Intro to Trekking: 10 Adventures around the World

Travel is better when you hoof it.

If you ask us, there’s no better way to explore a new destination than by foot. Walking, hiking, and trekking around cities, towns, and the wilderness not only slows your pace, allowing you to appreciate every site along the way, but we also find that working up a little sweat makes the views (and dinner) that much more rewarding.

Embarking on a multi-day hiking journey may seem intimidating to some, but with the right crew and itinerary, even travelers with no hiking experience can get started exploring the world one step at a time. MT Sobek is the leading provider for guided adventures around the world and have an easy rating system to understand which adventure level is right for you. These 10 adventures provide an option for anyone interested in trekking around the world whether you want to start slow with short hikes within city limits or jump right into a 12-day trek.

 

LEVEL 2

Active trips appropriate for most travelers. You don’t need any previous kayaking, hiking, or other experience, but should be in generally fit condition. Trips may include short hikes or walking of up to 3 hours at elevations below 6,000 feet and sea kayaking in protected waters.

1. Nepal Discovery Adventure | 7 Days

Take in colorful cities, ancient temples, and gain an insider perspective of life in the traditional mountain villages of the Himalayas. Learn more

2. A Walk in the Cotswolds | 8 Days

Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare, hike the rolling green hills of the English countryside, and have a pint or two at the pubs along the way. Learn more.

 

LEVEL 3

The majority of MT Sobek trips. These typically include 3 to 6 hours of physical activity per day, such as rafting or wilderness camping. Eight- to 10-mile hikes can reach up to 10,000 feet and may include some steep ascents or descents. River rafting trips include Class III rapids and sea kayaking trips visit protected waters.

3. A Long Weekend in Yosemite | 4 Days

Take in the most scenic views in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as you hike your way through Yosemite Valley's best trails. Learn more.

4. National Parks of the Southwest | 6 Days

In just under one week you can explore three of the most stunning national parks in the Southwest; Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. Learn more.

5. Hiking the Alpe Adria | 10 Days

Immerse yourself in the culture and landscape of the Alps as you wind your way through Austria, Italy, and Slovenia. Learn more.

6. Adventures in Argentinean Patagonia | 11 Days

Like most places on this list, Patagonia needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate the scale and beauty. Unlike other adventures on this list, you can witness blocks of ice calving from the famed Perito Moreno Glacier. Learn more.

7. Hiking Ireland North to South | 12 Days

Cover 70 miles of Ireland's famous Wild Atlantic Way, hiking on coastal cliffs and through mountains with regular stops to the pub along the way. Learn more

8. Hiking Provence | 12 Days

Straight out of a postcard, this region of France comes not only with gorgeous views with every step, but a glass of delicious, local wine to cap off each day. Learn more.

 

LEVEL 4

Trips for experienced travelers seeking full days of activity and a higher level of physical challenge. Hikes and treks of up to 14 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gains and losses per day cover steep, sometimes rugged terrain, potentially into areas of exposure and elevations exceeding 10,000 feet. River rafting trips include Class IV-V rapids; sea kayaking trips include 4 to 5 hours of paddling per day in areas of open water with waves and tides.

9. Tour du Mont Blanc Express | 8 Days

If that glass of wine after hiking in Provence sounded nice, but you're up for a bigger challenge and a more alpine experience, the Tour du Mont Blanc is for you. Learn more.

10. Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek | 10 Days

A must-do for all world travelers, the trek to Machu Picchu isn't easy by any means, but the experience is worth every step. Learn more.

 

Check out MT Sobek for more amazing adventures around the world.

Photos courtesy of MT Sobek.

Published: November 19, 2018

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