Do you dream of long walks in nature and difficulties to overcome? Trekking is for you! Here is our selection of the best treks to do in the world.
You are an experienced hiker and you would like to face more demanding paths? Then you are ready to embark on a trek lasting several days. However, you hesitate on the place and the difficulty to choose. We present to you those who we believe are the best treks in the world. A great way to discover five continents.
The most beautiful treks in Europe
Let’s not be afraid of being chauvinistic, our old continent is a very nice playground for treks. If you are just starting out, don’t go too far to get started.
Tour of Mont-Blanc (France, Switzerland, Italy)
Often ranked in the TOP 10 of the most beautiful treks in the world, it straddles three countries around Mont-Blanc. In France, the departure is from Les Houches, near Chamonix. Each day of hiking brings its share of breathtaking panoramas. You cross eight valleys and climb several passes, including those of Bonhomme, Seigne and Balme. You therefore frequently find yourself above 2,500 m. Be careful, it has some technical passages that need to be in good shape. There are many and varied accommodation options throughout the trek.
Best period: from mid-June to mid-September
Duration: between 7 and 10 days
Distance: 170 km
The GR® 20 in Corsica (France)
Known all over the world, this trek, often described as mythical, allows you to appreciate the great diversity of Corsican landscapes. It begins in Calenzana in the northwest, and ends in Canca, in the southeast, following the watershed. You go from crest to crest, between 275 m and 2,225 m, with significant elevation differences. The sublime beauty of the landscapes has to be earned and you have to take difficult passages, equipped with handrails and ladders.
Best period: June to October
Duration: around 15 days
Distance: 200 km
The Cinque Terre (Italy)
From Monterosso and Riomaggiore, on the Ligurian coast in Italy, these are five medieval villages which are linked by hiking trails, including that of the Lovers. The long path that goes through the mountain will take you through olive groves, vineyards and fields of aromatic plants and offers you magnificent views of these atypical villages.
The most beautiful treks in America
South or North America, this continent brings together a wide variety of treks, from the easiest to the most demanding.
Best time: spring and fall
Duration: around 5 days
Distance: 80 km
Inca Trail (Peru)
This trek, which leads to the mythical site of Machu Picchu, can only be carried out with an agency. The number of departures is limited to 500 per day, it is imperative to book well in advance. The departure is from KM 82, near the fortress of Ollantaytambo, two hours’ drive from Cuzco. You have the peaks of the Andes on the horizon, while evolving among many Inca remains. Prepare for altitude sickness: these vary between 2,400 m and 4,198 m. The short vegetation gradually gives way to the luxuriance of the surroundings of the Amazon rainforest.
Best time: between late May and early September
Duration: 4 to 5 days
Distance: 38 km
Torres del Paine (Chile)
The complete circuit of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is also called O, because it makes a loop of around 110 km. The shorter version is the W, 76 km long. The trek takes you around a fascinating massif, including among others the famous towers (Torres) and the horns (los Cuernos). Glaciers, lagoons with improbable colors, guanacos, flamingos and condors are also on the menu. Please note, it is mandatory to reserve accommodation or camping places before entering the park, and this very far in advance.
Best period: between December and March
Duration: 8 to 10 days
Distance: 110 km
Zion Narrows (United States)
This trek follows the bed of the Virgin River, southwest of Utah. It is a series of narrow passages, bordered by steep rocks, which come in superb shades of red. Waterfalls emerge from the sides of the canyon, creating veritable hanging gardens. Some portions will sometimes have to be done swimming, so it is important to be well equipped. This hike is, otherwise, very easy since it has no elevation. Learn before leaving about the risk of floods, access is not recommended in these circumstances.
The most beautiful treks in Asia
The Himalayan range offers a wide variety of treks, most of which are among the most beautiful in the world. They usually require a good mountain experience.
Best period: June to September
Duration: 1 day
Distance: 26 km
Everest base camp (Nepal)
Sometimes called “Walk to Heaven”, this trek is one of the most affordable in the region. However, it requires good physical condition. From Kathmandu, you fly to Lukla, 2,800 m away. You then chain the walking days to arrive in stages at 5,364 m. You pass through small villages and can immerse yourself in the local culture. The views of Everest and the entire chain are unforgettable.
Best period: early October to mid-December
Duration: 10 to 15 days
Distance: 62 km
Markha Valley (India)
The Indian side of the Himalayas is home to many treks, which are still relatively confidential. That of the Markha Valley, in the region of Little Tibet, offers a wide variety of landscapes, while being relatively short. The easiest way to get there is to land at Leh, which is more than 3,200 m above sea level and 20 minutes from the starting point: Spituk. On your way, you will visit Tibetan monasteries, meet a warm population and observe lots of wild animals.
Best period: June to mid-October
Duration: 7 to 8 days
Distance: 110 km
Great Wall of China
There is of course no question of covering the 6,700 km of the longest protective wall on the planet! Most of the treks offered last four to five days, during which one travels five to ten kilometers per day, for three to five hours of walking, or rather up and down stairs. It is possible to leave from Badaling or Mutijanu, the closest to Beijing. However, for a more intimate experience, it is better to start further, in Simatai, for example, to go as far as Jinshanling in one day.
The most beautiful treks in Africa
Between desert and lush forests, between savannah plains and snow-capped mountains, Africa lends itself to a great diversity of treks.
Best time: spring and fall
Duration: 1 to 10 days
Distance: between 3 and 40 km
Ascent of Kilimanjaro by the Machame route (Tanzania)
Kilimanjaro offers many possibilities for treks, the best of which is probably the one that takes the Machame route. Be careful, this volcanic mountain is not within everyone’s reach and you will have to be a seasoned trekker to reach the summit, at 5,890 m! You start at 1,850 m, cross the equatorial forest, the steppe, the desert and its moraines to finish with the high mountains. Accompaniment by a sworn guide is compulsory.
Best period: from January to March and from July to October
Duration: 6 to 7 days
Distance: 60 km
Dogon country (Mali)
A timeless journey, which allows you to meet the Dogon people and their ancestral customs. The villages built on the cliff side are part of the discovery. The landscapes range from the lush forest to the Sahel desert. This trek is however not currently accessible, the country being closed to tourism.
The most beautiful treks in Oceania
Australia, New Zealand and Polynesia remained virgin for a long time. This almost untouched nature is the scene of many treks, among the most beautiful in the world.
Best period: between November and January
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 20 km
Crossing Tongariro (New Zealand)
Often ranked in the top 5 of the best treks to do in the world, it can be done by a wide audience, including children, already trained. It makes you climb the lowest of the three volcanoes in Tongariro Park. The trek begins at the Mangatepopo car park, to the southwest, and ends at the Ketetahi car park, to the north. You cross a rugged plain, dotted with waterfalls, discover, climbing, lakes of colorful craters, including the red, which peaks at 1,886 m, ending with the forest. Great views along the way to Mount Doom, from the Lord of the Rings, and even to the Taranaki, 100 km away.
Best period: between November and March
Duration: one day
Distance: 19.4 km
Overland Track (Tasmania)
In the south of Australia, of which it is a state, Tasmania is a concentrate of its big sister, the desert less. The Overland trek crosses Cradle Mountain National Park. It can only be done in a north-south direction, from Ronnie Creek to Lake St. Clair. Relatively easy, it crosses landscapes of moors, forests and waterfalls, with Mont Cradle in sight. A path of boards protects the flora on many sections. This trek is a must for any traveler to Australia.
Best time: November to March
Duration: 5 to 6 days
Distance: 65 km