What Is the World’s Greatest Trek?

CaminoDeSantiago

If you have got itchy feet and a pair of sturdy boots then maybe it is time to get trekking. The good news is that the world is filled with wonderful places where you can walk for days on end before arriving somewhere amazing.

So, which one of these famous treks is ideal for you?

The Inca Trail

If you want to get to Machu Picchu in Peru then there really is no other sensible way of doing it other than walking. Sure, there are trains that go there but for me trekking through spectacular scenery to get there was the whole point of visiting the legendary Inca city.

The first point to note is that you don’t actually have to walk very far on the Inca Trail. There are a few different routes and the classic trail is only 26 miles (43 km), covered in 3 or 4 days. This means that you are probably going to reach the end without even getting any blisters on your feet.

Inca Bridge

However, the altitude makes this a far more punishing walk than you might think, while the cold nights sleeping in a tent on hard ground can be kind of difficult too. Since you need to join an organized group for this trek, it is a good chance to spend time with travellers from around the word and to drink some life-affirming coca leaf tea with the locals who carry the luggage.

If you want to feel far from the rest of the world (apart from all the other trekkers and guides, of course) then this is hard to beat. The moment when I arrived to Machu Picchu at sun-rise and saw the city slowly reveal itself to me is simply one the best experiences in my life.

Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago is the name given to a massive network of ancient pilgrim routes leading from all over Europe to the incredible Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. It is one of the planet’s oldest and most popular pilgrimage routes. Sounds kind of interesting, right?

I have been fascinated by this trek ever since a couple of Aussie friends almost managed to convince me to call in sick to work and join them on a month-long trip there. To be fair, I kind of regret not using my fake cough to get me the free time needed to explore this amazing trek.

CaminoDeSantiago

Hundreds of thousands of people walk this challenging route every year, some for religious reasons, some for spiritual reasons and others for sport or simply for fun. The most popular route starts out in the North of France and could easily take you a month of walking and staying in old monasteries to finally get to the church in Santiago. However, if you are really adventurous then you could start off in Portugal, Ireland or Poland, among other places.

Mount Everest

You aren’t seriously going to climb Mount blooming Everest, are you? Well, maybe not but, hey, sort of. It is estimated that over 4,000 people have scaled Earth’s (arguably) highest mountain, although hundreds have also died along the way.

If you aren’t ready to reach the dizzy heights of 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) then there is another option. You could choose to trek to the base camp. This is likely to take you three weeks of trekking, which will end at the 5,545 metre (18,193 feet) Kala Pattar.

Everest trek

This is a demanding trek, although it is also exhilarating and undeniably special as well. Like the other treks I have looked at here, it is a once in a lifetime adventure and something that you aren’t likely to ever forget.

Which of these treks would you most like to do?

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One Response to What Is the World’s Greatest Trek?

  1. For me, it would have to be the Inca trail that tempts me most but I’m not a seasoned hiker anyway and then with the altitude,makes me unsure about how manageable I would find it!
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