Make good on your new year's resolutions by planning an active adventure in 2020, tailored to your interests and ability level. Journey to Machu Picchu via the off-the-beaten-path Salkantay Trek, a route with less tourist traffic than the famously crowded Inca Trail. Cycle past rice fields, tea plantations, and villages on an epic bike trip through wild Sri Lanka. Or, pair day hikes to Norway's top natural landmarks with urban exploration in Bergen and Oslo. Explore more active trip options below.

#1 Nepal: Langtang Valley Trek - 11 Days

Looking down the Langtang Valley
Looking down on the Langtang Valley
Day Destination Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu! Kathmandu
Day 2 Explore Kathmandu's historical sites Kathmandu
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi Syabru Besi
Day 4 Trek from Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel Lama Hotel
Day 5 Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu Mundu
Day 6 Trek from Mundu to Kyangjin Kyangjin
Day 7 Ascend Kjangjin Ri or explore Kyangjin Kyangjin
Day 8 Trek from Kyangjin to Lama Hotel Lama Hotel
Day 9 Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi Syabru Besi
Day 10 Drive from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 11 Depart Kathmandu  

The Langtang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal, and was once the darling of trekkers seeking incredible landscapes and authentic culture—not to mention local hospitality in homestay guesthouses—all within easy reach of Kathmandu. This trek has long been a favorite due to its expansive Himalaya views and relatively gentle pace. The 2015 earthquake and subsequent landslide had an enormous effect on the region, but aid and reconstruction have reopened this area—not only is it still a beautiful trek, but your visit will also provide vital support for the local community. Learn more

#2 Peru: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay peak as seen during the Salkantay trek
Salkantay peak as seen during the Salkantay trek
Day Activity Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Arrival in Cusco, Exploring the city Cusco
Day 3 Salkantay Trek Day 1/4: Glacial Lake Hike Soray Pampa
Day 4 Salkantay Trek Day 2/4: Salkantay Pass Chaulley
Day 5 Salkantay Trek Day 3/4: Organic Coffee Fields La Playa
Day 6 Salkantay Trek Day 4/4: Llactapata Inca Trail Aguas Calientes
Day 7 Tour of Machu Picchu Cusco
Day 8 Depart Peru  

The Salkantay Trek is one of Peru’s best alternatives to the Inca Trail—you'll encounter beautiful scenery and far fewer tourists. Throughout the course of four days, hike over a beautiful mountain pass at the foot of Mt. Salkantay before stopping to tour an organic coffee plantation, followed by a visit to the Llactapata ruins. Finally, get up early on your last trekking day to catch the sunrise at the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn more

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#3 Norway: Classic Cities & Hikes - 9 Days

Get plenty of views of the Lysefjord during two day-hikes
Get plenty of views of the Lysefjord during two day-hikes
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Explore Oslo's Hidden Gems with a Local Expert Oslo
Day 3 Oslo - Train to Stavanger Stavanger
Day 4 Hike Preikestolen Stavanger
Day 5 Hike Kjerag Stavanger
Day 6 Stavanger - Ferry to Bergen Bergen
Day 7 Bergen City Tour Bergen
Day 8 Fjordcruise to Hardangerfjord Bergen
Day 9 Depart Bergen  

Hike an impressive variety of trails on this active nine-day itinerary, while basing yourself in Norway's most-loved cities. After an expert-curated tour of Oslo, take an overnight train to Stavanger—your gateway for legendary hikes in the Lysefjord: the famed Pulpit Rock and Kjerag. From there, ferry to Bergen where you'll explore the city by foot, culminating with a cruise (and hike) to a farm in the Hardangerfjord, the 'Queen of the Fjords'. Learn more

#4 Patagonia: Torres del Paine "W" Circuit Trek - 7 Days

Trekkers enjoy exciting views in Patagonia
Trekkers enjoy exciting views in Patagonia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Santiago de Chile Santiago
Day 2 Santiago to Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park Torres del Paine
Day 3 Torres del Paine National Park: Trekking to Las Torres base El Chileno Refugio
Day 4 Trekking to Los Cuernos Refuge Los Cuernos Refugio
Day 5 Trekking to French Valley Paine Grande
Day 6 Trekking to Grey Glacier Puerto Natales
Day 7 Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas & Departure  

Hike in some of the most stunning landscapes in the Western Hemisphere, located at the tip of the South American continent. This "W Trek" itinerary will be sure to challenge even experienced hikers, offering stunning views of sharply-defined peaks, azure lakes, and vast ice fields of Torres del Paine National Park. Learn more

#5 Sri Lanka: Hidden Treasures Cycling Tour - 14 Days

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival - Negombo Negombo
Day 2 Negombo – Wilpattu Wilpattu
Day 3 Wilpattu – Anuradhapura – Sigiriya Sigiriya
Day 4 Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa Polonnaruwa
Day 5 Polonnaruwa – Pasikudah Pasikudah
Day 6 Pasikudah – Dambana (Approx. 98km) Dambana
Day 7 Dambana – Kandy Kandy
Day 8 Explore Kandy Kandy
Day 9 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya Nuwara Eliya
Day 10 Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains – Belihul Oya Belihuloya
Day 11 Belihuloya - Udawalawe Udawalawe
Day 12 Udawalwe – Sinharaja Sinharaja
Day 13 Sinharaja – Galle Galle
Day 14 Galle – Departure  

This cycling tour takes you to Sri Lanka's top cultural sites, while also venturing well off the beaten path. Cycle along rice fields, tea plantations, and tranquil villages to reach ancient kingdoms rich in history and culture. You also have the chance to explore Sri Lanka's wildlife parks to see herds of elephants roam the wild country. Learn more

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Map of 5 Active Trips to Take in 2020: Trekking in Nepal, Cycling in Sri Lanka, & More
Map of 5 Active Trips to Take in 2020: Trekking in Nepal, Cycling in Sri Lanka, & More