Read below to learn about our top trekking destinations for March, April and May. We’ve picked some of our best options in Tanzania, Chile, Nepal, France, Switzerland, Peru and Bhutan!
Not everyone can take off on an epic international trip anytime they want; many of us have unique demands made on us from work, family, and other realms of our lives so we have to travel when we can, not always when we want. Additionally, many of us want to be active in our travels, seeking both a physical challenge and a refreshing break from our everyday lives. With these two points in mind, we’ve created an Adventures Within Reach “Trek a Month” overview highlighting our favorite treks each month to help you pick a great adventure for your travel dates. We’ll write a total of 4 posts, each with 3 months of the best treks for those times of year. Since it’s not too late to plan a trip for March, we’ll start with March!
- Our Top Trek Recommendation: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
- Runner Up: Cochamo Valley, Chile
Kilimanjaro: Adventures Within Reach was founded with a focus on Kilimanjaro trekking and it remains our flagship trek. A Kilimanjaro trek is one of the most vitalizing travel experiences imaginable, with supported hiking of 5-8 days, the pinnacle being Kilimanjaro’s summit at sunrise as Africa wakes to a new day… you reach what will probably be the highest point of your life, literally, as it tops out at 19,341 feet. March is an ideal month to go, however unlike many of the other treks in this series, Kilimanjaro is truly a year-round trek. (Even in the rainy seasons of November and April/May there are several “best route” options.) March happens to coincide with the great migration in the Serengeti, creating a tremendous ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to climb Africa’s tallest mountain and to see one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. We are happy to suggest the best trek for you, so please contact us with any questions you may have. In general, the easiest route on the body is typically the Rongai route, while the most popular Kilimanjaro route is the scenic Machame trek.
Cochamo Valley: Located in northern Patagonia and dubbed “Chile’s Yosemite,” Cochamo Valley matches the beauty and grandeur of its North American counterpart yet remains a quiet, unspoiled and private sanctuary of cliffs, domes, and untouched temperate rainforest. On this trip, we access the remote La Junta Valley by horseback and then enjoy day hikes using the comfortable valley lodge as our base camp. Each day includes fantastic fresh, home-cooked meals served in airy splendor.
- Our Top Trek Recommendation: Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Nepal
- Runner Up: Haute Route Ski Tour, France & Switzerland
Annapurna Base Camp Trek: April is an outstanding time to trek in Nepal, and one of our favorite treks (other than the Everest Base Camp Trek) is the beautiful Annapurna Base Camp trek. Taking in the tremendous scenery of the Himalayas along the way, we overnight in friendly local villages en-route to our destination, the massive scenic bowl below the Annapurna massif. Once in the cirque, you are treated to awe-inspiring 360 degree views of one of the world’s mightiest peaks!
Haute Route Ski Tour: While the spectacular Haute Route ski tour is not for everyone, it is an amazing back-country trek on skis – one of the very best in the world. The beauty of the mountains and glaciers all around you is simply breath-taking. This ski trek is most ideal for travelers with extensive back-country ski experience. It traverses over 100 miles of alpine terrain between Chamonix and Zermatt and two of the most famous peaks in the Alps: the Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn! All while staying in the excellent system of mountain huts with half board and welcoming interiors, you’ll complete this high-altitude, winter adventure.
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- Our Top Trek Recommendation: 6-day Vilcabamba Trek and Machu Picchu, Peru
- Runner Up: Trekking in Bhutan
6-day Vilcabamba Trek and Machu Picchu: The real “Lost City of the Incas” is not Machu Picchu, as Hiram Bingham originally thought. After arriving in Machu Picchu, he soon realized his error, so he continued his search and discovered the real lost city: Vilcabamba. This trek is the perfect for a fit adventure traveler seeking a Peru hike truly off the beaten path. The Vilcabamba trek is perhaps the least known trek in Peru. Our special 6-day itinerary promises 5 days of challenging hiking, along with remote villages and unique people. The first day includes a visit to Vitcos, one of the last strongholds of the Inca Empire…while the last day includes a visit to Machu Picchu and a climb of Huayna Picchu!
Trekking in Bhutan: Bhutan is a regal kingdom of mountain delights, with beautiful green hills and fast rivers interspersed between towering Himalayan peaks. We often create 6 to 10 day trips for travelers using characteristic mid-range hotels in captivating towns as base camps from which we head out towards monasteries and other magical sights. For trekkers, we offer an 11-day itinerary including 4 days of trekking with camping overnights. Given Bhutan’s location, Bhutan makes a great add-on to any Nepal or India itinerary for a rare experience and remarkable change of pace.