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Hiking in the Himalayas is the height of trek-set adventures

Even if you're a fit and seasoned adventurer, you might not choose to hike Nepal's Annapurna Circuit, which follows ancient trade routes through unparalleled mountain scenery. Under optimal conditions, it takes at least 2-1/2 weeks, and for much of the way the terrain is rugged and steep and the air is thin, making even the act of breathing laborious. On the other hand, it's an exhilarating, spectacular journey that many experts consider to be the best hike in the world. Among them: the consultants at iExplore, an online resource for adventure and experiential travel. They've rated the 186-mile circuit as the No. 1 international destination for vacationing hikers and trekkers, just ahead of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The Top 10 hiking and trekking vacation spots, according to iExplore's rankings, with the location of each:

  • 1. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
  • 2. Appalachian Trail, US (Georgia to Maine)
  • 3. Santa Cruz Trek, Peru
  • 4. Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
  • 5. Tour de Mont Blanc, France/Italy/Switzerland
  • 6. West Coast Trail, British Columbia, Canada
  • 7. Overland Track, Australia
  • 8. Torres del Paine, Chile
  • 9. John Muir Trail, California
  • 10. Camino de Santiago, Spain

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