Off the Beaten Treks
Would you love to escape from your life and journey to a place where you can be on your own? Detach from the mundane and reinvigorate yourself with the splendor of nature on some of the most remote treks in the world? Travel Africa’s third highest mountain, the Australian deserts, and even the world’s most southerly trek in Patagonia, each place is spectacular. And don’t be intimidated by the remoteness of these spots – there’s a trail for type of trekker.
Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal: Would you like to experience a less busy trail in the Everest region? Then this trek is for you. It will take you through Sherpa villages to the wondrous greenish blue Gokya Lakes and through the Renjo La (5,400m). It is regarded as one of the greatest hiking trails in the Everest region, and its route gives you a view of the grand Himalaya’s 8000 meter summits. On the climb to Gokyo Ri, you can get the most striking vistas of Everest and connecting mountains, Cho Oyu in Tibet.
Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia: Considered to be a top hiking trail in Australia, walking the length of the Larapinta goes through the West Mac Donnell range in Central Australia and is over 223 kilometers. Hike through this desert-like area with tucked away ridges and canyons, slumber under the night sky in the Outback; ascend Mount Sonder, one of highest mountains in the Northern Territory, and wake up to a most memorable sunrise.
Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile: Hike one of the globe’s most southern trails stretching across Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will feel like you are walking on the edge of the world. You will most probably not see any other hikers along this 42-kilometer circuit. It has been described as some of Patagonia’s very best hiking areas and is deemed the most isolated place to visit on earth.
K2 Basecamp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan: Considered to be one of the most picturesque treks, it stretches from the well-known Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods”, and to the end of the globe’s second tallest peak. Pakistan’s famous hiking trail has nabbed the attention of hikers and mountaineers for numerous years, with a 360-degree view of 7,000 meter and 8,000 meter points, as well as the massive K2.
The Southern Alps In New Zealand: Chock-full of wondrous sights, this breathtaking hike includes mountain peaks, isolated lake and valley systems and incredible views of Mount Aspiring and Aoraki Mount Cook. With the remote alpine tarns and open views from above, this trek is used as a precursor for a trek in the Himalayas.
The World’s Best Treks
The most significant walkabout is not just about the walk itself but rather about appreciating the destination’s history and culture. However, these hikes are no picnics. They will challenge you physically and mentally, leaving you with an indelible impression of the richness of our planet.
Peru’s Inca Trail | ~26.7 miles | 4 days: Many unforgettable moments are made on the Inca Trail, but nothing matches the instant you walk through the Sun Gate and experience the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu.
Colombia’s Lost City | ~27 miles | 5 days: Walk through the dense jungle through streams before coming to the ruins of Teyuna. Arrive here first and you will have this Lost City to enjoy on your own.
Nepal’s Everest Base Camp | ~38.5 miles | 13 days: This journey will get you closer to the people of the Himalayas, while offering you a glimpse from the top of the world. After seeing Everest, you will never look at our planet in the same way again.
Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro | ~21.1 miles | 8 days: At 5,895m (19,340 ft), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak. It definitely is not painless, but unlike other great summits, it allows those bold enough to master its many routes to the top.
Europe’s Mont Blanc | ~77.7 miles | 8 days: The Tour du Mont Blanc is more than one hundred miles and takes you through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France.
Patagonia’s Torres del Paine Circuit | 82.6 miles | 10 days: Best-known for its breathtaking scenery, you will witness stunning volcanic backdrops, enormous glaciers, and vast steppe-like plains leading to the horizon.
Venezuela’s Mt Roirama | ~21.1 miles | 6 days: The glorious mountain of Roraima is special to the region’s local people and is said to have motivated Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, “The Lost World.”
The Camino de Santiago, Spain | ~466 miles | 30 days: The remarkable Camino de Santiago, also referred to as the St. James Trail, was a crucial Christian journey during the Middle Ages, and is still considered a very important spiritual retreat to this day. While it can be walked 12 months out of the year, it is best between the spring and autumn. However this is when it will be most busy.