Trekking

Trekking

Trekking is about real adventure –being immersed amidst incredible landscapes and cultures, forging incredible experiences and bonds with locals and your fellow travellers. That’s what I found, no matter where I’ve been – whether it’s spending a little time among Vietnamese hill tribes, wandering among isolated communities in Nepal or taking on a timeless classic like Peru’s Inca Trail. Peru is just an awesome place to go to if you’re into trekking. The Northern Cordillera are spectacular, but really the starting point for any first-time visitor should be around the Sacred Valley. I did the Lares Trek on my first visit to Peru, which passes through remote villages and over high passes along seldom-travelled routes. Some people have told me it’s even more spectacular than the classic Inca Trail – I’m not sure about that as I haven’t done the Trail, but I’d love to find out! But I’ve got to say, for a single memorable moment in trekking, sunrise at the sun gate, looking over Machu Picchu, doesn’t make it to my number one spot – that accolade goes to Uganda, and trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (which, incidentally, has got to be the coolest name of any forest). You walk in a thicket, sweating and puffing in the heat, looking out for the forest’s abundant bird life and then, in a clearing, there they are – Mountain Gorillas, a family of them, going about their daily chores of grooming and feeding, maybe the young playing. We got up really close, made (slightly terrifying) eye-contact with a silverback and just watched the animals for ages, charmed and hypnotised by their behaviour and their striking familiarity. The chance to get close to wildlife is definitely a huge plus point, but it’s moving through different landscapes and terrain at a human pace which I think makes trekking so special. Nowhere is better than Nepal for that – tropical lowlands and the highest peaks in the world, friendly locals and a great atmosphere among those who travel there. And always a backdrop of stunning scenery – the world’s finest mountains, beautiful forests and pristine lakes that look good enough to dive into (but are freezing if you try). It’s pretty much the perfect destination – the place where, when I think about my next adventure-on-foot, my mind inevitably turns to.

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