Hikes Around the world
Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world Pt2
I was not expecting such an overwhelming response when I started my hiking and trekking collaboration series “Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world“. Hiking and trekking in various parts the world is definitely one of my favourite outdoors activities to do and it seems that it is a lot of other peoples as well. It allows you to take in the beautiful surroundings 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.
Here is the second part of 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!
Ketki Sharangpani from Dotted Globe
Al-Khubtha or Treasury Overlook Trail at Petra, Jordan
The Treasury or Al-Khazneh instantly springs to mind when you think about Petra, Jordan. Most people take the mile long walk through the Siq to see the Treasury and then go on to see rest of the ancient Nabataean city. Few venture on the Al-Khubtha or Treasury Overlook Trail, a hike that offers dramatic views of the Treasury and sweeping vistas of Petra city centre and the valley.
The hike starts from the Royal Tombs inside Petra and continues up a set of stairs to the top of the cliff. As it curves its way around the sandstone cliffs, it offers excellent views of the Roman amphitheatre. The trail descends into a ravine and culminates in a Bedouin shop selling trinkets and tea. From this viewpoint, visitors have magnificent views of the Treasury from above. It is a wonderful way to experience Petra in complete solitude, even as you see tourists milling around the Treasury below.
The hike can be completed in 1.5-2 hrs from the Royal Tombs at a leisurely pace including the time to descend and requires average fitness level; I hiked the trail when I was 5 months pregnant and faced no difficulties. It is essential to wear sturdy shoes and carry lots of water, hat and some food. The hike is clearly signposted initially but needs some exploring towards the end. Alternatively, you can hire a local Bedouin guide.
Jennifer Schlüter from Discovering Legacies
Hiking Hollywood sign, Los Angels USA
Whitney from Purpose to Nourish
Hiking Haleakalā Crater at sunrise, Maui – Hawaii
My favourite hike has to be the one I didn’t realize I was taking. My niece thought we could start our morning out with a little hike up Haleakalā Crater at sunrise and be done within two hours and onto our next adventure. I didn’t know it at the time but Haleakalā is a HUGE dormant volcano that forms about 75% of Maui.
The tallest peak reaches far above the clouds at 10,023 feet. ABOVE THE CLOUDS!! Do I need to repeat that? ABOVE THE F-ING CLOUDS, and my niece thought we could go up, down and out in a couple of hours?! HA! Well, 5.5 hours later, we did it! The views could not have been better. From some angles, I felt like we were in Star Wars and from others, I felt like we were in Fern Gully. I would recommend going if you’re on the island of Maui.
Katherine Fenech from Bright Lights of America
Hiking the Overland Track, Tasmania – Australia
Tasmania may be separated from Australia by 240km of ocean, but it’s well worth the visit to drink in the beautiful landscape, dramatic coastline and rugged wilderness. My first trip to the island was to hike the Overland Track – a 65km stretch that runs through a variety of terrains from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.
It usually takes about six days to traverse the National Park and there are lots of side trips you can take for spectacular views along the way. It starts with a climb up to the base of Cradle Mountain, which was covered with snow and gleaming when we visited. There’s always the option of climbing into the cradle, or like us, you might trudge on through shin-deep snow. A couple of hours later you’ll descend through bush to Waterfall Valley Camp, not a flake of snow in sight.
Over the next six days, we met native animals, lugged our packs up and down mountains and hills, trudged across plains, through the rainforest and into rugged bushland. We set up tents only to be awoken by curious wombats looking for midnight feast scraps. And, of course, I fell over backwards, landing on my pack and flailed helplessly until help arrived to haul me to my feet. Most of all though, I remember the Overland Track as the hike that taught me that my limits are the ones I put on myself. And that Tasmania is a stunning piece of Australia.
Karin from Girl Astray
Lycian Way in Turkey
Lykia is located in the south of Turkey, mapping the coast between Fethiye and Antalya. While it would take months to walk all of the distance (depending on your shape), it is easy to connect at any point and start walking, simply following the red and white stripes that mark the path. Lycian way often covers difficult terrain and in order to show you the most beautiful views, it makes you climb steep mountains more often than not.
However, seeing the coastline, forests, grazing goats, secret beaches and ancient ruins scattered and abandoned all across the land make it absolutely worthwhile! And I haven´t even mentioned incredible Yanartas where eternal fires burn from bare rocks. Thanks to the fountains and mosques providing you with water, you can refill your bottle relatively easily. While I prefer to camp, you can also find rooms for rent at the local houses. This long hike takes you across wonderful nature and remote areas, showing you the best of the Mediterranean coast in Turkey.
Suzie Kelsey from – The Wandering Linguist
Pedra da Gavea hike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The best and simultaneously most challenging hike that I have done in my life was the Pedra da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro. Why is it so challenging? Two reasons. One, it is Brazil. There are points when there is no particular path to follow or signs to indicate where to go, so you kind of have to wing it and hope for the best. Secondly, this hike is literally climbing up a mountain, so it is a constant asset, and scaling cliff-faces is necessary to get to the top (things I was not really aware of before I set off).
At a moderate pace, you can reach the top in about 3 hours. In Rio in December, it often rains in the afternoon so we set off at about 7 am to make sure we would be able to get up and down before the rain started. Why is it the best hike I have done, you ask? Look at that view. I still can’t believe I made it high enough to see the entire city of Rio from above!
Catalina Todd from – Miss Adventures Abroad
Hiking in Cinque Terre – Italy
One of my favourite hiking locations in the world is Cinque Terre, Italy. This Italian gem located on the Ligurian Coast tends to be quite filled with tourists, and it is easy to see why. While working as a tour guide in Italy, I was able to hike parts of the Cinque Terre trail over 10 times, and I am still not over how beautiful the area is! The trail follows along the Mediterranean coast, with steep cliffs allowing for gorgeous viewpoints to one side of you, and terraced vineyards producing the delicious white Cinque Terre wine on your other side.
In between trail segments, hikers can stop by the 5 colourful cliffside towns of Cinque Terre Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. I love grabbing a snack in Vernazza before hitting the trail again. If you choose to end your hike in Monterosso (which I highly recommend) you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful beach perfect for cooling off in the Mediterranean-an excellent reward after a long day hiking the often steep trails of Cinque Terre. You may even want to grab a glass of the famous Cinque Terre wine to celebrate!
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.
If you want some more inspiration or ideas for hiking routes, you can check out Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world Pt1
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!
Remember that you need to get some good Hiking Boots before your next adventure.
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