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The 10 Best Offbeat Treks

Wouldn’t it be great to leave all your troubles behind and journey to where no one knows you? Separate yourself from the every day and get back to the beauty of the outdoors on some of the most isolated hiking trails.

Visit Africa’s third greatest peak, the Australian deserts, or hike the world’s most southern peak in Patagonia, all are stunning. And though they are remote, it does not mean they are unachievable; there is a remote trail for every enthusiastic trekker.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
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Duration: Approximately 17 days - 13 days trekking
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try out a trail different to the ever-popular Everest Base Camp trek

Departure dates: February to mid-May & end of September to December
Wouldn’t it be nice to be on a trail that is less visited in the Everest region? You can journey though Sherpa villages to the awe-inspiring greenish blue Gokyo Lakes and pass through Renjo La (5400) on a very quiet trail. The route to the Everest region is deemed to be one the grandest walking trails and gives one a view of the Himalaya’s 8000-meter crests.

As you travel to the top of Gokyo Ri, you will get one of the most beautiful sights of Everest and encompassing mountains, like Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia

Duration is approximately 14 days
Grading: Moderate to challenging (6)
Best for the wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers who want a challenge

Best to go from Mid-April to August
One of Australia’s most important hikes, the entire walk of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range and is over 223 kilometers. Hike through this desert-like area with tucked away ridges and canyons, slumber under the night sky in the Outback; climb Mount Sonder, one of the highest mountains in the Northern Territory and wake up to a most memorable sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile

Duration: Approximately 6 days (4 days trekking)
Level is Challenging (7)
Ideal for those trekkers who want to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
Best time to go is December to March

Journey through the southern-most part of the globe to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will feel very far from everything. You generally do not observe many other hikers on this this 42-kilometer tour at this far end of South America. This walk has been described by Lonely Planet as an area in Patagonia with the finest walking trails and is one of the few remaining remote spots left on earth.

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan

Duration is approximately 24 days -16 days trekking
Grading is considered entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for those who are looking to get into mountaineering or looking to take on a challenging trek

When to go: From June to August
Described as a top trek, it crosses from the prominent Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the bottom of the planet’s second highest summit. The famous journey in Pakistan has intrigued many explorers and hikers for a long time, with the 360-degree scene of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter summits, as well as the grand K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand
Duration: About 6 days
Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for those looking to head for heights

Ideal time to go is November to April

New Zealand’s Southern Alps are considered one of the top hiking (“tramping” to the locals) locations on Earth with its rolling hills, impressive glaciers, and blue-green lakes. Trekking in the isolated alpine tarns with open views from above, this journey has even been used as a precursor for a trek in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda

Duration: Approximately 13 days (10 days trekking)
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Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for those who have checked off Mt. Kilimanjaro from their to-do list and are looking for their next challenging summit
Best time to go: December to February, June to September

Scarcely visited and quite isolated, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s hidden treasure.

Climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third tallest crest, is not for the faint of heart.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration is approximately 8 days - 7-day full-pack trek

Grading is Moderate to challenging (6)

Best for the active walker who loves coastal walks and wants to combine it with an exciting forest trek and wildlife spotting
Best time to go is August

Sail by ferryboat across the Strait of Georgia with its Orca-filled waters, and journey to the northern trailhead of Vancouver Island where you can begin your trek and you possibly see a sea lion, eagle or bear along the beaches. On the list of top 10 hikes, you can appreciate long shoreline strolls on the shelf, if planned correctly.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan

Duration: Approximately 27 days (23 days trekking)
Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)
Best for anyone seeking a challenging trek that goes far off the beaten track

Best months to go: Sept. to Nov.
Explore the greatest traverse of Bhutan and travel via 11 high passes 4,500 meters through the isolated district of Lunana.

This once-in-a-lifetime adventure reaches the stunning Paro Valley where you will see a district with small Buddhist monasteries and remote villages that are concealed away most of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains, Tajikstan

Duration is approx.14 days (5 days trekking)

Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Those desiring to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing

When to go: June to September
Popular for its unique mountain landscapes and its strikingly beautiful alpine lakes this untouched area of Pamir enters deep valleys with clear lakes and flowering meadows. You may even catch a glimpse of the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd, Mongolia
Duration: Approx. 11 days - 4 days actual trekking
Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for those looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture

When to go: June to August
In this most out of the way area of Mongolia, you will be presented pure natural landscapes, wild animals and an intriguing history. You will come across local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan locals, and discover more about this nomadic culture.

What Makes a Perfect Honeymoon?

Let’s not ignore the terrific honeymoon vacation that comes after the “I do’s”. Newlywed couples are always on the lookout for honeymoon packages that cater specifically to their needs, a fact that many resorts and cruise lines have come to grasp. Some of the very first experiences honeymooners should share include a place to relax and rejuvenate, and somewhere to create lifetime memories. There are plenty of destinations to choose from where you can share your first romantic moments as a married couple.

Marry me?
The proposal came as a big surprise, the wedding was memorable, and now it’s time for the ultimate honeymoon. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the US is a country replete with places that offer something for everyone including mountain climbers, skiiers, kayakers, to inquisitive sightseers.
L.A. & S.F., CA

10 original California has some of the most recognized sites in the world, from the amazing Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, to the gigantic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.

New York City
New York City's savvy innkeepers know how to host newlyweds and other romantics in exemplary fashion. So, (step out of the bedroom and absorb the sites and sounds the Big Apple has to offer.
Hawaii

If you’re looking for the perfect place to honeymoon, look no further than Hawaii where you’ll be amazed by its beautiful beaches and hidden coves; world-class hotels; delicious cuisine; enticing water sports; breathtaking natural beauty; and perfect weather.

Las Vegas

And don’t overlook Las Vegas. Its vibrant lights and 24-hour excitement make it the perfect destination for honeymooners who prefer late-night fun over lounging on a beach. Europe’s cultural marvels, varied cuisines and relaxing shores make it a great honeymoon destination.

Paris, France
Couples in search of an authentic romantic experience should travel to Paris, dubbed the City of Love, and snuggle in a cozy café or walk under the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower.

The Many Cities of Italy
Travel over to Italy and enjoy its many wonders, from its historical marvels, delicious food, and world-renowned fashion, to name just a few. Make a stop-over in idyllic Tuscany, a place where you can relax with a glass of Chianti, visit charming small towns, not to forget some of the area's famed culture-rich cities.

The crooning gondolieri gliding along the waterways of Venice are a legendary symbol of the City of Water as are the magnificent masks worn during Carnival.

Spain
The choice of places to visit in Spain run the gamut from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands. The sophisticated architecture and traditions of the Spanish city of Seville make it the perfect spot for honeymooning couples.

By day, enjoy a visit to its opulent palaces. And after a relaxing mid-day siesta, you can turn up the heat with late-night dancing.

Greece

Greece’s blue waters and dazzling whitewashed houses make for interesting stories to take back home. Don't forget to accompany the extra fresh seafood and other delicacies with a good shot of ouzo.

The South Pacific

You can also experience a fantastic and romantic honeymoon vacation in the South Pacific.

Travel to the South Pacific islands of Fiji and Tahiti, both acknowledged as some of the world’s best honeymoon locations. Newlyweds will come upon miles and miles of quiet, immaculate beaches in addition to astounding accommodations only found on these two islands.

In the over-water suites, you'll be captivated when you see tropical fish swimming beneath the glass panels under your coffee table.

Experience the trip of a lifetime on an African honeymoon.

Spend your days on action-packed game drives, walking safaris, fishing expeditions, canoe excursions or simply reading that book you've been wanting to read facing a hippo-filled river. Gaze up at the stars around a camp fire while drinking to your married life to the sounds of the African bush and possibly the occasional roaring lion.

The “Real Africa”, as Zambia is frequently called, is a place to discover authentic wilderness without the disruption of big crowds.Honeymooners seeking adventure and an opportunity to experience nature up close have made it a popular destination. Home to some of the most remote and untainted wildlife areas in Africa, there is no end to the amazing sunsets and moments of peace and tranquility. For honeymooners wishing to have a range of adventures in one place, South Africa is the perfect destination with its Big 5 game reserves, scenic wine routes, pristine beaches and breathtaking mountain ranges. It has been named the “Rainbow Nation” because of the many different cultures living there. One of the world’s most favored honeymoon spots, Mauritius is an island located 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. This island on the Indian Ocean, with its year-round good climate and palm-fringed fabulous beaches, checks of all the boxes as an idyllic, romantic vacation.

Honeymooners will find that Mauritius provides a blend of activity, loads of opportunities to just lay back and relax, deluxe lodgings and the personal service they seek for such a momentous time.

Escape For That Special Occasion

Holidays and certain occasions are meant for festivity, good memories and a fun time. Have you ever considered taking a break to explore Santa’s workshop in Lapland, or getting away for a while in Dubrovnik, getting married in St. Lucia and honeymooning in Bora Bora?

Following are just a few foremost destinations where you can go to observe those significant moments and make fantastic memories.

Merry Christmas from Rovaniemi, Lapland!
There is no place more magical than Lapland at Christmas time, where you and your family can pay a visit to Santa’s workshop. This city, situated on the Arctic Circle, is the most enchanting destination for young children and grown-ups to have fun and welcome the Christmas spirit.

Young ones can meet with Santa Claus everyday at Santa Claus Village, and stop by Santa Park where Santa’s little aids will introduce you to the most well-known reindeer of all!

You can make your child’s wish come true! Treks description

Happy New Year's Eve from Sydney Harbour Bridge
Peoples around the world head to the city of Sydney to view the array of firework demostrations that rate among the world’s very best. The entertainment starts at 6 pm with an entertainment show at Sydney Harbour, finishing up at midnight with a fireworks show for the whole family at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

This 12-minute show is spectacular and is broadcast to millions around the world.

A Romantic Valentine's Day in Dubrovnik
Because of its medieval city setting and Croatian charms, the city of Dubrovnik is one of southeastern Europe’s top intimate cities.

It is not a stretch to say that because of its history and medieval style, Dubrovnik might be the perfect place to propose.

Many writers, poets and artists have felt the power of this stunning town. To completely enjoy the delights of this town, get on a cable car and observe the terracotta rooftops, the Adriatic Sea, and the island of Lokrum across the way.

Exchange Your Vows in St. Lucia
There is no better place to get married than St. Lucia and there are many reasons why.

Plush rainforests and wildlife make up this tropical island and its most famous sight are the emerald double summits called the Pitons. This Caribbean island genuinely makes the perfect place for your heavenly beach-side wedding.

Bora Bora: The Perfect Honeymoon Destination
Wonder overflows on the small island of Bora Bora, which is simply 6 miles long and 2 miles wide.

A dormant volcano, Mt. Otemanu, rises out of the island’s core and spills out into rich jungle before further spilling out into a greenish blue lagoon. Famed author James Michener, who authored the novel “Tales of the South Pacific” once called it “the most beautiful island in the world.

It achieved the nickname, “Pearl of the Pacific” by 18th century British adventurer James Cook. Bora Bora, with its lavish resorts, sunny weather, warm waters and friendly natives, makes it the very definition of a tropical retreat.

An Anniversary in Bali
Bali is the perfect place to enjoy your anniversary, with its relaxing ambiance and enchanting surroundings.

Bali feels and looks like utopia on earth, with its colorful scenery and extraordinary blue waters. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including theatrical and modern dance and traditional ceremonies, sculpture and music. If you and your significant other wish to experience things like exclusive cruising in Crystal Bay, exclusive tours to Mt. Batur – Bali’s sacred volcano, a couple’s massage, cooking classes with locals and helicopter rides, then Bali is for you.

Escape to Paradise with That Special Someone

Whether you want an elegant or a laid-back vacation, you can be certain that there’s a great place out there for you.

Often times going on a holiday and spending quality time with the person you love goes further than any gift ever could. So many resorts worldwide are geared particularly to what is most appealing to couples on a romantic retreat.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?
Although not everybody may like rose petals scattered on their bed, nearly everyone enjoys conveniences like champagne, chocolate and freshly cut flowers in their room or suite.

When you think of romance, specific images of spots might pop up in your head. For you, that might include a trip to some far-off island where you can enjoy a soothing tropical drink on a white-sand beach or gaze in awe at the sight of a mesmerizing sunset. Some couples may appreciate long walks along the River Seine in Paris or a getaway to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Here are some of the world's best romantic vacation spots for couples in search of an intimate, blissful, and carefree destination where they can spend some quality time with each other.

St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a little island located in the eastern Caribbean Sea and thought to be to be one of the area’s hidden treasures. St. Lucia is a spot which offers excellent amenities and nonstop sunlight, ideal for couples looking to relax and enjoy the occasional adventure. The re-creation
Kauai, Hawaii

For those that hope to mix adventure with romance, look no further than Kauai, Hawaii. The oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, it has everything from spectacular landscapes to pristine beaches to signature views. The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, as it is frequently called, is a great place for couples to discover stunning canyons and amazing waterfalls.

Zambia
This East African nation may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re looking for the perfect place to share a romantic holiday, but it is a beautiful place to keep in mind.

Fiji
In addition to its super -romantic nature, Fiji, in the South Pacific, is also a spot where a lot of fun can be had.

It is a nation in Melanesia made of more than 330 islands and replete with first-class resorts and spas.

Fiji has become a desirable couple’s vacation spot due to its year-round warm weather conditions and romantic setting.

Patagonia

Everybody with a list of must-dos should trek through Patagonia, a jaw-dropping-blowing, sparsely inhabited region split between by Chile and Argentina. It’s a romantic quest to what is effectively the end of the earth and a place which has long lured travelers drawn with to the magic of its spell-binding terrains. Patagonia is a one-of- kind wonderland brimming with ancient forests, spectacular glaciers, jaw-dropping fjords, and magnificent snow-capped mountains.

Romantic Getaways: Something Different

What greater way to re-connect to your partner than to go on an anniversary holiday? It doesn’t matter if you are celebrating 5 years together in Amsterdam or twenty-five in Cabo, going away on an anniversary holiday delivers all kinds of romance. And for the couple getting near the Ruby anniversary? Whereas a honeymoon is tailored for relaxation after the intense many months of preparing, an anniversary trip may require more planned planning.

It is essential to consider a location and schedule that is ideal for your marital milestone.

For example, wine tasting in Santa Barbara wine country may possibly be best for a 45-year anniversary while a skiing in Colorado or going on a safari in Botswana may possibly be better for a 5-year anniversary. Trips like these will enable you to discover a new part of the world, as well as a new part of your relationship.

And fortunately, we have found the exact locations for you.

Principality of Monaco

Monaco Ville, also called Le Rocher, is the only part of Monaco that has preserved its old town architecture with small, windy medieval lanes. In the evening, visit the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo, where couples can get all dressed up and have some fun gambling.

Amsterdam, Holland
Visiting Holland’s tulip display is a intimate way to spend your anniversary.

And don’t miss the wondrous seventeenth-century canal houses in Amsterdam that have remained mainly unchanged since Rembrandt’s time.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

A couple can reserve a private room in the lavish Trappers Cabin, which typically holds ten, and renew their vows at Beaver Creek Mountain, only 12 miles from Vail, Colorado.

Cabo San Lucas

Whale watching is the thing to do in Cabo from the months of December to April when humpbacks start showing up.

Republic of Botswana

Travel to the Khwai Private Reserve, located on the easterly border of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, which comes with access to the famous Okavango Delta.

Algarrobo, Chile
10 art Do you desire to swim in one of the world's largest saltwater pools? Then head to the Crystal Lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile.

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