Ask a few experienced hikers what they mean by trekking and what the best treks in the world are. You will get a different answer from each one of them. Some may consider a trek iconic because of its scenery, while others may consider a trek great for the perseverance and effort it needs.
Even though we cannot pinpoint what makes a trek epic, we can say that all the top treks will create a sense of mission that will transform the simple act of sightseeing into a life-changing expedition. A great trek is about the journey and the things we learn along the way.
The best treks in the world will offer you an incredible experience, and here is a list of top treks that will give you a life-changing experience.
Everest base camp, Nepal
If you want to experience the thrill and satisfaction of achieving a great mission, the two weeks trek to the Everest base camp would be the best option. You will have to climb 18,193 feet to reach the highest point and trace the winding river valleys and the terrifying Khumbu glacier. In this mighty mission, you will come across various monasteries, breathtaking sceneries, the calm and balanced Sherpa villages.
Even though there are many guides and porters to help you out on the way, always respect the altitude that will test your endurance and muscles. Therefore make sure to take it slow and steady. Give time for your body to get adjusted to the elevation.
GR20, Corsica, France
This is one such trek that is not meant for faint-hearted people. Corsica is known for the diverse landscapes that call for the trekkers to be brave to conquer its rugged trails. You will have to cover forests, granite moonscapes, craters, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and plains.
Remember that this challenging terrain is welcoming only for the most dedicated hikers.
But if you are brave and have the grit to conquer the uneven, rocky, and steep path and slippery rock faces, you can tell the world how you conquered Europe’s most challenging trail.
Inca Trail, Peru
The 20-mile trail to the ruins of the 15 century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was hidden from the mainstream population for centuries. But when the explorer Hiram Bingham discovered the route in 1911, backpackers and hikers set out to explore the stunning views of the forest covered by high clouds and the mystic Machu Picchu.
Hikers will have to climb 7,972 feet along the sacred valleys, travel down and around the mountains, and cross three passes to reach their destination. Trekking is limited to 200 people to protect Peru’s lost city. As a result, you will be able to have a tranquil experience that you can treasure for a lifetime.
So, be ready with a strong pair of lungs, a strong pair of legs, the willpower to conquer unexpected and unwelcome situations, and perseverance. Even though you will have to put in a lot of effort, trekking will be rewarding and will give you memories that will make you proud and happy.