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Top walking trips for 2024

Author: Helen - Digital Content Manager at Explore Worldwide
Date Published: 4 January 2024
 

From the picturesque landscapes of New Zealand to the historic trails of the Inca Trail Trek, walking trips in 2024 cater to a diverse range of preferences. Whether you seek a challenging trek or a leisurely stroll, there's a walking itinerary for every type of traveler. Take a look below at our top walking trips for 2024.

1. Walk the Great Wall of China

For a walking trip with astounding views, look no further than Walking the Great Wall of China. Walk along ancient cobbled walls steeped in history that roll over the hilly landscape as far as the eye can see. This moderate-grade trip walks a total of 37.5km over 6 days, with the hike beginning at Shanhaiguan, where the wall reaches the sea. Don't expect perfect and well-maintained footpaths here - some sections of the wall are broken up with overgrowing plants sneaking through the cracks, but this only adds to the sense of adventure and makes this hike truly unique as you follow in ancient footsteps.

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2. Walking in Kyrgyzstan

Hike through the unspoilt wilderness of lesser-visited Kyrgyzstan on this 9 day trip brimming with culture and stunning scenery. The itinerary includes four walks, through breath-taking mountain scenery, wooded valleys, wildflower-filled valleys and along the shores of Lake Issyk Kul. Between the hikes we enjoy plenty of interactions with locals to learn of the ways of life here, including enjoying a meal with a local family and meeting the eagle hunters and seeing the ancient tradition in action. You'll also have a taste of the nomadic lifestyle with a night's stay in a yurt camp by the lake.

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3. Inca Trail Trek

The Inca Trail is worthy of any bucket list, so why not tick this one off in 2024? Spend four days trekking this picturesque trail with the help of your expert leader and skilled team of porters, stopping each night to camp in a stunning location and enjoy hearty local food that has been cooked by the team. Of course, the reward at the end of this trek is reaching the majestic Machu Picchu site that clings to the mountainside. Unlike other tour operators, we don't rush this visit straight after the hike. Instead, relax your tired legs in a hotel in Aguas Calientes and return refreshed and ready the next day to enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the whole site.

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4. Walk the North West Highlands and Skye

Be immersed in the wild natural beauty of the Highlands of Scotland on this 8-day moderate-grade walking tour. Hike through spectacular mountain scenery and along dramatic coastline in the Highlands before taking a ferry over to the Isle of Skye. Here you'll climb Bruach na Frithe, one of the most accessible and rewarding peaks in the iconic ridge of the Black Cuillin. Once at the top, you'll be treated to breath-taking views including Ben Nevis to the east and the Outer Hebrides to the west.

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5. Toubkal Climb - Long Weekend

Spend a long weekend doing something special with a trek up Morocco's Mount Toubkal. This challenging but rewarding hike passes through charming Berber villages in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains before ascending up scree and rock slopes - hard going but totally worth it when you reach the top and marvel at the view. On a clear day, the panorama takes in the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains and stretches as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. Celebrate your achievement with some time exploring the bustling souks of Marrakech, where you can enjoy delicious local street food and pick up some colorful souvenirs.

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6. Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek

Why not challenge yourself in 2024 with a trek up the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro? Following your expert trek crew, this hike follows the lesser-used but still spectacular Lemosho Route. The 7-day ascent allows more time for acclimatisation, and take to properly take in the view along the way. Walk across grassy moorland, through upland desert, and up volcanic scree slopes, finally reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895 metres/19341 feet. Here you can celebrate your achievement with that all-important photo at the summit sign.

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7. Walking in Cappadocia

If a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia isn't on your bucket list for 2024, add it now! Take an incredible sunrise flight over the surreal and spectacular landscape of Cappadocia, home to the famous 'fairy chimneys', alongside masses of other balloons dotted across the skyline. Marvel as the rocky pillars glow in the morning light, interrupted only by the slow-moving shadows of the many balloons. After starting your trip on a high, enjoy seven days of varied hikes in this fascinating region, whilst staying in Premium accommodation.

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8. A Taste of Italy - Walking in Emilia Romagna

Is food a key part of a vacation for you? Then look no further than this leisurely walking vacation which focuses on the delicious food of the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. Between enjoyable short walks, meet with local food producers and sample their mouth-watering fare. Activities include balsamic vinegar tasting, wine and cheesing tastings and olive oil tasting - yum!

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9. Greek Cruise and Island Walking

Cruise to beautiful bays and small harbors of stunning Evia Island in Greece this summer, on board Captain Thanos' traditional wooden motorised caique. Spend a week on the caique, stopping to enjoy leisurely and moderate walks through quaint fishing villages, archaeological sites and vineyard regions. Between hikes you'll get to swim from the boat in the warm Mediterranean waters and feast on the delicious food sourced by your boat crew from the local markets.

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10. Walking in New Zealand

New Zealand, the ultimate outdoor playground, is a heaven for hikers. Take a comprehensive walking tour of both islands over 19 days, with dozens of leisurely walks led by your expert tour leader through the varied landscapes. From stunning coastal walks to glacial valley walks and hikes through forested fjordland, no two walks are the same and will allow you to fully appreciate this wonderful corner of the world. As one of our travelers said, "nature is on steroids in New Zealand" and we couldn't agree more!

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