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Top Treks in the World


Saturday, April 4th, 2015

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.
 
“It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” – Cheryl Strayed
 
Here are the top 5 treks in the world:
 
Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet
 

Mount kailash

 
Difficulty Level: Challenging
When to Go: April – September.

 
Mount Kailash is considered sacred to five religions and has remained unclimbed till date. The glacier is a source of four important rivers. While the mountain itself is forbidden, traversing 32 miles around the Kailash known as Kora, is an important ritual. After completing the Kora take a dip in the Lake Mansarovar, which is one of the highest lakes on Earth. The trek through the beautiful and might Himalayas is not the easiest one.
 
Inca Trail, Peru
 
Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

 
Difficulty Level: Moderate
When to Go: May – September.

 
Inca Trail is the most popular hiking trail in South America, features among the top 5 hikes in the world and is traversed by thousands every year. The final destination being the beautiful Machu Pichu makes this hike even more interesting. This 4 day hike passes through picturesque green mountains, crowded forests, ruins and tunnels . The trek requires a lot of strength and is not for novice hikers. The views are nothing less than awe-inspiring.
 
Everest Base Camp, Nepal:
 
Everest Base Camp

 
Difficulty Level: Ultimate.
When to Go: March to Mid-May and September to Mid-November.

 
The peaks of the Everest soar so high that it is an achievement to reach even its base. Everest base camp is one of the most grueling adventures. The trek starts in Kathmandu and ends at Kalla Pathar at a height of 17,590 foot. The trek is considered one of the toughest because of the hostile and unpredictable weather. The base camp trek is a dream for even the professional hikers and the views are unparalleled. One has to cross some amazing monasteries and soaring mountains to reach the base of the pinnacle.
 
GR 20, Corsica, France:

 
GR20, Corsica

 
Difficulty Level: Challenging.
Best Time: Mid June – Mid September.

 
GR 20 or Grand Randonnee is Europe’s most difficult walking trek and the most beautiful mountain trail. The trail traverses diagonally through Corsica from North to South. The GR20 is a 111 miles long with height variations around 10,000 foot. GR20 doesn’t require you to have hiking skills like most other treks but one has to pass through rugged treks, narrow ridges, loose rocks and needs very high levels of fitness. The trek usually last a duration of 15 days.
 
Grand Canyon, USA:
 
Grand Canyon Hike
 
Difficulty Level: Challenging.
Best Time: September to May.

 
Grand Canyon has more than one hiking routes. The various rim to river or rim to rim routes have difficulty level from easy to very tough but Nankoweap is the most challenging and the most beautiful. This 14 mile hike on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park ends at the River Colorado with descend of 6000 foot in 14 miles. The trail is one of the toughest in Grand Canyon and is not for beginners and like most hikes, the most difficult hikes are the most rewarding ones and the same goes for Nankoweap.
 
So, book your plane tickets now and and fly to the destination of your favorite hike.

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