One of the most exciting ways to experience the world is through trekking. Apart from immersing yourself in the beautiful nature of a country, you often also get to enjoy the depth of history that a region has to offer. Of course, some countries are better than others in offering trekkers a unique and amazing experience. Here are the five best trekking destinations around the world for your next vacation as they are certainly must-visits.
Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage, Japan
Japan has always been home to some of the most gorgeous natural trails around, and Kumano Kodo is top of that list. The name itself says it all: Kodo is “old ways” in Japanese. That’s because the trekking trails have been in use for over a thousand years. It’s called a pilgrimage because the trail retains its original purpose. It was a means to travel safely between three Kumano Shrines: Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha, and Nachi Taisha. Apart from these very beautiful bits of Japanese religious heritage, the Pilgrimage features the beauty of unspoiled Japanese forestry to trek through.
Jungle Trekking, Vietnam
A decidedly tropical country, authentic Vietnamese trekking vacations aren’t for the faint of heart. The jungles of the country are thick, humid, and rough going for the most part. Ah, but what an adventure there is to be had. Like many Asian countries, the jungle treks of Vietnam feature ancient history. This includes many old temples and villages that characterize the area. What makes Vietnam unique is a touch of the modern. Many treks today incorporate visits to the remnants of recent wars—both with the French and later the Americans. Pair that with local legends and you have an adventure you cannot miss.
Few sights in the world are as breathtaking as the fjords of Norway. These deep valleys surrounded by high mountains transport visitors to an amazing natural world of wonders. Being the gateway to the fjords has made Bergen the natural starting point for trekkers who want to experience the beauty of Norway. Trekking has become a cottage industry, which makes it easy to plan and coordinate a trek into the fjords.
Snowshoeing, French Alps
If you want something unique and even a little colder than most, you can’t go wrong with snowshoeing in the French Alps. It’s another beautiful natural destination for the adventurous as it features near-perpetual winter mountain-scapes to explore and discover. The trek is a little more challenging but it’s worthwhile as the region has some of the best natural sights in the world. The whole thing is made more accessible by the many companies that have cropped up over the years offering quality snowshoeing trek holidays all over Europe, for all levels of experience.
Ben Navis, Scottish Highlands
There’s a reason that Ben Nevis is considered the region’s iconic mountain: it’s just so breathtakingly beautiful and hence one of the best trekking destinations to explore. It also has an air of mystery about it with its fog shrouded caps and surrounding hills. It’s a location that those who love nature have to visit. The trek itself takes you through craggy and rocky environs surrounded by a nippy, cool climate. The views are magnificent, to say the least and visitors feel immersed in the more ancient of Scotland’s environs. Again, tours and guided treks abound to ensure that you take in all that the ‘mountain with its head in the clouds’ has to offer.
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