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Are you an avid hiker planning a trekking adventure? We got you. Our hand-crafted trekking tours will take you on the most famous trails around the world, in addition to some lesser-known gems. Embark on a hike of the legendary Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley en route to Machu Picchu. Or delve into the tropical jungles of Borneo or Tanzania. Brave the glacial ice of the Antarctic or hike Africa's daunting Mt. Kilimanjaro. Windswept Patagonia and enchanting China allure explorers with their rugged beauty, while the fjords of the Arctic circle draw in travelers looking for a challenge. Offering trekking and hiking expeditions that range from epic climbs to laidback walking trails, Adventure Life has the perfect trip for everyone. Leave the tours, guides, and accommodations to us — just make sure you’re coming with a spirit of adventure. Our team will see to it that you’re comfortable, well-rested, and ready to hit the trails on the trekking days of your itinerary!

10 Best Trekking Itineraries in 2022-2023

Top Trekking Destinations in the World

Every traveler has their own take on the best trek in the world, from winding cross-country trails to challenging peaks that will test your limits. The possibilities are endless, as long as you know where to look—and luckily, we do!
 
Central and South America
The Americas is an exceptional place to start, with untamed Patagonia stretching from Chile to Argentina. Hiking through the pristine wilderness of this region will take you through gigantic glaciers, snow-capped peaks, granite crags, turquoise lakes, towering waterfalls, and vast open spaces. Another one of the best trekking destinations in the continent is Peru, with the world’s longest mountain range (Andes) running through the country. After hitting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, the mountains making up the Cordillera Blanca are a marvel to explore.
 
North America
North America
also has its share of gems, with the United States featuring a stunning variety of landscapes and national parks. Alaska is home to the majestic Denali, while the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is a geological marvel that’s the perfect setting for a trekking tour. Meanwhile, backpackers seeking an extended tour of America can set off on renowned long-distance trails like the Appalachian and the Pacific Crest.
 
Asia
On the other side of the world is Nepal, home to the world’s tallest mountain range on the planet: the Himalayas. A trek to the Everest Base Camp is a staple in any adventurer’s bucket list, with the ancient walking trails passing through Buddhist monasteries and breathtaking glacial vistas. If you prefer the tropical side of Asia, hiking in Borneo will put you in the heart of untouched rainforests teeming with wildlife.
 
Europe
In Europe, France is a tremendous place for adventure trekking. Despite being known more for Paris, food and wine, and cultural delights, the country boasts some of the best trails in the world. It’s home to endless opportunities for treks, from the snowy peaks of the French Alps to gentle walking trails through the pretty countryside. Those who prefer polar destinations won’t go wrong with Iceland. Known as the “Land of Fire and Ice,” the European country features a phenomenal mix of icy glaciers and rumbling volcanoes—a unique and diverse landscape that makes for a unique trekking excursion.  
 
Overwhelmed? That’s what we’re here for. Below, we’ve outlined a variety of hiking and trekking vacations around the world where you can disconnect from the crowds and reconnect with nature. Let us know when you’re ready and our Adventure Life travel experts will start planning your dream getaway.

Trekking Destinations

Best Treks in Central and South America in 2022-2023

4 Best Polar Treks for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Iceland Trek | Landmannalaugar to þórsmörk$20667Jun 2, 2022Trek the Laugavegar Trail from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork on this 7-day hut-to-hut trekking tour in Iceland. This remarkable landscape has caused …
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Northern Lights Adventure$28986Sep 29, 2022Witness the Northern Lights on this 6-day Arctic tour from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq. This excursion takes you to different parts of this …
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East Fjords Trek$16877Jun 30, 2022Spend five full days trekking the remote Víknaslóðir Trail along the East Fjords. This East Iceland hiking tour takes you between stunning …
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East Vatnajökull Trek$14407Jun 30, 2022Hike in one of the most remote areas on this 4-day Iceland trekking adventure in East Vatnajökull National Park. Trek the Snæfell to Lónsöræfi …
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10 Best Treks in Asia & Africa for 2022-2023

5 Top USA Hiking Tours for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Alaska Backcountry Adventure$40827Jun 2, 2022This week-long Alaska trip is perfect for the avid hiker who wants a flexible, exclusive and remote hiking experience in the alpine magic-land …
Grand National Parks: Las Vegas to LA$378010Jun 2, 2022Tour the Utah and Arizona deserts as well as the city's bright lights on this 10-day trip from Vegas to LA. Hike in Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument …
Hiking in Yosemite National Park$20956Jun 2, 2022Escape the crowds with an itinerary that shows you the best of Yosemite National Park while avoiding the busiest places. Start with a simple hike and …
Best of Montana$24406Jun 2, 2022This exclusive 6-day adventure from Bozeman to Missoula takes you across mountains, rivers, glaciers, and lakes. The Blackfeet Native American …
Hiking in Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Park$19455Jun 2, 2022Explore Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks on foot with your experienced guides. Hike the Lost Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park, …

Trekking Itinerary Travel Guide

What to expect on a Trekking Expedition with Adventure Life
Many of our itineraries offer hiking as an optional activity, but on these trekking expeditions, it is at the heart of the experience. 

PLEASE NOTE: While none of our trekking itineraries are exclusively for veteran climbers or hikers, you must be in good physical condition for the pace of the trip. Many of these itineraries cover well over 5 miles (8 kilometers) of ground daily — often over rugged terrain. 

If you're up for the challenge and you want to be truly one with nature on your adventure, then these experiences may be just what you need:
  • A hiking-focused itinerary: Every day will feature hiking as the main activity. You may have opportunities to explore cities, towns, and archaeological sites that you come across or do any number of side activities, but hiking really is the focus of these trips.
  • Camping opportunities: Our trek tours offer a mix of lodges and camps along the way, but we promise that even the camps along the trail are very comfortable. 
  • Excellent guides: A guide is the core of a trek, and a good guide can make all the difference. That's why we make sure that the guides our tour operators feature are expert hikers, prepared to help with anything that might happen along the way, and also among the most knowledgeable so that you gain knowledge and deeper appreciation of the magical destinations that you're hiking!
  • Classic treks: From Machu Picchu in the Inca's Sacred Valley to Africa's untamed Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Great Wall, we have trekking adventure tours in all corners of the world to let you experience the renowned natural and human wonders of the world.
  • Lesser-known trails: We've also worked with our operators to offer expeditions that visit the lesser-known routes of popular destinations.
Choosing a Trekking Destination

Best Trekking Destination for Beginners:
Mt. Kinabalu
Best Hiking Trail for History and Culture: Inca Trail
Best Mountain to Climb on a Wildlife Safari: Kilimanjaro
Most Photogenic Trekking Destination: Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia
Best Chance to See the Northern Lights: Iceland
Best Geological Wonder: Grand Canyon
Best Bucket List Destination: Everest Base Camp
Tips for a great trek
  • Travel light. It may not feel like anything now, but you’ll feel the weight of every extra gram a few hours into your climb. Bring only the essentials.
  • Train. If you’re a beginner, training can be as simple as gentle walks, quick runs, and even easy hikes. Perhaps take the stairs at work? The key is getting the body used to a little exertion. 
  • Wear the right shoes. Trust us, shoes can make or break the experience of a great trek. Some like hiking boots, while others prefer trekking trainers that are light and quick-drying. Try a couple at the store to see which one’s more comfortable to you. And remember, break it in before your trek!
  • Track the weather. Always check the forecast before hitting the trail. In fact, check the weather repeatedly, including a few hours before your trek.
  • Pace yourself. This isn’t a race, so resist the temptation to power forward with everything you’ve got, especially in the beginning. Find a slow but steady pace to make sure you have enough energy to make the final ascent.
Cold weather trekking
  • Layering: Stay warm and gear up with a base layer (moisture-wicking underwear), a mid-layer (insulation), and an outer layer (shell protection from wind and rain).
  • Protect your skin: Make sure every part of your body is covered, including your hands, feet, ears, nose, and cheeks. Goggles can help protect your eyes from the harsh wind and potential rain.
  • Hand and toe warmers: Pack warm packets for extra heat in your extremities on trekking adventures.
  • Fuel up: You may feel less hungry or thirsty when it’s cold, but eating and drinking are just as important. Pack snacks that don’t freeze easily, like chocolate and nuts.
  • Stay alert for cold-weather injuries like frostbite and hypothermia. Know the signs, like coldness, tingling, and pain for frostbite or shivering and mental deterioration for hypothermia.

Trekking FAQs

I’m a beginner. Can I join a trekking tour?

Yes. A first-timer may be more suited to relaxed tours in gentle slopes than scaling the Seven Summits. If you’re ready to get out there, day-long trips and treks are a good place to start. Contact our Adventure Life travel experts to learn more about the ideal trekking trips for beginners.

Do I really need a trekking guide?

Most of the time, yes. Guided treks guarantee a safe and convenient experience, which is especially important in remote places. Expert guides not only promise a smooth-sailing tour, but they can also offer insider knowledge and interesting tidbits about the destination you’re visiting.

What do I need to bring on a trekking vacation?

Comfortable clothes and shoes are important for a successful expedition. Avoid cotton and denim as they absorb water and sweat, while moisture-wicking clothing and multiple layers are recommended (depending on the weather). A rain jacket and a warm jacket are essential, as well as a wide-brimmed hat as protection from the sun. Other must-haves include trekking poles, food and water, and a first-aid kit.

Should I be concerned about the altitude?

Don’t worry, our partners and operators ensured that all treks are designed to allow for the proper acclimatization while climbing new heights. Mild headaches or light-headedness is possible in the beginning, but hydration, rest, and a slow ascent will help ease the symptoms.

Where will we sleep?

Accommodations during trekking trips range from hotels to lodges to camping facilities. Rest assured that all accommodations are safe and comfortable for travelers.

Where can I get more information?

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Adventure Life travel experts for more information on trekking tours and destinations. 

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