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 best camping spots and hiking trails in California

by Matador Team
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4 incredible day trips from Vegas that will get you off the strip

by Blaze Nowara
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Scientists have discovered a planet future humans may be able to travel to

by Matt Hershberger

24 hours in Anchorage

by Ben Adkison
1

10 places in the Canadian Rockies you should check right now

by Kelly Van de Vliet

Marin from the air

by Matador Media House
1

25 emotional stages you’ll pass through while hiking the jungles of Costa Rica

by Matt Hershberger
1

We drove a psychedelic Tuk-Tuk across India. Here’s what I learned.

by Freeborn Aiden
2

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

by Alyssa Wyatt
1

7 lessons I’ve learned hiking with my kids

by Ingrid McQuivey
1

20 things only someone who lives in a van will understand

by Alyssa Wyatt
2

The 11 most inspiring travel photos this week

by Katie Scott Aiton

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

by Emma Thieme
2

Backpacking with kids doesn’t have to suck

by Cathy Brown
1

30 Instagrammers promoting unconventional travel that you can relate to

by Sarah de los Cobos

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

by Amanda Machado
1

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

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

by Mary Ellen Dingley
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