The best way to discover any country is by walking. Adventure enthusiasts will vouch by the fact that trekking across countries has its own unique charm. The best treks in the world are indeed mentally and physically challenging but it will amplify your view of the country. If you have a deep yearning to trek across the world, take the incredible journey which will change your life.
1. Inca Trail, Peru: Macchu Picchu is a famous archeological site in Peru and the trek will take you through some sacred ancient sites, mountain passes and rocky paths. It is known as the best trek in the world and has the same route that royal Incas used to weave through the Andean mountains. Many take a 3 day or 4 day trek. The view from the top is breathtaking but there are chances of getting altitude sickness since you will be above 3,000m most of the time. The best time for the trek is from May to September.
2. Tour du Mont Blanc, Italy, France and Switzerland: This high altitude trail goes from France to Italy to Switzerland. It is 170 km long with 10,000m of ascent and is trekked in 11 daily stages. It gives jaw dropping views of the glaciers, valleys and Mont Blanc itself. The best time for this trek is from June to September and will take a minimum of 8 days.
3. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Africa’s highest mountain is a beast to conquer. It sits strong at 5,895m and will take you through every ecosystem in the world, from snowfields to glaciers, deserts, jungle, alpine moorland and savannah. You need to be prepared for every terrain and climate. It is one of the best treks in the world and has six routes in total. It is an extremely risky trek but is a highlight for travelers in East Africa. It takes about 5-8 days for the trek to complete and the best time to go is from September to March.
4. Routeburn Track, New Zealand: Known as the best trek in New Zealand, Routeburn Track traverses the wild and scenic mountain country. It runs between Dart Valleys and Hollyford and passes through two national parks. It has mountainous peaks to pristine lakes and waterfalls which is a breathtaking sight for trekkers. The trek takes anywhere from 1 to 5 days and is ideal for October to April.
5. Everest Base Camp, Nepal: Known for the highest peak in the world, Nepal is an ideal place for trekking enthusiasts. There are various trekking routes to explore and the trek is suitable for beginners and amateurs. Known as the “steps to heaven”, the trek offers a photo opportunity at every bend. It is named as one of the best treks in the world and will literally take you to the top of the world. The best time for the trek is August to November and it will take 13 days to complete the entire trek route.
6. W Circuit, Chile: Torres del Paine National Park is located in the Patagonia region in Chile. It is known for electric blue icebergs, soaring mountains and rare wildlife. The region can be explored on the W circuit which is a 100 km, 5 day trek through the Ascencio, Frances Valleys and Grey Glacier. The ideal time for this trek is from December to March.
7. John Muir Trail, USA: The long distance trail in California runs 340 km in the Nevada mountain range. It passes through Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park. The trail is 8,000 feet in elevation and has been described as America’s most famous trail and the best treks in the world. You will be required to take a permit to hike the trail from the national park. It takes about 3 weeks to cover the distance of 340 km and the best time to go is from July to September.
8. The Snowman Trek, Bhutan: This is one of the most difficult treks in the world and is suitable for experienced trekkers. It crosses 11 passes over 14,000 feet on the Tibet-Bhutan border. Bhutan has outstanding landscapes and a rich, cultural heritage; you will love the unique journey of trekking through the steep mountainsides. The entire route is of 328 km which can be completed in 24 days. The best time to visit is in October.
9. Overland Track, Australia: Tasmania is a hike accessible on the 80 km Overland Track. It has a well-defined path which passes through beautiful lakes, craggy mountains, forests and moorlands in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This is the most famous trek in Australia and is something every trekker in Australia has attempted. It takes 6 days to cover the 65 km of path and is ideal to begin between October to May.
10. K2, Pakistan: K2 is the second highest peak in the world after Everest. It lies at 28,251 ft and is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty to ascent. It is advisable for amateurs to stay away from this trek. It begins along the icy rivers and continues to the glacier before leading into the Paiju mountains. It will take more than 15 days to cover the distance of 9 km and the best time to go is from June to August.