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

20 things only someone who lives in a van will understand

by Alyssa Wyatt

30 Instagrammers promoting unconventional travel that you can relate to

by Sarah de los Cobos

The 11 most inspiring travel photos this week

by Katie Scott Aiton

Meet the first Mexican woman to climb all of the world’s highest mountains

by Amanda Machado

Watch: Have you met any of these ‘worst types of travelers’?

by Emma Thieme

Backpacking with kids doesn’t have to suck

by Cathy Brown

6 things I wish I’d known before I sold all my belongings and moved into a van

by Alyssa Wyatt

7 lessons I’ve learned hiking with my kids

by Ingrid McQuivey

This extreme hiker explains why walking is the ideal speed to see the world

by Cathy Brown

Here’s what all this criticism of the “gap year” says about our American perspective

by Mary Ellen Dingley

16 travel experiences to have in Malaysia before you die

by Lee Wei Xin

16 travel experiences to have in Nepal before you die

by Elen Turner

14 things that will inevitably happen if you date a woman who travels

by Kimberley Chan

On disabled vets, Washington peaks, and dog tags

by Joseph Epperson

Caution: This couple’s adventure trip will have you packing your bags for the Western Sahara

by Rory Moulton

National parks of the West through a vintage 35mm

by Brian Lewis

The backstory behind my raddest shots on Instagram

by Eeva Makinen

This infographic breaks down how to get around the world in 40 awesome hikes

by Matt Hershberger
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