In today’s world people try to escape the cities and the noise, go back into the bosoms of nature for peace or satisfaction. Here are some of the most enthralling, self-guided and must-do treks around the world.
1. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
The trek to the top of the world is reputed to be one of the toughest. From Lukla (2,860m) to the base camp (5,360m), the 8-day trek is a challenge even for the strongest. Altitude sickness is serious threat and time should be taken for acclimatisation. But the end result is simply like a dream.
2. Trans-Zanskar, India
This 350-km route requires much technical knowledge and fitness on the part of the trekker. Located in northern most regions of India among the Karakorum’s, the 17-day trek is above 5,000m for most of the route. It requires careful planning and government permission. The best time to visit is from July to August.
3. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
This route in the Himalayas goes around the foot of the Annapurna mountain range. Fitness is required to complete the difficult Eastern portions of the trail, while the western part of it is relatively smooth and easy. They are divided by the ‘Thorung La’ pass at 5,416m. The best time to visit the 260-km trail is March to May & October to November.
4. Kungsleden, Sweden
The King’s Trail’ is a 270-mile (440-km) long route through the arctic regions in the country’s north. Through forests and valleys, the route is a balance of slopes and plains. But completing the entire length requires time. Normally a 50-mile hike of the northern part of it is advisable. The trail runs through four national parks and a reserve.
5. Santa Cruz Trail, Peru
This is a typical mountain hike with gentle slopes. But the up-and-down trek through two passes makes the 50-km trail difficult and challenging. High up the Andes, it can snow at any time throughout the year. But it is not heavy during summers from May to September.