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Ten of the world’s best treks

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 13, 2008

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia




One of the major highland regions in Africa and one of its most beautiful. It includes Ethiopia’s highest point, Ras Daschen (15,160ft/4,620m), the fourth highest peak on the continent. It is also home to the friendly and tough Amhara people, and rare and diverse flora and fauna.



High Atlas Mountains, Morocco


Centered on Jebel Toubkal (13,665ft/ 4,165m), North Africa’s highest mountain, the rugged wilderness of the High Atlas are also home to the colorful and hospitable Berber people.



GR20, Corsica


One of the most scenic and challenging treks in Europe. The trail traverses the high mountains of the island’s interior, crossing mountain ridges, chasms and granite slopes, and is home to shepherds who still follow a centuries-old lifestyle.



Tour du Mont Blanc, Alps


This 100-mile/161km epic circumnavigates Mont Blanc, crossing between France, Switzerland and Italy and takes in 12 cols, including the Fen�tre d’Arpette (8,743ft/ 2,665m)



Southern Tuscan Trail, Italy


A trek through one of Europe’s best preserved Renaissance landscapes surrounded by world-renowned vineyards, medieval hill towns and the magnificent abbeys of Sant’Antimo and Monte Oliveto Maggiore with Sienna, Europe’s best-preserved medieval city.



Julian Alps, Slovenia


Triglav National Park, with its glacial lakes and rivers, hidden gorges, snow-capped mountains, alpine plateaux and lush valleys, is centered around Slovenia’s highest peak, Mt Triglav (9,395ft/ 2,864m). It also includes Mount Krn, the scene of fierce fighting during the First World War, described by Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms.



Snowman Trek, Bhutan


This trek, through the remote region of Lunana in Bhutan, crosses high Himalayan passes with mountain landscapes that include Gangkhar Puensum, the highest unclimbed peak in the world.



Overland track, Tasmania



This track is considered one of the finest bushwalks in Australia. The 40-mile route across a World Heritage area follows well-graded paths through a sub-alpine wilderness of peaks, forests, alpine heathland, glacial lakes and waterfalls.


Paine Circuit, Chile



One of the world’s great trekking challenges, this 60-mile circuit of the Paine Massif in Torres Del Paine National Park passes through one of the world’s most dramatic mountain regions, famous for its pink granite towers, iridescent blue lakes and surreally sculpted glaciers.


Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru



This sparsely populated region of the Andes, amid ice-clad summits that rise above glaciers, rolling grassland, lakes and valleys, is the location of Joe Simpson’s epic true-life tale of survival, Touching the Void. The massif forms a constant back-drop to a 20-day trip to the region with Andean Trails


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