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

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

by Cathy Brown

Photoessay: Epic canyoneering in Spain and Portugal

by Rui Romão

Day + Dream in Nepal

by Brian Lewis

14 signs you were born to hike the Appalachian Trail

by Maggie Wallace

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

by Matt Hershberger

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

8 of the finest clothing-optional hot springs in Nevada (and how to find them)

by Kristen Bor

To the end of the world in Sri Lanka

by Michael Turtle

Trekking the sacred mountains of Bhutan

by Voralak Suwanvanichkij

Open this on your phone and you’re standing in Grand Canyon National Park

by Joshywashington

9 Montana backpacking trips that will blow your mind

by Eric Warren

The Great Ocean Walk: Victoria’s coastal hike

by Carlo Alcos

8 reasons to make the Peruvian Andes your next mountain destination

by Ben Adkison

8 incredible natural areas in Arizona you’ve probably never heard of

by Joseph Cyr

How to trek the Inca Trail

by Richard McColl
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