Every people have some lofty fantasy of crossing their country to somewhere abroad to feel the adventure of travel on foot. And, what else could be better than trekking to mountains? High-end panoramic views, mesmerizing beauty of nature and the charismatic weather to give you an extra feel; a tinge of adventure and some voyage will really take a journey beyond travel.
Strolling past different passes and rivers, plodding through several hills and scaling a very high mountain all on foot might be a tough part of trekking, but the serene atmosphere and pristine view in the top would make any trek really worthwhile. And, all you require is a pair of sturdy lungs, fit legs and a good preparations to pass over several trails that would remain as a beautiful experience in your nostalgia throughout the life. So, let us take a look at the top 10 countries for trekking to mountains that is sure to provide you some extra boost at fantasizing to go straight away and plan for one.
If you’re looking for a trek undiscovered by much people, then it’s Bhutan where you need to put your steps on. Though Bhutan offers remote trekking, it possess wide prospects with regards to the best trails in the entire world. The Snowman trek which is around 200 miles in total is regarded as one of the best treks in South Asia. The unpredictable weather conditions in the high Himalayas makes trekking to mountains in Bhutan utterly difficult. However, the attraction that the treks offer in Bhutan are diverse. With semi tropical and alpine forest in the lower altitude region, it has homed a wide variety of flora and fauna. Magnificent views of the Chomolhari, Tsering Gand the Jitchu drake, the trek becomes more memorable. The ethnic diversity of the country also adds a bonus to treks. The Snowman trek takes almost 25 days to complete and trekkers will feel themselves at height of around 17,000 feet after getting through 11 passes and several villages.
9. United States of America
One of the World’s most developed country, the United States of America has a great mother nature. With several waterfalls and vistas, giant redwoods along with several granite mountain faces, it also falls under one of the best countries for trekking and hiking to mountains. The Kaibab trails in the Grand Canyon of Arizona is one of the best trekking routes in the entire world. The trek to Denali national park offers trekkers to a natural beauty in its raw form that gives great sight seeing to snow capped mountains in Alaska. The Rocky mountain national park trekking also gives an adventure to trekkers at a height of 14,000 feet through the wilds of the country. The trek to the Flattom mountain can be more challenging for amateur trekkers. As being a large country, it possesses abundance of wildlife that attract hikers, trekkers and travelers to experience the best natural beauty away from the monotony of busy cities in the country.
Though Pakistan might be a country out of thought for trekkers with several ongoing political issues, the presence of terrorism and socio-economic problems prevalent, it comes under several trekker’s dreamland after they get through the mountains, trails and passes in the country. The trek to Mt. K2, the world’s second highest peak in the world is an incomparable trek with some of the most humbling beauty in the entire earth. Passing through several icy rivers along the puramidal mountains like the Paiju, Uli Biaho, the Great Trango, and other mountain ranges of the Karakoram, Hindukish and the Western Himalayas also gives the feel of the moraine-covered natural beauty. Several other mountains of awe-inspiring heights and unsurpassable beauty with the murmuring streams and springs together with the view of the might river Indus from the top are the best things that Pakistan has to offer.
Switzerland is another daunting country with its snowy peak with several lush valleys that are all filled with herbs and flowers to lighten up the nature. Connected to France in the from the Chamonix in the South Valais to the Zermatt, the Haute Route gives access to some of the best scenic views to walkers and trekkers in the Alps. “Pass hopping” is the best way of hiking through several mountain ranges in this country. The country is most famous for best short trekking routes that complete in a day time. Some of the best short route treks in the country are Kandersteg to Oeschinen, Griesalp to the Gamchi glacier, Pizol’s five lakes, and the Eiger trails. Though short routed, the natural beauty full of lakes, glaciers, and snow capped mountains makes the country a must visit place for tourists.
6. New Zealand
New Zealand has stunning sub-alpine scenery in the country that covers the Southern Islands. Trekking around the base of the Southern Alps will take trekkers through the Fiordland and the Mt. Aspiring national parks and also offers great views to the Conical hill. Alps is best suited as a scenic trek with wild transverse mountains between the Hollyford and the Dart Valleys. The Milford track is another mountain that offers a fjord scenery to the country. Traveling through the temperate rain forests and the beech trees are the best parts of trekking to snow-capped and rocky moutains of New Zealand. The Tongoriro Northern circuit and the Keppler treks also takes trekkers through two of the best national parks in the country that has a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Tanzania can be the best decision to trekking and mountain climbing. With Mt. Kilimanjaro being the most famous and the highest mountain in Africa, the country boasts in several other beautiful mountain ranges and attractive peaks to be travelled on foot. Several enthralling pictures of trails, peaks and volcanos has turned many tourists to trekkers. Mostly, the trekking sites are located in the North and East with several mountains like Mt. Meru, The Livingstone Mountain, Moduli Mountain, and Mt. Uluguru that adds beauty to the natural beauty of this country. However, trekking to Kilimanjaro has been the favorite as it takes trekkers through several passes, views of the Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Maasai Steppe and the Rift valley as well.
Peru is famous for its vast arrays of climates, jungles and land formations. It has almost everything for people who fancy about adventures to go deep inside the nature’s beauty. The Inca Trail that leads to the Manchu Pichu makes Peru famous World wide. The amazing feel of the Amazon forests, natural tunnels and Inca trails towards the end of the Sun Gate High at the ancient Machu Picchu also gives the experience of Andes in itself. The Salkantay trek in Peru might be difficult to avoid altitude sickness but the remote footpaths across the Savage Mountain offers peace and solitude to any trekkers. Several other best treks in Peru include the Santa Cruz Trek, the Lares Trek and the Choaquequiro Trek that takes people through the most rewarding least trodden sites in Peru.
What more could be more wonderful than making a travel to the country of the Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. A small landlocked country, full of natural beauties has a lot of snow capped mountains every mountain climbers and trekkers would want to step their foot on. The Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Base camp trek are two of the best treks experienced by professional trekkers. Kangchendzonga Himal, Manasalu Circuit, trek in the Langtang region are some of the easier treks to the mountains. Trekking to mountains in Nepal is not a easy task to do, however, there are students studying in as lower level as slc in nepal, who’d be your guide for free and take you around. But the walks through several ridges, passes and trails would surely remain in memory of any trekkers coming to this country. There are a lot to expect for any amateur or professional trekkers from the stunning scenery and several picturesque mountainous villages present in the rural side of the country.
France has one of the best walking networks with color-coded trails that attract a lot of hikers and trekkers from different parts of the world. Several landscapes present in this country includes forests, glacial lakes, snow capped peaks, granite moonscapes, and the paths around the mountains are really difficult as they are rocky, steep and include rickety bridges. GR20 that links to the Calenzana, offers the best for every people coming to France for trekking. The undulating hillsides and the forested paths in vast vineyards are the specialty of trekking around France. The Tour of Mont Blac looping around the height of 4810m also gives a good time. People also trek to the Cantal Volcano area that includes 5 mountains that are over 5000m and is regarded as the ancient trails in France.
A country of absolute delight that has lowland dusty deserts to snow capped mountains, there can be no other better country than Chile to dust off the hiking boots and making a travel to the best routes of Chile. With Torres del Paine trek, being the World’s best trek, the country has to offer several spectacular sites of the Southern Hemisphere with a lot of glaciers, lakes, fjords and ancient forests. Considered as a ultimate trekking challenge, the treks in Chile are well suited for a small budget and time that will still give anyone the experience of the hardcore challenge with the nature. The classic W Trek can be the best trek for amateurs which focuses on several attractions of the Towers, the Paine Massif and the Los Cuernos. The El Morado Glacier trek is the best place for glacier admirers and hiking lovers. It is not much known around the world though, but the climb to the Andes for around 6-8 hours long on a good fitness level will give a delightful view of impressive wildlife (most birds) and lagoons of floating ices.
Trekking and hiking gives one of the best opportunity for people to reduce stress by going into the nature. It also can be regarded as a sport that does not tolerate any sort of procrastination for a long period away from a sedentary life that people have been living. Trekking also provides motivation to get off the regular busy schedule on to a trail with moments of enjoyment and feeling oneself with the wild. As you get old, you may not have enough strength to travel around the serene natural mountainous beauty. So, it is time you think of packing your bags and finding a perfect place according to the budget and time that you’ve got and jump off to enjoy endless possibilities that the nature has to offer.