Asia continent is home to a number of hiking trails because of presence of a number of mountains. Treks in this list are all through different villages and it helps making connection with them. The list includes the Top 10 Hiking trails across Asia for nature lovers and of course for adventure seekers.
Hiking Trails across Asia
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
This is a long trek (17-22 days) and one of oldest. Major highlight is Thorung La pass (17770 ft.). Trail covers many beautiful picturesque and breathtaking landscapes. Circuit passes through villages and Buddhist monasteries. It’s a very popular circuit.
Best Time – October-Nov.
Mt. Everest, Tibet – Mount Everest is the highest peak in world at 8. 8km.To reach atop this snowcapped mountain is a feat in itself. Not everyone can do it. Place is sacred and Nepalese hold great sentiments on this place. Tibetans also hold similar beliefs.
Best Time – April-May, Sept-Nov.
Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
The trek is a very popular in Indonesia. Mount Rinjani is volcanic mountain and trek takes you to the top which offers breathtaking views. Let’s come straight to the point now and that is Mount Rinjani is not any normal hiking activity or a casual ride. It’s a 1500 m steep 8km with loose sand slippery points.
Best Time – April to December
Manaslu Circuit, Nepal
This is a comparatively less commercialized circuit in Nepal. One can taste authentic Nepalese culture in here. Other benefits are there are various tea tasting sites across the place making the whole process lively.
Best Time – March to May, October-Dec.
Markha Valley Trek, India
It’s a moderate grade hill climb that covers almost 68 Km in the Kashmir valley of Leh. The trek passes through Kashmir valley covering dry areas of Indus and various streams. The trek offers avid landscape views of Leh region and picturesque view of the city. It’s an unforgettable experience. One good thing is that you don’t need to carry stoves, tents etc. as the trek passes mainly through a variety of villages and markets.
Best time – Mid May to Sept
The Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Quoted by many as the most difficult trek in the world and it’s not wrong to say that. The trek passes through Jichu Drake, Tiger Mountain and various other peaks to embark your inner thrill.
Many people have returned in mid due to altitude sickness (9 hrs. daily walking, highest camping at 5450 m). So go only if you are an experienced climber with good endurance.
Best time – First 3 weeks of October
The trek is not very overcrowded and usually takes around 10 days with 8km/day. Usually the area offers serene and magnificent valleys and massive volcanic peninsula view which are sure to take your breath away. It’s a brilliant space for geology lovers too.
Best time – May-Sept
SeoRaksan NP, South Korea
This is a moderately easy hike and gives panoramic views of South Korean valley. It goes through few caves, involves places to relax and rejuvenate. Waterfalls also come in our way. The long stairs take you up to a height to offer more spectacular views of surroundings.
Best time – Any time preferably early morning
Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan
The trek happens in Karakal (Around 5 Hours journey from Bishkek). Trek can be complete in 5 days and offers beautiful views of the mountain. Rush is also less here. Lustrous Green valleys, rivers, wild flowers, little snow is all the variety one can expect here.
Best time – July-Sept.
Mt Kinabalu, Malaysia
Mt Kinabalu in Malaysia is one of the easiest trek in Asia and a famous one. It takes only around 2 days to reach the summit. Don’t forget to pack hiking shoes and accessories especially headlamp, big water bottle and good hiking shoes. Feb and march are dry seasons and hence best suited for this trek.
Best time – Feb-March
These are the most recommended Asia’s hiking trails that spawn across the continent.