If the thought of a holiday in a five star resort sounds boring or you just want to add a bit of adventure to your life, one of these top 10 trekking experiences from around the world may be just what you need.
Trekking through Nepal is an ideal way to immerse yourself in culture. Spend some time trekking through the Langtang Valley, not far from the Tibetan border, where you can take in the superb views of the Himalayas. Other great treks in Nepal take in the amazing Mount Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu and the sacred monastery at Khumbu.
2. Kokoda Trail
The Kokoda Trail is an arduous trek through harsh yet magnificent, jungles between the north and south coasts of Papua New Guinea. This 96 kilometre trail is best known for its history during World War II and is often traversed each year on ANZAC Day in memory of the many soldiers who died there.
Located within Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is a magnificent wilderness with an abundance of untamed beauty, reserved only for those who are prepared to trek through this region. While hiking through Torres del Paine or Tierra del Fuego, keep a lookout for the splendid pink of the local flamingos.
4. Macchu Pichu
If you like the idea of incredibly steep climbs in thinning air while learning all about the Incas then a trek to Macchu Pichu may be ideal for you. This ancient area of Peru is full of mystical wonders but is not for the unfit. Horse-packing is also a popular option for treks around Macchu Pichu.
5. The Camino
The pilgrimage along Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela has been popular for many years with people from all walks of life but was made famous when US actress Shirley Maclaine took this trip. This trek, thought to help trekkers to find spiritual meaning in their life, is actually a series of treks that can be undertaken with other routes or on their own, but they each end at Santiago de Compostela. The Camino is another challenging trek that requires a good amount of fitness and planning, but it's well worth the effort.
6. Gunung Tahan
If you are thinking about a trek in Malaysia then Gunung Tahan, the highest mountain in West Malaysia, is ideal. This rocky trek through thick rainforest will take you past sights including ancient flora, unique wildlife, carnivorous pitcher plants, spectacular orchids and the local Malaysian people, the Orang Uli, who still live in these forests. This is also a challenging trek that incorporates many river crossings and rope climbs.
7. West Coast Trail
For a trekking experience in British Columbia, you can't beat the popular West Coast Trail. Along Vancouver Island's southern west coast, this trek is a part of the Pacific Rim National Park. Visitors can experience the craggy headlands, glorious beaches and dense rainforests.
8. Mount Kenya
One of the most amazing treks Africa has to offer is hiking Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in the country. There are numerous routes you can take, although the quicker ones often mean that you're more likely to experience nausea from the sudden high altitudes. Many experienced trekkers suggest using the Chogoria Route which is slower, allowing your body more time to adjust to the altitude. Whichever path you take, you're sure to see unusual craggy landscapes and a variety of African wildlife.
9. Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps are world renowned for their breathtaking beauty and what better way to experience this than by trekking the age-old paths. Along with the most incredible views of the glaciers and snow capped Alps, trekkers can discover a variety of local farms and dairies. For visitors who enjoy a touch of luxury there are many comfortable inns scattered throughout the Swiss Alps - perfect for trekking from one cosy lodge to the next.
10. Ladakh Range
Ladakh Range, a desert region of India, is very dry and can be extremely harsh. Locals still use yak and sheep so you're sure to see plenty of them on your way to the stunning Lake Morari, the peak of Stok Kangri or the local monasteries. This is part of India's high country in the Himalayas.
These treks may not be your standard luxury resort travel but they are certainly more unusual than regular vacations and will leave you with some of your most remarkable lifetime memories.
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