Five Great Destinations for Hiking
Get your boots on!
Whether you’re a relative beginner, or you’re wanting to test your metal and give yourself a challenge, there are some seriously fantastic hiking trails out there, often with jaw-dropping scenery to make your energetic endeavours more than worth it.
No matter where you choose to go, and what your level of experience, one of the most important factors of any hiking trip is to choose the best hiking gear you can. Good boots are a must, as is warm, breathable clothing, specific to the place you’re going and the climate, amongst many other smaller bits and bobs that are equally as important.
Don’t go ill-prepared!
So, where can you head for your hiking trip? Well, there are countless destinations, and you’ll find places to go no matter which country you head to, but there are some that are more legendary than others. Here are five of the best.
Tour du Mont Blanc
Spanning three countries – France, Switzerland, and Italy, this is one of those expeditions that will suit any level of fitness, because you can basically take it as easy or hard as you want. 104 miles of stunning mountain scenery greets you, as you check out the highest peak in the Alps, through valleys and villages. Stunning.
It’s impossible not to mention Peru’s premier trek, however do be aware that it is hugely popular, and you will need to book onto a tour. High altitude greets you, so it’s always worthwhile staying somewhere nearby for a few days to acclimatise first to the Andes and their level. The Inca Trail will blow your mind, and of course the final destination of Machu Picchu is a Wonder.
Sierra High Route, California
A major challenge no matter what your level of expertise, these 195 miles will take you through Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and end at Hoover Wilderness, passing through countless other sights as you go. This is a largely unmarked route, so do take that into account, and many say that summer is a particularly good time to go.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Probably one of the most famous trekking areas in the world, the walk to base camp is enough, without climbing the peak itself! You will see Everest looming in the distance as you approach it, passing 40 miles of amazing scenery, including a Buddhist monastery. Be aware again that this is hugely popular, and you’ll probably come into contact with many who are planning to climb to the summit.
Pacific Crest Trail, USA
Our final choice is a long distance expedition and a half, spanning many months, but crossing the largest span of land. California, Oregon, ending in Washington, you will cover 2650 miles, across the country and through several parks, forests, mountain ranges and areas of total wilderness, including the Mojave Desert. For sheer jaw-dropping sights, this is one of the best in the world.
Do any of these take your fancy?