The Best Places to Hike in Asia

Your trips to Asia have been built around beaches, temples, beaches, food, and beaches. Hiking is rarely a priority as you dream up your adventure. It’s time to change that. Here are four stunning locations in Cambodia, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Tajikistan where you should plan a trek. Comfortable hotels are nearby, of course.

Photo: 4 Rivers
Photo: 4 Rivers

Tatai: Venture deep into the Cardamom Mountains to find virgin forests, rare animals, a floating lodge, and endless jungle treks in southwest Cambodia.

Photo: Gangtey Goenpa Lodge
Photo: Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

Gangtey: Travel for what seems like forever to reach a breathtaking lodge, a U-shaped glacial basin, a 17th-century monastery, and hikes high into the mountains to see glaciers, sacred peaks, and possibly even a leopard in the Phobjikha Valley.

Photo: Ed g2s [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Ed g2s [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Cox’s Bazar: Find a 125-kilometer-long beach, high cliffs, Buddhist temples, an eco resort, and hiking trails through a national park that is home to Asian elephants in Bangladesh.

Photo: Zack Knowles (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/31758478) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Zack Knowles (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/31758478) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Khorog: Go to the roof of the world in search of the second-highest botanical gardens on Earth, an ancient city, a traditional hotel with modern amenities, and treacherous mountain passes in Tajikistan.

 

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