5 of the world's best treks
Feeling up for a challenge? Hiking holidays aren't everyone's cup of tea, but they can leave you with a real sense of accomplishment, not to mention allowing you to experience some of the world's most beautiful natural scenery. If you're thinking about a hiking trip, our list of five of the world's best treks will whet your appetite.
5 best treks in the world
5. Overland Track, Australia
Tasmania's Overland Track stretches from Cradle Mountain (Tasmania's highest mountain) to Lake St Clair (Australia's deepest lake), taking in some of the world's most pristine natural scenery. This is a six day walk through the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
4. Inca Trail, Peru
The Inca Trail is South America's most famous trek. Over its 26 mile duration, you'll experience stunning mountain scenery, lush subtropical rainforest and ancient tunnels and ruins. And, of course, you'll cap the whole journey off by arriving in Machu Picchu, the mysterious "lost city of the Incas".
3. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Everest base camp is a challenging three week trek in dizzying altitudes. It reaches a height of 5,545m - a height that you'll have to acclimatise to - but it's a truly remarkable journey. There's spectacular scenery, Sherpa villages and magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. Plus you'll get awesome bragging rights - having conquered a section of the world's tallest mountain.
2. The Narrows, USA
This 16 mile trek passes through dramatic canyons in the heart of Zion National Park. The route involves wading - and sometimes swimming - along the Virgin River. The natural springs, hanging gardens and picturesque grottos make for an unforgettable experience.
1. GR20, France
The un-romantically named GR20 tops our list of the world's best treks because of its incredible diversity. The 104 mile trek through Corsica will take you by peat bogs, lunar landscapes, snow-capped peaks, glacial lakes and pristine forests. There are many challenges to contend with, including rock faces and scary bridges - but it's worth every second.