Hikes around the world
Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world Pt1
Hiking and trekking in various parts the world is definitely one of my favourite outdoors activities to do. It allows you to take in the beautiful surrounding areas at your own pace, see things that you do not normally see while keeping fit at the same time. There are a lot of amazing places in the world to hike and they are becoming more accessible. Recently, I have found myself getting more and more inspiration not from adventures on the Discovery Channel but from other bloggers and influencers.
We have easy access to these beautiful places through social media platforms, like Instagram, facebook and youtube, which allows us to connect and learn from other like minded people out there who love hiking and trekking too.
Below is the first part in my collaboration with 6 inspirational travel bloggers who share experiences of their favourite hikes around the world and why.
It’s time to get inspired for your next hike!
Becky from Becky The Traveller
Hike around the Mont Blanc massif in Europe
The ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’ (TMB) is a challenging but stunning hike around the Mont Blanc massif in Europe. Taking you through three different countries, which is a pretty cool thing to tell people you did on your holiday! I started in France, hiked into Italy (where the sunshine came out) and then into Switzerland.
Summer is the best time of year to do the hike. You have a better chance of good weather, although I did experience a bit of rain at the beginning! Each day takes you through different scenery, winding paths and steep climbs. But all around you have the snow topped mountains, brightly coloured alpine flowers and maybe a cheeky marmot if you’re lucky to spot one.
Accommodation along the route is basic, the mountain refuges are full of like-minded walkers and big meals. Be prepared for clothes and boots drying everywhere after a rain shower. Most people are carrying their full kit, therefore, it’s important to dry your kit when you have the chance.
Completing the 110 miles/170 km with my full backpack over 8 days of walking was a great achievement. And finishing in the pretty town of Chamonix where there are plenty of cafes for a well-deserved beer is an added bonus!
Sarah from Not Another Travel Blog
Heli Hiking Glaciers in New Zealand
We developed a somewhat unexpected love of hiking while backpacking, and nowhere did we enjoy hiking more than in New Zealand. The country is quite literally packed with incredible hiking trails that cover everything from coastal scenery, beautiful forests and rural countryside to active volcanoes, waterfalls and even glaciers! If you’re looking for diverse landscapes, rugged natural beauty and trails to sort all levels of difficulty, this is the place for you.
Our all time favourite hiking experience was the day we got to hike on a glacier in New Zealand’s south island. We chose Fox Glacier, a slightly less well trodden location than neighbouring Franz Josef, and opted for a 4-hour helicopter and hiking tour. Having never been in a helicopter before, just reaching the glacier was a pretty awesome adventure!
Landing on Fox Glacier, James Bond style, we donned our crampons, grabbed our walking poles and set off on an epic hiking adventure. We saw glacial waterfalls, stunning bright blue ice caves and had an incredible couple of hours exploring and ice hiking. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and safety oriented, cutting out a path across the glacier that’s entirely dependent on the conditions on that particular day meaning that every group gets a unique experience.
Whilst heli hiking glaciers isn’t exactly a budget hiking experience, it’s definitely the most exhilarating and memorable day of hiking we’ve enjoyed on our travels and we’d thoroughly recommend trying it if you ever get the opportunity.
Oeschinensee – Oberbergli – Heuberg trail in Switzerland
We love hiking and outdoors and always look for a nice hike when travelling. And while we have done lots of beautiful hikes all over the world, my all time favourite hike remains Oeschinensee – Oberbergli – Heuberg trail in Switzerland.
This hike combines the best of Switzerland in one place. You can expect incredible vistas of Berner Oberland region with phenomenal views over the turquoise Oeschinen Lake and the surrounding mountains pretty much during the entire hike. You will pass waterfalls and mountain streams, do some serious climbing, as well as walk some narrow trails on the edge of the mountain. But there are also flat stretches of the trail where you pass a beautiful Alpine meadow with Swiss cows peacefully grazing obliviously to the fact that they are surrounded by some of the best views in the world.
Jessie from Jessie on a Journey
Hiking Volcan Concepcion on Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island
While not for the faint of heart, hiking Volcan Concepcion on Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island is an unforgettable experience. It’s about 10 hours round trip, with the journey taking you through five distinct ecosystems. Literally every hour or so the scenery completely changes, from howler white-throated capuchin monkeys toward the bottom to Mars-like insects showing off their neon yellow zebra stripes as they flew by at the top.
It’s important to bring a mask — or use your sweaty t-shirt — to cover your mouth toward the top to keep safe from the active volcano’s fumes. The super-steep Trek certainly isn’t easy, but once at the top, you’ll truly feel like you can do anything.”
Eleonore from Eleonore Everywhere
Hiking Denali State Park: the Kesugi Ridge Trail, Alaska
Outfitted with an oversized backpack, a trusty map and enough food for 3-days of hiking, I set out along the 28-mile Kesugi Ridge Trail in Denali State Park, Alaska. Although I spent the entire first day and night with wide-eyes and open ears in complete fear that a grizzly bear was going to eat me, the Kesugi Ridge Trail turned out to be one of the most beautiful and unforgettable hikes I could have ever taken in Alaska. Or really anywhere! The hike is rated as ‘moderate’, although it does begin with a 2,000-foot ascent to the top of the ridgeline.
It’s also a well-marked and easy to navigate the trail, which makes it perfect for anyone hiking solo. Once above the trees and on the ridgeline, the landscape opens up to a picturesque Alpine tundra. But what makes this hike truly unforgettable is that the trail sits in the shadow of Mt. Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, leaving incredible views! There are so many hikes to do in Alaska, but the Kesugi Ridge Trail is considered one of the best in Alaska, and shouldn’t be missed!
Getting There: The closest city to stock up on supplies in is Talkeetna. Begin the hike from the Coal Creek trailhead at Alaska Highway George Parks Highway mile 164, and end at Byers Lake trailhead at mile 147. You can either hitch back to your car (many hikers do this in Alaska) at the Coal Creek Trailhead, or you can arrange a shuttle.
Alexandra Paulick from Positive Impact Journey
Hiking the Zion Narrows, USA
Travel to a whole new world by venturing through the desert swept caverns of the Zion National. Here you traverse to down to the Virgin River, revelling in the consequence of thousands of years work carving slot caverns through the Colorado Plateau. The result is a sea of vibrant red rocks waving up through the skies as you hike through the river.
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For the true gem of the region, head to the North Fork of the Virgin River, known as the Zion Narrows. Here you can approach the slot canyons from the bottom or the top. The bottom approach is a day hike taking you to the meat of the canyons, revealing some of the most scenic views. The infamous two-day top down backpacking hike requires a permit, as well as favourable weather conditions. Here you can take trek the full 16-mile length of the Narrows. You camp overnight at one of the picturesque campsites before encountering the mystical – and iconic – slot canyons on day two.
Flash floods pose a serious threat in the canyon, making this trail extremely weather dependent. To shuttle to the top of the Narrows, you’ll hire one of the private outfitters. They work hand in hand with the park rangers and the forest service to monitor weather conditions, prioritizing hikers safety.
Regardless if you approach from the top or the bottom, the Narrows’s red rock display will surely become one of the most stunning hikes you ever do.
Question: What’s your favourite place on this beautiful Earth? Would you like to be in our next hiking collaboration?
If you have a hiking route you really like that’s not on the list, please share it with me in the comments section below!
Thank you for reading this post and for the lovely ladies who have contributed to this hiking collaboration post. I hope it helped you to decide on what hiking adventure next to take.
Remember that you need to get some good Hiking Boots before your next adventure.
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