An Ultimate Guide To The Best Treks In The World
Introduction: First things first: If you’re a novice to mountain trekking or forest trekking, you may want to first try this or this. We’ve researched for you, and here are the best treks in the world. These include some of the most challenging treks in the world and some of the world’s most beautiful treks. One thing’s for sure: all of these offer you views that nobody but a handful of people around the world — and you — have ever seen, and the pride that comes with being able to say “I conquered that”.
1. Inca Trail, Peru
If Macchu Picchu is on your bucket list — and let’s face it, it probably is — why just hop on a bus or train when you could trek your way up the Inca Trail? It’s a long trip and ranks among the most challenging treks globally, which takes you up and down the stone pathways built by the Inca.
The Peruvian government is quite strict about the number of trekkers allowed on the Inca Trail every day to preserve the ancient road, so make sure you book through a tour group, and well in advance!
Distance: 33 km
Duration: Four days
Best Time to Go: April – October
2. Routeburn Track, New Zealand
Located on the South Island of New Zealand, the Routeburn Track links Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park. It offers mountain trekkers soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls, and shimmering lakes along the way. It winds through fiords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes, and waterfalls, and the highest point is 1,255 metres above sea level – so the views are simply spectacular!
This isn’t one of the most challenging treks globally but does offer quite a challenging walk, so people with a bit of hiking experience or training could opt for this. A world-renowned hike, Routeburn Track is counted among one of the most beautiful treks in the world.
Distance: 32 km
Duration: Three days
Best Time to Go: December – February
3. The Camino De Santiago, Spain
The Camino de Santiago has been a pilgrimage route for Christians since the Middle Ages because it retraces the road where St James was carried from Jerusalem to his final resting place – Santiago de Compostela.
You don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy the Camino de Santiago, though. The trek will take you through the Spanish countryside, through vineyards, monasteries, and across hundred-year-old villages. You get the best view of the Pyrenees from here, so this route is also pretty well-known among hikers and cyclists.
There are plenty of places to stay along the way, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury traveler. You also have the option of choosing between eight different starting points, which means that you can select the route you want along the Camino de Santiago and walk at your own pace. Now, doesn’t that sound like one of the most beautiful treks in the world?
Distance: 750 km
Duration: 30 days
Best Time to Go: Year-round
4. Drakensberg Mafadi, South Africa
The Drakensberg is a very challenging trek, probably one of the toughest treks in the world. This hike takes you to the summit of Mafadi and requires above-average fitness levels. The terrain involves some challenging ascents up Judges Pass and some pretty steep descents as well. It is not recommended for novice hikers; after all, it takes some skill to conquer the highest mountain in South Africa!
Distance: 52 km
Duration: Four days
Best Time to Go: Year-round, though it does get freezing in the winter
5. Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo Ri, Nepal
There are two ways to trek to the Everest Base Camp, which is the more difficult one. If mountain trekking is your jam — even if this may be one of the most challenging treks in the world — it is gratifying. It takes you through the lesser-known Gokyo region as well as the regular route, where you get to see the magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime view from the Gokyo Ri summit that is truly a sight to behold.
As you proceed with the trek, mountains will surround you, and you’ll cross the adamant and challenging Chola Pass. The ascent here is mainly on rubble while you’ll descend over a snowed-out glacier and boulders. You can’t lose focus for even a second during this climb!
Once you reach Everest Base Camp you can spot other mountains like Khumbutse, Changtse, Lingtren, Lobuche, Kala Patthar and Pumori. Can you even imagine? Before you go through, you should know that this is one of the most challenging treks globally, which means it requires exceptionally high fitness levels and, ideally, prior Himalayan trekking experience.
Distance: 106 km
Duration: 18 days
Best Time to Go: May – September
If you’re a beginner, you should check out the stunning Cinque Terre in Italy or Mt Fuji in Japan. If you’re an experienced trekker looking to be challenged on one of the most challenging treks in the world, we recommend Missinaibi Headwaters in Canada. Are you looking for some fantastic pictures? Try the Great Ocean Walk in Australia, considered one of the most beautiful treks in the world! And don’t forget to check out Travel Now, your one-stop solution to all things travel-related by DBS.