Let’s Get Trekking: Ten of the Best Trekking Spots in the World
You will almost always see the best of whichever destination you visit when you explore on foot. Not only will you wander through different landscapes and sights, but you’ll meet new people, see panoramic views that will steal your breath, and to top it all off, well, it’s good exercise.
We are blessed with some fantastic trekking routes on the planet, some of which don’t require super fitness provided you have a good level, and you take your time. Of course, before embarking on activity of this kind, always check with your doctor first and take their advice, keep hydrated, listen to your body, and invest in a really good pair of walking boots, and a hat!
Let’s look at ten of the best trekking routes on the planet.
GR20, Corsica, France – This is a route that will show you all the best of nature, in about 15 days, Lush, green, fragrant forests, snow-topped mountains, rolling plains … the list goes on.
Routeburn Track, New Zealand – NZ’s South Island offers a fantastic medium intensity trek through the Southern Alps, through two of the most famous national parks the country has to offer – Fjordland and Mt Aspiring. The views will leave you in awe.
Sierra High Route, California – Summer or early fall is the best time to explore this varied trek, starting at Kings Canyon National Park, into John Muir Wilderness, and ending in Yosemite National Park and Hoover Wilderness. The names alone say it all!
Inca Trail, Peru – Probably the most famous trek on the planet, and rightly so, ending at Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and steeped in Inca history. Hugely popular and demanding, you will pass through ruins, mountains and cloud forests – truly stunning.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal – Around three weeks will complete this world famous and demanding trek. Not only hard on the body, you also have to conquer altitude, but to say you reached the base of the world’s highest mountain? Worth it.
Indian Himalayas – A less well-known trek is Himachal Pradesh, which isn’t quite so busy and is more isolated. Challenging and again, altitude is going to be an issue.
Haute Route, France to Switzerland – Fancy crossing borders? This trek will take you from Chamonix in France, and lead you through the Alps, to Zermatt in Switzerland in around two weeks. Think stunning alpine mountains, and think demanding.
Mont Blanc Circuit – Europe’s highest mountain offers a dramatic and stunning walk, in around 10-15 days. This particular trek takes you through seven valleys from France into Switzerland, Italy and back into France. The landscapes are varied and hugely impressive.
Mt Toubkal Climb, Morocco – Soaring into the High Atlas Mountains, this trek takes you through medium intensity trails, before getting a tad bit harder. The views of Marrakech at the end are more than worth the aching muscles, passing through remote mountain villages along the way.
K2 & Baltoro Glacier, Pakistan – This is a true expedition, through ice, water and mountains, covering Paiju, Great Trango Towers, and eventually at the world’s second highest mountain, K2. All in all, it takes about 15 days. Not one for the feint hearted.
As you can see, many of our choice treks involve mountains. This isn’t deliberate, it’s just that for the most drama and amazing scenery, you tend to have to get high up! Trekking will show you the true beauty and awe of nature, and provided you take notice of safety advice and listen to your body, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t experience these routes to the fullest – health permitting!