Trekking

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Trekking adventureThere are treks for different levels of fitness, but generally speaking, you should be in pretty good shape before you go on a trekking adventure.

Trekking is defined as taking a long hard journey on foot where you normally stick to established trails.

Nepal may be one of the more popular places people travel to go on a trekking trip, but a quick search on the Internet should help you find an interesting adventure a little closer to home.

There are a lot of different kinds of treks, and not all of them require you to do all of the work.

There are fun and exciting adventures where horses, llamas and other animals can help you along the way. And you can go on treks to see wildlife. I highly recommend the gorilla treks in Rwanda.

Many adventure travel companies offer different experiences within the same destination like white water rafting, rock climbing and trekking. So, if you’ve never gone on a trek, give it a try.

By the way, don’t let the 3 adventure travel stars fool you. Trekking is a great adventure travel experience; it just doesn’t normally present the risk or adrenaline that many associate with adventure. But if you add something else to it (see the fun factor section below), you can easily turn this little adventure up a notch.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

There is going to be some risk involved when trekking because you’re often far away from the beaten path. If you should get sick or injured it may take time to get you some help. There are dangers out in the wild that involve weather, accidents and running into the unexpected.

With that said, most experienced trekking guides are prepared for emergencies. But you still need to keep in mind that the farther out you venture into the wilderness, chances are there is increased risk.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

One of the first things I mentioned above is that a trekking trip, by its definition, is a “long, hard journey.” That should be your clue that you need to prepare your body.

However, treks are often done at your own pace so you can enjoy the experience to the fullest. So get in shape, but don’t think you need to be an Olympic athlete. You don’t.

Check with the person booking your trip – or do some research on the Internet – about the physical requirements involved with your planned walk on the wild side. Then prepare and look forward to an incredible personal journey.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

A trekking adventure is fun, but when you combine it with something else, like wildlife viewing, it can be transformed into a super adventure experience. I went on a gorilla trek in Rwanda, and it was absolutely incredible. You can click here to read more about my encounter with gorillas.

If you like to ride bikes try some “bici” trekking, or pack your llama for an unforgettable trek as they carry the load for you. So, you don’t always have to rely on your own two feet.

How about walking back in time for some historical trekking or maybe some glacier trekking for those who enjoy getting out on a crisp, clear day? And there are more ways to add to the fun factor if you give it a little thought. Get creative.

Popular places for trekking adventure travel

While you can surely find trekking opportunities close to where you live, here is a short list of some of the more popular countries where adventure travelers go for this experience.

  • Nepal
  • India
  • Tanzania
  • Morocco
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Peru
  • New Zealand
  • Bhutan
  • Ecuador
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