Trekking (ˈtrɛkɪŋ): To make a slow or arduous journey; to journey on foot, especially to hike through mountainous areas (Free Online Dictionary).

Our recent Trekking the Planet Around the World (RTW) journey was just one of a series of trekking adventures. Below is a full list of the overnight hikes, or treks, we have completed around the world:

Rae Lakes Loop, Kings Canyon National Park, California (1996)

Rae LakesOne of the premier hikes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Rae Lakes Loop is 46 miles long and climbs from 5,035 feet at the trailhead to 11,978 feet at Glen Pass. The trail features rushing waterfalls, deep canyons, quiet forests, soaring alpine views and lush meadows full of seasonal wildflowers in Kings Canyon National Park.


Abel Tasman Coastal Track, New Zealand (1999)

Abel TasmanAt the very top of New Zealand’s South Island, the Abel Tasman Coastal Track links a myriad of crescent-shaped coves of golden sand washed by the waters of Tasman Bay. The 31-mile trek wanders along beaches and hikes around headlands with commanding views.


Milford Track, New Zealand (1999)

MilfordThe world-famous Milford Track takes hikers across suspension bridges along board walks and over a mountain pass. The 33-mile trail also passes through rainforest, along lakes and provides beautiful valley views.


Swiss Alps (2000)

TreksSwitzerlandWe hiked with our daughters to huts in the Grindelwald and Kandersteg areas of Switzerland. Read More >>


Sikkim, India (2003)

TreksSikkimDuring our Cosmos trip with our daughters, we hiked with a guide in the Sikkim region of India. A highlight was seeing Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Read More >>


Colca Canyon, Peru (2005)

TreksColcaCanyonWe took a multiple-day hike with a guide into Colca Canyon. It is one of the world’s deepest canyons and home to the giant Andean condor, which we got to see during our time there. Read More >>


Overland Track, Australia (2012)

Our first Trekking the Planet RTW trek was the Overland Track, a famous ‘bush walk’ in Australia. It begins in Cradle Mountain National Park and ends 50 miles (80 kilometers) later in Lake St. Clair National Park. The terrain in this short distance ranges from mountains to rainforest to alpine plains in this World Heritage area. Read More >>


Hill Tribes, Northern Laos (2012)

We made the decision to journey to the northern Phongsali region of Laos, in an attempt to hike in a remote area that tourists do not normally visit. Trekking here focused on hill tribe communities, their culture and way of life high up in the mountains. Nights were spent in village home stays. Read More >>


Kingdom of Lo/Mustang, Nepal (2012)

The former kingdom of Lo /Mustang is a restricted trekking area, which requires a permit to visit. It was only opened to foreigners about 20 years ago and life has remained little changed there for centuries. The trek provided us with the opportunity to learn more about the Tibetan Buddhists who live there, as well as experience incredible Himalayan scenery at every turn. Read More >>


Tian Shan Mountains and Lakes, Kyrgyzstan (2012)

Tian Shan literally means ‘celestial mountains’ and is a large mountain range located in Central Asia. Within these mountains are beautiful lakes. Two of the largest lakes in Kyrgyzstan are Issyk-Kul Lake and Song-Kul Lake. These alpine lakes feature pastures used by villagers who spend the summer there with their herds. Read More >>


Kungsleden Trail, Lapland, Sweden (2012)

The Kungsleden, or ‘The King’s Trail’, is a 275 mile (443 kilometer) hiking track in the northern part of Sweden. It passes through one of Europe’s largest remaining wilderness areas, about 100 miles inside the Arctic Circle. We hiked 64 miles of the trail. The environment is harsh there and we had wet and windy weather almost the entire time we hiked. Read More >>


Julian Alps, Slovenia (2012)

The Julian Alps are located in the eastern portion of the Alps range. Hiking trails in the Triglav National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) travel below snow-capped mountains, deep gorges and around mountain lakes. Staying in the huts provided us with the opportunity to meet many interesting people. And we were impressed with the beauty of the mountains, lakes and forests. Read More >>


Maasai Mara Walking Safari, Kenya (2012)

During our four day trek in Kenya we experienced and learned the ways of the Maasai people as these original inhabitants of the area acted as guides during our hike. The route passed through breathtaking scenery of endless savannas, bushes and forests, full of wildlife in the distance. While hiking we saw zebra and wildebeest. Read More >>


Simien National Park, Ethiopia (2012)

A World Heritage Site, the Simien Mountain range in Northern Ethiopia is bounded on the north and east by a massive and long escarpment cut along its length by deep gorges. Views over this vast plain are breathtaking. It is possible to see the wild ibex, once hunted close to extinction, the Simien fox and troops of Gelada baboons. Read More >>


Petra, Jordan (2012)

Petra is in the Middle East country of Jordan, and is a historical city dating from the 6th century B.C. Our trek took us through the desert on old Bedouin trails over four days before finally arriving at this architectural masterpiece. Read More >>


Amazon Rainforest, Brazil (2013)

The Amazon Rainforest is one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems with over 15,000 different species of animals, an array of amazing fauna and plants and a variety of birds. We spent our time in the community of Xixuau, which is located about 285 river miles (460 kilometers) from Manaus, Brazil. The area around Xixuau contains pristine rainforest and we were able to see a variety of plants and animals while trekking. Read More >>


Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina (2013)

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is a national park in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentinean Patagonia. The national park, created in 1937, is the second largest in Argentina. Its name refers to the giant ice cap in the Andes range that feeds 47 large glaciers, of which 13 flow towards the Atlantic Ocean. The ice cap is the largest outside of Antarctica and Greenland. In 1981 it was declared a World Heritage Site. Read More >>


Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile (2013)

The “W” Trek in Torres del Paine National Park is a multiple-day hike through one of the most beautiful places on earth. En route are giant granite spikes, bright blue wind-whipped lakes, iceberg-loaded rivers and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which is a vast junction of glaciers. On our final Trekking the Planet RTW trek we walked through valleys, along lakes and near some incredible mountains and glaciers, including the iconic Torres del Paine and the beautiful Grey Glacier. Read More >>

For a summary of our 12 Trekking the Planet RTW treks, take a look at our Part 1 and Part 2 posts.


Pacific Crest Trail, USA (2016)

The Pacific Crest Trail is a is a 2,650-mile long-distance hiking along the California desert and the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges in Calfornia, Oregon and Washington. The PCT southern start point is on the U.S. border with Mexico, just south of Campo, California, and its northern end point is the Canada–US border in British Columbia. The route travels mostly through National Forest and protected wilderness areas. We completed 1,828 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail over 4 1/2 months, as we hiked through most of California and all of Oregon. Read More >>


Isle Royale National Park, USA (2017)

Isle Royale National Park is located in Michigan’s Lake Superior. Its remote location and winter park closure makes it the least visited national park in the lower 48 states. We backpacked primarily on the Greenstone Ridge Trail. The longest trail in the park, Greenstone Ridge runs 40 miles along the island’s highest ridges from one end to the other. It passes several points with views of the island and Lake Superior, including the highest point on Isle Royale at 1,394 feet. We didn’t have time to complete the entire trail, but instead covered about 25 miles of its total distance, making a total trek of 30.3 miles in four days. This backpacking trip was park of our TTP NPS journey to 27 national parks in 4 1/2 months. Read More >>