Since I last wrote about 7 of the Best Trekking Destinations in the world, I’ve had many more trekking suggestions from readers and expert trekkers/climbers. Several of these treks are extremely challenging and clearly off the beaten path. Since part of the thrills of adventure travel comes from seeking unexplored corners of the earth, these treks definitely fulfill what many adventure-seekers crave for. Here are some of the best, as suggested by readers and friends.
1. Atlas Mountains Trek, Morocco
Unlike most parts of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains are relatively unexplored. With perfect weather year-round, the High Atlas mountains are studded with summits climbing as high as 13,000 feet. The advanced hiker will enjoy the technical climb, while average hikers will also find the Atlas Mountains trek an excellent experience without facing much difficulty.
Photo by Tom Kulbowski
2. Jhomolhari Trek, Bhutan
What sets Bhutan apart from the others is that you’re literally trekking in wilderness. Trekking trails in Bhutan lead through few human settlements in remote and tiny villages, pristine old growth forests and gleaming unclimbed peaks. This particular trek crosses mountain passes, high altitude lakes, and yak herds. As a safe yet largely unexplored country, Bhutan is as destination ideal for solo holidays.
Photo by jmhullot
3. Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong
Towering over Hong Kong’s explosive urban landscapes are imposing mountains and hidden treks worth exploring. One of the city’s finest and most surprising rambles is the Dragon’s Back, a trail that cuts through bamboos and scrubby slopes. It’s particularly popular among paragliders who launch themselves off from here. Other trails worth visiting are the Maclehose Trail, running around Ma On Shan, and Tai Mo Shan Trail that snakes through waterfalls and rugged terrains.
Photo by lipjin
4. Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, Italy
Via Ferrata – meaning ‘iron road’ – is a mountain road equipped with fix cables, ladders and bridges. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but certain parts of the climb can be done without any technical gear. The Dolomites in Italy is the birthplace of Via Ferrata, so expect world-class climbing here. It is also an exceptionally beautiful mountain range, with gentle valleys flanked by isolated pockets of soaring spires and jagged ridges.
Photo by bugmonkey
5. McCarthy Trek, Alaska
Alaska is a land of wilderness beauty, so expect any hike to be an awe-inspiring one. This trek brings you ice-climbing through the Root Glacier in the day, exploring crevasses, moulins, melt streams and canyons. Camp is set up on the top of the lateral moraine of the Root with stunning sunsets and inspiring views of the entire valley. Expect to spot bears as well. So if you’ve got the fleece, crampons and camping gear ready, time for some real hiking!
Photo by Philip Morton
6.Alpamayo Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Instead of the popular treks in neighboring Chile and Argentina, why not head out to the Cordillera Blanca for some out-of-the-ordinary hikes. As getting in and out of the white mountains are extremely challenging, you won’t see many hikers here. Most people set off for this trek from either Huaraz or Caraz, both excellent mountain town jumping off points. But Alpamayo can be dangerous due to avalanches, do the Santa Cruz trek instead if you’re not prepared.
Photo by Tomer Arazy
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