Are you in search of best countries for trekking? Are you afraid of tourist traps where you are vulnerable to lose not only your money but also your time and energy? What would be your feelings when you travel all the long way from your home country to your trekking destinations and find out the travel destination was beyond your expectations? Well, beyond expectation can go both ways, right? If it goes the right way, then definitely you might be tempted to stay longer but what if it goes the other way? It could be the worst nightmare miserable than anything…loss of money! Well, that may not be a problem at all for some traveler. But what about time? It’s easy to be trapped in dilemmas when there is a multitude of lists found on the Internet. Are the lists really worthy? You should give it a thought before heading to those destinations; otherwise, your trip could end in frustration.
Easing your confusion, here is the list of countries with ‘must-do’ trekking destinations.
Bordered by the lofty and craggy Himalayas to the North and home to 7 out of 14 peaks in the world with an altitude greater than 8000 mt and Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world being one of them, there is no doubt that Nepal is one of the best places for hiking and trekking. Riveting landscapes with luxuriant vegetation and winding rivers offer the most picturesque vista you have ever imagined. Also, the amazing flora and fauna found in Nepal make good things greater.
Among the endless opportunities for hiking available in Nepal, some of the popular attractions are: Everest Base Camp, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, Annapurna Circuit (with Tilicho Lake) Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Panorama Trek, Makalu Base Camp, Kanchenjunga Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang, Rara Lake Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek and….. many more.
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The diverse landscapes have made the USA one of the best spots for trekking and hiking. Packed with beaches, rainforests, deserts, glaciers, canyons, and mountains, USA delivers the mesmerizing trekking experiences for all kinds of travelers with different interests and energy levels. Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Redwood National, and State Parks and Great Plains, to name only a few, offers the once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Among the endless opportunities for hiking available in USA, some of the popular attractions are: Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide, John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park, the Long Trail, the Hayduke Trail (long distance hiking trail)-812 miles, the Grand Enchantment Trail (long distance hiking trail)-770 miles, the Ice Age Trail (long distance hiking trail)-1,200 miles, The Rim Trail-Grand Canyon National Park Hike, Columbia River Gorge Hike, Charlies Bunion, Alum Cave Bluffs and Andrew Bald, Great Smoky Mountains Hike, the Grinnell Glacier trail and the Iceberg Lake trail, Glacier National Park Hike, Pisgah National Forest, Arches National Park, Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Mount Healy Overlook Trail (Alaska) and….. many more.
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With so many hiking trails available in Canada, it is easy to get confused for first-time visitors. The vast wilderness with the Rockies, Arctic Circle, glacial lakes delivers some unique and sublime experiences. Myriads of stunning National Parks provide you with every possible option for your long and short hiking with unspoiled natural scenery.
Due to the vastness of Canada, there are endless opportunities available for hiking. Some of the popular attractions are: Great Divide Trail, Bruce Trail, Long Range Traverse, Sunshine to Mt Assiniboine, The West Coast Trail (Vancouver Island), Whistler Mountain Trail, Killarney Park Trail, Banff National Park (Ink Pots Trail), Waterton Lakes National Park (the Tamarack trail), Fundy National Park, Jasper National Park (Skyline Trail), Bruce Peninsula National Park, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, The East Coast Trail, Newfoundland and Labrador, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Kejimkujik National Park, the Parc National de Mont-Tremblant, Algonquin Park, Grey Owl Trail, Manitoba, the Grassland National Park, Stawamus Trail, British Columbia, Grizzly Lake Trail and….. many more.
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In the matter of hiking, Switzerland offers trails second to none. Stretching across 8 Alpine countries, the Alps are the center of attraction in Switzerland where the most famous Matterhorn mountain lies. Sparkling lakes and peaceful villages with verdant fields reward those who do venture there.
Among the endless opportunities for hiking available in Switzerland, some of the popular attractions are: Haute Route, Jungfrau, Faulhorn to First, The Swish Path, Five Lakes Walk, Oescheninsee Hiking Trail, Andermatt, Graubunden and Splügen Pass, The Creux du Van, Eiger Trail, Jaunbach gorge, Zermatt Lakes Trail, Hardergrat, Aletsch Glacier Trail, Verzasca Valley Trek, Engadine, Brienzergrat, The Planet Trail and….. many more.
(Note: Mont Blanc Trek, one of the long-distance hiking trails, passes through parts of France, Italy, Switzerland-7-10 days-around 100 miles.)
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Trek through the lush tropical jungle with the beautiful scenery of snow-hooded mountains of Andes to reach Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca city.
Among the numerous possibilities for hiking available in Peru, some of the popular attractions are Inca Trail, Salkantay Trail, Lares Trail, Santa Cruz Trek, Choquequirao Trek, Ausangate Trek, Colca Canyon Trek, Huayhuash Circuit Trek, Alpamayo Base Camp Trek, Cotahuasi Canyon Trek and….. many more.
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6. Chile and Argentina
Shared by Chile and Argentina, Patagonia– the southern section of the Andes mountains- is home to rugged peaks, glaciers and ice fields. Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of Asia, is the magnificent mountain for climbers. Torres del Paine National Park– in southern Chilean Patagonia-offers the most impressive views of sky-piercing mountains, giant glaciers, lakes, rivers, and the vast Pampas. With the world’s driest place, the Atacama Desert, and with numerous national parks, Chile is one of the popular hiking destinations.
Some highlights of Chile: Torres del Paine (Full Circuit), Torres del Paine (W Trek), The Atacama Desert, The Chilean Lake District, El Morado Glacier Trek, Villarrica Volcano Trek and….. many more.
Some highlights of Argentina: Aconcagua, Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy Trek, El Chaltén to Villa O’Higgins, Tronador Glacier Trek and….. many more.
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7. New Zealand
New Zealand offers stunning landscapes from the pasture land, lush forests, babbling rivers, glimmering lakes, steep fiords, mighty peaks to dazzling beaches and active volcanic zones. What else is required to consider this wonderland a hiking paradise?
Among the numerous possibilities for hiking available in New Zealand, some of the popular attractions are: Milford Track, Queen Charlotte Track, Te Araroa Trail, The Routeburn Track, Abel Tasman National Park (Abel Tasman Coast Track), Tongariro National Park (Tongariro Alpine Crossing), Ben Lomond, Isthmus Peak, Roy’s Peak, Muellet Hut and….. many more.
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Mountains, glaciers, and fjords with the experiences of Arctic Circle, Polar exploration and Northern lights make this country one of the best-hiking destinations.
Among the numerous possibilities for hiking available in New Zealand, some of the popular attractions are: Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), Trolltunga, Reinebringen (Lofoten Islands), Besseggen Ridge (Jotunheimen National Park), Galdhøpiggen (Jotunheimen National Park), Keipane (Geirangerfjord), Skåla, Horseid and Bunes Beach (Lofoten Islands), Aurlandsdalen, Romsdalseggen Ridge and….. many more.
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With pristine wilderness found in Northern Sweden and nearly 400 hiking trails, Sweden is indeed an ideal destination for hikers.
Among the numerous possibilities for hiking available in New Zealand, some of the popular attractions are Kungsleden (King’s Trail), Padjelanta Trail, Höga Kusten Trail (High Coast), Skåneleden, Pilgrimsleden (Pilgrim Trail), Utvandrarleden (Emigrant Trail), Upplandsleden, The Jämtland Triangle and….. many more.
Featured with all sort of riveting landscapes from beaches and tropical rainforest to mountains and desert, Australia offers some of nature’s finest scenery.
Among the numerous possibilities for hiking available in New Zealand, some of the popular attractions are: Overland Track (Tasmania), Great Ocean Walk (Victoria), Larapinta Trail (Northern Territory), Fraser Island Great Walk (Queensland), Wilderness Coast Walk, Cape to Cape Walk, Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Uluru Base Walk, Mount Gower Walk (New South Wales), Blue Mountains (New South Wales), Kosciuszko Walk (New South Wales), Whitsunday Great Walk and….. many more.
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