Trekking is a hobby and passion that is not for everyone. Some might find long routes exhausting and vexing, but true hikers know that those routes are not just personal challenges incorporated into a healthy lifestyle, but also an opportunity to get to know the beauty of the world. This piece is dedicated to those that would venture to Asia, so here are some of the best trekking challenges for you to enjoy while there.
Lantau Peak, Hong Kong
Do you like islands? Chances are you are going to love Lantau. As far as the length of the hike goes, it is not very long, but it is steep. Alternatively, you could take the scenic route of 70 kilometers to fully take in the island. The fact that the cliff is eroding might give you a fright or an extra kick, depending on what type of person you are. But the crown of the journey is arriving at the summit that gives you a breathtaking view of the entire island. Bask in the glory of Lantau and the South China Sea.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Mount Everest is the highest mountain above sea level on our planet. It is on the bucket list of thousands of mountain climbers, but it is not the only reason the base camp is on this list. This is not a route that can be taken in a single day or even a week. This is a trek for the experienced traveler who is ready to set aside two weeks through the difficult terrain. The trek starts in Lukla and ends in Kala Patthar. Before you go, make sure you are in top physical condition and do cardio a month or two before the trip. Also, make sure your doctor approves of you taking such a trip.
Gunung Gede Pangrango, Indonesia
What separates Gunung Gede Pangrango from other treks on this list? Mount Gede is a stratovolcano and its two peaks, Gede and Pangrango, are your goals here. Don’t worry, the volcanoes are dormant, which means they are not going to erupt (most likely). It is best to go between May and October, as the dry season presents you with more options. Depending on whether you want to remain on the trail or climb up to the peaks, the trek can be either easy or challenging. The added bonus is a multitude of rare animal and plant species that you get to experience firsthand.
Sometimes you want a hard-core challenge and other times you are looking for a relaxing walk in the great outdoors. Luckily for you, Sapa can accommodate both of these desires and anything in between. This is not a hiking trail, but a settlement built by the French and the go-to place for all trekkers that want to experience trails near the border with China. There are even trails for beginners and there is no climbing involved.