asia trekking

Some people go on holiday to relax. Others look for a bit of adventure – and Asia has a lot to offer both kinds of traveller. For those looking to experience Asia by foot, and trek their way through beautiful scenery, we’ve gathered some of our favourite countries. Check them out:

1. Thailand

Thailand is a favourite with all backpackers. From unique party experiences such as the full moon parties to iconic film destinations like Maya Beach, it’s a country full of amazing opportunity. It’s also full of surprise, as you might not have known it’s also a great place to go trekking.

Home to spectacular landscapes and great trails, 1Cover’s Thailand guide suggests either exploring the lush tropical rainforests on a jungle trek or meeting the hill tribes who live in the mountains in the north and west of the country. After all the exercise, you’ll deserve a few days on one of the famous party islands.



2. Vietnam

In Vietnam, you can go jungle trekking, mountain hiking, countryside hitch-hiking, walking, and rambling. In other words, there’s a lot of adventure that awaits you. Amongst the most popular trekking spots are Sapa, Phu Luong, Cao Bang and Cat Ba Island.


3. Nepal

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who’s up for an epic and adventurous trekking expedition, then, according to Trek Effect, you’ll have dreamed of visiting Nepal. The country is home to the highest and most dramatic mountain landscapes in the world.

Of course, you’ve probably fantasized about conquering Everest and Kathmandu whenever you think of Nepal, but the Annapurna Circuit should be another trail on your list.



4. Bhutan

This landlocked country in South Asia is home to some tough treks. The “longest, highest and reputedly toughest” of which is the snowman trek, according to The Telegraph’s Bhutan guide.

Surprisingly, though, they also add it’s not all that fearsome. Instead, the remote hike is a chance to take in astonishing Himalayan scenery and hopefully observe some of the world’s rarest wildlife – including the snow leopard and Himalayan blue sheep. Other highlights include quaint villages and impressive hillside Buddhist monasteries.


5. Philippines

Next up, we’ve got the Philippines. It’s full of hiking trails, from those friendly to beginners to inspirational achievements. One of the most popular adventure destinations is Mount Pulag. With a peak of 2,922 meters above sea level, it’s an impressive feat – but other trails include Nagkalit-kalit Falls, El Nido, and Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Camiguin.



6. China

Looking for a gentler experience? You should head to The Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It stretches more than 5,000 miles through northern China – so pick your favourite spot.

Where have you gone trekking in Asia? Share your experiences with us.


Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of

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3 Responses to 6 Amazing Asian Countries for a Phenomenal Trekking Experience

  1. Julie says:

    Amazing collection, thank you for sharing the post , the all countries are awesome.

  2. Thanks for this extremely detailed article! ?
    Despite the fact that I traveled Southeast Asia a couple of times it’s still really helpful post. And thanks for sharing these amazing photos, they’re so inspiring! Time to organize next trip ?
    Keep this excellent work up! ?

  3. Abhi says:

    Great list! Did only trekking in Batur in Bali, but some other activities already in my list – just need to plan it and do it

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