5 Life-Changing International Walking Challenges
Does the allure of the Alps, the grandeur of the Himalayas, or the majesty of the Rift Valley appeal to your spirit of wanderlust? Do you want to take your walking adventures to the next level? Our partners at Discover Adventure have shared 5 of their top walking challenges that are sure to have you pulling on your walking boots and dusting off your passport, so read on for a taste of adventure.
RIFT VALLEY SAFARI TREK
Here’s a trek that should feature on every nature lover’s bucket list. The Tanzanian Rift Valley is largely a conservation area, home to a variety of birds, lions, zebras and elephants. Winding through the most incredible landscapes, this trek traverses the Crater Highlands, acacia forests and rolling green grasslands. The wild African scenery is magnificent, trekkers walk alongside awe-inspiring volcanoes and witness the way of life of the Masai Tribesmen, concluding with a memorable wildlife safari in Tarangire National Park.
How will this change your life? Camping under the pristine, star-studded night skies of Tanzania and observing the remote, simple way of living of the Masai tribes is humbling. You’re likely to return home with a fresh perspective on life.
TOUR DE MONT BLANC
The Mont Blanc Massif provides a beautifully imposing backdrop to this trek. Walking through three countries in three days, circling the highest peaks in western Europe is an experience hard to pass by. Boasting one of the world’s most renowned trekking circuits, the Mont Blanc region marries awe-inspiring scenery with physically demanding trekking and as such, provides a true test of stamina and determination. However, this region offers abundant rewards, with spectacular views from towering cliffs and glaciers to forested tracks, open meadows and crystal clear lakes.
How will this change your life? A mere five days escape from routine can deliver you sensational views and leave your comfort zone in the dust.
Southern India poses the opportunity to explore a rich and tropical landscape. This trek delivers a varied and challenging walk from the beautiful colonial hill station of Munnar toward lush green forests and grasslands, taking in the beautiful tea, coffee and mango plantations for which Kerala is renowned. The pinnacle moment arrives when trekkers tackle Meesapulimala, the second highest peak in the region (2,640 metres). The trip finishes at the tropical palm fringed coast, bringing into view traditional backwater houseboats and fishing villages.
How will this change your life? This is a chance to experience the real Jungle book! Walk through grassland, forest and plantations, inhale the cool mountain air and cardamom-scented hills. If you want to hit the refresh button on your routine, look no further.
CHAPADA DIAMANTINA TREK
As hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil has undergone large scale development, however this trek through Chapada Diamantina delivers an experience away from the crowds, with a challenging and remote adventure.
Following winding trails through valleys and climbing steep escarpments, trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views across the Chapada Diamantina National Park. Spectacular rock formations line the Pati Valley and clear natural pools offer a chance to cool off. After a long and demanding day trekking, local home-stays in the National Park provide a warmly welcomed chance to rest overnight. In contrast, this adventure ends with the opportunity to explore energetic and culture-rich Salvador.
How will this change your life? This challenge is tough and reaching the finish line will make you realise what you’re truly capable of. We defy you not to be inspired by the people you’ll meet and the scenery around you.
TREK THE HIMALAYAS
The Himalayan Annapurnas are home to some of the highest peaks in the world. From frenetic Kathmandu to the challenge start point at Pokhara, this beautiful country is best explored on foot.
Crossing glacial rivers and cultivated terraces, trekkers snake through picturesque but hilly terrain along wooded ridges up to stunning Tara Top (2800m), where camp is set up under clear night skies. From here the trek meanders on to the village of Sikles (2000m), famous for the Gurkhas who originate from the region, giving a unique glimpse into life in the mountains.
How will this change your life? Now is the time to visit Nepal. The hospitality of the Nepalese is unfailingly generous. You will be welcomed with open arms and overwhelmed with magnificent mountain views.
Discover Adventure specialise in designing and running adventure challenges for individuals and private groups as well as corporate organisations, charities and schools. Passionate about travel, responsible tourism and fundraising, they have the expertise to deliver a challenge tailor made to your requirements, be it a UK trek, European cycle or iconic overseas adventure.