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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.

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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

Annapurna Circuit

226.3 km
World-class trek linking remote Himalayan villages through gorges and over high passes of the Annapurna Range.
Private
Torres del Paine O Circuit

Torres del Paine O Circuit

60.0 km
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.
Private
Torres del Paine W Trek

Torres del Paine W Trek

60.0 km
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.
Private
Wonderland Trail

Wonderland Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
130.2 km
A 93 mile (150 kilometer) hiking trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier, one of North America's most iconic peaks.
Private
Overland Track

Overland Track

77.6 km
An incredible and varied journey through Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Brévent to Merlet

Tour du Mont Blanc: Brévent to Merlet

Chamonix
5.2 km
Day 1: A gentle downhill day on the sun-kissed south-facing slopes of the Brévent peak.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Bellevue to Contamines Mont Joie

Tour du Mont Blanc: Bellevue to Contamines Mont Joie

Chamonix
10.9 km
Day 2: An excellent day taking in a huge variety of views, from alpine meadows to hanging glaciers and rocky ridges.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Megeve - Les Contamines
19.0 km
Day 3: A long and wild day which leads to one of the most peaceful little settlements in the French Alps.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Tour du Mont Blanc: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Albertville
30.1 km
Day 4: A long day with a gradual climb and an equally gradual descent which takes you on the first border crossing of the Tour du Mont Blanc, from France to Italy via the wide and bleak-feeling Col de la Seigne.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Courmayeur to Lavachey

Tour du Mont Blanc: Courmayeur to Lavachey

13.8 km
Day 5: Although this day is more of a detour than anything, it is a wonderful one in good weather. If the weather is bad or you're pushed for time, get the bus from Courmayeur to Arp Nouva to join stage 6 and skip out this stage.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Lavancher to La Fouly

Tour du Mont Blanc: Lavancher to La Fouly

17.5 km
Day 6: The second border crossing and the highest col on the main Tour du Mont Blanc route.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: La Fouly to Champex

Tour du Mont Blanc: La Fouly to Champex

14.8 km
Day 7: Comfortably the easiest day on the Tour du Mont Blanc, this is an opportunity to soak in the unique ambience of Swiss mountains valleys.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Champex to Col de la Forclaz

Tour du Mont Blanc: Champex to Col de la Forclaz

13.4 km
Day 8: A long, winding traverse through alpine meadows perched high above the Rhône Valley.
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Col de la Forclaz to Montroc

Tour du Mont Blanc: Col de la Forclaz to Montroc

15.6 km
Day 9: The final border crossing of the Tour and the first time you'll have seen Chamonix for a week!
Private
Tour du Mont Blanc: Montroc to la Flégère

Tour du Mont Blanc: Montroc to la Flégère

Chamonix
17.3 km
Day 10: The final day of the Tour and with expansive views across the Mont Blanc Massif, this is a fitting end to a great trip.
Private