There are many traditional hiking and trekking routes of varying difficulty through Europe and further afield, but what about those places which are just a little bit different? Here are a few suggestions for places to visit on a guided trekking holiday that will not only satisfy your love of trekking, but your taste for adventure too.
Morocco – Jbel Sahro
Take a guided trekking holiday in the remote Lower Atlas mountain range and experience some great views over the Sahara Desert. A fourteen-day camping tour in this area is classed as easy to moderate at altitudes of up to 2600 meters with porters and mules, a minimum of three hours and a maximum of nine hours trekking per day.
The trek is a great way to experience wild Morocco, and nights under the stars are an unforgettable experience. On arrival at camp each night expect a nice cup of refreshing mint tea, and later local cuisine that is tasty and nourishing.
trek the Tizi-n-Tichka pass which has some breathtaking scenery, the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, then onto landscapes of deep canyons and hidden oasis’. This is a remote area with very few people; it’s the perfect place to enjoy a guided trekking holiday in Morocco.
Iceland – The Markarfjlot Wilderness
This is where guided trekking holidays really are a benefit. This trek into the remote Torfajokull region is best discovered with a knowledgeable local guide.
The volcanic landscape of Iceland is incredible and you may go for days without seeing a single person, other than the other group members of course. This trek takes 9 days to complete and uses basic cabins, the distance each day will be between 14 and 20 Kilometres depending on the huts location and is classed as challenging.
During May and June, because of the variable weather, it’s advised that only very experienced trekers even attempt the route, plus you will be carrying your own backpack, so pack accordingly! The route will take you through mountains and across plains, but one of the best experiences are the hot springs and geysers that seem to appear from nowhere. I
If you are looking for a challenging guided trekking holiday this is definitely one to consider.
Japan – The Ancient Shogun Trail
This guided trekking holiday takes you from Kyoto to Tokyo using the most ancient trekking routes in the country.
This route is the one which was followed by pilgrims, warriors, and royalty in the eighth century through the cultural landscape of Kii Katsuura; it also takes in Mount Mt. Yarigatake and Mount Fuji, the Japanese equivalent of the Alps.
There are lots of wonderful experiences to be had here, and it would be a shame if you didn’t spend some time before and after your trip exploring Kyoto and Tokyo. The highlights for any treker are to trek part of Kumano Kodo, the World Heritage Trail, the hike to the top of Mount Yarigatake, a spear shaped mountain, and to watch the sunrise from the summit of Mount Fuji.
Guided trekking holidays are a wonderful way of exploring unknown territories and making friends with like-minded people, who knows you, may even want to return and try a solo expedition.