Guidebook

5 Iconic Week-Long Backpacking Routes

If you only have a week to go backpacking, these 5 iconic routes will provide more than enough fuel for your wanderlust.

Greg Heil

Description

If you only have a week to go backpacking but you want to hike a truly epic, world-renowned route, these five backpacking routes of varying lengths will provide more than enough fuel to stoke your wanderlust fire. With routes ranging from Patagonia to Europe, North America to Tasmania, and even Nepal, just choose the corner of the planet that you want to visit and GO!

Each of the routes detailed here can be completed in a week of backpacking… but exactly how much ground you can cover in a week depends on many variables ranging from fitness to the difficulty of the terrain. Thankfully, the options presented here cover the entire spectrum.
Want to experience some beautiful terrain, but don’t want to push the mileage too hard? Try the Overland Track in Tasmania, with options ranging from 40 to 50 miles.

Or do you fancy a longer challenge? The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal runs for over 140 miles and climbs roughly 37,000 feet in elevation! But of course, the hardcore backpackers of the world could complete this route in just a couple of days. The question is, do YOU think you can do it in a week?

Annapurna Circuit
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Annapurna Circuit

1 day +
226.3 km
11,249 m
11,042 m
World-class trek linking remote Himalayan villages through gorges and over high passes of the Annapurna Range.
Difficult
Private
Torres del Paine O Circuit
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Torres del Paine O Circuit

1 day +
60.0 km
2,332 m
2,400 m
An extended version of the classic W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park that makes a full loop and includes the uncrowded backside of the range.
Difficult
Private
Torres del Paine W Trek
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Torres del Paine W Trek

1 day +
60.0 km
2,743 m
2,676 m
One of the world's best treks, the W links the three main valley of Torres del Paine National Park, among massive glaciers and giant granite towers.
Difficult
Private
Wonderland Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Wonderland Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
136.7 km
7,178 m
7,178 m
A 93 mile (150 kilometer) hiking trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier, one of North America's most iconic peaks.
Difficult
Private
Overland Track
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Overland Track

1 day +
77.6 km
2,103 m
2,267 m
An incredible and varied journey through Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Difficult
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tour du Mont Blanc

Chamonix
1 day +
171.9 km
10,713 m
10,713 m
Circumnavigate the iconic Mont Blanc massif on this epic multi-day route.
Severe
Private