BY: JEFF HERNANDEZ
Hiking is a great thing to do when it comes to weekend adventures. However, selecting the best location for hiking can be a difficult task. While you may be left disappointed by the fact that you don’t live in a place which is ideal for hiking, you will be surprised to know that there are a number of wonderful hiking locations around the world that can be easily accessed.
Visiting different hiking places is a great way to feel refreshed, and you may even find that you are able to return to your routine more easily and enthusiastically than before. For outdoor lovers, hiking is the best thing to do as you are able to appreciate the beauty of the landscape.
However, hiking enthusiasts must take care while exploring. You should take all measures to stay safe while hiking as you are at an increased risk of a confrontation with nature – a thunderstorm, a strange encounter with wildlife, a few hazards, or an unstable rock at the edge of a cliff. Use your judgement and pay close attention to things around you to conduct a safe hiking trip.
The following are the 11 best hikes from around the world:
Grand Canyon Hike, Arizona
The Grand Canyon Hike in Arizona is a great place to hike between September and October or April and May. The round trip is approximately 44 miles and it takes about 4 to 6 days to complete the hike. It gives you an opportunity to savour the natural beauty and architecture as you pass along the trails and the rivers.
Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
The best time to travel to the Everest base camp in Nepal for trekking is between March and April. Even though some of you may decide to go after the monsoons are over, it is important to know that the weather is comparatively dry then. Make sure that you go with all the services that you need during the trek – the cook, the local guide and the porters. This trek is most suitable if you wish to see some of the highest mountain peaks in the world.
Petra Through The Back Door, Jordan
This 7-day hike trip (about 50 miles) is possibly one of the best that you could undertake to spend a memorable week. The best time to undergo this hiking is between October and April as the desert temperature is a bit less miserable during this time. However, make sure to conduct all the research about the place and the trail that you plan to follow before you arrive.
This place is akin to heaven for hiking lovers. Surrounded by an exquisite landscape, you can plan a week long hiking trip to this heaven in Europe and appreciate the natural beauty that it holds. Preikestolen cliff or Trolltunga is one of the favourite hiking destinations for the tourists who plan a trip to this place.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Hiking around Blyde River Canyon in South Africa exposes you to a number of wonderful sites. The hiking trip across the location is about 33 kilometres long. One of the best things about this location is that it is rich in biodiversity, which acts as an added exploration option for the tourists.
Zion National Park, Utah
The hiking trail along the Virgin River provides a breathtaking view of the Zion Canyon. The hiking trail is about 16 miles long and follows a narrow path. You should be prepared to get wet during this hiking trip, however, it will be totally worth it.
West Coast Trail British Columbia, Canada
This hiking trail is around 75 kilometres long along the Vancouver Island on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. The trail lies in the Pacific Rim National Park and lasts anywhere from three to six days. Do not forget to have a freshly-cooked lunch at the Crab Shack during the trip.
Mount Ida, Colorado
Also known as a hiker’s paradise, the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is an ideal location for hiking enthusiasts to spend a great weekend. It is a less crowded path that leads through the Timber Lake and the round trip is approximately 21 kilometres in length.
Fitz Roy Trail, Argentina
This is one of the best and the most famous hike in Patagonia. It provides an exquisite view of a number of glaciers and sceneries that one could only imagine in dreams. However, the weather conditions remain uncertain as it tends to change every minute. The trekking path is well-marked for the hiking enthusiasts.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
This is probably one of the best known treks in the continent. There are five different ways to reach the top of the 5,895-metre-tall mountain. Each path has its own specialty and none of them fails to provide an exquisite glimpse of the sceneries around.
Mount Blanc, France, Italy, Switzerland
Mount Blanc is most suitable for a hiking trip between June and September. From easy meadows to a bit difficult climbs, the trek has a variety of landscape formations to explore. It is recommended that you book your camps along the trail in advance during the peak season and also book a guide for the trip.