Walk the world’s rooftop
The Himalayas are the Earth’s gift to hikers and though there are countless contenders for the best trek in the world prize – Peru’s Inca Trail and Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro spring to mind as front-runners – but none are as spectacular as the epics in Nepal. Everest is a pilgrimage and needs no introduction, the breathtaking Annapurna range is a horseshoe-shaped route that wanders through traditional Hindu villages and wild forests of oak, and then there’s Langtang, an alpine trek that runs parallel with Tibet and offers more amazing views in a short time than any other walk-in trek in Nepal.
Trekking in Bhutan
is a back-to-basics exploration that reveals magnificent unspoiled countryside and then there’s Japan
, 70 percent of which is covered in mountains. The Kumano Kodo and Nakasendo Trails are top favourites here; you’ll stay in traditional wooden guesthouses along the way, some of which have been in the same family for generations.