Kathmandu ambassadors Alesha and Jarryd are professional photographers, writers and founders of adventure travel blog NOMADasaurus. They’ve been exploring the world together since 2008, searching for culture and adventure in off-the-beaten-path destinations.
For the last decade we’ve explored amazing hikes and epic locations around the world. From the snowy plains of Antarctica to the rolling deserts of Iran, we’ve been lucky enough to experience some of the planet’s most phenomenal landscapes on foot.
Here’s our list of 8 of the best hiking trails from our travels.
1) The ‘O Circuit’ – Torres del Paine, Chile
Patagonia is a trekker’s Mecca, and Torres del Paine National Park is where thousands of adventurers flock to every summer.
The best way to see the park is on foot, and while the W Track is the most famous trail, the O Circuit is the pinnacle of hikes in Patagonia. Circling the park over eight days and 110km, the trail gets you alongside sparkling lakes, towering peaks and jagged glaciers in what may just be the most visually inspiring place in all of South America.
Only 80 people a day are allowed on the backside of the park, so make sure you book your campsites early. You can either stay in basic refugios (cabins), or do what we did and camp along the way. This will keep your budget down and give a real sense of accomplishment at the end.
2) Abel Tasman Coast Track – South Island, New Zealand
The Coast Track in Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand’s remarkable Great Walks, which puts it amongst the best trail in the country. This 60km trail can be done in sections or completed as a 3–5 day adventure, with nights spent next to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.
When you’re not hanging out in isolated coves and private beaches, the trail twists its way through lush forests and over rocky hills giving amazing views of the marine-rich waters around Abel Tasman National Park.
As it is one of the most popular hikes in New Zealand, make sure you book your campsites early on the DOC website.