Gunung Tahan, Malaysia. Photo: hadriaswad

Trekking + Exploring

Essentially a modern version of the most ancient form of travel, trekking refers to traversing various distances of backcountry terrain or wilderness, typically on foot, carrying one’s gear in backpacks (backpacking), and camping along the way, although other forms exist as well, such as using pack animals and sleeping in shelters or huts.

Oftentimes treks are involved in the approaches to mountains or other climbing objectives, as well as other forms of wilderness exploration such as canyoneering. Many people “go trekking” however, as its own activity, and trekking tours are commonly offered as travel packages, with Nepal being the classic example.

Included in this topic are other forms of wilderness exploration including caving (or spelunking), canyoneering, as well as adventure racing and geocaching.

Trekking + Exploring Articles

8 of the finest hikes in and around Sun Valley, ID

by Kitt Doucette

10 ways to go off-the-beaten path in Germany

by Jacqueline Kehoe

14 solid reasons to quit your job and just backpack the US forever

by Katie Scott Aiton

The books that Chris McCandless and Cheryl Strayed took on the road

by Ailsa Ross

15 reasons you should never hike in Mexico

by Alice Latham

8 of New Mexico’s most spectacular hikes

by Jim O'Donnell

Travel guide to Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park

by Carlo Alcos

Drone is able to explore largest cave in the world for the first time

by Matt Hershberger

Check the Intstagrammers of NY on some gnarly urban explorations

by Rory Moulton

14 signs you were born to hike the Appalachian Trail

by Maggie Wallace

5 incredible under-the-radar vacation spots in Costa Rica

by Cathy Brown

Day + Dream in Nepal

by Brian Lewis

Playing with Saharan sand dunes will make you feel like a god

by Matt Hershberger

Photoessay: Epic canyoneering in Spain and Portugal

by Rui Romão

A guide to trekking Central Laos

by Tim Patterson

Trekking in Patagonia with extreme wind (and stoke) [VID]

by David Miller

Discover your own Machu Picchu: Choquequirao, Peru

by Hal Amen

A photographic journey through the Torres del Paine, Patagonia

by Michael Marquand
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