You can practically trek anywhere in the world but some countries are just made for walking. Whether you’re a novice or a serious explorer there are treks everywhere for all levels. If you need some solo trip ideas, pack those walking boots as we explore the best places for a solo hiking trip around the globe. 

Everest Base Camp (photo @kevincure)

1. Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Kala Patthar is perhaps the best spot on the planet to catch a glimpse of the world’s highest peak. It lets you get as close to Mt. Everest as you can without having to do any professional mountaineering. You tend to feel overwhelmed till you acclimatise to the high altitude, but once you’re in tune with the mountains, you cannot help but be mesmerised by the stunning scenery and those friendly Sherpa people. Trekking to Everest Base Camp has been one of the world’s best adventures for decades and it still is today!

Nepal actually has 8 of the 14 Himalayas including Everest: the world’s tallest mountain which can take up to two weeks to complete. If time isn’t on your side, trek to the Everest base camp for magnificent views of the famous mountain. The Annapurnas has peaks over 7,000 meters tall and is a spectacular mountain region, with stunning snowy peaks. Treks start from Pokhara where the Annapurna mountains tower above its beautiful lake.

Even if you’re a novice, you now need a trekking guide in Nepal so you’ll be with an expert all the way.

Feeling adventurous? Try your hand at the Great Himalaya Trail, one of the longest treks in the world that takes 157 days to complete.

starBest time to go – September to mid April.

2. Nepal

2. Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal 

Once an ancient trade route, the Annapurna Circuit trek re-opened its doors to visitors in the year 1977. It doesn’t attract as much fanfare as the Everest Base Camp trek, but it certainly is every bit as beautiful. Considered to rank among the most amazing hikes on the planet, the Annapurna Circuit is where you get to click picture-perfect photos for your social media profiles. Your journey begins with a monkey covered jungle and sweaty walks as you slowly gain altitude.

The mountains only come into view after a few days, and that’s when those tantalising vistas and magical sceneries begin to form all around you. The best moments of this horse-shoe shaped circuit include watching the sun rise over Poon Hill and enjoying views of surrounding mountains from the Thorung La summit.

Best places for trekking

Bhutan (photo @ Hartfried Schmid)

3. Bhutan

The Land of the Dragon has over 25 trekking trails, and hiking through this magical kingdom will take you on a journey through the country’s history, so you can experience breathtaking scenery as you walk. From moderate mountain treks through the idyllic Bumthang Valley to trekking Mount Chomolhari and the Bonte La, past Buddhist monasteries, trekking in Bhutan will leave you feeling more than peaceful.

Feeling adventurous? The Snowman Trek is the most difficult in Bhutan and takes 3 weeks to complete. Once you’ve passed the town of Laya, there is no going back!

starBest time to go – Spring and Autumn.

Best places for trekking

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand (photo @ Nori Yoko)

4. New Zealand

With so much space, New Zealand is a trekkers paradise and has nine great walks including Milford Trek: the finest walk in the world. This trek takes four days through beautiful Fjordland and past cascading waterfalls. If you prefer to walk along the coast, Abel Tasman is a coastal track that takes three to five days to complete staying in campsites and huts on the way or trek along rivers and alpine lakes on The Routeburn Track through on New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

cautionBook at least four months ahead for the Milford Trek.

5. Peru

Inca Trail, Peru

The ancient Inca Trail is one of the most traveled and oldest routes on the planet. It is incredibly beautiful and it offers almost everything you wish to see in your trek – snow-capped mountains, lush jungles, exotic scenery and fantastic experiences. You tend to fall in love with the views from the Sun Gate, and the first sight of ancient Machu Picchu is sure to be the best view you’ll ever see. The ideal time to go on the Machu Picchu hike is between the months of April to November.

But there is more to Peru than the Classic Inca Trail, which is by far the most famous trek in South America and takes 4 days to complete on a moderate trek. If you’re looking for somewhere less crowded, the Santa Cruz Trek offers the peace of the mountains on a trail less trodden. For shorter trails, trek through the Sacred Valley, around scenic Lake Titicaca or within the dense Amazon rainforest.

Feeling adventurous? For the more experienced trekker, trek the High Inca Trail on a 7 day trek at a higher altitude of 5,000m.

starBest time to go – April to September.

Walking is perhaps the best way to discover a new destination, admire the area’s beauty and culture and meet locals in remote destinations. But when that walk takes the form of a trek through majestic mountain landscapes, exotic wildlife, starry skies and the very best of nature, you’re truly in for a treat. From off-the-beaten-path adventures to pleasant walks through sleepy mountainside villages, these are the 5 best treks in the world. So don your boots and get hiking! And don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you leave.

6. Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain on the planet. Its biggest draw is that it introduces you to all kinds of ecosystems that you can possibly imagine, ensuring vast and varied experiences.

At 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is easy when compared to Mt Everest, but don’t let that fool you. The highest mountain of Africa is still a beast, and incredibly difficult. That said, with a little bit of preparation and a good itinerary allowing for proper acclimatisation, you should be able to enjoy a successful Mount Kilimanjaro climb, for the best views that the continent has to offer.

Cinque Terra

Cinque Terra

7. Italy

Cinque Terre

If you’re looking for an adventure without ever having to get away from mesmerising natural beauty, the Cinque Terre trail is just perfect. It may not take you closer to high mountain peaks and alpine sceneries, but it presents an overdose of the sun, the sand and the sea with picture-perfect vineyards and beautiful old villages for desert.

The Blue Trail, the path that connects those five ancient Mediterranean villages, hugs the Ligurian coastline, ensuring you’re always close the crashing Mediterranean waves, the area’s romantic vibe, wild herbs and exotic wines.

The journey also takes you back into time, making you feel like you’re stepping right into a fairy tale, with beautifully colored buildings opening out to a deep blue sea! The best time to visit Cinque Terre is during the Spring and Fall seasons, when the area is covered in all sorts of colours and the weather is cooler.

These treks demand fully-fit legs and a steely grit. They leave you weary, tired and exhausted. They force you to undergo lots of preparation. But if you do decide to take on one of these trails, you’re sure to be rewarded with the best travel experience of your life.

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