Last Updated: 9th Jan 2021
In this article, I have listed 21 best treks in the world of 2021, as per the countries. I hope you will find your next trekking destination from the list.
#1. Upper Dolpo Trek
The upper Dolpo trek is in an extremely remote area and that’s why you need four days for traveling to and from the trek and you would need to take restricted area permit before visiting this trail.
All these are worth it when you discover the unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture and breathtaking views.
In this trek, you will come across Secluded Shey Phoksundo Lake and the Shey Gomba Monasteries.
The Villages and geography around this area have lots of similarity to the Tibetan Culture and landscapes. As a bonus, you get the magnificent view of Kanjirowa Himal Mountain.
The cost of visiting this trek is considerably high because of permits needed to visit the upper Dolpo Trek area.
The upper Dolpo trek was first Revealed by Peter Matthiessen in his book ‘The Snow Leopard’ in 1979.
#2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers different views compared to any other trek as views are more vertical and you will almost find yourself looking straight up to mountains as you trek into the heart of Annapurna surrounded by 7000 to 8000 Peaks.
This trek takes you to the foot of some of the tallest mountains and you get to pass through beautiful farming village of Ghandruk and hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
This Trek is a less-intensive version of the Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek takes you to the panoramic viewpoints of the mountains, unlike other treks that circle around the mountains.
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Best Treks in South America
#3. The Lost City Colombia
The Lost City trek in Colombia is one of the countries best multi-day trekking option available in South America.
This trek is located in the mountains of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1979, bordering the Caribbean sea on the north coast of Columbia.
The Lost city was built in 800 AD by the Tayrona Indians which has the architecture based on terraces and a unique design never seen before in any ancient city in America.
This trek takes in the gorgeous forests and rivers, which takes a 1000-Step climb to reach the mysterious and beautiful lost city.
#4. Golondrinas Cloud Forest Trek Ecuador
The Golondrinas Cloud Forest Trek takes you through the western side of the Andes in the northern part of Ecuador.
In this trek, you will get Great views of forests and is less intense compared to other treks as this trek is almost downhill entirely and it starts at around 4000 m and descends through different climatic zones to the subtropical Mira valley around 3,000 m below.
You will also get a chance to meet local communities and learn about local cultures.
These mountains are located in a remote area which has uncertain weather and change in altitude can cause problems so, it is advised to go prepared.
Best Treks in Europe
#5. Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc Trek takes you around the Mont Blanc Massif and covers a distance of about 110 miles and takes you through parts of three countries that include Switzerland, Italy and France which makes this trek one of the most popular treks in Europe.
Tour du Mont Blanc is a classic long-distance hiking trail is normally walked counter-clockwise.
It also Hosts an annual mountain marathon in which normally the winning time is around 20 hours.
In spite of it being a little tough physically but it gives you one of the best views in Europe.
#6. Westweg Trail in Black Forest Germany
Westweg Trail is one of the oldest and greatest long-distance treks in Germany which was set up in 1900 by Black Forest Association.
This trail is about 177 miles long that goes through the black forest of Southwest Germany.
This picturesque trail passes through the new Schwarzwald National Park which has the highest peaks (The Danube and Feldberg) of the Black Forest.
On this route, there are many small villages and towns and that makes it easy to find overnight accommodations and meals and apart from this, there are multiple services available that will transport your luggage to the next stage by vehicles and making it easy for you on the trail.
These routes are specially designed so they have several places with access to roads & transports.
#7. Druk Path Trek Bhutan
The Druk Path Trek is one of the oldest trails that was used by Bhutanese people for centuries.
You will get to experience ancient landscapes while you move through virgin forest, mountains Lakes and remote Buddhist settlements.
You can also visit the Taktsang Monastery and Tiger’s Nest Monastery that shows the cultural highlights of Bhutan.
This trek takes you through the forests of Fir, Blue Pine and dwarf rhododendrons in foothills of Himalaya while passing by ancient monasteries and temples with their unique myths and legends.
You will also get the views of the Mt. Gangkar Puensum, one of the highest unscaled peak in the world. The unforgettable views would also include crystal clear water of Jimling Lake with Gigantic trouts.
#8. Snowman Trek Bhutan
The Snowman trek is one of the most difficult and popular treks in the world.
This trek is regarded as one of the most difficult because of the altitude, duration and distance and many people return because of altitude sickness.
This trek traverses the mountainous border region between Bhutan and Tibet while crossing thirteen mountain passes and ending in Lunana in Northern Bhutan.
It crosses the passes that include Gangla Karchung La, Jaze La, Loju La, and Rinchenzoa La among others.
This trek is located in an isolated location that has very few villages and evacuation during an emergency could be difficult.
Best Treks in Peru
#9. Ausangate Trek
The Ausangate Trek is a breathtaking trek situated in the heart of the Andes and it is arguably Peru’s most stunning trek.
This trek has multiple natural hot springs surrounded by beautiful natural scenery.
You will circle the snow-covered sacred mountain of Ausangate while passing by gorgeous glaciers, Lakes and mountain vistas.
You will also come across ridges known for their stark rainbow colored Rocks and at points looks like ripples ranging from black to copper.
This trek could be a little difficult because of the high altitude but it would leave a lifelong impression on you.
#10. Choquequirao Trek
Choquequirao Trek is similar to famous Inca Ruins of Machu but with far less number of tourists and located deep inside the Andes with jungle at its feet.
This trek gives you the immersive experience of discovering the forgotten Inca citadel that wasn’t thoroughly explored and excavated until the 1970s.
This Ancient citadel, considered to be the last refuge of the Inca is on the ridge at height of 3050 m. On this Inca site, there are a large number of shrines and temples centred on water believed to be center of worship of Mama Cocha, the goddess of Springs, Rivers and the Sea.
Best Treks in India
#11. Markha Valley Trek India
The Markha Valley Trek is an excellent summer trek is located in the Indian Himalaya and provides the best of the scenery and one of the most popular treks of the Ladakh region.
It has giant rocks pinnacles, Spectacular Cliffs, Narrow defiles, Prayer-flagged Passes and evidence of older civilizations that includes ruins of many forts and castles.
You will come across many monasteries and gompas that shows the deep Buddhist heritage of the region.
You will ascend Kongmaru La pass from where you can spot K2 mountain among other Himalayan Peaks.
You can also spot Himalayan marmots, White-Tailed hares and blue sheep on the trail.
#12. Indrahar Pass Trek
The Indrahar Pass Trek is located in Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas.
It is at the border of Chamba and Kangra Valleys. You will get to observe the scenic and opulent beauty of the Himalayan ranges, deodar plantations, sparkling water bodies, green pastures and rhododendron forests,
You also get to enjoy the beauty of Lahesh Caves and a glimpse of Dhauladhar range and Pir Pinjal Mountain range and offers perfect views of nature that Himachal has to offer.
Best Treks in Iceland
#13. Laugavegur Trek
The Laugavegur Trek is located in South-West Iceland and is located between hot spring area of Landmannalaugar and Glacial Valley of Þórsmörk.
Although This trek is only about 34 miles, it has a huge variety of landscapes that includes Volcanoes, Multi-Coloured Mountains, Ice Caves, Lava Fields, Canyons and black arctic deserts.
This trek has all the unforgettable views that are never seen anywhere and it has almost everything our planet has to offer and overnight stays are at mountain huts.
An ultramarathon is also held here every year in July.
#14. Thorsmork valley Trek
The Thorsmork is a range of mountains between major glaciers and the ridge named “Thor’s Valley” in Icelandic is a landscape of Ice-topped high peaks, glacier rivers and black deserts.
This trek is one of the best hiking destinations in the country and you can choose from single to multi-day trek in this valley.
Best Treks in the USA
#15. Angel’s Landing
The Angel’s Landing Trek is located in Zion National Park, Utah, the United States is a short 5 miles hike that takes you up to dizzying heights with huge descends and gives you a chance to observe amazing views of the valley.
The views of the 270 million-year-old rock layers will take you back to the Triassic Period when this Colorado Plateau was a flat basin.
#16. CIRQUE OF THE TOWERS – WYOMING USA
The Cirque of the towers are the multiple granite spires and peaks located in the southern section of Wyoming’s Wind River Range.
In this trek, you get to observe beautiful landscapes that include glacial lakes, high peaks, Rolling Meadows and high-alpine windflowers.
This trek will give you an immersive experience of the granite pointy peaks.
Best Treks in Tibet
17. Gyama Valley Trek
The Gama Valley is considered one of the most beautiful mountain valleys in the world.
This region further leads to base of Makalu and Everest from the East Side that has very few tourist visits.
This trek is in a remote area that makes it a difficult trail and you would need an experienced guide to complete this trek
You will get to enjoy stunning sunsets and countless towering mountains nearby.
This valley is formed by the erosion of freezing snowmelt rivers and you will also get to experience local cultures and traditions maintained for centuries.
#18. Ganden to Samye Trek
This trek connects the Ganden and Samye Monasteries and provides an opportunity to observe the great mountains and this trek includes crossing over Chitu La and Shug La passes.
The Samyr Monastery at the end of the trek is the first monastery that was built in the Tibet and many Buddhist make a pilgrimage from across the Tibet.
In this trek, you get an overview of Tibetan Buddhism and religious culture, Blue holy Lakes, high snowy passes and Mountains.
Best Treks in Ireland
#19. Divis Ridge Trek
The Divis Ridge Trail is one of the most stunning treks in the world and gives you a spectacular view over the capital of Northern Ireland.
It can also give you a good spot to see the Mourne Mountains and some bits of Scotland.
This trek is quite flat and obstacle-free that makes it fairly easy and ideal for beginners to get started.
#20. Cronin’s Yard Loop Trek
The Cronin’s Yard Loop Trek is starting Point for the hike to the Carrauntoohil, the highest peak of Ireland.
Moving Ahead you will enter the mountain range of McGillyCuddy Reeks and trail get little difficult here.
This trek is the one with very few tourists so this is ideal for those who don’t want lots of people around them.
You can also get a chance to reach the highest peak while observing the beautiful lakes and scenery
Best Treks in the world
#21. Routeburn Trek New Zealand
The Routeburn Trek is known as one of the best treks in New Zealand for its wild and scenic Mountain views.
On this trek, You will get to observe the Alpine mountains, lakes, forests, tussock lands, rivers and waterfalls among other natural observations.
This trek will give you the best of what New Zealand has to offer.