Our favourite Walks by Exodus Staff
A few years ago I canvassed opinion amongst the staff in the Exodus office about which trekking trip I should go on for that 'trip of the lifetime' experience. The overwhelming opinion was that the Huayhuash Circuit in Peru was hard to beat.
Six months later I was looking at the view out of my tent at the beautiful sunrise colours on the 6000m peak in front of our campsite, and I had to agree with the staff opinion! This trek is considered to be the most dramatic high altitude trek in the Andes. It has a fantastic mix of breathtaking scenery, wild campsites and towards the end of the trip, there is the chance to visit the land of Joe Simpson's 'Touching the Void'. (Trip Code: TPH)
Of all the areas I have trekked in, Zanskar, in the Indian Himalaya holds a magical place in my heart. Not "chocolate box" pretty, this is mountain scenery in all it's awesome geological grandeur. Far removed from the teeming crowds and monsoonal heat of the Indian plains, Zanskar is remote Buddhist monasteries, powerful glacial rivers, soaring lammergeyers and, if you are very lucky, the elusive snow leopard. If I was pushed to pick a specific walk it would be the final few miles of trail up to the outrageously atmospheric Phuktal Monastery. To me this place has that oh so rare feeling of being somehow different, in time, place and spirit. (Trip Code: TGA)
I always maintain that the Eiger Trail running directly under the Eiger Nord Wand (North Face of the Eiger) set in the Jungfraujoch region of the Bernese Oberland is as spectacular a walk in the sublime natural beauty of the Swiss heartland that you can experience anywhere in Europe.Comparable with anything that Nepal has to offer, you too can experience this walk 'The Highlights of the Bernese Oberland'. (Trip Code: TWQ)