Patagonia or the Himalaya? Mont Blanc or the Drakensberg Mountains? If you are looking for a trekking holiday in 2016 we have compiled 7 top treks in 1000m increments for some inspiration!
1,000m >>> Great Patagonian Traverse – North to South
Capture the atmosphere of Bruce Chatwin’s travel classic ‘In Patagonia’ as you cross from Chile to Argentina through this little known pass between Laguna del Desierto and Lago O’ Higgins. Mostly on foot and at times by boat, you will encounter some of the most captivating and untouched national parks in the region and be among the first to discover this seldom used visitors pass between the shores of the two lakes, offering a unique insight to a side of Patagonia rarely seen by other trekkers.
- Great Patagonian Traverse – North to South with World Expeditions (15 days) departs December-February
2,000m >>> Drakensberg & Kruger Walking Safari
Named ‘uKhahlamba’ (barrier of spears) in the local Zulu language, the Drakensberg Mountains are the highest range in southern Africa, with many distinctive basalt buttresses gracing the skyline. Following a series of day hikes, you will head to Kruger Park for game viewing, one of Africa’s most sought after experiences. Venturing out to see big game in their natural surroundings is always awe-inspiring but viewing wildlife on foot is the ultimate safari experience.
- Drakensberg and Kruger Walking Safari with World Expeditions (11 days) departs daily year round
3,000m >>> Mont Blanc Guided Walk
Few walks in the world offer the incredible high alpine views and picture-postcard scenery found at Mont Blanc: high mountain passes, lush valleys and highway sized glaciers! Commencing from the Chamonix Valley in France, the route takes you through Italy and Switzerland on a horseshoe circuit around the Mont Blanc massif. With a mule carrying your luggage, you can enjoy each day’s walk having only a day pack and fully immerse yourself in the beauty of this sublime mountain.
- Mont Blanc Guided Walk with UTracks (7 days) departs May-September
4,000m >>> Classic Inca Trail
South America is one of the most captivating continents on the planet, geographically diverse and ecologically rich, with a fascinating history and of course one of the most mesmerising icons in the world, Machu Picchu. The historic Inca Trail is a superb introduction to trekking in the Andes – ascending jungle trails and cloud forests, it takes in the panorama of surrounding peaks before reaching the exhilarating yet enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu.
- Classic Inca Trail with World Expeditions (12 days) departs year round
5,000m >>> Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar
This trek is designed to fulfil the dream of many adrenaline-seekers: to experience the historic route to the base of the world’s highest mountain. After a slow ascent through picturesque Sherpa villages, visiting traditional monasteries and enjoying the spectacular scenery, the trip culminates with a fine opportunity to trek to both Everest Base Camp and the nearby peak of Kala Pattar for spectacular views of the mighty Mount Everest.
- Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar with World Expeditions (18 days) departs September-May
6,000m >>> Summits of Bolivia
A spectacular alpine region, the towering white peaks of the Cordillera Real provide a majestic backdrop above the vast Bolivian altiplano. To ensure sound acclimatisation you will spend time in La Paz and the ‘Island of the Sun’ on Lake Titicaca, before heading to the snow capped Cordillera Real, where you will undertake two days of training with experienced guides to prepare for the ascents.
- Summits of Bolivia with World Expeditions (19 days) departs in July
7,000m >>> Peak Lenin
Situated on the Tajikistan–Kyrgyzstan border, Peak Lenin stands at an altitude of 7,134m and is the second highest mountain in the Pamir mountain range. This is an advanced mountaineering expedition (under mountaineering legend Simon Yates’ expert guidance!), however it is a popular and straightforward ascent, suitable for those who wish to climb for the first time over 7,000 metres and have a high level of fitness, basic mountaineering skills and prior experience at high altitude.
- Peak Lenin with Simon Yates NEW FOR 2016 with World Expeditions (23 days) departs 2 July
So what are you waiting for? Challenge yourself in 2016 and embark on one of this incredible treks. Now the hard part is choosing!