Top 5 Breathtaking Mountain Expeditions for Adventure Seekers

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Mountain expeditions are where humans have historically tested their limits.

For the modern day traveller, they needn’t be a life-endangering feat, though, as we have now discovered many moderately difficult and totally safe trails - not to mention a big industry of guided tours. With that in mind, here are five breathtaking routes that promise unmatched views and unforgettable adventures.

1. Mont Blanc Circuit

The Mont Blanc Circuit is a great representation of European mountains. Covering three countries, this 8-day trek goes through France, Italy and Switzerland in a short space of time. Hikers traverse through verdant valleys to steep mountain paths. At almost 5,000 meters, Mont Blanc is the Alps’ tallest mountain.

It’s not all cliff-top, though, as you will pass through historic villages and get the chance to sample foods from three different European nations - each with their own cuisine. 

The trail is known for its challenging ascents and descents, making it ideal for seasoned adventurers. If you wanted a shortened version, you can opt for the 5-day trail instead.

2. Everest Base Camp, Nepal

A journey to Everest Base Camp is a bucket-list expedition for many trekkers. This 12-14 day trek through the Khumbu Valley provides views of the Himalayas, including the world’s tallest mountain - Mount Everest. 

Visitors will experience Sherpa culture, visit old monasteries, and climb up high-altitude landscapes. The trek is “only” to base camp, which is of course not summitting Everest, but is more demanding than commonly perceived. This will give you a taste of what people go through who do climb Everest, and enjoy similar as incredible views (visibility gets worse the higher you ascend).

3. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous treks in the world. This 4-day hike takes adventurers through lush cloud forests, and of course, and ancient Incan ruins. The trail’s headline act is the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is a lost city from around 500 years ago.

The Inca Trail's historical significance makes it a sobering climb. It’s also convenient, with the well-preserved Incan pathways helping you navigate the mysterious ruins; there are steps most of the way, but it’s still not for the faint-hearted.

4. Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile

The Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia is a 9-11 day trek through some of the most stunning wilderness on the planet. Hikers have to operate their way around glacial rivers and dense forests, with the iconic granite towers of Torres del Paine as a consistent backdrop. 

The circuit's remote, South American nature makes it extremely exciting for seasoned trekkers, particularly those with a camera in-hand. This trek is not only about the physical challenge, but also about immersing oneself in one of the last great wildernesses on Earth.

5. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

The Annapurna Circuit is another classic Himalayan trek, taking 12–21 days to complete. This diverse hike is perhaps more low-key than the Base Camp trail, but still heads through subtropical forests to high-altitude deserts. You’ll be rewarded with views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. 

The route also passes through some interesting villages where you can see locals live their very rural lives.


These five mountain expeditions each offer something different. From all corners of the planet, there are trails to be trodden and views to be remembered. For safety and ease-of-organising, consider using a tour operator or booking company, else you will have to really prepare beforehand regarding your trail and accommodation.

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