7 of the Best Trekking Destinations

Posted on April 6, 2010 by

To journey beyond travel, add a tinge of adventure and the voyage becomes an incredible one. We’re no experts at trekking but from our past experiences journeying through Australia and South America, we found ourselves delving deep into the back country and thoroughly enjoying it. Whether you are ice-climbing in Patagonia or trekking through the Sahara Desert,  trekking holidays amplifies your  view of a country and stretches your limit.

1. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Climbing Africa’s highest mountain can be quite a challenge, so make sure you’re prepared for the cold conditions and altitude before setting off on the Kilimanjaro trek. There are several routes – with Machame and Marangu routes being the most popular. The best trekking season is from January to March, but temperatures are colder then. The Kilimanjaro trek would make an excellent highlight in your trip to Tanzania.

Flickr photo by Matt Kieffer

2. Inca Trail, Peru

To get to Macchu Picchu – the world famous archaeological site in Peru – many people opt for the 3 or 4-day trek that brings them through the sacred ancient sites and rocky paths. The Inca Trail was said to be the same route that the royal Incas used to take.  The trek usually starts from Cuzco and costs around US$350, including all meals, porters and camping facilities.

Macchu Picchu

3.Patagonia, Argentina

The southern-most tip of Argentina is definitely a popular trekking destination for plenteous terrain for hiking. Popular treks take you around Calafate and El Chaltén in Los Glaciares National Park, as well as Tierra del Fuego National Park in Ushuaia. Patagonia’s star celebrity, Perrito Moreno Glacier Park can be visited on a light trekking trip from the Fitz Roy Mountain Range.

Flickr Photo by Luis Argerich

4. Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal

Home to the highest peak in the world, Nepal is the playground for climbers and trekkers. There are numerous trekking routes to explore the Himalayas – the most popular being the Annapurna Base Camp Trail. This classic trek is suitable for amateurs and beginners, although risk is still involved, especially depending on snow conditions. Expect stunning scenery and picturesque mountainous villages.

Flickr Photo by judepics

5. Torres del Paine, Chile

This national park standing side by side with Argentina’s Patagonia is equally beautiful and offers the same amount of challenge. Torres del Paine is located between the Andes Mountain Range and the Patagonian steppes. The 3day-2night trek will bring you through the Ascencio, Frances Valleys and Grey Glacier giving you a close look of the flora and fauna.

Flickr photo by Christopher

6. Routeburn Track, New Zealand

From NZ’s adventure hub, Queenstown, outdoor lovers can hop over to the Southern Alps for a scenic trek. The Routeburn Track traverses wild and scenic mountain country between the Hollyford and Dart Valleys at the base of the Southern Alps. Passing through two national parks – Fiordland and Mount Aspiring- the trail leads you through a variety of landscapes: from mountainous peaks to pristine lakes and cascading waterfalls. The Routeburn Track Guided Walk is a 3day/2night from Queenstown.

 Flickr photo by Antoine Hubert

7. John Muir Trail, California

This trail – named after the famous naturalist John Muir – runs 340km in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, between the northern end of Yosemite Valley and the southern summit of Mount Whitney. Passing through Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park, expect to immerse yourself amidst deep valleys, meadows, massive sequoias and wildlife. A permit is required to hike the trail, which can be obtained from the national park where the hiker begins the hike.

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

35 Responses to “7 of the Best Trekking Destinations”

  1. Ahimsa April 6, 2010 12:39 pm #

    This is an awesome list. In the US, the Wonderland Trail (Washington) and the Timberline Trail (Oregon) that are a bit smaller than the John Muir Trail. Plus I reckon Tasmania's Cradle Mountain is as nice as the Fiordland hikes In NZ. Less scenic, perhaps, but vastly more wallabies.

  2. Shannon OD April 6, 2010 1:45 pm #

    These look so amazing – and I dont have a single one under my belt – guess I better get trekking!

  3. waitinginthedark April 6, 2010 2:12 pm #

    Will I live long enough to do at least half of them? I love the mountains and I love trekking… All 8 places are in my dream list…

    • admin April 6, 2010 11:32 pm #

      Definitely! Have faith, start saving up and you’ll be on your way!

  4. Laurens April 6, 2010 6:11 pm #

    Great list again Nellie! I only did a bit of the Routeburn, but was there in winter and I couldn't go further without crampons. For those who are in Europe and like mountain walks, there is awesome stuff around Chamonix in the Alps, with a great social scene in town during the summer. Heading out there again this year and am very excited about it!

    • admin April 7, 2010 7:37 pm #

      Now that you’ve mentioned, I’ve never done much trekking here in Europe, we do venture out to the Spanish countryside on weekends but hikes are usually short and easy. I’ll definitely keep a lookout on Chamonix, the next time we get there. Thnx!

  5. Leigh April 8, 2010 5:54 am #

    I have a book called 'Top Treks of the World', edited by Steve Razzetti. I get inspired with the pictures just the way I do with the ones on your blog. Several of the treks you listed are in the book but there are a few interesting ones that I think most would enjoy – a trek through the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, a hike on the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites of Italy and one called the Lycian Way in Turkey. You can't beat the Alpamayo Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru either.

    • admin April 8, 2010 5:28 pm #

      Hi Leigh, great suggestions there! I would like to read the book, sounds interesting. Yes, the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco – it’s pretty popular with travellers, haven’t done it though. Thanks for your insights.

  6. Dave and Deb April 10, 2010 12:27 pm #

    We've done 3 of the Seven. Now you have given me a new goal. Complete the 7 on your list! The Torres del Paine trek looks absolutely stunning. That and Patagonia are high on our list in the near future.

  7. Sonya April 16, 2010 6:49 am #

    Beautiful collection of trekking holidays, thanks Nellie!

  8. John November 3, 2010 5:36 pm #

    I think Nepal is the best trekking destination. Not only annapurna base camp there are a lot of nice trekking routes.

  9. Kedar Neupane November 17, 2010 2:56 pm #

    Nepal is good Trekking destination of the world. Namaste!
    Nepal TrekkingHearty welcome to one of the most beautiful country in the world, Nepal. Nepal is a small country sandwiched between the two giant Asian countries India and China. We invite you to savor the natural beauty of Nepal and enjoy an adventurous trip with us.

    We have been operating trekking, peak climbing, sightseeing tour, cultural tours and home stay tour in remote village. We also organize rafting, mountain flight and honey hunting tours . We also arrange hotel reservation and air tickets.

    So come and enjoy an exciting and unforgettable holiday in the Himalayas!

  10. Rabin February 4, 2011 9:15 am #

    Awesome list Nellie! Do not mean to be a stickler, but the photo under Annapurna Base Camp trekking is actually from Everest region. It is surprising how these travelbots, presumed trekking companies, who commented on your blog did not catch that!!!

  11. Harsha April 18, 2011 7:21 pm #

    Loves Trek…Loves Sikkim . One of the best K2 here

  12. @undefined October 29, 2012 3:50 am #

    Nepal is always best trekking destination in the world. http://www.dreamhimalayan.com/

  13. brittonia1 December 6, 2012 7:10 pm #

    Great list! Wow Patagonia looks amazing! John Muir Trail is next on my list…I did some hiking in Yosemite a couple of years ago & it made me put JMT on my bucket list!

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  15. Nicole @ GGT May 10, 2013 11:30 am #

    I have only walked one of these trail so far, John Muir, but Inca and Patagonia are high on the list! The rest look amazing too!

    • Nellie May 15, 2013 10:36 pm #

      We also hope to go trekking in Patagonia soon! I recently got the chance to go to Ushuaia and did a day trek in Tierra del Fuego but wished I had more time to explore Patagonia.

  16. Hiking @Nomads May 21, 2013 12:43 pm #

    I did the Annapurna Circuit and I can't wait to go back! Amazing

    • Nellie May 21, 2013 1:56 pm #

      We really want to hike Annapurna, how was it? Did you spend two weeks on the trail?

  17. Dream Heaven May 23, 2013 11:48 pm #

    Nepal, mentioned as the trekker’s paradise, offers once in a lifetime opportunity to visit remote parts of the country and get acquainted with lifestyle of its people.

  18. sabina July 4, 2013 11:48 pm #

    Nepal One Of Top 10 Travel Destination… Lonley Planet
    KATHMANDU: Nepal has found its way into the list of top ten travel destinations in the world.
    The Lonely Planet "Best in Travel 2010" has listed Nepal along with El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Suriname and the United States as one of the top ten travel destinations, states according to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
    The lists, released yesterday is the travel company's fifth in its annual collection of the best places to go and things to do in the year ahead.
    "This is a collection of destinations and experiences that we rate as the stuff people really should consider for next year. Whatever your own style dictates, you should be able to find inspiration in these destinations," said Asia-Pacific communications manager Adam Bennett. They "ll take you from the familiar to the far away, both geographically and culturally, and more than likely have you reaching for your travel bag."
    The top regions are Alsace, France; Bali, Indonesia; Fernando de Noronha, Brazil; Goa, India; Koh Kong Conservation Corridor, Cambodia; Lake Baikal, Russia; Oaxaca, Mexico; Southern Africa; Lake District, England; Southwest Western Australia and the top cities are Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and others like places in the USA in the west and in Singapore in the Asian region. http://www.excitingnepal.com
    By Exciting Nepal Treks and expedition

  19. abdou July 5, 2013 5:20 am #

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  20. Namy December 20, 2013 1:42 am #

    Great list. All of those places look awesome. How about trekking in Vietnam? I think that Sapa trekking is nice, too.

  21. Juliet Mountaineer March 9, 2016 6:14 am #

    Interesting list. I think mountain peaks in the Philippines are also great and challenging perfect for those who are into extreme sports such as mountaineering and trekking.

  22. admin April 7, 2010 7:35 pm #

    Thanks Marta for sharing, I haven’t done much trekking around that area, did do abit of hiking along the Great Ocean Road. Will check out Frank and Sue’s website, appreciate it!


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