The 5 best treks in the world
There are treks, and then there are iconic treks. Some of these treks are so gruelling that taking them for granted is a big mistake. These treks will test your patience and having nerves of steel is something of a prerequisite. You need amazing grit and determination to successfully complete these treks without giving in to the harshness of the elements and the crying demands of your body to slow down or to even give in. But as difficult as these treks are, they’re also some of the most stunningly beautiful and unforgettable. Keep your trekking gear ready for here are the 5 best treks in the world that you must embark on!
This 15-day long walk, though utterly gorgeous, is tough and draining. Most of the times, you won’t know where you’re going. So, as much as you need strength and stamina, you also need to keep working your brain to stay on track. This walk through Corsica is famous for its picturesque landscapes and is speckled with forests, glacial lakes, snow-capped peaks and plains.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
The Everest Base Camp is a term used to describe two base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest, with the South Base Camp in Nepal and the North Base Camp in Tibet. At 18,193 ft when you finally reach the base of Mount Everest known as Kala Pattar, the feeling is one of awe and the most seasoned trekker will feel humbled. Cut across charming valleys and climb up dizzying heights in this 3-week trek, all the way passing through nature that is indescribably beautiful.
The Narrows, USA
The Narrows in Zion National Park is a hike that will stun you with its beauty. Surrounded by a canyon carved by the Virgin River, half the trek is done by wading through the water and sometimes even swimming. This 26 km hike can be completed in a day but most people like to take it at a leisurely pace, admiring the raw beauty of the surroundings and spending a night at one of the park’s 12 camp grounds.
Inca Trail, Peru
The 5 best treks in the world would be incomplete without mentioning the legendary Inca Trail. Also known as Camino Inca, this spectacular trail is located in the Andes Mountain range and most of it is of original Incan construction. Fascinated yet? This 33 km trail was actually laid by the Incas and is today one of the most popular trails in the world. The trail leads from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, going up, down and around the mighty mountains.
Routeburn Track, New Zealand
This beautiful 3-day track is located at the base of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and promise views so gorgeous that you won’t want to go back home. The track passes through two national parks, Fiordland and Mt Aspiring. One thing you must know is that it’s a difficult task in itself to secure a place among the limited number of people that are allowed to walk this track at any time. But don’t despair; if you really want to walk it, don’t give up on it!
Trekking is as much an exercise of the body and mind as it is a pastime. Which of these 5 best treks in the world are you planning to undertake?