Want to win one of five epic adventures while raising money for the porters who make it all happen? Through Intrepid Foundation’s Step Up For Porters campaign your choice of a trek through the Sacred Lands of Inca, Sabah Adventure, Kilimanjaro Marangu Route, Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit is up for grabs.

Porters are the unsung heroes of the trekking industry. After hiking the same distance with all your gear and at twice the speed, they set up camp and cook you a hot meal. They make everything on the trail feel as cosy as home for the adventurers tackling treks like Everest, Machu Pichu and Kilimanjaro. Yet it’s all for a small amount of cash.

Unfortunately, when travellers are deal hunting, tour operators cut costs and it’s porter salaries, equipment, and bag weight limits which are often the first to go. So, for the first time their wages, working conditions and welfare are being put under the microscope in a research study by the Intrepid Foundation, and you can help.

They’re challenging travellers to support porter’s rights by taking on ‘virtual treks’ where you set a daily step goal based on the real-world expeditions porters do – often three to four times a month.

To get started, head to Step Up For Porters website, place a $25 registration fee – which goes straight to the Porter Collective – and begin the challenge by downloading the Healthwise App which will be used to count your steps, set up teams and compete with friends. By averaging 10000 steps daily between the 1st and 30th of June you go in the draw to win a trip from Intrepid Travel.

The campaign’s goal is to spread awareness of porter welfare around the world and raise $175,000 for Porters Rights. Donate, find out more or sign up and get virtual trekking over at the Intrepid Foundation.


Subscribe to get our adventure-fuelled email


Multi-day meandering

Top 9 Multi-Day Hikes in Victoria

The Greatest Multi-Day Walks in Australia and New Zealand

Your First Multi-Day Hike? // Three Capes Track (TAS)

Gillespie Pass Circuit – The Best NZ Multi-Day Hike You’ve Never Heard Of