7 Most Breathtaking Treks
By Josh Wicks @the.vagrant.optimist
One of my favorite activities is hiking and trekking all over this beautiful earth. There's no better medicine than getting outdoors and reconnecting with nature. Here's my ever-growing list of memorable treks that took my breath away (in more ways than one).
Most Breathtaking Treks Map
Most Breathtaking Treks Places
- Lake Waikaremoana
Lake Waikaremoana is a great trek to do with a group of friends. In high season, call ahead and book a cabin to stay in. They are fairly well maintained and cheap to stay in. Otherwise, pack a tent just in case. The trail is a circuit that takes 3-4 days to complete, but you could definitely stretch it out to a full work week. There are so many view points to stop and enjoy. Lake Waikaremoana is ideal for families as it's not too difficult and kids under 17 years old get free admission. Dogs unfortunately are not permitted on the trail.
- Salawin National Park
If I had to pick a favorite trek, this would be it. Trekking Salawin National park is a paid adventure with a guide that will take you deep into the hills of Mae Sariang to live off the land and learn the ways of the tribespeople that reside there. It's a physically challenging trail at times. There is a lot of ground to cover in the heavy heat of Thailand. You'll develop a new appreciation for the simple things in life. And you'll definitely never forget this trek.
- Singalila National Park
For trekking enthusiasts looking for a fulfilling challenge. Singalila NP is the jam! Prepare yourself to hike high into the mountains and experience anything from grape-sized hail storms to thick clouds of fog. That's right, you'll be walking amongst the clouds, as high as 3636m above sea level, and learn what it's like to acclimatize to the altitude. It's an adventure, to say the least.
- Juan De Fuca Provincial Park
An ideal 4-6 day trek in some of Canada's best wilderness. You may see bears so bring bear spray or bangers as back up. The best time to go is the end of summer as weather conditions are favorable and the trail will not be busy at all so you'll get the best real estate to set up your tent. Juan de Fuca is a solid and very satisfying trail for those seeking rugged Canadian outdoor experience. Get out there.
What a humbling trek! Don't be ashamed to do this with a guide if you have a little extra to spend. You don't really need a guide to trek the Annapurna but it's worth it to have someone who can tell you the stories of the land and hook you up with the hidden extras you just don't find on your own. Pack for cold weather and bring a camera.
- Cerro Piltriquitrón
Say it with me now, "Serro Pill-tricky-tron." You got it! You can summit Cerro Piltriquitron and get back to El Bolson in a day but why would you want to when there is the coziest most inviting Refugio up there, calling you to enjoy its' warm food and incredible view. Alternatively, you could even set up a tent higher up on the mountain. If you are a star-gazer/photographer you must come here as well. It's a pretty steep hike but it's well worth it to stand at the top and feel that feeling- you know the one.
- Torres del Paine
Formerly at the top of my Bucket List until 2016 when I completed the "Q" circuit with my best trekking friend. Whatever kind of trek you're looking for, Torres del Paine will not disappoint you. Unless of course, you show up unprepared. Some key advice to consider before, during, and after this adventure: Keep your food and snacks out of your packs and pockets and off the ground at night or you'll wake up with mouse holes in your gear. The weather and wind can change in an instant. Pack your bag for all seasons. You're not a wuss if you bring hiking poles. Young, fit, experienced trekkers will meet with Hiker's knee if they're not careful here. Most camps have a Free Food bin. Take a peek and you'll be pleasantly surprised at what people will leave behind and up for grabs. Grab it! When you complete the trek and arrive back in Puerto Natales, reward yourself with a satisfying meal. But take a shower first. Mesita Grandé is a known favorite for its pizzas and pints (*in Chile a pint = un "schop"). There are also some cafés and pubs with great vibes to celebrate your epic trek. Remember to leave no trace while you're exploring this legendary land.