Spy yaks and their herders, waterfalls, rhododendron forests and snow-capped mountains en route
Feel on top of the world when you book one of these breathtaking treks
You could spend next weekend trudging around the mall, or you could spend it watching the sunrise from a mountain top in Borneo. Pull on your walking boots for a trek through lush jungle, past waterfalls and up to the top of the highest mountain in Malaysia. At the end of the first day you will sleep in a lodge close to the top, before you rise early on the second day, to make the final push to the top of the mountain for sunrise. If the scenery doesn’t blow you away, the massage at the Shangri-la Rasa Ria on your return, will.
You need to be fit for this trek – but it’s worth it. For the Snowman Trek is said to be the highest, longest and most difficult trek in the Kingdom. It will take you from the Paro Valley to Laya, which can be found high into the Himalayas. Spy yaks and their herders, waterfalls, rhododendron forests and snow-capped mountains en route. Put aside 25 days to enjoy this jawdropping adventure.
This 10-day trek will take you from the Paro Valley to the Bhutan’s capital – Thimphu. You will start with a walk along the Paro River and then trek through forests of birch, fir and maple, before you head high into yak country. The trail will then take you into a meadow where you will camp, before you take a walk through hemlock and juniper forests and by picturesque lakes. You will finish your by descending down the mountain past the Phajoding Monastery before arriving in Thimphu.
Hot foot it to the island of Lombok to climb this picturesque volcano. There are two routes up the mountain – Senaru and Sembalun. Sembalun takes you on a stroll through the grasslands, while Senaru puts your thigh muscles to good use with a steeper climb. If you have less than three days, you will need to choose between the two, but if you have more time, you can cover both sides of the mountain. Expect to see monkeys, waterfalls and an amazing sunset when you reach the rim of the volcano.
If you don’t feel quite ready to take on Everest, how about a trek to Annapurna Base Camp. You will still be treated to that fresh mountain air and magnificent views, and be able to see what life is like for villagers in Nepal. You will start your trek by following a trail that will through bamboo forests and pass waterfalls, and then you will climb steadily through pastures and rhododendron forests into the mountains. When you reach Annapurna Base Camp on day seven of your walk, you will be treated to a 360-degree view of the Himalayan mountain range. Yes, really.
Wish you could prove that you climbed that mountain? Then how about sending a postcard from the top? At the summit of Japan’s highest mountain you’ll not only find a ramen restaurant to top up those necessary carbs, but a post office! There are four different routes that will take you to the top of the mountain and they vary in difficulty. But most people turn it into a two-day trip as they will hike to the lodge near the top, then wake early to make the final last push to the top and catch the sunrise.