The 10 Greatest Offbeat Hikes

Would you like to get away from your life and travel to a place where you can be alone? Cut yourself off from the routine grind and plug in with nature on some of the world’s most off-the-beaten-paths. Travel Africa’s third tallest mountain to the Australian deserts, and even the world’s most southern trek in Patagonia, each place is spectacular. These areas may be out of the way, but don’t be discouraged - there is a path for every explorer.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
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Duration: Approximately 17 days - 13 days actual trekking

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try out a trail different to the ever-popular Everest Base Camp trek
Ideal time to go: February to mid-May & end of September to December

How would you like to avoid the busier trails in Everest? This hike runs through Sherpa villages to the fantastic greenish blue Gokya Lakes then spans across the Renjo La (5400m) on a path less ventured.

It is rated as the greatest trail in the Everest region, and offers a view of the Himalaya’s 8,000-meter peaks. As you travel to the top of Gokyo Ri, you will get one of the most striking sights of Everest and bordering mountains, like Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia
Duration: 14 days (approximately}

Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for the wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers who desire a challenge
Best time to go: Mid-April to August

One of Australia’s most renowned hikes, the entire walk of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range and is over 223 kilometers. Trek through this arid region on remote ridges and canyons; discover the stars in the Outback; ascend Mount Sonder, one of the Northern Territory’s highest mountains, and welcome a breathtaking sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island, Chile

Duration: Approximately 6 days (4 days trekking)
Grading: Challenging - 7

Ideal for those trekkers who want to get off the beaten track in Patagonia

When to go: Months of December to March
Journey through the southern-most part of the globe to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will feel very far from everything. You will not see many others on this 42-kilometer journey at the tip of South America.

This route has been characterized by Lonely Planet as anexceptional trek in Patagonia and is probably one of the few very distant places on earth left to visit

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan
Duration is about 24 days - 16 days actual trekking
Level: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for: Anyone looking to get into mountaineering, or who is seeking a challenging trek
Best time to go is from June to August

Identified as a top trek, it crosses from the prominent Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the bottom of the planet’s second highest summit. The celebrated journey in Pakistan has intrigued many explorers and hikers for a long time, with the 360-degree scene of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter summits, as well as the grand K2.

The Southern Alps, New Zealand
Duration: Approximately 6 days

Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Anyone seeking to head for heights

Ideal time to go is November to April

Regarded as one of the top hiking (or 'tramping', to locals) locations on Earth, New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a perfect combination of snowcapped peaks, turquoise lakes and golden hills. old-1130731__340.jpg walking in out of the way mountain lakes with splendid views, this journey has been used as forerunner for a walk in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda

Duration: About 13 days (10 days trekking)
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for anyone who has checked Mt Kilimanjaro off their list and are looking for their next summit challenge

Best time to go is from December to February and June to September
Tucked away and quiet, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa's best hidden secret.

If you are looking for a challenging adventure - hike Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third tallest summit.

West Coast Trail in Canada

Duration: Approximately 8 days (7-day full-pack trek)
Grading is Moderate to challenging (6)
Ideal for those active walkers who love coastal walks and want to combine it with an breathtaking forest trek and wildlife spotting
Best time to go: August

Sail by ferryboat across the Strait of Georgia with its Orca-filled waters, and journey to the northerly trailhead of Vancouver Island where you can begin your trek and you possibly see a sea lion, eagle or bear along the coastline. Acknowledged as the world's top 10 hikes, if you plan it right, you will be able to stroll along the coastline on the shelf.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration is about 27 days - 23 days trekking

Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for: Those looking for a very challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track

Best time to go: September to November
Visit the ultimate traverse of Bhutan spanning 11 elevated passes over 4,500 meters through the isolated Lunana district. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure reaches the stunning Paro Valley where you will see a district with tiny Buddhist monasteries and isolated villages that are concealed away most of the year.
Tajikstan: Pamir Fann Mountains

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Duration: Approx.14 days - 5 days actual trekking
Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for: Those wanting to take their bush walking adventures up a level while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing
When to go: June to September

Well-known for its rare mountain scenery and its profoundly stunning alpine lakes, this off -the-beaten walk in the virgin areas of Pamir crosses deep valleys with clear lakes and blooming grasslands.

One even might glimpse the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Mongolia: Tavan Bogd
Duration: About 11 days (4 days trekking)

Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for those looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture

Ideal time to go: June to August

In this most out of the way area of Mongolia, you will be presented pure natural landscapes, wild animals and an intriguing historical past. You will encounter local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan citizens, and understand more about the indigenous peoples.

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