Trekking is a fantastic way to appreciate the natural world's beauty while also putting your stamina to the test and pushing your personal boundaries. It also allows a large number of curious travellers to visit some of the world's most remote locations. So, if you've had your fill of exploring your local area put these global destinations on your list.
The Annapurna Sanctuary trek in Nepal and Routeburn in New Zealand, for example, are among the best, as are the Inca Trail in Peru and the Snowman Trek in Bhutan. Take a look at these and start planning your next journey!
The Annapurna Circuit
The Annapurna Circuit is a 10-day trip over Central Nepal's spectacular Annapurna mountain range, and is considered one of the world's most popular treks. The path winds across Nepal's steep Himalayas and passes through some of the country's most remote locations. It passes through lush forests, river crossings, and charming villages, with spectacular vistas of snow-capped peaks, cliffs, and bubbling rivers.
The Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is a Peruvian hiking trail that connects the historic city of Cusco with the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Prior to the advent of Spanish conquistadors in 1532, it was built by the Inca civilisation and utilised for sacred rites. It is surrounded by remarkable stone ruins and constructions created by the Inca, many of which were previously undiscovered. The trail traverses through a variety of environments, including dense cloud forest, steep mountain passes, and attractive settlements.
The Routeburn Track
The Routeburn Track is located on the South Island of New Zealand. It passes through the Routeburn Valley, a glacier valley surrounded by mountains and traversed by a beautiful river. Alpine scrublands, subalpine forest, alpine herb fields, and clear-water lakes make up the track's landscape. It was included to the list of Great Walks in New Zealand in 1991. It passes through alpine meadows, picturesque ponds, and rolling hills with gushing waterfalls. Along the trip, there are many attractions to see, including stunning waterfalls and glacier valleys.
The Snowman Trek
The Snowman trek is an 11-day journey in Bhutan that takes you through the Bumthang Valley, one of Bhutan's most isolated and least-visited places. The trail climbs across high passes with spectacular vistas of verdant valleys and snow-capped peaks. The walk begins on the outskirts of Bumthang town and proceeds over many traditional paths to the Snowman Mountain Range, where horseback riding is available. Along the trip, you'll pass by Gomdens, which are traditional farmhouses where you may sample local cuisine and learn about the culture.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp
The Everest Base Camp trip is a Nepalese trek that leads to Mount Everest's base camp, the world's highest summit. The trek takes you through Nepal's Khumbu region, which is known for its natural beauty and cultural legacy. As you approach higher elevations, it becomes more difficult; there are steep ascents and descents along the road, and you must be prepared for chilly temperatures at night.
The journey takes about two weeks and brings you past charming villages with colourful prayer flags hung from roofs and walls. Along the way, you'll see snowy mountains, lush woods, bubbling rivers, mountainous communities, terraced fields covered with barley, apple trees, juniper trees, chir pine trees, oak trees, medicinal plants like aloe vera, and all surrounded by stunning mountains at every turn!
The Icefields Parkway
The Icefields Parkway is a road in Alberta that connects Banff and Jasper National Parks in western Canada. The route passes through two mountain ranges – the Canadian Rockies and the Columbia Mountains – and provides access to a variety of lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, wildlife reserves, hiking trails, camping sites, ski resorts, and ice caves – everything you need to enjoy the best of nature.
The route connects Lake Louise and Jasper over five mountain passes with breathtaking vistas of glaciers and glaciers themselves. On one side of the road, winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing or snowboarding, while summer visitors can enjoy hiking on the other.
Coastal Walkway New Zealand
The Coastal Walkway is a track that runs the length of New Zealand's south island, from Kaikoura in Marlborough to Christchurch in Canterbury, following the coastline. It is separated into sections, each of which leads to a different location. Boardwalks lead through coastal trees and through native birds and fauna that can be seen along this maritime path. On clear days at sunrise or sunset, it also offers stunning views of caverns formed into headlands by waves slamming on them, as well as vistas from the highlands. This walkway will take you past some of New Zealand's most beautiful coastal views!
The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is a 96-mile walking trail in Scotland that goes along the west coast (154 km). On the eastern end, the trail begins in Milngavie, near Glasgow, and concludes in Fort William on the western end. It connects:
Eight munros (higher than 3,000 feet/914 metres) can be found in Scotland.
Several lochs (Lake of Menteith, Loch Lomond and Loch Leven)
There are seven rivers (Clyde, Kelvin Rivers; Falls of Clyde; Lussa; Leven; Ericht; Bruar; Tummel)
There are several woodland parks (Finnich Glen; Strathfillan; Ben Alder Forest)
Several glens (Glen Lussa; Glen Strathfarn; Glen Gyle)
a number of passes (Kilmahog Pass; Ben Lomond Pass).
There are several paths to choose from on the trail, so you may find one that best suits your stamina level.
Trekking is a one-of-a-kind chance to discover the natural world while also getting away from the daily grind. Trekking necessitates having your gear with you at all times, so make sure your backpack is ready before you go. Save these best vacation spots for your next trip, and make sure you're physically ready for a long journey you'll never forget.