wLares Trek - Land of the LlamaOf course you can't go trekking in Peru and not walk to Machu Picchu, and so this trek does that and much, much more! With 500 people every day starting the Classic Inca Trail, this trip is spectacular Inca Trail trekking without the crowds and you'll meet the local Quecha people too and no permit costs/hassles either.When: March to OctoberIdeal Duration: 10 daysHow much: From £835 Land OnlySearch: LaresTen of the best? alternative treks?03 NepalPeru0102Whilst Everest Base Camp, The Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro's Marangu Route, Camino de Santiago, Toubkal etc are all household names these days and justifiably popular, here are ten alternative and diverse treks and walks that stand out from the crowd. Dare to be different!The Camino de Santiago
This Camino, which was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, heads north following the Atlantic coast of Portugal & Spain. It is claimed that the Camino Portuguese offers the richest cultural and architectural heritage of all the Caminos. A refreshingly different alternative to the French way, available as separate Portuguese and Spanish sections or combine both!When: April to OctoberIdeal Duration: 8 or 14 daysHow much: From £695 Land Only
Search: PortugueseRaiders of the Lost Kasbah
Unique to and especially developed by Walks Worldwide. There is a Morocco beyond Toubkal. Cross the Atlas Mountains by an ancient historic trade route and into the valleys and plateaux of the south. A land of crumbling Kasbahs, lunar landscapes and the realm of the real "Lords of the Atlas", the Glaoui tribe. Enjoy a visit to iconic Ait Benhaddou too.When: Year roundIdeal Duration: 8 daysHow much: From £495 Land OnlySearch: Raiders04There's just got to be a better way of reaching Everest Base Camp, and this is it! Escape the main trail and head for the glittering lakes and glaciers of Gokyo. An ascent of Gokyo Ri for Everest and Makalu views and then across the Cho La to Base Camp. All the highlights of the standard trek and more. Superior in our opinion.When: October to AprilIdeal Duration: 21 daysHow much: From £765 Land OnlySearch: Gokyo4 Talk to an expert 0845 301 4737Portugal?/?SpainGokyo Lakes & EverestMorocco
Kilimanjaro and Meru
We avoid the Marangu Route (a.k.a. the Coca-Cola route) up Killy like the plague. We are a specialist walking company after all. Summit chance success on Kilimanjaro is increased with an ascent of Mount Meru first, affording invaluable acclimatisation. The spectacular and much, much quieter Shira route is then followed to the top of Africa. You'll probably only climb Kilimanjaro once, so why compromise?
When: June, August, September 2011 and
Ideal Duration: 13 daysHow much: From £1195 Land OnlySearch: Kilimanjaro0809NENEPAL
With the Annapurna Circuit now long since an established and very popular trekking route, the opening up of the restricted areas beneath the leviathan of 8163m Manaslu has meant there is now a good, old-fashioned Himalayan circuit trek in Nepal once more that sees precious few trekkers in comparison.When: October and AprilIdeal Duration: 19 daysHow much: From £1425 Land OnlySearch: Manaslu0705Forests of the Midnight Sun
Hankering for the "Call of the Wild"? Then this walk on the wild side is for you. Just beneath the Arctic Circle and a stone's throw away from Russia, how much more remote and different can you get in Europe? Walk through the forests of the Taiga and past a myriad of lakes, with nights in cosy log cabins with atmospheric saunas.When: AugustIdeal Duration: 8 daysHow much: From £775 Land OnlySearch: FinlandTribes of the NorthYou won't find this trip in our brochure as we've only recently introduced it to our website. Developed with the help of our good friends in Vietnam, we wanted a trek that visits (and sometimes stays with) the exotic tribes of northern Vietnam WITHOUT the arduous climb to the summit of Fansipan, and this is it. Check it out on our website, it puts the "S" into special.When: September and October 2011,
March and May 2012Ideal Duration: 13 daysHow much: From £795 Land OnlySearch: Tribes The Cape Trail
Thanks primarily to TV exposure, the Garden Route has become "just so last week, darlings", so this exclusive walk in the 'Rainbow Nation' is our carefully measured response. Recipient of rave reviews and expertly guided, this is a real kaleidoscope of a walking holiday. The Cape Trail has it all.When: April, October and February (group),
All Year Round (private)Ideal Duration: 10 daysHow much: From £1450 Land Only Search: South Africa06
Ladakh - Changtang and TsomoririWith most trekkers to Ladakh heading for the Markha Valley, trust us to head off in the completely opposite direction and take you across the high passes of the very wild and very remote Changtang Plateau, a land of nomads and kiang (wild ass) and deep turquoise coloured lakes, to mysterious Tsomoriri. Atmospheric for sure.
Run of the mill? Definitely not!When: July and AugustIdeal Duration: 17 daysHow much: From £775 Land OnlySearch: LadakhOr visit us on the web www.walksworldwide.com 5FINFINFINLANDNDVietnamIndia1008South Africa