1. Mini Traverse, South Africa and Lesotho
Where: The Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, which straddles the Lesotho–South Africa border Duration: 4-5 days Best time: April to August (autumn and winter) Accommodation: Camping and caves Porters: Yes
Highlight: Gazing upon Tugela Falls, possibly the world's longest waterfall!
2. Kilembe Trail, Uganda
Where: Rwenzori Mountains National Park , western Uganda Duration: 6 days Best time: December to February (summer), or June to August (winter) Accommodation: Rustic communal huts Porters: Yes
Highlight: Trekking in a seldom-trod mountain range among unique vegetation and a misty, ethereal landscape.
3. Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Where: Kilimanjaro National Park , northern Tanzania Distance: 53-98 km, depending on your route Duration: 5-9 days Best time: Mid December to March (summer), or mid June to October (winter) Accommodation: Camping on all routes except on the Marangu route which has dorm huts Porters: Yes
Highlight: Standing on Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m – you're the highest person in Africa!
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4. W-trek, Chile
Where: Torres del Paine National Park, southern Chile Distance: 80-100 km / 50-62 miles Duration: 4-5 days Best time: November to March (spring and summer) Accommodation: Camping, dorms or private cabins Porters: Yes (but they're very pricey)
Highlight: It's almost impossible to pick just one, but we're going to say it's gazing upon the thick, craggy edge of the Grey Glacier where it rests above the Grey Lake.
The Base Torres, which are the park's three soaring granite peaks – they're jagged, sharp peaks like dragon's teeth. The hanging glacier Francés in the French Valley (Valle Francés). Grey Lake, which is at the end of the trek and hosts cobalt-blue ice floes and the terminus of the magnificent Grey Glacier!
5. Inca Trail, Peru
Where: Cusco region, southern Peru Distance: 42 km / 26 miles Duration: 4 days Best time: May to September Accommodation: Camping Porters: Yes
Highlight: A lesser-known highlight of the Inca Trail is catching a ride back on a panoramic train – that means 360° views of the Andes!
Machu Picchu was founded in 1450 and abandoned in 1572, though nobody can give the reason for this with any certainty.
6. John Muir Trail, USA
Where: Sierra Nevada mountain range, northern California Distance: 356 km / 221 miles Duration: About 3 weeks Best time: July to September Accommodation: Camping Porters: No
Highlight: Exploring so many different types of landscapes and vegetations, including California's legendary sequoia trees!
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The John Muir Trail officially ends at the summit of Mt Whitney, which at 4,421 m (14,505 ft) is the highest spot in the lower 48 states!
7. Wonderland Trail, USA
Where: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Distance: 150 km / 93 miles Duration: 7-10 days Accommodation: Camping and simple hut shelters Best time: August and September Porters: No
Highlight: Exploring the many different ecosystems surrounding Mt Ranier while having its snow-capped peak as your constant backdrop!
8. Overland Track, Tasmania
Where: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Central Highlands of Tasmania Distance: 65-70 km / 40-44 miles Duration: 5-7 days Best time: January to March (summer) Accommodation: Public and private huts, and camping Porters: No
Highlight: Every day the scenery is changing and utterly breathtaking!
9. Kepler Track, New Zealand
Where: Fiordland National Park in the southwest of South Island Distance: 60km / 37 miles Duration: 3-4 days for Keplar Track Best time: October to April Accommodation: Communal huts Porters: No
Highlight: The natural beauty along the Kepler Track is simply off the charts! This is New Zealand, after all.
10. Laya or Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Where: Mountains of northwestern Bhutan Distance of Laya trek: 166 km / 103 miles Distance of Snowman trek: 347 km / 2016 miles Duration of Laya trek: 10 days Duration of Snowman trek: ±24 days Best time for Laya trek: March to May (spring), or mid September to November (autumn) Best time for Snowman trek: September and October Accommodation: Camping Porters: Yes
Highlight: Staying in the village of Laya, where the people have a unique, well-preserved culture all their own.
11. EBC and Gokyo Lakes Trek, Nepal
Where: Solukhumbu District and Sagarmatha National Park, eastern Nepal Distance: 150 km / 93 miles Duration: 14-15 days Best time: March to May (spring), or mid September to November (autumn) Accommodation: Simple guesthouses and lodges Porters: Yes
Highlight: Apart from the obvious highlight of standing in Everest Base Camp, there's standing atop Kala Patthar for an eyeful of Mt Everest!
Everest Base Camp itself, at 5,364 m (17,598 ft) above sea level Kala Patthar , the 'Black Rock', which is 5,644 m (18,517 ft) above sea level Cho La , a mountain pass that's 5,420 m (17,782 ft) above sea level Gokyo Ri , a mountain peak that's 5,357 m (17,575 ft) above sea level
12. Nar–Phu and Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal
Where: Annapurna Conservation Area, northern Nepal Duration: 11 days Best time: February to May (spring), or September to November (autumn) Accommodation: Simple guesthouses and lodges Porters: Yes
Highlight: Staying in traditional teahouses and meeting people of diverse ethnic groups, cultures and religions.
Dhaulagiri I , which is 8,167 m (26,795 ft) above sea level and the seventh highest mountain Annapurna I , which is 8,091 m (26,545 ft) above sea level and the tenth highest mountain
Post-trek highlight: Flying back through the Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge!
13. Laugavegur Trek, Iceland
Where: Interior highlands, southern Iceland Distance: 55 km / 34 miles Duration: 3-4 days Best time: July and August (summer) Accommodation: Huts or camping Porters: Yes
Highlight: Seeing the beautiful, streaky colours of Iceland's famous rhyolite mountains!
14. Berliner Höhenweg, Austria
Where: Zillertal Alps Nature Park, Tyrol region of western Austria Distance: 85 km / 53 miles Duration: 7-8 days Best time: July to mid September (summer) Accommodation: Huts and inns Porters: No
Highlight: Trekking each day in a new and pristine alpine landscape – one that's full of lakes, peaks, glaciers and beautiful flora and fauna!
15. Walker's Haute Route, France and Switzerland
Where: French and Swiss Alps, starting in Chamonix, France, and ending in Zermatt, Switzerland Distance: 200 km / 125 miles Duration: 13-15 days Best time: April to November (spring to autumn) Accommodation: Huts, inns and hotels Porters: No
Highlight: Enjoying day after day of fresh mountain air and breathtaking mountain views as you challenge yourself physically and then sleep the sleep of the blessed at night!