Trekking, a light physical activity, combines the joyousness of exercise with the wonder of discovering new landscapes. It is no wonder that it is one of the most popular physical activities, liked by almost everyone around the world. From climbing the snow-capped Snowpan Peak in Bhutan to tracing your feet in the coastal path with riveting views of Na Pali Coast in Hawaii, Travel Jaunts promises you destinations as rewarding as the journey.
10 Best Treks in the World 2019-20
Mount Kilimanjaro stands almost 6000 meters above sea level. It is the highest peak of Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on Earth.Also known as the “Roof of Africa”, this colossal mountain is a part of the seven summits of the world, and hence, attracts numerous adventure seekers from around the globe to embark on a trek to the peak of Kilimanjaro. It is the highest mountain in the world that you can simply walk up. You need no ropes, no special climbing equipment, no previous experience. The trek up Kilimanjaro is probably the most popular high altitude trek in the world.
Camp along the route with support from local guides and porters. It paints pictures of terrific African terrain, rainforests, rocky highlands and massive moors. Expect hiking through lush rainforests and alpine deserts, across glaciers by day and sleeping closer to the stars than you ever dreamed possible by night.
Best Time to visit Kilimanjaro – Kilimanjaro has two trekking seasons – January-March and June-October. The former is far colder than the latter, and there is the possibility of encountering snow on the summits as well, so decide accordingly.
Where to stay in Kilimanjaro – When hiking Kilimanjaro, you can follow the Marangu Route. On the way, you can stay in the various camps set up at points, where there are comfortable huts, food and water, such as the Machame Camp and the Shira Camp.
How to go to Kilimanjaro – You can fly through to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, which has direct flights from Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. You can travel to the southwest of Kilimanjaro from here to begin the trek, by going through the rainforests first. You can depart from Tanzania as well after completing the tour.
New Zealand Adventure
Nowhere in New Zealand is more than 120 kms away from the coast, which makes it the perfect place to go for lovers of the water, and all the thrills it provides. See the gorgeous scenery that was the filming location for Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” film series, while following the stunningly beautiful Milford Track, a 54-km masterpiece starting with the Glade Wharf, and passing the spectacular Lake Wakatipu and Lake Te Anau, and the rushing water of the Giant Gate Waterfall, and the breathtaking views of glaciers and nature at the top of MacKinnon Pass. Take Travel Jaunts’ Milford Sound trek to have the thrilling experience of a lifetime.
Best time to go to New Zealand – From December to February, the weather is sunny and the New Zealand summer are the perfect time to enjoy adventure activities, the beach, and sightseeing.
How to go to New Zealand – You can fly in through Queenstown Airport, which has direct flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, and start your journey in Queenstown. Follow the New Zealand adventure tour package itinerary around, and you can depart from Wellington Airport, which has connections to all the major Indian cities as well.
Where to stay in New Zealand – In Queenstown, it is best to stay close to the sites of adventure activities, such as the Shotover River, or AJ Hackett. During the trek, there are lodges where you can stay the night, which are very comfortable, such as the Mitre Peak Lodge (across the Milford Sound), and the Quintin Lodge.
Torres del Paine Trek, Chile
With dramatic granite spires, immense glaciers, and glistening turquoise lakes, Torres del Paine has all the ingredients for an unforgettable and rugged adventure. Each valley, peak and pass hides its own treasures, be it hanging glaciers, vast pampas, twisted metamorphic rock or ice blue streams. There are immense towers of rock, rushing mountain streams and waterfalls, huge azure lakes, and sublime fields of wildflowers—Andean Condors with a wingspan of over 10 feet soar overhead. Take the Chile tour package from India with Travel Jaunts.
Best time to go to Torres del Paine – From November to March the weather is sunny and the Patagonian summer is perfect for exploring the entire park and its sights.
How to go to Torres del Paine – You can fly in to Puerto Natales, which has flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, and start your journey there.. From Puerto Natales, the Torres del Paine National Park is 113 kms away and is easily traversable by car. You can depart from Puerto Natales after completing your trek.
Where to stay in Torres del Paine and Puerto Natales – In Puerto Natales, it is best to stay in hotels or hostels in the city itself. During the Torres del Paine W Trek, there are several refugios (shelters) dotted throughout, with spectacular views of the mountains, valleys and waterfalls. You can stay in several refugios throughout the trek, such as the Paine Grande, Los Cuernos and Gray.
Surrounded by rich history, one gets to experience adventure after adventure filled with unforgettable moments in Peru that allow you to learn more about your deepest self, leaving you with the longing to visit again. A 15th century Inca citadel, located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 2,430-metre (7,970 ft) mountain ridge, Machu Picchu is the civilization that the Incas built around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. The Inca Trail, ending at the Sun Gate, which leads to the “Lost City of the Incas”is extremely popular worldwide. You will cross over the Dead Woman’s Pass for a majestic view of Pumahuanca, as well as the “place above the clouds”, Phuyupatamarca, for the most majestic views. Take the Peru tour package from India with Travel Jaunts.
Best time to visit Peru – The dry season of December-April is when temperatures are lower and there is no rain to hamper your tourism. Between December and February, the air cools considerably as well.
Where to stay in Peru – In Cusco, you can stay in the neighbourhoods of Plaza de Armas or San Blas, known jointly as the Historic Centre, which is filled with monuments, landmarks, eateries and hotels, such as The Church of Santo Domingo or the Incan remains of the temple of Inti. When taking the Inca Trail, you can stay at various camps along the trail which are comfortable accommodations allowing you to get a gorgeous views of nature.
How to reach Peru – Cusco International Airport is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Cusco Airport.
Nestled in the Icelandic highlands, right on the edge of the black Laugahraun lava field, you will find Landmannalaugar. Well known for its natural geothermal hot springs (the name ‘Landmannalaugar’ translates to ‘the people’ pools’) and a stunning rugged landscape, Landmannalaugar is part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. It is a great place to visit for many reasons. One major reason is there are many exciting hiking trails that are easily accessible for most people. Located in a spectacular landscape, they offer some of the most amazing views you will ever see.
While most of Iceland’s land and mountains are made of dark, black volcanic rocks, the Landmannalaugar area holds the most silicic rocks in Iceland. These kinds of minerals – especially rhyolite – are very bright and colorful. Along with the number of unusual geological elements that can be found in these rocks, they give an incredibly unique look to the landscape. Hike among vibrantly hued mountains and explore highlands dotted with glaciers, black sand beaches, geysers, and waterfalls. Stunning and remote, this area is a perfect representation of all the Icelandic landscape has to offer.
Best time to visit Iceland – The midnight sun and warmer temperatures make summer the best season to visit Iceland. For hiking, July and August is the best time to visit Iceland whereas February, March, September and October are typically the best time to visit Iceland for the Northern Lights.
Where to stay in Iceland – In Reykjavik, you can stay in the neighbourhood of Midborg, which is the heart and soul of the city. Along the Landmannalaugar trail, there are huts set up at various points for people to camp in the natural beauty, such as in Emstrur, for you to stay in.
How to reach Iceland – Reykjavik International Airport is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Reykjavik as well.
Kalalau Trail, Hawaii
Weaving through the majestic Na Pali coast, declared as one of the “natural wonders of the world”, the 11-mile Kalalau Trail takes you through five valleys, rushing, reckless streams and small footpaths which lead you to steep cliffs. At the very end of the trail, the reward is worth the risk – will show you a seaside scene that you will remember for the rest of your life, surrounded by stunning peaks. Sunbathe on the beautiful beaches along this trail, such as the Hanakapi’ai Beach, where the Hanakapiai Waterfall is a bonus delight. Enjoy this Hawaii tour package from India and make your trip memorable.
Best time to visit Hawaii – From May to October, you can hike the Kalalau trail in beautiful climate during the drier seasons. After this season, rainfall will make hiking the area beyond Hanakapiai Beach very difficult, so make sure to visit in the dry season.
Where to stay in Hawaii – In Maui and Kauai, you can stay close to the beaches along both cities. Along the Kalalau trail, you can stay in lodges at Hanakapiai Beach and Kalalau Beach, and a camping area in Hanakoa.
How to reach Iceland – Maui Airport is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Kauai Airport, which is well connected to major cities in India.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Yosemite National Park has more than 800 miles worth of hiking trails, surrounded by perfect diamond-cut granite rock mountains, and too many waterfalls to count. The rocky formations of El Capitan and Half Dome glow in brilliant shades of reds and oranges due to the sunlight, a sight not to be missed. Yosemite Falls, at 2425 feet, is one of the tallest on the planet. Follow the Merced River by undertaking the Mist Trail, a natural marvel which includes seeing the emerald-green waters of the aptly named Emerald Pool. With over 400 species of wildlife here as well, it is easy to see why taking the Yosemite tour package from India is a popular option.
Best time to visit Yosemite – From May to October is the prime hiking season of Yosemite, with three-fourths of the Trail’s visitors coming in during this period. Yosemite wilderness can be seen during winter as well, but the cold weather is often a deterrent.
Where to stay in Yosemite – Throughout Yosemite National Park, there are forest lodges, camps and hotels, and as you hike the Yosemite trail, you can stop over in any of them which are at appropriate points.
How to reach Yosemite – Fresno Airport in California is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. From Fresno, Yosemite is around 61 miles away, an easy car journey. After completing the tour, you can depart from Fresno Airport as well, which is well connected to major cities in India.
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
The 128-mile Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is the Holy Grail of all treks, and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This living trail follows the route of jungles, canyons, gorges (including the spectacular world’s deepest gorge), pine tree circuits, and finally, snow-capped mountains, where at 20000 feet, you can see four of the ten highest summits in the world and a spectacular view. Catch a slow and spectacular sunrise from the top of the peaks, enjoy the warm and humble taste of dal bhat at one of the mountain hunts along the way, and feel the resonant peace of the Buddhist temples that call this Circuit their home. Take this Nepal tour package from India with Travel Jaunts.
Best time to visit the Annapurna Circuit – From March to April and September to November, pre and post monsoon, is the perfect time to hike the Annapurna Circuit. If you’d like to finish off your trip by catching the sight of rhododendrons in full bloom, visit either in March or April.
Where to stay in Annapurna Circuit – Throughout the Annapurna Circuit, there are forest lodges, camps and hotels, as well as mountain huts, for you to stay in. In Kathmandu, you can stay close to the city centre.
How to reach the Annapurna Circuit – Kathmandu Airport in Nepal is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Kathmandu Airport as well, which is well connected to major cities in India.
Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Snowman Trek in Bhutan is one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas. The trek crosses eleven high passes over 4,500m that define the borders of Bhutan and Tibet. Savoring views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. Trekking into the remote northern Lunana region is to step back to the 7th century when Buddhist had just reached the land. Passing Buddhist monasteries and small villages on the backdrop of Himalayan peak, we will witness a land unchanged for hundreds of years.
Best time to take the Snowman Trek – The summer months are the best time to see the beauties of the Snowman Trek.
Where to stay during the Snowman Trek – Throughout the Snowman Trek, there are forest lodges, camps and hotels, as well as mountain huts, for you to stay in. In Paro, you can stay close to the city centre, perhaps in one of the city’s monasteries for a more authentic experience of Buddhism in Bhutan.
How to reach the Snowman Trek – Paro Airport in Bhutan is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Paro Airport as well, which is well connected to major cities in India.
Chamonix to Switzerland
Haute route started as a mountaineering trail connecting two great mountaineering centres. It is a world-renowned multi-day hiking journey starting in Chamonix, France near the Mont Blanc Massif and finishing in Zermatt, Switzerland where the Matterhorn towers above. It is regarded by many as the most magnificent hut to hut hiking trail that the Alps has to offer. Along the way, the trail passes by 10 of the 12 highest peaks in the Alps, as it winds its way through glacial valleys, alpine meadows and enchanting villages. The route passes through the centre of both the French and Swiss Alps: two distinct cultural regions with different languages and architecture.
Best time to take the Haute Route trek – The route is safe to travel from July through to October, however, late snow patches remain here even in summer.
Where to stay during the Haute Route Trek – Throughout the Haute Route Trek, there are forest lodges, camps and hotels, as well as mountain huts, for you to stay in.
How to reach the Haute Route Trek – Geneva Airport in Switzerland is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Geneva Airport as well, which is well connected to major cities in India.