(Last Updated On: September 12, 2019)

Thanks to the gorgeous, scalable mountains spread all over the continent, there are plenty of choices for Trekking trails in Asia. These trails are an ultimate source of exhilaration for adrenaline junkies with different levels of physical fitness and experiences. One is bound to get lost in the pureness and bliss of nature as they make their way through forested, rolling hills, deep valleys with lush green foliage, and rocky paths made up of moraines and boulders. Asia features all kinds of trails that deserve to be walked upon. 

From the mighty Himalayas in Nepal, Bhutan, and India to the pretty mountains in Japan and Indonesia, you can find so many destinations for trekking in Asia. Climb to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world by partaking in Everest Base Camp in Nepal or indulge in the extraordinary experience of Chadar Trek in India where you get to walk upon a frozen river. And if you are looking for easier yet rewarding expeditions, Luang Prabang in Laos, Mount Fuji Hike in Japan, and Doi Inthanon in Thailand are some of the trails one must try.

 

 Following are the 12 adventurous trekking trails in Asia that every avid trekker must try:

 

1.Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

Boasting a whopping height of 4,095 metres, Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia is the highest mountain lying between the Himalayan and New Guinea. A climb to the peak of this mountain is an adrenaline-charged endeavour, highly recommended for seasoned trekkers willing to tick another major trek off their checklist. Since Mount Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in entire Southeast Asia, this trek is famous throughout the region.

This adventurous journey to the top, usually completed in 2 days and 1 night, takes you through the refreshingly beautiful countryside of Malaysia, pristine Borneo Rainforest, and challenging rocky terrain. The steep climbs and daunting stretches on the trail require a participant to be physically fit and unafraid to leap. And when you feel like giving your muscles a relaxing halt, you can also lower yourself into hot sulphur springs en route.

Location: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

How Long it Takes: 2 days 1 night

Essential Tips:

– Hiking and accommodation bookings to be made in advance
– Hiring a guide is required
– If you are on medication, seek approval of a doctor beforehand

When to Go: Being the dry season, the months of February, March, and April are recommended.

Who Can Go: Experienced trekkers with good physical fitness

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2. Lantau Peak, Hong Kong

Lantau Peak, Hong Kong

While the skyscrapers and skyline of Hong Kong draw in vacationers, hiking trails like Lantau Peak make it an important destination among adventure enthusiasts as well. This short but challenging trek to the second-highest summit in Hong Kong is pronounced among the most popular choices of trekking in Asia for beginners.

Though the steep slope makes it a strenuous trail to climb, you do not have to necessarily know the technicalities to undertake this activity. Apart from the sweeping vistas of hills and plains hiding under the covers of clouds, Lantau Peak Trek also offers you an opportunity to explore the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. To be able to make the most out of your experience, be here to witness a spellbinding sunrise scene and capture it on your camera.

Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

How Long it Takes: 2 to 3 hours

Essential Tips:

– Take water, sunscreen lotion, and hat along
– Catch the splendid sunrise

When to Go: October to May is the dry season and is considered the best time

Who Can Go: New trekkers

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3. Chadar Trek, India

Chadar Trek: Walk on A Frozen River

The long journey of 60 km on the frozen Zanskar River in extreme temperatures makes Chadar Trek one of the most challenging Hiking Trails in Asia. Having served the locals as an ancient route for trade in winters, this nerve-wracking trail has, in recent years, gained matchless popularity among adventurers in India and beyond.

Thousands of ardent trekkers from across the world travel to India during peak winter months to partake in this adventure of a lifetime. In addition to the thrill of walking upon a thin layer of ice, with a chilly river flowing beneath it, the harsh weather conditions make this trek a test of endurance and skills.

So if you are planning to embrace this exhilarating adventure, prepare your mind and body to walk long distances, withstanding temperatures as low as -30 degree Celsius. On the other hand, the snow-capped mountains, gorges, and frozen waterfalls throughout trail will your warm your heart with their unrivaled beauty.

Location: Zanskar Valley, India

Difficulty Level: Difficult

How Long it Takes: 9 days

Essential Tips:

– Prepare your mind and body for extreme temperatures
– Keep yourself warm throughout the trek
– Pack winter essentials
– Pay attention to the guide’s instructions

When to Go: January and February because that is when the river is frozen

Who Can Go: Experienced trekkers with good physical fitness and good stamina

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4. Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Witnessing the beauty of Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, is any mountaineer’s wildest dream. And the adventure that will make your dream come true is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal that takes you to the maximum altitude of 5645 meters, allowing you to relish the peak from up close.

The overwhelming excursion of summiting the base of Mount Everest is a once in a lifetime adventure and is packed with exhilarating moments and challenges. The trek starts in Lukla in Nepal, and then you pass through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorakshep before you finally hike up to Kala Patthar from Everest Base Camp.

The breathtaking views of the most prominent Himalayan peaks are the greatest reward you get for your efforts. So, if you are passionate about trekking in Asia, climbing up to Everest Base Camp is a venture you must not miss.

Location: Lukla, Nepal

Difficulty Level: Difficult

How Long it Takes: 14 days

Essential Tips:

– Prepare your body through regular cardio exercise and strength training
– Pack for cold weather
– Acclimatization during the trek is essential
– Consult a physician before indulging in this trek

 When to Go: March to mid-June and September to November due to clear weather

Who Can Go: Physically fit hikers with prior experiences of Himalayan treks

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5. Mount Batur Volcano Trek – Bali, Indonesia

Mount Batur Volcano Trek – Bali, Indonesia

Nothing like any other hiking trails in Asia, Mount Batur is a mecca of daredevils in Indonesia where participants climb the most active volcano in Bali. The famous tourist destination of Bali may not be known for its hiking trails, but this adventure plays a pivotal role in bringing in tourists from overseas to this island.

Also, since the excursion is far from difficult, a lot of sightseers take the bait and climb to the top. The peak height of the mountain is 1717 metres, which lets the climbers enjoy a panoramic view of the serene Lake Batur and awe-inspiring scenery of Kintamani. To witness the rapidly changing hues of the sky during a stunning sunrise from the summit, most hikers prefer to climb the mountain overnight, making it a famous sunrise trek.

Location: Kintamani, Bali

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

How Long it Takes: Approximately 10 hours

Essential Tips:

– Reach the top to catch the sunrise
– Wear comfortable shoes and clothes
– Watch out for weather forecasts and plan accordingly

When to Go: May to September as it is the dry season

Who Can Go: New climbers

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Also Read: 55 Best Places to Visit in Bali

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6. Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

The iconic Mount Fuji is counted among the most spectacular mountains in the world, and an adventure to scale it is something every adventure enthusiast should look forward to. Standing tall with a height of 3775 meters, this holy active volcano is not only popular among local climbers, but it also frequented by foreign tourists who are in awe of its beauty after seeing its postcard images.

Since the trail is not quite challenging per se, anyone who is comfortable hiking steep slopes can opt to climb Mount Fuji. However, when the mountain is covered in snow, hiking equipment and skills become crucial. The sweeping, unobstructed views of the settlements below as seen from the top are said to do away with hikers’ fatigue.

Location: Shinjuku, Japan

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

How Long it Takes: Usually 8 to 11 hours

Essential Tips:

– Go prepared for mountain sickness
– Hike in early September to avoid the crowd
– Reserve a mountain for the best experience

When to Go: Early July to mid-September is the official climbing season

Who Can Go: Beginner level trekkers

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7. MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore

MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore

If you are an adventurer planning a visit to Singapore, MacRitchie Trail is your best bet in the entire country. Developed in the middle of the tropical rainforest of Central Catchment Nature Reserve, this 11 km long trail will mesmerize your senses as the natural surroundings and the steep climbs render you breathless.

Since the park also features easy trails, it is frequented by all kinds of visitors, both local and foreign. Moreover, indulging in this refreshing trek is also an amazing way to spot some rare animal species like macaque monkeys, squirrels, and monitor lizards, inhabiting the thickly forested territory.

So whether you are seeking adventure or the company of nature, this trail is worth a try when in Singapore. The highlight of the trail is Treetop Walks, which is a 250-meter long suspension bridge connecting the two highest points in the park.

Location: MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore

Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

How Long it Takes: 5 to 6 hours

Essential Tips:

– Look out for exotic animals
– Click pictures on the suspension bridge
– Enjoy the view from Jelutong Tower

When to Go: March to August is the best time

Who Can Go: New trekkers

Know More: Best Things To Do in Singapore

Must Read: 55 Awesome Places to Visit in Singapore

 

8. Doi Inthanon, Thailand

Doi Inthanon, Thailand

If you thought Thailand was all about pristine beaches and blue sea waters, a climb to Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, will certainly change your perception. Bringing Thailand to the list of the top destinations for trekking in Asia, Doi Inthanon Trek is a rewarding quest for the seekers of thrill and peace.

The extremely picturesque trail dotted with flower farms, plantations, evergreen mountain forests, and waterfalls makes it a popular experience among tourists where they get to witness the nature and wildlife of Thailand. As you march towards the peak, take halts to photograph the sweeping panoramas, bathe under waterfalls, and appreciate the creativity of nature. Being on the summit also surprises you with chilly temperatures which are impossible to experience in the lower reaches of the country.

Location: Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Difficulty Level: Easy

How Long it Takes: 4 to 6 hours

Essential Tips:

– Pack warm clothes for the summit
– Look out for wildlife animals
– Visit villages inhabited by Karen hill tribe

When to Go: November to February due to pleasant weather

Who Can Go: New trekkers

Suggested Read: Best Tourist Activities to Do in Thailand

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9. Snowman Trek, Bhutan

Snowman Trek, Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan boasts some of the most popular trails for trekking in Asia, and Snowman Trek is certainly one of them. Ranked among the most difficult treks in the world, Snowman Trek is not for the faint of heart and is rather strongly recommended for daredevils who have the skills, will and courage to cover the top Himalayan treks.

All the factors like remoteness, harsh climate, long duration, and high altitude come together to make Snowman Trek an ultimate dose of thrill. As you pass through 13 high altitude Himalayan passes covered in thick snow and alpine vegetation, reaching an altitude as high as 5320 metres, the gorgeous sights of Jichu Drake, Tiger Mountain, Jumolhari, Tsenda Gang, etc. will cheer you up. Depending on the itinerary, it may take between 25 and 28 days to complete the trek.

Location: Lunana, Bhutan

Difficulty Level: Difficult

How Long it Takes: 25 to 28 Days

Essential Tips:

– Expect harsh climate conditions
– Prepare physically and mentally well in advance
– Follow guidelines and instructions

When to Go: Mid-June to mid-October due to clear weather

Who Can Go: Hardcore climbers with excellent fitness and stamina

Popular Read: 50 Best Things to Do in Bhutan

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10. Mt Pulag, Philippines

Mt Pulag, Philippines

The Philippines may not be the most popular destination for hiking in Asia, but the hike to the summit of Mount Pulag is an experience widely acclaimed by adventurers who visit the country. Mount Pulag has the third highest mountain peak in the Philippines, boasting an altitude of 2926 meters, and a lot of foreign nationals seeking offbeat fun in the country end up conquering it.

The trail to the top is not arduous, so an amateur climber with hardly any prior experience in mountaineering can also consider trying this adventure. As the trail takes you through pine forests, undulating grassy meadows, and remote villages, you can expect to witness exquisitely laid out slope farms, far-reaching landscapes, and a sea of clouds.

The place features almost freezing temperatures at night which is a rare experience in the Philippines. If you have made up your mind to embark on this journey someday, be sure to catch the renowned sunrise scene from the top.

Location: Luzon, Philippines

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

How Long it Takes: 2 days

Essential Tips:

– A medical certificate is required to take this trek
– Dress in multiple layers at night

When to Go: February to April is a dry season

Who Can Go: New trekkers

You may also like: 101 Best Places to Visit in Philippines

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11. Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

Tiger Leaping Gorge is ranked as one of the deepest gorges in the world and enjoys a great religious significance in China. The gorge owes its name to a folktale according to which a tiger took a giant leap across the river to escape being killed by a hunter.

A climb to this stunning site makes the experience of hiking in Asia an unforgettable affair. With a diversity of landscapes and richness of foliage laid out before your eyes en route, this adventure gives ample opportunities to capture the scenic beauty of China on your camera.

Once you reach here, you can treat your eyes with views of mindblowing spectacles of nature such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. Since the gorge is divided into 3 sections, different hiking tours with different routes are available.

Location: Yunnan, China

Difficulty Level: Moderate

How Long it Takes: 2 to 3 days

Essential Tips:

– Avoid hiking here in the rainy season
– Opt for the higher trail rather than the lower rail
– Pack for warm, sunny days and cold nights

When to Go: April, May and June are the best months due to clear weather

Who Can Go: Inexperienced climbers with good physical fitness

Suggested Read: 101 Best Things to Do in China

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12. Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

One of the lesser-known treks in Asia, Luang Prabang Trek in Laos, also known as Chomphet Trek, is an excellent adventure opportunity to quench your thirst for a thrill without investing a lot of time and energy.

The 2-day trek involves easy walks with some moderately steep climbs and an electrifying river crossing. On your trail, you will also be able to visit five sacred Buddhist temples. Another highlight of the experience are visits to tribal villages of Khamu and Hmong, which will let you get insights into the culture of slow-paced life of the countryside of Laos. All in all, it is one of the lesser-explored trails in Asia worth your time and efforts.

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos

Difficulty Level: Easy

How Long it Takes: 2 to 3 hours

Essential Tips:

– You can do this trek without a guide
– Take halts villages en route
– Inexperienced trekkers can trek path running parallel to the Mekong River  

When to Go: November to May is the dry season and is the best time for the trek

Who Can Go: New trekkers

Also Check: 50 Best Things to do in Laos

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