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The 25 Best Treks in the World

I’m currently on a mission to be the first person to visit every country in the world, North Pole,  South Pole, and to climb the Seven Summits. With my Seven Summits goals, I’ve been doing a lot of trekking and hiking over the last couple of years. With that in mind, I wanted to list the 25 best treks in the world. Don’t worry, they don’t include summiting K2 or Everest, but rather multi-day treks that most people would be able to take on. I’ve included the difficult rating, and the price, so you can get your head actually getting out there and doing it. I’ve done about half of these, and the other half are on my bucket list, I’d love to know which ones you want to tackle. Anyway, enjoy!

best treks in the world
Best Treks in the World

1) Everest Base Camp, Nepal

The best trek in the world? Certainly one of the most popular, and absolutely one of the best treks I’ve ever been on. Sure, you’ll have to share it with a fair few other trekkers, but that often adds to the fun of it, and the camaraderie in the tea houses is great.

The Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a flight into Lukla, the world’s most dangerous airport!, and from there it’s quite a high altitude throughout, ending up over 5,000m. But this is the Nepal you dream about, pagodas, prayer flags and snow-capped mountains, culminating in seeing Everest itself with your own two eyes. It’s actually a pretty emotional thing. Anyway, this should be on everyone’s bucket list!

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

Nepal. You fly to Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling capital, and then take a domestic flight to Lukla airport. 

DURATION:

11 to 14 days to Everest Base Camp and back. Normally 12 days: 8 days to hike from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and 4 days back to Lukla

DISTANCE:

130km round trip (65km from Lukla to Base Camp)

BEST TIME TO DO IT?

February, March, April and May (pre-monsoon) and September, October, November and December (post-monsoon). Best months are March, October and November.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

To do it without a guide, on a tight budget, is about $700.

I personally recommend doing it with a guide, so you can enjoy everything without the stress of organising and navigating everything. To do it with a guide is about $1500. You can book it HERE

DIFFICULTY RATING

8/10

Best treks in the World
Everest Base Camp Trek

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2) Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Where else can you pop off for a week and return to claim you have climbed to the Roof of Africa, at nearly 6, 000 metres? There are a variety of treks up the mountain so you can choose one to suit your skills (and budget as the longer you stay on the mountain the more expensive it is).  The Marangu Route is the most popular, although possibly people book this under the false impression that as it is the only route with hut accommodation and may be more comfortable. However, there is something to be said for avoiding the somewhat overcrowded hut areas, and opting for the peace and solitude of a camping route such as the Rongai.  The summit itself is truly spectacular as you stand in awe of the shining icefields and beyond to the Tanzanian plains below which are basking in the heat just as you are currently freezing in sub-zero temperatures.  But remember that pint of local Tusker beer in the sun is only a few day’s trek downhill.

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

In Tanzania, East Africa. You fly to Dar Es Salaam (don’t stay there, it’s awful!), then connect domestically to either Arusha airport, or Kilimanjaro airport. From there you base yourself in either Arusha, or Moshi. 

DURATION:

5-10 days depending on the route. 3/4 days are possible if you’re a beast.

DISTANCE:

120-140km round trip

BEST TIME TO DO IT?

December to March, and June to October. Try to avoid November, April and May.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It’s impossible to do without porters and guides, as a means to support the local economy. Trips start around $2k, YOU CAN BOOK HERE

DIFFICULTY RATING

7/10 for an average person. If you’re fit, and regularly exercise etc then it’s not too difficult at all. 4/10 perhaps.

Kilmanjaro climb

How many continents in the world

3) Torres Del Paine ‘W’ Trek, Chile

The ‘What?’ Circuit some might say.  But once you mention Torres del Paine, the legendary national park deep in the heart of the famous wilderness that is Patagonia then all becomes clear.  This is one of those places that can truly only be fully appreciated by getting out and exploring on two feet.  Leave the sightseers behind on the catamarans gliding the stunning glacial waters of Lake Grey (a misnomer if ever there was one) and trek to the viewpoint overlooking the Grey Glacier where it tips its glistening icy mass into the aquamarine lake.  Continue through the French Valley surrounded by soaring granite peaks and tumbling glaciers and on beneath the magnificent Cuernos (the ‘horns’ to the park’s ‘towers’).  The final day is spent on a more challenging scramble over giant boulders up to the base of the towers themselves – the climax of any visit to the park. Standing beneath these truly dramatic spires you simply cannot believe that people actually climb their seemingly insurmountable walls.  The entire landscape is inspirational and utterly unique to Patagonia – you feel indeed as if you are at the ‘ends of the earth’.

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

DURATION:

DISTANCE:

BEST TIME TO DO IT?

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DIFFICULTY RATING

Best treks in the world
Best treks in the world
Best treks in the world
Best treks in the world

4) Inca Trail, Peru

Well you can take the train with the rest of the day tourists from Cusco arriving en masse at this incredible Incan citadel OR you can take this timeless classic four day trek through the Andes where the lush scenery and soaring mountain peaks take your mind off the back-breaking struggle to ascend to such high points as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, battling the altitude, challenging the knees on long, steep descents and awkward high-rising Inca stone steps. Doesn’t sound appealing?  Then just think about that final morning, having risen at 4am in no doubt freezing temperatures, for a few hours final up and down slog to arrive at the legendary Sun Gate and watch as the mist slowly clears and there, beneath you, emerges piece by piece, the magical hidden city of Machu Picchu.  And you have it all to yourself.  Never again will you recreate that feeling the explorers of old must have felt on stumbling upon some long lost treasure.  And it is worth every aching muscle I assure you.

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Inca Trail
Inca Trail

 

5) The Camino de Santiago, Spain

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Camino de Santiago
Camino de Santiago
Camino de Santiago
Camino de Santiago

 

6) The Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland, Canada

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Long Range Traverse
Long Range Traverse
Long Range Traverse
Long Range Traverse

7) John Muir Trail – California, USA

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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John Muir Trail
John Muir Trail
John Muir Trail
John Muir Trail

 

8) Mount Roraima –Venezuela

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima
Mount Roraima

9) Toubkal Trek, Morocco

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Toubkal
Toubkal

 

10) Routeburn Track, New Zealand

In New Zealand, trekking is known as ‘tramping’.  They have a list of a dozen or so ‘Great Tramps’ and having done a handful myself it was hard to pick a favourite.  The Routeburn stands out as it is not as busy as the famous Milford Track and you can also combine it with other tracks to create different circuits and length.  To be honest I could have quite happily linked all the different treks up and spend my entire time in New Zealand ‘tramping’.  This is a land where every corner brings gasps of astonishment.  Where the scenery is ‘photoshop perfect’, where the (pretty constant) rain actually adds to the drama of the landscape and where you will generally pass few other tourists – but a lot of sheep.  Again this is a place that cannot be appreciated fully from a coach.  Get that poncho on, forget about trying to keep your hiking boots dry and start wading the streams, sliding over wet roots, scrambling up muddy hillsides, grabbing a free shower in a waterfall, and swatting a few midges away and indulge in views that look out over Fiordland, the South Island’s wilderness area, where miles and miles of forest, valleys, glaciers, mountains and tundra lie before you.  Truly addictive stuff.

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Routeburn
Routeburn
Routeburn
Routeburn

11) Tour du Mont Blanc, Italy, France, Switzerland

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Climbing Mount Blanc
Climbing Mount Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc

12) Mount Elbrus

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Hiking to base camp on the North Side
Mount Elbrus base camp
Mount Elbrus base camp, South Side

13) Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Mount Kailash trek
Mount Kailash trek
Mount Kailash trek
Mount Kailash trek

 

14) Arctic Circle Trail, Greenland

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Arctic Circle Trail
Arctic Circle Trail
Arctic Circle Trail
Arctic Circle Trail

 

15) GR 20, Corsica (Spain)

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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GR 20 trek
GR 20 trek
GR 20 trek
GR 20 trek

16) Snowman Trek, Bhutan

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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17) Rim to Rim, Grand Canyon, USA

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Rim to rim Grand Canyon Hike
Rim to rim Grand Canyon Hike
Rim to rim Grand Canyon Hike
Rim to rim Grand Canyon Hike

 

18) Appalachian Trail 

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail

19) Laugavegur, Iceland 

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Laugavegur Iceland
Laugavegur Iceland
Laugavegur trail
Laugavegur trail

20) West Highland Way, Scotland 

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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West Highland Way, Scotland 
West Highland Way, Scotland
West Highland Way, Scotland 
West Highland Way, Scotland

21) Lycian Way, Turkey

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Lycian Way
Lycian Way
Lycian Way
Lycian Way

22) Alta Via 2, Italy 

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Alta Via 2
Alta Via 2
Alta Via 2
Alta Via 2

23) Shinetsu Trail

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Shinetsu Trail
Shinetsu Trail

24) Ciudad Perdida at Teyuna

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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ciudad perdida colombia trek
ciudad perdida colombia trek
ciudad perdida colombia trek
ciudad perdida colombia trek

25) Sierra Nevada del Cocuy

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

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Sierra Nevada del Cocuy
Sierra Nevada del Cocuy

JUST MISSED THE CUT:

Puncak Jaya

Climbing Puncak Jaya
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Climb Puncak Jaya
Climbing Puncak Jaya in Indonesia early in the year

 

Mount Fuji

Maura Ward Climbing Mount Fuji
Maura Ward Climbing Mount Fuji
Climbing Mount Fuji
Climbing Mount Fuji

 

Aconcagua

Trekking Aconcagua
Trekking Aconcagua, at the summit.
trekking Aconcagua
trekking Aconcagua

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2 thoughts on “The 25 Best Treks in the World

  1. Hi Johnny,

    I quite like the look of the Chile trek, can you provide any further information about this one?

    Thanks,
    Claire x

  2. Looks like a good list. , Planning on doing the Routeburn soon myself 🙂

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