10 Off-the-Beaten Treks for Your Bucket List

sunset-2581737__340.jpg Do you want to really get away and head to places where you can be completely on your own with no one else around?

Separate yourself from the every day and get back to the beauty of the outdoors on some of the most out of the way trails. Travel Africa’s 3rd highest mountain to the Australian deserts, and even the world’s most southerly trek in Patagonia, each place is incredible. And though they are isolated, it does not mean they are undoable; there is a remote trail for every keen trekker.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal

Duration is approximately 17 days (13 days trekking)

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try out a trail different to the ever-popular Everest Base Camp trek

Departure dates: February to mid-May and end of September to December
Do you want stay away from the crazy touristy hikes in the Everest region? You can journey though Sherpa villages to the breathtaking greenish blue Gokyo Lakes and move through Renjo La (5400) on a very quiet trail. It is regarded as the greatest trek in the Everest region, and gives a picturesque view of the Himalaya’s 8,000-meter peaks.

As you travel to the top of Gokyo Ri, you will get one of the most striking sights of Everest and encompassing mountains, like Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia

Duration is about 14 days
Level: Moderate to challenging (6)
Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers desiring a challenge will love this

Mid-April to August is the ideal time to go
One of Australia’s most famous treks - the full traverse of the Larapinta follows the foundation of the West MacDonnell range, in Central Australia, over 223 kilometers.

Trek through this arid region on remote ridges and canyons; discover the stars in the Outback; climb Mount Sonder, one of the Northern Territory’s highest crests, and welcome a breathtaking sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile
Duration is about 6 days - 4 days trekking
Grading: Challenging - 7

Ideal for the experienced trekker who wants to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
December to March is the best time to go

Hike one of the globes most southern trails stretching across Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will feel like you are walking on the edge of the world. There will not be many other travelers throughout this 42-kilometer area at the edge of South America. This hike has been identified by Lonely Planet as some of Patagonia’s very best hiking areas and is thought of the most distant place to visit on earth.

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan

Duration is approx. 24 days (16 days trekking)
Grading is considered entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for: Those who are looking to get into mountaineering, or who are looking to take on a challenging trek

Best time to go is from June to August

Considered to be one of the greatest scenic treks, it extends from the well-known Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the end of the globe’s 2nd tallest peak. Pakistan’s famous hiking trail has grabbed the attention of hikers and mountaineers for numerous years, with a 360-degree view of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter points, as well as the massive K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand
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Duration: About 6 days
Grading: Moderate (5)

Ideal for those looking to head for heights
Ideal time to go: Months of November to April
One of the finest hiking (or “tramping” as it is known locally) experiences on Earth can be had in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, with its rolling hills, impressive glaciers, and aquamarine lakes.

Exploring the alpine tarns with unobscured vistas, this hike is considered a warm up for backpacking in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: Approximately 13 days - 10 days actual of trekking
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for those who have ticked off Mt Kilimanjaro from their bucket list and are looking for their next summit challenge
Best time to go: December to February, June to September
Not on the radar of most hikers, The Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s pride and joy. For those who like a challenge, the climb to Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third highest mountain, is the way to go.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration is approximately 8 days - 7-day full-pack trek
Grading: Moderate to challenging (6)
Ideal for those active walkers who love coastal walks and want to combine it with an breathtaking forest trek and wildlife spotting

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Best time to go: August
Tour the Strait of Georgia by ferry , head to the northern trailhead of Vancouver Island to begin your travels, with the prospect of seeing Orca whales, sea lions, eagles, and bears near the shoreline.

This walk is in the top 10 of all hikes; and if you calculate your time appropriately, you can take advantage of coast strolls on the shelf.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration: Approx. 27 days (23 days actual trekking)

Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for: Those looking for a very challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track
Best months to go: Sept. to Nov.

Journey the greatest traverse of Bhutan crossing over 11 grand passes over 4,500 meters through the remote part of Lunana. This amazing passage also crosses to the lovely Paro Valley where you’ll notice a stretch of land with small Buddhist monasteries and distant villages that are isolated from the rest of the country for several months of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains, Tajikstan
Duration is approx.14 days (5 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Those desiring to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing

When to go: June to September
Famous for its scenic mountain backdrops and its gorgeous alpine lakes, this passage in the untainted region of Pamir goes into deep valleys with vibrantly pure lakes and flowering hillsides.

One even might glimpse the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd, Mongolia
Duration: About 11 days (4 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)

Best for anyone looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture
When to go: June to August
In this most remote area of Mongolia, you will be presented pure natural landscapes, wildlife and an intriguing history.

You will encounter local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan citizens, and discover more about the indigenous people.

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