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Step it Up: top 6 hiking destinations

31.05.2016,

There are some places you can only reach by foot. There are millions of hiking trails all over the world, waiting for you to explore and enjoy them. Some have a special story, some have great history and some are so charming you just have to see it to believe it.

“These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you...”

Sing this Nancy Sinatra song to motivate yourself to lace your boots and hit the trail!

Doesn’t matter if you want to hike in Europe, USA, Africa or Australia, we offer a list of some of the best hiking destinations from around the world you have to put on your bucket list.

Inca Trail

  • Location: Peru
  • Distance: 26 miles (41.84 km)
  • Best time to go: June, July and August

Inca Trail (543 of 1018)

By far the most famous trek in South America with its final destination being Machu Picchu – the famous lost city. In just 26 miles you can experience beautiful mountains, subtropical jungles, ancient ruins and tunnels. You also cross an area called a cloud forest, which is a habitat of many different bird species.

The classic trail can be done in 4 days and on the last day you get to see the sunrise in Machu Picchu at the “Inti Punku”, which means “the Sun Gate”. At the 4,200m (13,776ft) the highest point of Inca Trail is a mountain pass of Abra Warminhuanusca or Dead Woman’s Pass. Due to its height, many trekkers don’t cope well at this point.

We recommend you to pack a lot of candies in your daily pack, because sugar will help you with possible altitude sickness. Once you have completed the most difficult section of the trail, you will be able to fully enjoy this beautiful, touching and historical trail you will never forget.

Sierra High Route

  • Location: California USA
  • Distance: 195 miles (314 km)
  • Best time to go: Summer and Early Fall

Sunset, Lyell Fork of the Merced River, Mt Ansel Adams

This cross-country hiking route also called the Roper Route goes through Sierra Nevada and keeps you between 9,000 and 11,500 feet. It’s safe to say it’s recommended for more experienced hikers. The terrain is often difficult and unstable and it will take you two solid weeks to hike it, with each day being a constant physical battle.

Be aware that only approximately 40 miles are marked, while the rest of the route is off trail, so you must carry a map or GPS with you. You’ll mostly have to climb, so common rocks won’t be your biggest obstacle. Some say that Sierra High Route is the hardest hike in America. But if you prefer alpine landscape and challenging adventures this definitely is a place for you.

West Coast Trail

  • Location: Canada
  • Distance: 46 miles (75 km)
  • Best time to go: Summer

Bridge to the forest

West Coast trail offers you the best and the worst hiking experience, because of the level difficulty as well as the beautiful scenery. There is a saying that only hiking the West Coast Trail is the real training to hike the West Coast Trail.

It stretches along the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island. This route was originally built to rescue shipwrecked survivors in 1907 and winds its way along the coast and through old forests.

This unique hike can be completed in 5-7 days with stunning beautiful nature and campsites all along the trail. Problems occur when it’s raining; this makes the hiking much more difficult because it can be quite slippery and it requires your full attention the whole time. You need to be prepared for unpredictable weather. As we said, the route can be demanding, but it offers you two starting points. First in the north at the Pachena Bay and the second at the Gordon River. The first option is easier, and the second is harder, so it’s up to you to decide.

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Petra

  • Location: Jordan
  • Distance: 50 miles (80.5 km)
  • Best time to go: October to April

Time Stands Still - Petra By Night, Jordan

If you’re a fan of “Indiana Jones”, you should definitely see this Jordan’s star attraction which is considered as one of the best hikes in the Middle East. During your hike you can explore temples and tombs and the route offers you to step off the trail and do some exploring on your own. The Bedouin live at the site so you can ask them for suggestions – they will gladly help you. Oh, and seeing the Monastery is a must.

Mont du Blanc Trek

  • Location: France, Italy, Switzerland
  • Distance: 104 miles (167.37 km)
  • Best time to go: Summer

Tour du Mont Blanc

This is a well-known trail and – as some say – the most special hiking experience in the world. In 104 miles you cross seven different valleys in three different countries (France, Italy and Switzerland). The route is circular so you can walk it in clockwise or anti-clockwise direction in 10 days.

Don’t worry regarding accommodation and food, because there are plenty of options. You'll see many villages and huts along the entire route, where you can rest and spend the night, and also fill up your belly with fresh local, home-made food. Definitely try the locally produced cheese!

Bays of Fires Walk

  • Location: East coast of Tasmania in Australia
  • Distance: 21 miles (33 km)    
  • Best time to go: October to May

20120205-44-White sand beach at Bay of Fires

This hike is truly something different and something you would not normally think of when thinking of hiking. This three-day walk takes you along the endless white sand beaches with millions of shells and plenty of time to enjoy a swim in the turquoise water.

The area of Bay of Fires was even named as one of the world’s hottest travel destinations according to Lonely Planet's 2009 ranking. This is a unique hiking journey, because you can only complete it by joining a small group led by trained guides. They call it a supported walk and it truly is. You just have to do the walking, everything else is done for you – even your luggage will be carried for you each day. This means that all you need is a light backpack, your camera and a bottle of water. 

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