At the end of the tunnel there is a light and soon airlines will sell their seats again and special offers will appear on the horizon. The travel industry needs you and you can go wherever you want. Now it seems utopian, but it will happen. A fair chance that you can reconnect with nature over the past few months. If you want to stay away from crowded public transport, busy hotels and crowded tourist destinations, why not choose mountains? social distance? Not a problem! In this post from Bookatrekking.com we present the top 5 destinations for trekking.
Trekking at Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal
The legendary Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Hike through the Himalayas to Base Camp 1 Annapurna, the legendary 8091m high Nepalese mountain.
Apart from Annapurna, the entire Annapurna massif consists of thirteen peaks at an altitude of over 7000 m and at least sixteen peaks at an altitude of over 6000 m. During our journey we pass beautiful waterfalls, villages, rice terraces, rhododendron forests and have fantastic views before reaching the Annapurna base camp.
This is the other side of the Himalayas. Nepal is a bit different. It is a more local, rural area and you will soon feel at home in the Gurung community. The mountains? Of course. Machapuchre, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri are looking forward to your arrival.
The climb of Mount Elbrus, Russia
Elbrus – a sleeping volcano in southern Russia on the border with Georgia. It is the tenth highest peak in the world and the highest within the Caucasian Mountains. This majestic massif has two main peaks: the highest western peak at 5642 meters above sea level and the eastern peak at 5621 meters.
If you plan to conquer this mountain monster, you should know that there are 2 different routes that will take you to the top. Although they are similar in terms of climate and terrain, there is one big difference: infrastructure. The southern route offers hiking in mountain huts and funiculars to transport equipment. The northern route is not so convenient: during the walk you will spend the night in camps.
Naturally, choosing the most difficult route has its advantages: it will be less crowded and less human intervention in the landscape. No matter which route you choose, climbing Elbrus is an exciting challenge for every mountaineer!
Camino de Santiago, Spain
Join a select group of trekkers from all over the world and experience one of the oldest pilgrimages in the world: El Camino de Santiago or Camino de Santiago in English. Immerse yourself in Mediterranean culture and stroll through vineyards, dine in a small bistro and meet like-minded pilgrims and hikers. A glass of Rioja is well deserved after a good day’s stroll through the Camino de Santiago. The Saint James Road is not a one-way street, as there are several ways to go along this mythical path to Santiago de Compostela. The French Route is by far the most popular route, but the Portuguese, English and Finnish routes have also attracted a large number of pedestrians in recent years. Take a 7-day hike to cover the last 100 km, or go the long way and become a real pilgrim in three weeks on foot. Let’s go!
Patagonia, Chile & Argentina
Trekking in Patagonia. Only the word Patagonia makes you immediately think of nature, trekking, hiking and numerous species. The South American region is divided into Chile and Argentina. Their participation is equal, as both have the same access point for outdoor adventures.
Argentina conquers the hearts of hikers with El Chalten, while Chile has the fascinating Torres del Paine National Park. Patagonia covers an area of 1,043 million square kilometres and is home to such peaks as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Lanin, Tronador and Cerro Torres.. Torres del Paine is an absolute highlight for trekking lovers, as there are two classic trekking routes: the O-Trek and the W trek in Torres Del Paine.
No matter what you choose, you are guaranteed to experience the best that Patagonia has to offer. Do you long for magical sunsets, snow-capped peaks and turquoise lakes? Then Patagonia is the place for you.
Salkantay Trek, Peru
The Salcantay Walk is a Peruvian classic that approaches Machu Picchu differently than the classic Inca Trail. The trail is famous for the Salkantay Pass, which is 4600 meters high and must be crossed. This is not the only highlight of this walk: Llactapata in Quecha is an Inca ruin complex. It is a great warm-up to reach the final destination of this walk: Machu Picchu.
It is believed that Llactapata was also an important resting place on the way to Machu Picchu during the Inca period. One of the great advantages of the Salkantay Path is that, unlike the classic Inca Path, you are not restricted by the rules for getting permits. In fact, you can do the Salkantay Trek without a permit. The Salkantay Trek owes its name to Mount Salkantay. It’s one of the most charming and iconic mountains in the Cusco region. It also has the highest peak in the Willkapampa mountain range.