Get Off the Beaten Track - 10 Best Remote Hikes

old-1130743__340.jpg How pleasant would it be to take time away for on your own and be entirely by yourself? Remove yourself from the routine grind and get close to the outdoors on some of the world’s most obscure tracks.

Travel from Africa’s third tallest peak to the Australian deserts, or trek down to the most southern point in Patagonia – you won’t be disappointed. And don’t be intimidated by the remoteness of these spots - there’s a trail for every level of trekker.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
Duration is approximately 17 days (13 days trekking)
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)

Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try a trail trail to the famous Everest Base Camp trek
Departure dates: February to mid-May and end of September to December
Would you like to enjoy a much quieter trail in the Everest area? You can journey though Sherpa villages to the breathtaking turquoise Gokyo Lakes and pass through Renjo La (5400) on a very quiet trail.

It is regarded as one of the greatest hiking trails in the Everest region, and its course gives you a view of the grand Himalaya’s 8000 meter peaks.

As you ascend to Gokyo Ri, you will witness one of the top views of Everest and neighboring mountains, such as Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia
Duration: 14 days (approximately}

Grading: Moderate to challenging (6)
Ideal for the wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers who desire a challenge
Best to go from Mid-April to August

Considered to be a top hiking trail in Australia, hiking the length of the Larapinta goes through the West Mac Donnell range in Central Australia and is more than 223 kilometers.

Trek through this arid region on remote ridges and canyons; experience the stars in the Outback; ascend Mount Sonder, one of the Northern Territory’s highest crests, and enjoy a wondrous sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile
Duration: Approximately 6 days (4 days trekking)

Level is Challenging (7)

Ideal for the experienced trekker who wants to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
Best time to go is December to March

Experience traveling to the southernmost part of the planet to Dientes de Navarino Massif and feel like you are removed form everything and everyone. You will most probably not see any other backpackers along this 42-kilometer circuit. This route has been characterized by Lonely Planet as anexceptional trek in Patagonia and is probably one of the few very remote places on earth left to visit

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan

Duration is about 24 days - 16 days actual trekking
Grading is considered entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for: Anyone looking to get into mountaineering, or who is seeking a challenging trek
Best time to go is from June to August

Believed to be some of the best scenic hiking trails, it travels from the famous Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the bottom of the planet's second biggest peak. This well-known route in Pakistan has snagged the minds of adventure seekers and mountains climbers for years, with a view that spans 360-degrees of a 7000 meter and 8000-meter mountains, together with the great K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand

Duration is about 6 days
Grading is Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Anyone looking to head for heights
November to April is the best time to go

Considered one of the top hiking (or 'tramping', to locals) destinations on Earth, New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a splendid combination of snowcapped peaks, turquoise lakes and golden hills. Exploring the alpine tarns with unobscured vistas, this hike is considered a warm up for trekking in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: Approximately 13 days (10 days trekking)


Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for those who have checked off Mt. Kilimanjaro from their to-do list and are looking for their next challenging summit

Ideal time to go: December to February and June to September
Private and rarely visited, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s hidden jewel. For those who like a challenge, the climb to Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third highest mountain, is the way to go.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration: Approximately 8 days (7-day full-pack trek)
Grading is Moderate to challenging (6)
Best for the active walker who loves coastal walks and wants to combine it with an exciting forest trek and wildlife spotting

Best time to go: August
Take a ferryboat and cross the Strait of Georgia filled with Orcas, head to Vancouver Island’s northern trailhead where your walk gets started, and even spot a sea lion, eagle, or bear on the coastline. This walkabout is in the top 10 of all hikes; and if you forecast your time appropriately, you can take advantage of coastline walks on the shelf.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration is about 27 days - 23 days trekking

Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for: Those looking for a very challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track

Best months to go: Sept. to Nov.
Explore the ultimate traverse of Bhutan and travel via 11 high passes 4,500 meters through the isolated district of Lunana. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure reaches the stunning Paro Valley where you’ll see a region with small Buddhist monasteries and isolated villages that are hidden away most of the year.

Tajikstan: Pamir Fann Mountains
Duration is approx.14 days (5 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Those adventurers seeking to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing

When to go: From June to September
Known for its exceptional mountain views and eye-catching alpine lakes, this off-track hike in virgin Pamir flows into deep valleys with pure clear lakes and flowering fields. You might even get a chance to witness the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd in Mongolia

Duration: Approximately 11 days (4 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for those looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture
When to go: June to August

In this most isolated area of Mongolia, you will be presented pure natural landscapes, wildlife and a compelling history.

You will also observe local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan natives, and examine the roaming people which are native to this land.

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