The walk up to Everest Base Camp came top in our Battle of the Treks article in this summer's Extracts magazine (http://www.exodus.co.uk/feature/battle-treks) and as the exponent of its virtues, naturally I completely agree with this decision!
I've never been up Kilimanjaro, but I do know Peru and the Alps well and whilst I adore both, Nepal blew me away - the mountains are bigger, the people friendly and fun and the culture and history fascinating. I can't wait to go back again.
Do you think we got it right, though? Do the marmots and fondues of the Mont Blanc Circuit do it for you or perhaps you preferred the satisfaction of hitting the summit of Africa's highest peak? Who out there has done all of these four classic walks?
Or is your favourite trek well away from these (justly) well-trodden paths?
Hi all, Here's my top five.
1. Fitzroy & Paine. Not a difficult trip but the day up to the Southern Ice cap is an absolute gem. I love Patagonia!!
2. Avenue of the Volcanoes. Crazy tourist stuff (love that train trip) and an ascent of Cotopaxi... What's not to like?
3. Toubkal in winter. Excuse to flash the ice gear with no crowds.
4. Fish River Canyon. (independant trip) Nice change from mountains and kudu for dinner.
5. Huayhuash Circuit (bit of a South American theme here). Nice and remote.
Hmmm. Not sure if you got it completely right. The Annapurna Circuit was not on the list, and that gets lots of points for scenery, culture and an excess of "WOW" moments. And what about Mt. Toubkal in Morroco? My top 5, all trekked with Exodus, in no particular order are;
Kilimanjaro (Rongai route).
The High Inca Trail (extra high altitude fun, and splendid isiolation before joining the main trail)
The High Atlas and Toubkal, and last but not least,
Gokyo and Everest trek (the view from Gokyo Ri is a jaw dropping stunner)
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