Walking is perhaps the best way to discover a new destination, admire the area’s beauty and culture and meet locals in remote destinations. But when that walk takes the form of a trek through majestic mountainscapes, exotic wildlife, starry skies and the very best of nature, you’re truly in for a treat. From off-the-beaten-path adventures to pleasant walks through sleepy mountainside villages, these are the 5 best treks in the world. So don your boots and get hiking! And don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you leave!!
Everest Base Camp, NepalThe Everest Base Camp trek, which also takes you to Kala Patthar, is perhaps the best spot on the planet to catch a glimpse of Mount Everest. It lets you get as close to Mt. Everest as you can without having to don some professional-level mountain-climbing skills. You tend to feel overwhelmed till you acclimatize to the high altitude, but once you’re in tune with the mountains, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the stunning scenery and those friendly Sherpa people.
Inca Trail, PeruThe ancient Inca Trail (yes the one that leads to Machu Picchu) is one of the most traveled and oldest routes on the planet. It is incredibly beautiful and it offers almost everything you wish to see in your trek – snow-capped mountains, lush jungles, exotic scenery and fantastic experiences. You tend to fall in love with the views from the Sun Gate, and the first sight of this ancient city of the Incas from your trail is sure to be the best view you’ll ever see. The ideal time to go on the trek is between the months of April to November.
Mount Kilimanjaro, AfricaMount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain on the planet. Its biggest draw is that it introduces you to all kinds of ecosystems that you can possibly imagine, ensuring vast and varied experiences. Barren snowfields, alpine moorlands, deserts, tropical jungles, savannah grasslands, phew! At 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro sounds easy when compared to the Everest, but don’t let that fool you. The highest mountain of Africa is still a beast, and incredibly difficult. That said, with a little bit of preparation and an easy itinerary, you should be able to enjoy a successful climb to the top, for the best views that the continent has to offer.
Annapurna Circuit, NepalOnce an ancient trade route, the Annapurna Circuit re-opened its doors to visitors in the year 1977. It doesn’t attract as much fanfare as Everest Base Camp, but it certainly is every bit as beautiful. Considered to rank among the most amazing hikes on the planet, the Annapurna Circuit is where you get to click picture-perfect photos for your social media profiles. Your journey begins with a monkey covered jungle and sweaty walks as you slowly gain altitude. The mountains only come into view after a few days, and that’s when those tantalizing vistas and magical sceneries begin to form all around you. The best moments of this horse-shoe shaped circuit include watching the sun rise over Poon Hill and enjoying views of surrounding mountains from the Thorong La summit.
Cinque Terre, ItalyIf you’re looking for an adventure for the entire family without ever having to get away from mesmerizing natural beauty, the Cinque Terre trail is just perfect. It may not take you closer to high mountain peaks and alpine sceneries, but it presents an overdose of the sun, the sand and the sea with picture-perfect vineyards and beautiful old villages for desert. The Blue Trail, the path that connects those five ancient Mediterranean villages, hugs the Ligurian coastline, ensuring you’re always close the crashing Mediterranean waves, the area’s romantic vibe, wild herbs and exotic wines. The journey also takes you back into time, making you feel like you’re stepping right into a fairy tale, with beautifully colored buildings opening out to a deep blue sea! The best time to visit Cinque Terre is during the Spring and Fall seasons, when the area is covered in all sorts of colors and the weather is cooler.
These treks demand fully-fit legs and a steely grit. They leave you weary, tired and exhausted. They force you to undergo lots of preparation. But if you do decide to take on one of these trails, you’re sure to be rewarded with the best travel experience of your life.
So which of these treks do you plan to visit?
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