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Trekking is amazing and the great treks offer both an outer and inner journey. At Bering Travel we are passionate about trekking and we want to share that enthusiasm with you. Below you can read about some of the world's most famous treks. Some of them, you can even book with us. If you can book them here, we've put a link below the description.
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The city of Huaraz in northern Peru is the starting point for a number of fantastic treks in the Cordillera Blanca mountains. The Llanganuco trek is one of South America's finest treks. The route goes past Alpamayo 5,947m, considered by many to be one of the world's most beautiful mountains, on past Taullitaju, 5,830m and to the foot of Peru's highest mountain Huascaran, 6,738m. The area is popular with climbers who scramble up the many icy peaks of Cordillerra Blanca. Cordillera Blanca has 22 peaks above 6,000 metres and 35 peaks above 5,500 metres. The area is also popular with hikers, but not nearly as many as on the Inca Trail. This is a shame, as the trek is far more scenic than the famous Inca.
Without doubt South America's most famous hike. The classic route takes you by car from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and on to kilometre stone 82, where the trek begins. The next four days are spent trekking through lush rainforest, deep valleys and over high mountain passes. The Inca Trail is part of the ancient trail system used by the Incas as they travelled around the great empire on foot. The trek culminates when you hike through the Sun Gate and the ruins of the Incas' forgotten city of Machu Picchu reveal themselves.
Mount Kailash is located in western Tibet. The mountain is considered the centre of the universe and is sacred to four religions. Especially Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims come from Tibet and India to walk the Kora, the pilgrimage around the mountain. In a poll on Walkopedia.net, users voted the trek the World's Best Hike. A few hardy Tibetans do the kora in a single day, while other dedicated nomads choose to make prayer falls all the way around the mountain. It often takes 3 weeks! Most foreigners spend three days. Along the way the Dolma La pass, 5,648m, is crossed. It is a short but tough trek with amazing cultural experiences.
A popular classic! And perhaps the world's best known trek. After more than 20 years trekking the trails in the Everest area, we have no doubt which route is the most beautiful, and spectacular trek into Everest Base Camp. It goes via the remote Gokyo valley, over the Cho La pass and into Everest Base Camp and the lookout peak of Kala Pathar, 5,645m overlooking the majestic Mount Everest. Here you are truly in the heart of the Himalayas. Along the trek you will see 4 of the World's highest mountains over 8000m and you will also pass one of the globe's most beautiful mountains, Ama Dablam, 6,856m.
See the tour: Everest Base Camp, Gokyo & Chola Pass, 19 days
Another of Nepal's classic trekking routes. And not without reason. The trek goes through some of Nepal's most varied trekking areas, with plenty of small cosy villages, terraced fields and rugged high alpine areas. The trek offers views of some of the Himalayas' biggest and most beautiful mountains from the start, including the 6,990-metre Machhapuchare and 8,091-metre Annapurna. The route climbs through the lush Modi Kola valley through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests to the high alpine landscape of Machhapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 metres. Here you are completely surrounded by icy giants like Annapurna I 8,091 meters, Annapurna III, 7,555 meters, Khangsar Kang, 7,485 meters, Gangapurna, 7,454 meters, Annapurna South, 7,219 meters and Hiunchuli, 6,441 meters.
See the tour: Annapurna Base Camp Trek, 17 days
The trek around the world's 8th highest mountain Manaslu 8,153m, is considered by many experts as one of the most beautiful Himalayan treks. It has now also become possible to trek into the hidden and untouched Tsum Valley, which until recently has been closed country to tourists. Tsum lies right on the border with Tibet and here people live as they have done for centuries. Until a few years ago, the Manaslu trek was a pure "Of The Beaten Track" where you stayed in tents all the way and met few other trekkers. That has changed and there are now teahouses on much of the route and more tourists, which all else being equal affects the experience.
See the tour: Trek around Manaslu, 19 days
My favourite trek in the Himalayas. The trek to the foot of the world's third highest mountain Kangchenjunga, 8,586m, located in far eastern Nepal, on the border with Sikkim, is in my opinion the Himalayas' most beautiful, most varied, and most overlooked trekking route. Here we are talking about a true "Of The Beaten Track" trek with amazing cultural and natural experiences. You trek up the Tamur River through deep valleys, cultivated terraced landscapes, small villages and primeval forest before emerging into the wild alpine landscape. The route takes you past Jannu Peak up to Pang Pema and Kangchenjunga Base Camp at 5,150m. Here you are surrounded by giant snow-capped Himalayan giants before crossing over Mirgin La to the south side of Kangchenjunga. Few tourists come to this area and the people live as they have for centuries. A long and hard walk, but worth all the effort!
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The winter trek "Chadar" on the frozen Zanskar River is an adventurous journey that takes you into the heart of the Himalayas in the middle of the icy winter season. For half the year, the remote villages of the Zanskar region in northern India are largely cut off from the outside world by snow in the passes. But by following the ancient trade route along - and on - the frozen river, it is possible to trek into the villages. Temperatures often drop to minus 30 degrees and the trek is only for the most adventurous. In return, you'll experience a unique winter landscape and an incredibly hardy population living in extreme conditions in the remote valleys. The trek also offers great cultural experiences, both in villages and in the Buddhist monasteries that sit like eagle's nests high above the entrances to the valleys of both Zanskar and Ladakh. An incredible trek and rugged surroundings.
A challenging trek to the foot of the world's second highest mountain K2. The route over the Baltoro Glacier to Concordia and K2 Base Camp, and beyond the technically difficult Gondogoro La Pass, is considered one of the world's great treks. The Karokorum Mountains of northern Pakistan are arguably the world's wildest mountain range and this trek gives you the whole package: Nanga Parbat, Trango Towers, Masherbrum, Broad Peak and K2 and a host of other Himalayan giants. Concordia is also called the "Throne Room of the Gods" from where there is an indescribable 360° panoramic view of K2 and numerous 7-thousanders. Due to the political circumstances and security risks in northern Pakistan, it is largely only the expeditions to K2 and the other 8-thousanders in the area that take the trip deep into the Karakoram Mountains.
New Zealanders call the Milford Track "The Finest Walk in the World" and the 53km, 4-day walk through Fiordland National Park is a stunning hike through a spectacular and wild part of New Zealand. The route takes walkers through a magnificent landscape of rugged mountain peaks, steep gorges and majestic waterfalls. The trail winds along rushing rivers, through lush green rainforests and up through Mackinnon Pass to end at Milford Sound. Most stay in cabins along the way.
The trek around Mont Blanc passes through the three countries of France, Italy and Switzerland at the foot of Mont Blanc and offers barren mountain passes, alpine landscapes, small villages and giant glaciers. A classic hut-to-hut mountain walk through the European Alps. The Mont Blanc massif has attracted climbers and hikers from all over the world for centuries and is rich in snow-capped peaks, glaciers, alpine history and cultural diversity. Combined with delicious French and Italian food, the area makes a paradise for mountain hikers and should be on every "Must-Do" list.
Mustang is called "The Hidden Kingdom" and is located in northwestern Nepal, on the border with Tibet. The ancient windswept kingdom is geologically part of the Tibetan plateau, but culturally Mustang is also closely linked to Tibet.
The classic trekking route follows the Kali Gandaki valley from Jomsom north to Lo Manthang. The trek from Jomsom to Lo Manthang takes five days and you should spend at least two days in the Lo Munthang area before turning your nose south again.
The Mustang trek has been voted the second best trek in the world on walkopedia.net and is indeed unique. The route passes through a rugged, windswept desert landscape of wildly eroded mountains and gorges, through ancient Tibetan villages with manistas, fluttering prayer flags and villagers with faces as weather-beaten as the surrounding mountains.
The Dolomites are also known as the Italian Alps and this beautiful mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The peaks reach over 3,000 metres, with Marmolada the highest at 3,343 metres. The famous Alta Via 1 high route, at altitudes between about 1,400 and 2,400 metres, around the Pelmo, Civetta and San Sebastiano - Tamer massifs and above Talvena. The hike goes from hut to hut with views of some of the other mountain groups in the Dolomites: Marmolada, Sella, Col di Lana, Lagaquio, Tofana, Fanes and Dolomiti Ampezzane. Along the way there are the most incomparable views of both the rugged peaks of the grey mountains, wild mountain passes, green pastures where cattle and goats graze together and lush valleys with small villages. Definitely one of Europe's most beautiful walking routes.
Africa's largest mountain range is the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. This is the source of the Blue Nile and the vast Simien National Park is on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger. However, the national park covers only a small part of the Simien Mountains. Simien is an incredibly beautiful area deep gorges, huge ravines and an endless range of high peaks reaching over 4,500m. On the steep slopes there are good chances to see gelada baboons with their distinctive leafy mane, wild ibex and wolves. The 10-day trekking route passes through the Afro-alpine highlands at an altitude of over 3,000 metres. If you choose to climb Ethiopia's highest (and Africa's 4th highest) mountain Ras Dashen, you'll reach an altitude of 4,620 metres.
Trekking through Los Glaciares National Park with views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre in Argentina and Torres del Paine in Chile is definitely on the list of World's Best Treks. The route goes through the most magnificent mountainous area that Chile and Argentina can offer. The trek is split into two areas, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and Torres del Paine in Chile.Most people start the trek in Los Glaciares National Park, where some of Latin America's most famous mountains Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre tower into the sky. The wild mountains are surrounded by calving glaciers and reflected in the shining glacial lakes. El Calafate and the famous Perito Moreno glacier, the world's third largest water reservoir, are a must. Continue along the famous "Ruta 40" to Torres del Paine National Park. Here you can hike between the Grey, French and Ascensio valleys with views of the iconic granite monoliths for which the national park is named.
The Markha valley itself runs parallel to the Indus valley with the Stok mountain range in between. The Markha River flows through the valley, and there are some magnificent paths on the hillsides and valley floor, which are adorned with multi-coloured prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, and beautiful Buddhist stupae. The landscape changes from narrow valleys to open plains and summer pastures, where Markha Valley residents tend their livestock in summer. In addition, there are beautiful campsites near small villages.
The standard version of the trek is with two fairly demanding mountain passes and a few river crossings. You cross into the Markha valley via the Gandha La pass at 4950 meters and after some wonderful trekking days, you cross back into the Indus valley via the Gongamaru La at 5250 meters. The trek ends in Hemis, where one of Ladakh's largest monasteries or gompas is located.
Among trekking guides, it is a known fact that the most beautiful girls in the Himalayas live in Laya! And if there is a true Shangri La, it must be in Bhutan. The world's only Buddhist kingdom is undoubtedly a little melting pot where development has come at its own pace.
Also known as "Druk Yul", meaning Land of Thunder Dragons, Bhutan is a wonderfully exotic destination that few have heard of - and many think is closed country. Bhutan is certainly not a closed country, they just have a regulated tourism policy. There are countless opportunities to go on fantastic treks of an absolutely exceptional class and the best is probably the Lingshi Laya trek. The trek goes via Chomolhari Base Camp and the monastery castle of Lingshi, to the north side of the Himalayas and the remote villages of Laya. Here you will encounter the true untouched Tibetan culture. The people wear the traditional costumes they have worn for centuries. In short; the Lingshi Laya trek is a huge experience!
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