdrop to several Hollywood blockbusters. The Ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat and Ait-Ben-Haddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.

Chitwan National Park - Nepal
For a wildlife and adrenaline-filled adventure, choose our Active Nepal trip. Packed with activity from elephant riding through Chitwan National Park, spotting the Bengal tiger, one-horned rhino and a dazzling array of bird species, to rafting the white waters of the Trisuli river, balance trekking (where you’ll enjoy full Annapurna panoramas) with more thrilling ways  to experience Nepal and the Himalayas. Chitwan National Park is listed as a World Heritage Site because of its particularly rich flora and fauna: it is one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger and is home to one of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros. The spectacular landscape, covered with lush vegetation and the Himalayas as the backdrop makes the park an area of exceptional natural beauty.

Kilimanjaro - Tanzania
The volcanic massif of Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa and one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It stands in splendid isolation encircled by mountain forest – a habitat enjoyed by numerous mammals, many of them endangered, including the African elephant. Walks Worldwide includes two routes to the summit. For a shorter journey via the north take the Rongai Route. The journey begins in equatorial forest, home to the stunning Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey before crossing the lunar desert of the Saddle and reaching the summit of Uhuru Peak, the “Roof of Africa”. For a more remote alternative, try our Kilimanjaro – Shira Route trip: experience a real sense of wilderness as you approach from the west and enjoy unforgettable views, especially of Mount Meru floating on the clouds in the distance.

For the full range of Walks Worldwide trips, please visit the website here.