ContentsANNAPURNA CIRCUIT – NEPALMOUNT RINJANI – INDONESIADINGRI TO MT EVEREST – TIBETMANASLU CIRCUIT – NEPALMARKHA VALLEY TREK – INDIATHE SNOWMAN TREK – BHUTANSEORAKSAN NATIONAL PARK – SOUTH KOREAKAMCHATKA – RUSSIAGONDOGORO LA – PAKISTANTAVAN BOGD – MONGOLIATIAN SHAN – KYRGYZSTANPAMIR MOUNTAINS – TAJIKISTANMT KINABALU – MALAYSIA So, you want to know what are the best treks in Asia? This region of the world is home to the highest mountains in the planet. So, as you can imagine, you don’t have to look far to find excellent hiking. Snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes and unique wildlife are what inspires people to travel thousands of miles across the globe to hit the trails here. Aside from taking in the views of the biggest and baddest mountains in the world, one of the best ways to experience the culture of Asian countries is by foot. Many treks on this list take you to villages far from the reach of modern society and give you a unique look at life of the people who live there. We’ve already told you the best hikes in Europe, South America and Central America. So now let’s talk about Asia. LEARN HOW TO CHOOSE HIKING GEAR FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTUREJOIN THE FREE HIKING GEAR COURSEJOIN THE FREE HIKING GEAR COURSE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT – NEPAL The Annapurna Circuit is considered the oldest trek in the Himalayas and one of the best hiking routes in the world. It’s a long trek of 17-21 days depending on which route you take. The highlight of the hike is crossing the Thorung La Pass which is the highest point on the trail at 17,769 ft (5,416m). This circuit isn’t only about stunning landscapes but is also a journey through Nepalese culture, you’ll trek through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites. Despite its popularity, the Annapurna Circuit remains at the top of the list of the best treks in Asia. MOUNT RINJANI – INDONESIA This trek takes you to the top of Indonesia’s second largest volcano, Mount Rinjani. This adventurous hike that offers a view of the impressive volcanic peak is one of the most popular treks in Indonesia. You’ll climb to the volcano’s crater rim then down into the crater to arrive at a lake. You can also get a look at the mountain’s newest cone, Gunung Baru which only emerged a few hundred years ago. MULTI-DAYHIKING PACKING LISTDon't forget important gear at home!Print out this free hiking packing list to prepare for your next adventure.Plus, you'll get exclusive content in our newsletter to help you make the most of your time on the trail!UNLOCK THIS LIST* You will get weekly emails with practical hiking advice that complement the information contained in the packing list. You can always opt out of these emails. DINGRI TO MT EVEREST – TIBET This trek will take you to the base of the highest mountain in the world. Being in the presence of this 29,016 foot (8,844 meters) giant, a mountain that is the holy grail of mountaineers and sacred among the Tibetans and Nepalese is clearly the highlight of this trek from Dingri to Everest. MANASLU CIRCUIT – NEPAL Photo by Indrik myneur, licensed under CC BY This 14 day trek circumnavigates the eighth highest peak in the world. The Manaslu Circuit offers stunning mountain landscapes and an interesting cultural experience like the Annapurna Circuit but without the crowds. This region of Nepal is in a restricted zone which requires a special permit and a guide to travel through. While this is a bit of a hassle, it’s part of the reason why the Manaslu Circuit remains off the beaten path. MARKHA VALLEY TREK – INDIA Photo by Devang Vira, licensed under CC BY This popular trek follow the Markha Valley and is one of the most diverse treks in the Western Himalayas. The route will take you past Buddhist monasteries and remote mountain villages. The highlight of this trek is seeing the peak of Kangyatse. There are homestays along route which make it possible to do this route without carrying stoves, tents and sleeping bags. THE SNOWMAN TREK – BHUTAN Photo by Andrew Purdam, licensed under CC BY This 24 day trek takes you through the most remote regions of Bhutan and into the heart of the Himalaya. It’s an extension of the Laya Gasa Trek and as the length can tell you, it’s only for the most hardcore trekkers. The Snowman Trek has been named as “the most difficult trek in the world” so if you’re looking for a challenge, this hike is for you. SEORAKSAN NATIONAL PARK – SOUTH KOREA Photo by mendhak, licensed under CC BY Seoraksan National Park is home to the third highest mountain in South Korea, Seoraksan. There are a series of well maintained, clearly marked (in Korean & English) hiking trails that run through the park. These trails lead you through the thick forest passed odd shaped rock formations, hot springs and ancient temples. Gear up for hiking, without breaking the bankGet the Latest Deals on Hiking GearSent straight to your inbox...GEAR UP FOR HIKING KAMCHATKA – RUSSIA Photo by kuhnmi, licensed under CC BY The Kamchatka is a peninsula in the Far East of Russia that’s larger than the state of California. This is a very geologically active region of the world where fire meets ice, with a great variety of volcanoes, geysers and hot springs to see along the trails. There’s no roads connecting the peninsula with the rest of Russia so helicopter, snowmobile and 4x4s are the only means of transportation to reach the trekking routes. Aside from its volcanic landscape, people come here to see Kamchatka brown bears. GONDOGORO LA – PAKISTAN Photo by Stefanos Nikologianis, licensed under CC BY The Gondogoro La Trek connects the Gondogoro glacier and Baltoro glacier to the Shigar Valley. This trail crosses the Karakorum region of Pakistan and gives you views of K-2, Broad Peak and Masherbrum to name a few. You will have to conquer one of the highest mountain passes in the world, the Gondogoro Pass. It’s best to tackle this trek early in the season (late June), when it is easiest to pass. TAVAN BOGD – MONGOLIA Photo by martin_vmorris, licensed under CC BY Tavan Bogd is a mountain massif located in Mongolia that straddles the borders of China and Russia. The Altai National Park is home to some of the most remarkable landscapes in the country with it’s towering white mountains, 34 glaciers, deep lush valleys, large lakes and waterfalls. You might even cross paths with nomadic herders who are known for their eagle hunting skills and warm hospitality. TIAN SHAN – KYRGYZSTAN © Copyright by Journeys On Quest, licensed under CC BY This large chain of mountain ranges in Central Asia spreads from China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan and Uzbekistan. Trekking in the Tian Shan is about as tough as it gets. Plus, there are no guest houses along the way so you’ll need to carry all of your camping gear. Unlike the Himalaya, the Tian Shan is relatively unexplored due to its inaccessibility. PAMIR MOUNTAINS – TAJIKISTAN Photo by llee_wu, licensed under CC BY In the Pamir range of Tajikistan, you’ll find some of the worlds highest mountains, giving this region of world the name, “the roof of the world”. This is a remote and rugged territory filled with snow capped peaks and alpine lakes. Without a doubt, the Pamirs are the least visited mountain range on this list so those who journey here will be in for a real adventure! MT KINABALU – MALAYSIA Photo by Darren Pearce, licensed under CC BY If you want to enjoy the thrill of summiting a peak but have little experience, this climb to the top of Mt Kinabalu is for you. That’s because it’s one of the easiest peaks in the world to conquer and it only takes two days. Seeing the sunrise from the summit of this mountain makes the journey worthwhile. HIKING RESOURCESTABLE OF CONTENTSHIKINGTABLE OF CONTENTS 1. FUNDAMENTALS 5. HIKING TRAILS 2. HIKING GEAR 6. HIKING WITH KIDS 3. HIKING CLOTHING 7. HIKING WITH DOGS 4. CAMPING 8. WOMEN'S HIKING 1. FUNDAMENTALS 2. HIKING GEAR 3. HIKING CLOTHING 4. CAMPING 5. HIKING TRAILS 6. HIKING WITH KIDS 7. HIKING WITH DOGS 8. WOMEN'S HIKING Disclosure: The Adventure Junkies is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost for you. We also use other affiliate programs like REI, LeisurePro, Diviac and Liveaboard.com.