Discover this world by walking: can it get any better?
If you like to add an adventurous touch to your travels, then hiking might be the right choice for you. Or maybe you’re already hooked and hiking is on your to-do list for every holiday. The most beautiful walks offer everything: beautiful nature, a bit of local culture and a healthy dose of adventure and challenge. We present you the twelve most beautiful hikes to explore and enjoy. Pick one and start an adventure!
1. Laugavegur, Iceland
Iceland´s most popular hiking trail is a short bus drive away from Reykjavik, the country´s capital. The trek leads you through the beautiful landscape of glaciers, rivers and volcanoes, and the out-of-this-world scenery possible only in Iceland. You will trek through black volcanic deserts, near the ice caves and green valleys. You can do this 35-mile trek in three or four days. Do not miss!
2. Kepler Track, New Zealand
One of the nine Great Walks in New Zealand is the 40-mile long Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park. From Te Anau, you will spend three to four days on the road through the magnificent wilderness with waterfalls, fjords and limestone formations. An adventurous route through ice-covered valleys and sometimes you´ll even have to slog through the water.
3. The Narrows, United States
This hiking trail is guaranteed to wet your feet. It is a top to the bottom hike of the narrowest section of Zion Canyon, in Zion National Park in Utah. The river is only 20 feet wide in some places, and the walls of this gorge are a thousand feet tall. The Permit is required for the long trek. The best period to undertake this adventure is late spring and summer when the water is warmest, and the water level drops down a bit. Beware of the flash floods.
4. W-draw, Torres del Paine, Chile
The most challenging trek in the Torres del Paine park is the W trek. A trip of more than 45 miles you should be able to take, with a bit of exercise, in four or five days. Not for the fainthearted, but you will be rewarded with beautiful scenery and breathtaking views of glaciers, mountain waterfalls and lakes.
5. Kings Canyon, Australia
Between Alice Springs and Uluru, In Wattarka National Park, you can walk the 4 miles long Kings Canyon Walk. You will spend maybe 3 to 4 hours on the road and the additional side trails to beautiful viewpoints and the Garden of Eden you must not miss. Parts of the area are sacred Aboriginal sites.
6. Grand Canyon, USA
As an avid hiker, you should obviously put a foot into one of the world’s most scenic areas. In four to six days you will go through all the trails. Breathtaking views and rock formations guaranteed. A good condition is required because some routes as the Bright Angel Trail are very challenging. Please do not try to walk from the rim to a river in a day, especially from May to September. You will probably end up as one of the 250 hikers that are rescued from the Canyon each year.
7. West Coast Trail, Canada
Along the west coast of Vancouver Island is the 50-mile trail, that takes five to seven days to hike. It will take you through the footsteps of the First People, the Ditidaht First Nation. These trails are here for more than four thousand years and have been used by the members of the four tribes as trading and travelling routes. It is one of the most popular and adventurous routes in Canada. Many muddy trails and obstacles, suspension bridges, river crossings, traversing canyons in a cable car. With a little luck, you can spot sea lions, whales and cougars. Only for the seasoned adventurers.
8. The Overland Track, Australia
This is one of the most famous hikes in Australia. Officially, the track through the beautiful Tasmanian wilderness is about 40 miles long. You can extend it to 50 miles if you take a path along Lake St Clair. You can finish it in about six days time. Accommodation is in the wilderness in huts or tents in the company of the wombats and Tasmanian devils.
9. Inca Trail, Peru
The most famous trail in South America is by far the magical Inca Trail. This is a multi-day hike which you can complete in two or seven days, depending on the route you choose. The trail is 26 miles long, and the altitude of 4,200 meters offers very special experience, but the absolute highlight is the sunrise at Machu Picchu. Book in advance, because the number of trek permits issued per day is limited. Also, be wary of the choice of the agency over the internet, there are some unscrupulous travel agents in Peru.
10. Berliner Höhenweg, Austria
This is a wonderful multi-day tour you can finish in two to seven days. From Mayrhofen, you walk through authentic Austrian mountain villages and reach an altitude of over 3,000 meters in the Zillertal Alps. The total length of the hike is 45 miles, but you can also take shorter routes.
11. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
The Himalaya is obviously high on the bucket list for any hiker. From Lukla, you will travel between 2 and 3 weeks on the way to Everest Base Camp, that is on the altitude of 5545 meters. An indescribably beautiful route with snowfields, glaciers and the highest peaks in the world.
12. Petra, Jordan
Walk from Dana to the historic city of Petra in four days. This track really famous, and rated by National Geographic as one of the best in the world. The route goes through the desert and along mystical places and magnificent monuments like Amman, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum. As a true Bedouin, you will be surrounded by nature. The Highlight is the Red City and Al Deir Temple located at the top.
If you have any suggestions, the trek that we should add to our list or anything else crossed your mind regarding this matter, please write it down in the comments section.