Which are the world’s ultimate treks? How would you rank the trek to Everest Base Camp against the Inca Trail in Peru or the Tour du Mont Blanc in the Alps? Who would pick the summit trek of Mount Ararat in Turkey over Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, or Morocco’s Mount Toubkal?
All trekkers have their own personal favourite hikes. Equally most carry a mental checklist of the ones they want to tackle next, based either on what they’ve seen or read in the trekking press or more often what they’ve been told by other trekkers.
The ultimate trekking routes often take you to high altitude, into the thin air of the world’s highest mountain ranges, whether in the Alps, the Andes or the majestic Himalaya. But other treks such as the notoriously tough GR20 trail in Corsica could be added to the list despite reaching only 2,225 metres at its highest point, or the challenging Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia, which only takes you to 1,241 metres.
Any ranking of the world’s ultimate trekking holidays is always going to be subjective, but based on our many years of trekking experience and feedback from thousands of trekkers over decades, we would choose the following:
- Mount Kilimanjaro summit hike
- The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- The Tour du Mont Blanc in the Alps
- The Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia
- The trek up Mount Ararat in Turkey
- Mount Toubkal ascent in Morocco’s High Atlas
- The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal
- The hike to the Annapurna Sanctuary
- Manaslu Circuit in Nepal
- Chomolhari Basecamp trek in Bhutan