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Epic Treks Around The World

6th December 2015

The Great Himalaya Trail is a 1,700-kilometre network featuring some of the world’s highest walking trails. A full traverse of the range, known as the “holy grail” of treks, includes some of the planet’s most majestic mountain tops, and takes around five months to complete.

Currently more people have walked on the moon than the entire length of this trail, which was established in 2011 and closes each winter.

One of the world's toughest treks

Most people choose to tackle only sections of it, but the more adventurous can walk from one end to the other - described as the world’s longest and most expensive trek.

The full traverse features 29 high passes and trails up to 6,190 metres above sea level, crossing from near Kangchenjunga in Nepal’s east to Api-Saipal in the far west.

It's a challenge that should only be considered by the most experienced of trekkers. The trail has been part funded by the UK Department for International Development and follows responsible tourism practices.

Discover local villages during your travels

The aim behind the linking up of the entire trail was to generate jobs and income for local communities, while helping conserve Nepal’s natural and cultural heritage.

All of Nepal’s 8,000-metre peaks, including Mount Everest, can be viewed along the trail, while remote cultures can also be experienced on the route.

Other Epic Treks

South Pole and North Pole

Icetrek has years of experience in taking adventurers on expeditions to the North and South Poles and offers training programs to prepare potential explorers. It offers a range of trips covering different distances, with skiing and flying options.

The Inca Trail

The High Inca Trail is only for those who trust their thighs, lungs and sleep patterns to cope with a tough mountain hike.

A good-value itinerary includes stays in Cuzco and in Ollantaytambo and Pisac in the Sacred Valley and a lung-busting seven-day hike along the so-called Salkantay path, using tents, horses and porters.

The Inca Trail offers up incredible sights and ancient ruins

Appalachians

Taking you through North-Eastern America along one of the country’s oldest and most popular footpaths, this nine-day exploration includes a series of day treks through the mountain ranges of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.

Highlights include hiking in four national parks and an overnight stay on Mount Desert Island.

Great Australian Walkabout

Visiting some of Australia’s most iconic highlights, this walk is designed for travellers who enjoy discovering a destination on foot.

From Sydney to Melbourne and through the desert onto Alice Springs and Uluru, the Great Australian Walkabout packs in memorable experiences such as the Blue Mountains, the Great Ocean Walk, the Ghan Railway and the Larapinta Trail, staying in exclusive, brand new design-led, semi-permanent campsites.

Admiring the Blue Mountains on the Great Australian Walkabout

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This article was written by Natalie Paris from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.