7 Exciting Trekking Destinations in the World
Trekking is not for the faint hearted, walking trails can be more than 100 km long which may take more than three weeks to complete. Moreover, there are rough weathers, narrow passes and high altitude to tackle. So, if your lungs are sturdy enough to withstand the cold wind of high altitude and legs are strong enough to carry you on the narrow and high tracks of mountains throughout the day, then here we have 7 exciting tracking destinations of the world which will challenge your limits and reward you with some of the best scenes.
1. GR20, France
This 168 km track, on the at a height of 10,000 meters is Europe’s one of the toughest yet most beautiful tracks. You don't require any climbing techniques to walk on these trails but a pair of fit legs will take you across Corsica, enjoying the plain, forests, glacial lakes, granite moonscape, and even snow capped mountains in approximately 15 days. The best time to enjoy trekking on the GR tracks is during the summers, if you want to avoid the crowd of July and August, visit in late June or early September.
GR20, Stage 3
Inca Trail, Peru
The 33km Inca trail is the most famous trek of South America and is considered one of the top five in the world. These trails are laid by the ancient Incas, winding up and down the mountain leading to Machu Picchu through the Scared Valley. The pain and exhaustion of walking for four days in the cold weather dissipate on the sight of emerald peaks and the ruins of the mystical ancient city. You need to book a spot before you can walk on these trails. There are several trekking agencies who have porters to carry tents and other supplies and make arrangements for food during the trek. May to September is the best time to visit the trail.
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3. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Everest is the highest mountain in the world and a trek to the base camp, which is at a height of 5335 m, is an adventure of the highest level. People who want to have a glimpse of the highest peak and experience the tranquility of monasteries and museums of the Sherpa culture undertake a trek for three weeks to Kala Pattar. The best time to visit this spectacular trek is before the monsoon season, March to May, though in the month of May it gets hot and there is a possibility of rains. The period between September to December is also the ideal time for trekking.
Things to pack on trekking
Nylon Pants, shorts, Fleece jacket, Gloves
Long-sleeved shirt, Hooded rain jacket, wide-brimmed hat
Boots and shoes for terrian
Hiking socks, gaiters
Plastic garbage bags, hiking poles, 50-foot nylon cord, watch
Toilet paper, pencil, paper, sewing kit
Cell phone, Camera, GPS
Weather radio, Binoculars
Compass, Map, Water filter, First-aid kit,
sunscreen, sun glasses, flashlight
4. Indian Himalayas, India
If you enjoy trekking in solitude, then walk on the Indian side of the Himalayas, as fewer people trek on the Indian side of the world’s greatest mountain range. Experience the challenge and adventure of walking along the mountain top, in a 24 days trek from Spiti to Ladakh, which was once the ancient trade route. The best time to visit is July to August.
5. Overland Track, Australia
This is an eighty kilometer trek from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, the deepest fresh water lake in Australia is the best way to explore the Australian landscape. During the six day walks you will pass through the jagged mountains, beautiful lakes, forests, mountains, gorges and waterfall and summits of Mt Ossa in Tassie. To enjoy this gorgeous landscape of Australia you need to book in advance with the Tasmania’s Park and Wildlife Services and carry your own tents and sleeping bags. The best time to walk on these trails is between November and April when the days are longer and weather is mild.
6. The Narrows, USA
It is a unique hike through the dramatic canyon craved by the Virgin River, as half the hike comprises of wading or swim in the river. This is a 26 km journey into the canyon and the Narrows, is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon in the Zion National Park. The hike can be completed in a day or it can be split in two days with a night stay in one of the 12 camps of the park, during which you can explore the hanging gardens and natural spring. In late spring and summer, (June to October) the water level drops and is warm making it easy for trekkers to walk along the river, but occasionally there are life-threatening flash flood.
7. The Haute Route, France-Switzerland
This trekking route gives a chance to trekkers to walk through some of the highest peaks of western Europe and enjoy the stunning scenic beauty of Alps. The historical route from Verbier to Zermatt is an 180 km trek which takes around seven to twelve days to complete. During the winters it becomes a famous site for skiing, as large portion of the route is glacier. Thus, trekking on the Haute route requires a high level of fitness.
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