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The 10 Best Offbeat Treks

Would you love to break free from your life and travel to a place where you can be alone? Cut yourself off from the daily grind and plug in with nature on some of the world’s most off-the-beaten-paths. Go from Africa’s 3rd biggest summit to the Australian deserts or visit the most southern point in Patagonia - each is magnificent. 10 re-creation Even though these tracks are not easy to get to, don’t let that limit you, there is a trek out there for everyone.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
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
How would you like to stay away from the busier trails in Everest?

This trail goes through Sherpa villages to the stunning turquoise Gokya Lakes and runs through the Renjo La (5400m) on a rarely traveled trail. The course 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 ascend to Gokyo Ri, you will witness one of the top views of Everest and neighboring mountains, such as Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End in Australia

Duration is approximately 14 days

Grading: Moderate to challenging (6)
Ideal for: Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers looking for a challenge

Ideal to go is 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.

Backpack through this desert-like area with tucked away ridges and canyons, sleep 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 the experienced trekker who wants to get off the beaten track in Patagonia

December to March is the ideal time to go
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 see many other hikers on this this 42-kilometer tour at this far end of South America. This trek has been reported as one of Patagonia’s best treks and one of the most isolated spots left on the planet.

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan
Duration is about 24 days - 16 days actual trekking

Level: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for those who are looking to get into mountaineering, or who are looking for a challenging trek
Best time to go is from June to August

Deemed to be some of the best picturesque hiking trails, it goes from the celebrated Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the foot of the planet's 2nd biggest mountain. 10 photograph The famous journey in Pakistan has fascinated 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 is about 6 days

Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for those looking to head for heights
November to April is the best time to go
New Zealand’s Southern Alps are regarded as one of the top hiking (“tramping” to the locals) destinations on Earth with its rolling hills, impressive glaciers, and turquoise lakes.

Trekking in isolated alpine tarns with clear views, this trek even been used as a precursor for a trek in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda

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

Ideal for: Those who have overcome Mt Kilimanjaro and are seeking their next summit challenge

Best time to go: December to February, June to September
Secluded and rarely visited, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s secret treasure.

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

West Coast Trail in Canada

Duration: About 8 days (a 7-day full-pack trek)
Grading is Moderate to challenging (6)
Ideal for those active walkers who love coastal walks and want to combine it with an breathtaking forest trek and wildlife spotting
Best time to go: August

Take a ferryboat and cross the Strait of Georgia filled with Orcas, head to Vancouver Island’s northerly trailhead where your walk starts, and even spot a sea lion, eagle, or bear on the coastline. On the list of top 10 hikes, you can appreciate long shoreline walks on the shelf, if organized correctly.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan

Duration: Approx. 27 days (23 days actual trekking)

Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)
Best for anyone desiring a very challenging trek that goes way off the beaten track
Best time to go: September to November

Journey the greatest traverse of Bhutan crossing over 11 grand passes over 4,500 meters through the isolated part of Lunana.

This coveted walk explores the splendid Paro Valley where you will discover an area of tiny Buddhist monasteries and isolated villages that are hidden from the world most days of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains in Tajikstan

Duration: About 14 days - 5 days trekking -

Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for those wanting to take their bush walking adventures a new level while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing
When to go: From 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.

One even might glimpse the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd in Mongolia
Duration: Approximately 11 days (4 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)

Ideal for: Anyone seeking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture

When to go: Months of June to August

This most isolated part of Mongolia is abundant with nature, abundant wild animals and a compelling cultural heritage. You will also find local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan natives, and study the wandering people which are native to this land.

Get Away to Paradise with That Special Person

Whether you want an elegant or a relaxed vacation, you can be sure that there’s a great place out there for you. 10 image Often times going on a vacation and spending quality time with the one you love goes further than any present ever could. And, more and more resorts are catering specifically to couples as a get away from the day-to-day routine.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?

The rose petals strewn on the bed may not be for you, but no one can turn down champagne, delicious chocolates, and the scent of fresh flowers in their room.

When you think of romance, certain images of places might pop up in your head. For you, that may include tropical trees on a white-sand shore, or drinks with a view of the sun setting on the Pacific Ocean. Others may prefer visiting cities like Paris and Florence for a lover’s getaway. If you’re looking for a spot to vacation where you can spend quality time with that important someone, here are a number of of the top rated ports of call for the romantically inclined.

St. Lucia
One of Eastern Caribbean’s concealed treasures remains the small island of St. Lucia. Couples on the look-out for a destination with equal parts relaxation and adventures need search no longer than St. Lucia which offers first-class beaches and luxury creature comforts.
Kauai, Hawaii

Kaui, Hawaii is ideal for couples searching for the right amount of romanticism and adventure.

The oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, it has everything from stunning landscapes to pristine beaches to signature views.

The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, as it is frequently called, is a very good place for couples to explore breathtaking canyons and amazing waterfalls.

Zambia
This East African country 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

Fiji in the South Pacific is yet another extra-romantic travel destination for couples looking for an exciting destination where everything goes.

This Melanesian country is comprised of more than 330 islands and brimming with lavish island resorts and spas. Couples wanting warm temperatures and a romantic place packed with opportunities to share intimate moments need look no further than the island of Fiji.

Patagonia
There are few bucket lists that don’t feature a life altering journey through Patagonia, a sparsely inhabited region shared by Chile and Argentina.

Romantics and curious travelers alike have long been fascinated to this faraway place filled with awe-inspiring landscapes you will likely never forget. Patagonia is world all unto its own from its enormous glaciers to its age-old forests, from its snow-capped mountains to its jaw-dropping fjords.

Take a Hike: The Planet's Best Walks

The most important hike is not just about the walk on its own, but rather about investing in the destination’s historical past and tradition. Still, hikes are no picnics. They will make you challenge yourself physically and test your will, creating an indelible imprint of the grandeur of our environment.

A listing of the globe's top treks is found below.

Peru's Inca Trail - 4 days & 26.7 miles
Remarkable moments are bountiful on the Inca Trail, but none can compete with the time you walk through the Sun Gate and first see the vision of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. The best months to go are May to September
Colombia’s Lost City ~ 5 days & 27 miles

Trail blaze through the abundant jungle across rivers before coming to the ruins of Teyuna. Arrive here first and the Lost City will be yours to experience all by yourself. Ideal time to go: December to March.

Nepal's Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles - 13 days
Best artwork This experience will take you closer to the natives of the Himalayas before opening a window to the top of the world.

After observing Everest, you will never look at our world in the same way. It is best to go from August to November.

Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro, 8 days & 21.1 miles

At 5,895m (19,340 ft), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's tallest peak. It’s not painless, but unlike other great peaks, it allows those bold enough to master its many routes to the top. It is best to go from September to March.

Europe: Mont Blanc - 77.7 miles - 8 days

The Tour du Mont Blanc is more than a hundred miles and takes you through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France. Ideal time to go: June to September.

Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia -10 days and 82.6 miles
Recognized for its organic beautiful beauty, you will discover remarkable volcanic terrains, impressive glaciers, and grasslands that extend to the horizon.

The ideal months to go are December to March.

Venezuela's Mount Roirama ~21.1 miles and 6 days
The glorious mountain of Roraima is special to the region's local inhabitants and is said to have prompted Arthur Conan Doyle’s fiction, "The Lost World." When to go: November to April is the perfect time to walk the Roraima path but anytime of the year is good.

The Camino de Santiago in Spain - 30 days & 466 miles
The respected Camino de Santiago, also known as the St. James Trail, was a significant Christian passage during the Middle Ages, and is still considered a meaningful religious pilgrimage today.

The walk can be done at any time of the year but between autumn and spring is optimal, but also very busy.

What Makes a Perfect Honeymoon?

10 re-creation Let’s face it, after the exhilaration of the wedding comes the best bit – the honeymoon. Newlywed couples are constantly on the lookout for honeymoon solutions that cater specifically to their needs, a fact that many resorts and cruise lines have come to recognize. Some of the very first experiences newlyweds should share include a place to unwind and rejuvenate, and somewhere to create lifetime memories.

There are many destinations to pick from where you can share your first romantic moments as a married couple.

Let's get married!

So, your true love has swept you off your feet and you're organizing your story-book wedding followed, of course, by the honeymoon of your dreams. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, newlyweds in the US have the privilege of having so many destination options wherever their interests take them, from mountains, snow covered peaks, to beautiful beaches.

LA & SF, Cali

California has some of the most well known sites in the world, from the incredible Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, to the gigantic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.

NYC
New York City's savvy innkeepers understand how to host newlyweds and other romantics in exceptional fashion.

So, get out from under the bed linens to enjoy the sites and sounds of the Big Apple.

Hawaii

Hawaii, one of the world’s most well-known honeymoon destinations, has so many things on offer that the list seems never-ending, from its magnificent beaches, world-class hotels, innovative cuisine to its water sports and breathtaking natural beauty.

Las Vegas
And don’t overlook Las Vegas. Honeymooners who are into night-time fun and enjoy 24-hour buzz over lounging at the beach, will find this the perfect place for them. Newlyweds will find Europe to be the perfect destination for honeymooning if they’re into history-filled cultural sights, delicious food and relaxing beaches.

Vive La France!

Paris, referred to as the City of Love, is pretty much the perfect backdrop for a romantic honeymoon: cuddling in an inviting bistro by day and walking under the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower by night.

Cities in Italy
Find your way over to Italy and experience its many wonders, from its historical marvels, delicious food, and well-known fashion, to name just a few.

The delightful little towns and culture- rich cities of the Tuscany region are a must see when traveling to Italy. The crooning gondolieri gliding along the canals of Venice are a legendary symbol of the City of Water as are the eye-catching masks worn during Carnival.

Spain
The choice of places to visit in Spain is vast, from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands.

The sophisticated architectural style and folklore infusing Seville make this Spanish city an ideal place for couples to discover together. By day, enjoy a visit to its opulent alcazars.

Follow this up with a regenerating siesta so you have the stamina to dance all night long.

Greece

Offbeat photo The azure waters and recognizable whitewashed backgrounds of Greece make for great photos to show back home. Its delicious ouzo is the perfect accompaniment to a delicious meal of extra fresh seafood and other delicacies. The South Pacific offers amazing honeymoon getaways. 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 calm, immaculate beaches in addition to astounding accommodations only found on these two islands.

The jaw-dropping over-water suites allow you to view tropical fish swimming underneath your coffee table.

Or explore the Dark Continent: Africa.

The least exciting thing you’ll do on an African honeymoon is to read a book in front of a hippo-filled river because the remainder of the time you’ll be on a thrilling game drive, a walking safari, a fishing expedition or a canoe trip.

Toast to married life before a camp fire as you look up to view the star-studded sky and enjoy the sounds of the African bush, with an occasional roar here and there. Avoid large crowds and enjoy a real sense of wilderness in Zambia, also known as the “Real Africa”. It has become a popular destination among honeymooning couples who seek adventure and have a love of nature. Experience the splendid sunsets and peace in this remote area full of unspoiled wildlife.

In addition to its Big 5 game reserves, lovely wine routes, pristine beaches and spectacular mountain ranges, South Africa is also home to one of the world’s most enchanting cities, Cape Town. Its numerous cultures, each with their own histories and traditions, have made it known as the “Rainbow Nation”.

Mauritius, a very popular destination among honeymooning couples, is an island which lies about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. Its year-long warm climate and fabulous beaches dotted with palm trees make this Indian Ocean island a perfect oasis for honeymooners. If you and your spouse are searching for a spot that offers the ideal combination of activity with the time needed to relax, all in a lavish setting with a high level of personalized attention, then Mauritius is where you want to be.

Weekend Getaways Close to Home

After a stressful week, sometimes a quick getaway can replenish your batteries and restore your energy. You might imagine it will be hard to find a place close enough to make it worth it for only a few days. There are, fortunately, plenty of places that are perfect for an idyllic weekend away.

New York City

New York City is a transportation hub, and depending on where you are coming from, you could drive, fly, or arrive by train.

It is great even in cold weather, as there are many indoor attractions such as Broadway shows or museums, while in summer visitors can enjoy outdoor places including the High Line and Central Park.

History aficionados can get to Ellis Island by way of ferry to visit the first stop of many immigrants in days past or climb to the top of the famous Statue of Liberty.

San Francisco
Visitors love the climate in San Francisco, which encourages tourists and locals alike to enjoy outdoor activities such as riding the iconic cable cars, walking across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, and exploring the unique neighborhoods that each have their own colorful personalities.

What's more, sports fans can enjoy great views of the San Francisco Bay from AT&T Park throughout baseball season.

Washington, D.C.

The picturesque U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. has many important attractions that are convenient to visit, as many are free of charge and situated within walking distance of each other: the imposing Lincoln Memorial, the awe-inspiring Washington Monument, and many more. To fortify yourself for a day of walking, be sure to take part in the well-known brunch scene – and come with a hearty appetite!

New Orleans
You can't tackle all of the Big Easy's top sights in one weekend, but its diverse offerings make it easy to select activities based on your interests.

The picturesque City Park has a lot of great things to do if you want to be outside in the open air, or if you prefer museums, check out the distinguished and fascinating National WWII Museum. Of course, if you have a weekend in New Orleans, you have to walk around the legendary French Quarter and sample the traditional beignets. The sample

Nashville, NC
This small town is enjoyed by easy-going hipsters, beer enthusiasts, as well as anyone who loves gorgeous mountain scenery.

The famous Appalachian Trail passes through the area if you want to hike a segment, and nearby Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway also offer lovely day hikes. When you have worked up an appetite, stop in at one of the local breweries to enjoy one of the 100-plus local beers and some fabulous food.

Chicago

Chicago's legendary eats, unique neighborhoods, and abundance of can't-miss sights make it a great weekend vacation spot. When the temperatures are mild, check out the famous sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” or take a tour down the Chicago River to view the beautiful architecture.

If you go in the frigid winter months, you might choose to visit the fantastic local museums like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Field Museum.

Seattle

Seattle is a colorful hipster city celebrated for its coffee culture (Starbucks started here) as well as the iconic Space Needle and vibrant Pike Place Market with its fun bars and restaurants. For anyone who wants a good workout, go for a hike in the lovely Discovery Park, or for daring adventurers, head over to Mount St. Helens, an active volcano whose last major eruption was in 1980. Just remember to take an umbrella and a raincoat – weather in the Emerald City can be rainy.

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