Trekking, as known as backpacking, is an outdoor recreation of carrying one’s gear on the back while hiking for more than a day. It can be of a couple of days to several months. Some trekkers like to use tents while other use naturally available resources like caves and trees for shelter.
Asia is an undoubtedly great spot for trekking with its countless spectacular mountains and lush hills. Thinking of where to go and which destination to pick? Take a look at out top 5 best treks in Asia!
1. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
At a height of 5,545 meters, at Kala Pattar, Everest Base Camp is very popular among trekkers. Though it is a difficult trek, and normally it takes around three weeks to reach there, the scenery on the trek is breathtaking and invites more trekkers every year. The area is trafficked by Sherpa people of Solu Khumbu.
The base camp in Nepal is the South base camp and is used by the trekkers while ascending the Mount Everest.
2. Indian Himalayas, India
Fewer and hardcore trekkers try this side of Himalayas. The area surrounding Himachal Pradesh is quite isolated. The mountain tops from Spiti to Ladakh are very famous among hardcore trekkers. This is an extremely remote and challenging trek that follows the ancient trade routes.
The Indian Himalayan range runs from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, crossing Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and hilly region of Assam and West Bengal. The scene across the whole region is truly a visual treat.
3. Baltoro Glacier & K2, Pakistan
At the height of 8,611 meters, K2 is the world’s second highest peak. The scenery along this trek is incomparable to any other trek in the region, from icy rivers to granite pyramidal mountains, including Paiju, Uli Biaho, Great Tango Tower, and K2. The trekking trail takes around 15 days minimum to cover.
K2 is also known as Savage Mountain due to the difficulty involved in the ascent. It has the second highest fatality rate among eight-thousanders.
4. Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Known as the “Roof of Thailand”, Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand, standing proudly at a height of 2565 meters.
There are a number of attractions at Doi Inthanon, from hot springs to bird watching and a wide range of animal species.
The hike is different from other famous treks as there is no hike or jungle trail to the summit.
Mount Pulag, Luzon, the Philippines
Mount Pulag is the highest mountain in the Philippines, at a height of 2922 meters above sea level. The mountain is the home to more than 500 plants and species, including some rare and endangered ones.
It is famous for its majestic “sea of clouds” and the view of Milky Way galaxy at the dawn. The area is predominated by rains throughout the year.