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Travel Picks: World's top 10 trekking vacations

<p>Trekkers pause to admire Mt. Kusum Kangru (6369 mts) in the Mt. Everest region in Nepal March 30, 2006. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar.</p>

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - For travelers who enjoy getting away from it all, online site for adventure travel iExplore has come up with a list of the world’s top 10 hiking and trekking vacation spots.

This list was compiled by iExplore (www.iexplore.com/) and is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

The 186.5 mile, three-week Annapurna circuit gets you up close to some of the highest mountains in the Himalayas, and is considered the best hike in the world by many.

2. Appalachian Trail

Each year tens of thousands of people set off to complete the entire length of this 2,175 mile trail that takes months to complete, while thousands of others hike just sections of the trail.

3. Santa Cruz Trek, Peru

It’s a 4-day, 31 mile hike through wildflower filled meadows, turquoise lakes, and near the highest snow capped peaks outside the Himalayas.

4. Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Apart from the snow-capped cone of Mount Kilimanjaro, the various routes take you through gorges and past Africa’s amazing wildlife.

5. Tour de Mont Blanc, France/Italy/Switzerland

<p>Porters walk across a bridge over the Bhote Koshi river in the Everest region May 29, 2007. REUTERS/Shruti Shrestha</p>

The 106-mile trail near the highest peak in the Alps traverses three borders.

6. West Coast Trail, British Columbia

A 75 mile coastal hike on Vancouver Island’s pristine wilderness includes views of caves, cliffs, coves, beaches, shipwrecks, and much more.

7. Overland Track, Australia

The 80km (50 mile) Overland Track in Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania is often considered Australia’s best.

8. Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park in the far south of Chile is home to two legendary trails: The Loop and the W.

9. John Muir Trail, California

Named after the founder of the Sierra Club, you will traverse Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. Photographer Ansel Adams would be jealous.

10. Camino de Santiago, Spain

Hiking this 460 mile pilgrimage footpath, a thousand year old tradition, leads to cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the third holiest site in Christianity.

Editing by Belinda Goldsmith and Miral Fahmy

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