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Asia’s Most Incredible Treks


Asia’s Most Incredible Treks

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The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. - Why? The classic Inca Trail is the most popular and thus, most expensive way to get to Machu Picchu. Only those hiking the Inca Trail arrive at the Sun Gate at sunrise the last day, seeing Machu Picchu below for the first time. How? As a reference, we went with Peru Treks, which was a top notch, classy company from top to bottom. When? High season is June-September, when weather is driest and skies are clearest (Rainy season is Nov-Apr).

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Colca Canyon, Peru. - Why? It’s the 2nd deepest canyon in the world and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. One of the biggest birds in the world, the condor, calls Colca its home. The ruggedness of Colca is a sight to behold, and the fact that there are families and communities at the bottom of the canyon is one of the most impressive things about descending below the rim here. How? Arequipa is the jumping off point for treks into Colca. When? Colca can be trekked year-round.

The W Trek, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile in Patagonia. - Why? Parque Nacional Torres del Paine is a mecca for trekkers. Hikers of all levels can tackle parts of this national park plucked straight out of a fairy tale. It truly is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Travelers to Torres del Paine have options galore when it comes to hiking, from taking day trips to 10+ day extravaganzas. The W trek is most popular. When? Summer (December-February) is best.

Fitz Roy, El Chalten, Argentina in Patagonia. - Why? A hike ending near the base of Fitz Roy, seen from everywhere around El Chalten, is the most challenging, yet most rewarding. Sitting in the shadows of the massive peak of Fitz Roy and having some lunch was a memorable and satisfying experience. How? The first 2/3s of this hike is same as the hike to Lago Piedras Blancas. If Fitz Roy is your destination, you must turn at the Rio Blanco and start heading up instead of along the river.

Glaciar Torres and Lago Torres, El Chalten, Argentina in Patagonia. - Why? The hike is fantastic because of the views of the peaks of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy all along the trail. How? Every bus coming into town in El Chalten stops at the ranger station for a short introduction to the area and a presentation of all the available trekking, climbing, and camping opportunities. When? Summer (December-February) is the best time to visit El Chalten and most of Patagonia.

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Volcan Villarica, Pucon, Chile. - Why? Uh, well, because you’d be hiking to the top of a freaking volcano! This is a day trip as well, leaving early in the morning (about 5am) and returning mid afternoon (around 2-3pm), and it has to be hiked with a company and group. How? Choosing a company is the first thing you do, and they do the rest of the leg work, from providing boots, backpacks, axes (yeah, you get to carry an axe), transportation, guides, and lunch. When? Around the year.

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One for serious climbers: Mount Everest, Nepal. - The mother of all mountains reaches a lofty 8,848m, making it the world’s highest peak and the ultimate ascent for ardent mountaineers. If the pre-climb training, acclimatizing and sheer scale of the summit climb (not to mention the 200+ death count) is enough to put you off, opt instead for a trek to Everest base camp, an epic 2-3 week journey of sweeping Himalayan vistas and stopovers in remote Sherpa villages.

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One for the adventurous: Mount Bromo, Indonesia. - Mount Bromo or Gunung Bromo as its known to the locals, sits at 2,329m and despite being just one of 129 volcanoes in Indonesia, remains the best known thanks to its picture-perfect cone and accessibility. Set in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java, Bromo is most commonly accessed from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. Summit in time for sunrise for the best views.

One for nature lovers: Gunung Tahan, Malaysia. - Ranking amongst the top of the forest trails are those traversing Gunung Tahan (Mount Tahan), Peninsular Malaysia’s highest peak at 2,187m. Located in the famed Taman Negara national park in West Malaysia, the mountain climb is notoriously hard going, navigating steep ridges and racking up some 18 river crossings before reaching the final ascent. The mountain offers a choice of 3 routes, from 3-7 days and is best attempted with a local guide.

One for the snap happy: Tiger Leaping Gorge, China. - A list of Asia’s treks wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of China’s most famous hiking trails. The 16km long gorge (25m wide at its narrowest point), is one of the world’s deepest river canyons and offers two main walkways – down in the valley or high above. Located close to Lijiang in Southwestern China, the gorge is also host to China’s longest river, the frothing Yangzi River, provides a great view from the surrounding peaks.

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One for getting off the beaten track: Pamir mountains, Tajikistan. - The Pamir mountains (or the “Roof of the World” as is the translation from Persian) are some of the world’s highest and form a sprawling range spread along the borders of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Untamed wilderness, stark landscapes and breath-sucking altitudes provide ample opportunities for the adventurous.

One for a challenge: Mount Fuji, Japan. - The ‘holy mountain’ is viewed as sacred to many Japanese, but remains an exceptionally popular climb amongst both locals and foreigners – not least because of its legendary sunrise, supposedly one of the world’s most impressive. Climbing the path to the summit at 3,776m takes one or two days and is best undertaken in the summer months when the weather is most favorable. Prepare for an arduous and exhausting trek, though.

One for the bucket list: Annapurna circuit, Nepal. - A firm favorite on Top Ten lists, the Annapurna Circuit is widely renowned as one of the world’s greatest treks. Weaving thro mountainous peaks and valleys; tramping alongside terraced farmlands, winding rivers, and bedding down in villages are all part of the 300km trek. The epic trail runs around the Annapurna mountain ranges in the Himalayas, reaches a peak of 5416m and takes an avg of between 17 to 21 days to complete.

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