Finally, the boss signed your vacation application, and you can’t wait to enjoy the outdoors in a brand new location. What a better way to spend the holidays than to camp outdoors, and so you pack your hiking gears, put on your hiking boots, and dab the sunscreen. Greeting the world on foot opens new doors to civilizations, cultures, foods, and to magnificent Mother Nature, no wonder, hiking and trekking is fast gaining recognition across the globe, especially in Europe and America.

Camping outdoors is fascinating and thrilling, but that’s not all, it offers great health benefits, too. According to the latest research, trekking and hiking promotes healthy weight management, reduces bad cholesterol levels and promotes healthy cholesterol, prevents cardiac diseases, builds stamina, and brings an immense joy and contentment to your soul.

Today, more and more people are adopting hiking and trekking as a major outdoor activity for improving their artistic abilities and getting rid of stress.

So, here we are with the top suggestions on where to head out on your holidays, with these top 10 best trekking routes in the world.

1. Routeburn Track, New Zealand

This short yet splendid 20 miles long trail passes through two diverse and awe-inspiring national parks, namely Mt. Aspiring and Fiordland. Trekking here offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the stunning views of magnificent peaks, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and the superb spectacle of wild birds.

As you begin to climb the highly accessible and admired Routeburn Track, the spectacular views of Hollyford Valley and Darran Mountains spellbind you. Welcome to the alpine adventure of New Zeeland!

Figure 1: Routeburn Track

2. The Haute Route, France-Switzerland

It seems the marvelous French architecture has been inspired from the revered ‘The Haute Route.’ This brilliant trekking trail begins at Chamonix in France and meanders through the southern Valais into Zermatt in Switzerland. This enchanted route offers picturesque views of the highest pathways available to hikers. This physically demanding European Alps hiking takes 2 weeks to finish and challenges your fitness and stamina.

Figure 2: The Haute Route

3. Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile

The 100km long trail of the Torres del Circuit offers stunning views of pink granite spires, jagged mountains, and dramatic alpine landscapes. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this route offers panoramic mountain views, glittering glacial lakes, magnificent Magellenic forest, and exceptional wildlife. However, to enjoy this beautiful journey, you must remain prepared for a demanding trek due to unpredictable weather.

Figure 3: Torres del Paine Circuit

4. Grand Randonee 20 (GR20), France

GR20 is not only counted amongst the world’s top scenic treks, but also the most exigent for both professionals and beginners. This celebrated trail is popular for its diverse landscapes, as it navigates the lofty mountains, ridges, and granite slopes. Experience the Shepherds lifestyle en route, as you meander through tricky passages and enjoy the pristine views of snow-clad peaks, glacial lakes, and vivid forests. You would simply love the challenge to traverse the rocky and steep pathways in France. So far, only a handful has successfully trekked here.

Figure 4: GR20

5. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a highly acclaimed trail on the globe for its highly vivid mountain landscape. Circumventing the spectacular Annapurna massif, this route wanders through snow-covered mountains, virgin landscapes, diverse biodiversity, and rich cultural assortment.

On your 3-week tour in the lofty Himalayas, you explore the quaint Buddhist monasteries and temples, peace-loving Tibetan culture, and the dazzling Kali Gandaki river valley,

Figure 5: Annapurna Circuit

6. The Matterhorn Circuit, Switzerland

Circumventing the historical Mt. Matterhorn, the Matterhorn Circuit Trek leaves you exhilarated and fascinated with the spectacular views of the European Alps. The trek meanders through Swiss villages and high pathways. Standing tall at an altitude of 4,478 meters above sea level, this trail connects Switzerland and Italy, adding cultural and epicure dimensions. While you trek through this alpine wonder, enjoy Raclette, the lip-smacking Swiss savory, and connect with the locals to learn about the history of this iconic region.

Figure 6: Matterhorn Circuit

7. Fitz Roy Trek, Patagonia, Argentina

Situated in the Patagonia, Fitz Roy Trek is popular with trekkers who prefer a place far away from noisy civilization and where life has no restrictions to follow. Sited in Los Glaciares National Park, this trail rambles through picturesque mountains, glaciers, spires, and lakes. What’s more, it offers three spectacular views of Monte Fitz Roy: at sunrise, from Marconi Pass, and from Cerro Torre. And, that’s not all, the eerie beech forest sends chills down the spine!

Figure 7: Fitz Roy Trek

8. Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Treks to Everest continue to captivate the imagination of trekkers across the globe. Cozily nestled in the lap of the world’s highest peak- Everest, this trek originates from the Khumbu region in Nepal Himalayans, where the three majestic mountains namely, Mount Everest, Lhotse Sar, and Mount Lhotse spellbind you. En route, get close and personal with oldest Buddhist Monasteries and Sherpa villages.

Figure 8: Everest Base Camp

9. Overland Track, Australia

The 40-mile long trail through the Tasmanian wilderness brings to you dramatic cliffs of Cradle Mountain, the finest grandeur of moorlands, waterfalls, and Dolerite Mountains and rainforest enclosed Lake St. Clair shores. You will view the opulence of Mother Nature, with a diverse alpine ecosystem thriving here. You can’t stop admiring your reflection in the pristine blue and glazed lake. Want more? Take a walk along the apex of Mt. Ossa

Figure 9: Overland Track

10. The Inca Trail, Peru

Welcome to the ancient Peruvian civilization of Central America- Machu Pichhu! The Inca trail leads to Machu Picchu, and you will encounter snow-clad Andes and verdant tropical jungles on your short trek. The view of the erstwhile affluent Peruvian city is simply intoxicating when you stand at the majestic Sun Gate.

Feel the genuine adventure and explore the remarkable beauty of Mother Nature
on these treks. Have you booked your ticket for adventure tourism?