One of the most excellent ways to really experience a foreign country is to actually walk its land, sleep under the stars, and take in the natural beauty around you as you interact with the locals. This is why trekking is becoming such a popular pastime and these options should be at the top of any trekkers To-Do list!
The Annapurna Circuit
This ancient trade route has only been open to foreigners since 1977 and stands as one of the most beautiful treks in the world. It takes anything from 15 to 25 days to complete and highlights include the 18 000 foot altitude at Thorung La Summit Post and watching the sunrise over Poon Hill’s towering peaks. And forget about lugging camping gear along with you. There are many well-priced hotels along the route.
The Camino de Santiago
During the mediaeval period, the Way of St James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages. Now it’s a superhighway for trekkers the world over, with the trail stretching between the French Pyrenees, crossing along the top of Spain, and finishing in Santiago de Compostela.
It will take you 35 days to complete this trek and pick when you go carefully. It’s a popular option in the summer months but a lot less crowded off-season. And don’t miss the fuente de vino, a functional wine fountain that will slake your thirst free of charge.
This stunning trek will see you gazing upon some of the most famous mountain peaks in the world, including the French Mont Blanc and the Swiss Matterhorn. The trail’s name translates to High Route, and it’ll take about 12 days to complete.
Kungsleden translates to The King’s Trail and it’s all in the name with this trek. Prepare to enjoy vast, untouched landscapes and endless sunshine, so make sure to pack eye patches to get some good sleep.
The trek begins in Abisko in the north and winds up in Hemavan, further south. There are rustic huts along the way for shelter and you may spot a few of Santa’s reindeer in one of the four national parks and the nature reserve you’ll be travelling through. Budget for about a month, but you can adjust this if you want to by breaking your trek into different sections.
This hidden African gem will delight your inner Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. Set in the West African plains, it passes through the Bandiagara Escarpment and cliff dwellings long abandoned. And, as pleasing as the natural beauty of this route is, the highlight of your trip will undoubtedly be the warm welcome you’ll receive from the friendly inhabitants of this location.
It takes between five and 12 nights to complete and afterwards, you can reward yourself richly with the betting online NZ offers.
Take a Trek Today
Trekking will help you build your core, increase your endurance, and improve your overall strength. Being in nature this way will also help you create some mental peace and the many new experiences you’ll have may well give you an entirely new perspective on life.