In a bid to improve the quality of life and working conditions for porters around the world, The Intrepid Foundation is challenging travelers to support them by clocking virtual kilometers. Interested? It’s as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.   

You’ve picked your trail. You’ve booked your ticket. You’ve bought your boots. You’ve clocked some extra miles at home and you’ve stocked up on trail snacks. Next stop: The literal or metaphorical summit of whichever trek you’ve decided to tackle; your own personal Everest.

But whether you’re trekking in Peru, Tanzania, Borneo, Papua New Guinea or anywhere else in the world, you won’t be going anywhere fast without the help of a porter. The unsung heroes of the trekking industry, porters clock unfathomably long days, while carrying unfathomably heavy loads, for unfathomably little pay—all in a bid to make your journey as comfortable as possible.