Looking for some inspiration for your next adventure? Here is a look at 5 of the greatest adventures trek around the world and some of the guides on Touristlink who are offering them.
1. Hike the Inca Trail
The Inca Trail in Peru might just be the world’s greatest trekking route. It’s a four day hike from the Peruvian City of Cusco to the ruins of Machu Picchu following the ancient stone pathways and staircases of the Incas over three mountain passes. Built in the 1500’s Machu Picchu was subsequently abandoned and not rediscovered by the world until 1911. The setting is dramatic; Machu Picchu is situated on a steep ridge with jungle falling off to both sides. The mighty Urubamba River, a torrent of mud and rapids, lies 1000’s of feet below. If you want to book keep in mind that space is limited as the Peruvian Government limits the number of trekkers to 500 a day so make sure to plan this in advance.
2. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet or 5,895 meters is the world’s tallest free standing Volcano and the tallest mountain in Africa. Studies show that the glaciers at the summit are rapidly retreating so if you want to see the snows of Kilimanjaro this is something to start planning now. Climbers can choose from a variety of routes, but the quickest is the Marangu Route which is locally known as the “Coca Cola” route since it’s the most popular and features an excellent system of mountain huts. The climb takes anywhere from 5 to 10 days depending on the route you select. Despite the high elevation this is a peak that anyone in reasonable shape can accomplish given the proper motivation.
3. Explore Patagonia
Patagonia lies at the far tip of South America and is famous for its dramatic mountain scenery, windswept plains and some of the largest ice fields outside of the arctic. The best time to visit is during December and January, the height of the austral summer. On the Argentinean side trekkers head to Cerro Fitzroy and Cerro Torre which are accessed via the small town of El Calafate. On the Chilean side the route around the Torres del Paine is the place to head. Torres del Paine is famous for its impressive mountain, ice blue lakes and glaciers.
4. Trek to Everest Base Camp
This has to be one of the world’s best treks as it makes its way through the heart of the Himalayas to the base of the world’s highest mountain. If you’re thinking of visiting head to Kathmandu the capital of Nepal and jump on a local flight to the small air strip at Lukla which has often been called the world’s most dangerous airport. It’s about 8 days up the base camp and 3 days back down. The friendly culture of the Sherpa and comfortable accommodation offered by the local tea houses are certainly an added bonus.
5. Journey to Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga lies on the border between Nepal and India and is the world’s 3rd tallest peak. The route in from the Nepal side is off the beaten path and those who take it often compare it to the Everest Region of the 1950’s. The route traverses a series of ridges that combined equal more than the elevation of Mount Everest. Unbelievable mountain views and a chance to see the authentic culture of Nepal are one reason to think about this trek if you can spare the 25+ days that it takes.