Hiking and trekking in various parts of the world is definitely one of my favourite outdoor activities to do and it seems that it is a lot of other peoples as well. My Hiking and Trekking collaboration series “Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world” has definitely not only introduced me to like minded travel bloggers but has also grown my hiking bucketlist.
Table of Contents
- Hikes Around the World
- KoKo Head Hike – Oahu, Hawaii
- La Chorrera Waterfall Hike – Bogota, Colombia
- The Hebridean Way – Scotland, UK
- Fira to Oia – Santorini, Greece
- Hiking Rainbow Mountain – Peru
- Havasu Falls Hike – Grand Canyon, USA
- Zugspitze hikes – Germany/Austria
- Lang Tang Trek – Nepal
- Cradle Mountain Hike – South Africa
- Would you like to be in our next Hikes Around the World collaboration?
Hikes Around the World
There are a lot of amazing places in the world to go Hiking and Trekking and they are becoming more accessible. With easy access to these beautiful places through social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. I have found myself getting more and more inspiration not from adventures on the Discovery Channel but from other bloggers and influencers.
Here is the third part of my collaboration with other like-minded travel bloggers who share their experiences and favourite hikes around the world.
It’s time to get inspired for your next hike!
KoKo Head Hike – Oahu, Hawaii
Lauren Hay – FaraMagan
Although it’s difficult to drag yourself away from the stunning shores of Oahu, it is so worth it to view the turquoise waters from above, on one of the island’s many hikes. Our favourite was KoKo Head, around a 20 minute drive from Honolulu and the most rewarding hike of our entire trip.
The most rewarding for one reason – in order to reach the summit you will need to endure 1050 steps to the top! Originally, these steps were a rail road used to transport military supplies and personnel to the Air Force Station which used to be based on top.
Due to the intensity of the steps (they are very steep and wide apart, not the easiest when you’ve super short legs like me) it is recommended to begin the hike around 5.30am. This means you will not only be rewarded with the stunning sunrise over Hanauma Bay at the summit but the temperature is far more bearable to hike in.
This will mean beginning your hike in the dark however so bring a torch- don’t use your phone, you’ll need all the battery for those sunrise snaps! I will add, I struggled more with the hike down than up. Due to the spacing of the steps, there were times I was fearful of falling between the gaps into the overgrown below, so I simply slid down on my bum at times! It was one of the most challenging hikes we did in Oahu, but definitely the most worthwhile and one of the most memorable we’ve ever did!
La Chorrera Waterfall Hike – Bogota, Colombia
Steph – The Pink Backpack
La Chorrerra is a beautiful and moderately challenging day hike from Colombia’s capital city. Just east of Bogotá, you can reach the trailhead by bus, private car or guided tour.
If you love waterfalls, you are in for a real treat with this stunning trail through the Andean forests! In fact, both the El Chiflón and La Chorrerra falls hikes can be reached in approximately 3 hours. La Chorrerra is the largest waterfall in all of Colombia, making this hike a must-do for nature and photography lovers alike.
The hike begins through quiet farm land, quickly gaining elevation and yielding beautiful views of the lush, rolling hills beyond. The first stop along the wooded path is El Chiflón, a good point for a quick water or snack break. You must continue up the mountainous terrain for the full hike to reach La Chorrerra.
For those not used to altitude hiking, be aware that you will reach 8,530 ft above sea level — but the views are definitely worth the exertion!
The Hebridean Way – Scotland, UK
Kathi – Watch Me See
The Hebridean Way is an off the beaten track hiking paradise in the far north west of Scotland. The trail, which was only opened in May 2017, covers 10 islands off the Scottish coast and runs for 156 miles from the Isle of Vatersay to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. I hiked this trail by myself – my longest solo trek ever – and fell madly in love with the islands along the way.
Fast hikers might be able to do this trek in 10 days, but I prefer to take my time and spent two weeks on the Outer Hebrides in total. I split the walk into 12 stages, leaving plenty of time to rest and also explore off the trail. And there is plenty to see: from the UNESCO World Heritage Site on St Kilda to the mystical Callanish Standing Stones, the Hebrides have a lot to offer.
Luckily, the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Scotland mostly shy away due to the longer ferry journey across.
The best time to hike the Hebridean Way is during the summer when the days are long and the temperatures comfortable – of course, hiking in Scotland though, you always have to be prepared for spontaneous rainfall or gushes of wind. Don’t forget to pack high-quality waterproofs and protect your gear from getting wet by using drybags and reusable plastic pouches.
There is plenty of accommodation on the islands, however, it is way easier to hike this trail with a tent in your backpack – wild camping is legal in Scotland, which means you can pitch your tent wherever you feel like it. I had entire beaches to myself thanks to that!
Fira to Oia – Santorini, Greece
Augusta – Minimeexplorer
I live in a hiking paradise, Switzerland, with hikes and trails almost everywhere including one that starts right from the back of my house; and yet, I am not an avid hiker. I hike occasionally, mostly because I feel I have to – but when I can find a good excuse not to hike, I simply don’t. Period. This, at least, until I travelled to Santorini (Greece) in the spring with my husband and my son.
As soon as we reached the village of Imerovigli, where we were staying, it felt as if we had walked straight into a postcard. We first looked left, to the villages of Firostefani and Fira – and then right to Oia in the distance, and the landscape was so amazingly beautiful that the mule track connecting the four villages just screamed to be hiked. And we did.
I did not suggest it, though… I did not have the time; my 8-year-old son beat me to it: he said he’d take the hike, with or without us. It was the highlight of our trip! The path follows roughly the edge of the caldera for about 12 kilometres and it is not a strenuous one, so it is perfect for families, too. It can take anything between 2.30 to 4 hours, not including rest and photo stops.
The terrain varies: at a time it is paved, some parts are covered with cobblestones, and some are dirt tracks – occasionally with loose rocks and pebbles. The trail is well marked and it is best attempted with lightweight hiking shoes, but trainers might do the trick too. We also saw people wearing flip-flops!
The first part of the walk, from Fira to Imerovigli (via Firostefani) is mostly lined with shops, whitewashed guesthouses and the typical Santorini blue-domed churches. It is a sight to behold, but it does not feel like a real hike, as you are not yet surrounded by nature.
The most interesting part starts after Imerovigli, where the real trail starts: it takes you over two cols, each of them surmounted by a small white church. All along the way, and even more from the top, the views over the caldera are magnificent! The incline is not too steep and the trail rarely exposed.
Between the two cols, you will need to walk a short stretch by the side of the road, and you may even find a vendor selling water; still bring plenty as you can’t rely on this. Before walking to the second col, if you have small children, you can allow them to “cheat” a little and hitch them a ride on the back of a donkey as far as the second church. Then it is all the way down to Oia, according to many the most beautiful village of the entire island, and the one with the most beautiful sunsets.
Hiking Rainbow Mountain – Peru
Dina Dubinsky – Glampackandgo
Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, is a popular day trip hikes from Cuzco for folks looking to do something other than Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. You can purchase the day trip anywhere in Cuzco for about $30-$50 USD, including transportation, guides and meals. Note: Don’t book online in advance, as it’s much more expensive.
The journey begins at 3:00 a.m. from Cuzco, where a local tour operator picks up people on a small bus to begin a 3-hour winding and bumpy mountain journey. You arrive at a base camp tent around 6:30 a.m., where you have breakfast and receive instructions from guides.
The hike begins at 4,300 meters, so be sure to spend a few days getting acclimated to the high altitudes. The hike itself is 10 kilometres round trip, about 4 hours up and 2 hours down, and the hiking level is difficult due to altitude. Be prepared to get breathless and take breaks. The guides have emergency oxygen tanks or you can pay $20 for a horse and porter to take you up.
Once you have reached the rewarding Rainbow Mountain, standing at an altitude of 5,200 meters, you feel like you’ve actually conquered the world. You can’t go on the colourful mountain, which is blocked off for preservation purposes, but you can take some fantastic photos here.
The hike back is easier as altitude decreases. You’ll get a delicious lunch and transport back to central Cuzco, where you arrive about 7:00-8:00 p.m.
- Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, wear layers and hiking boots, and chew coca leaves for altitude sickness.
Havasu Falls Hike – Grand Canyon, USA
Ed and Jennifer – Colemanconcierge
Havasu Falls USA is one of the most beautiful hikes in America for good reason. The turquoise blue water of Havasu Creek cuts through the red limestone of the Grand Canyon. The campground sits right below Supia, a remote Indian village that is inaccessible by road. Havasu Falls, a 100’ waterfall, sits right above the campground and Mooney Falls (another 100’ waterfall) sits right below the campground.
The trail runs 8 miles and descends 2000’ from the trailhead at Hualapai Hilltop to the Supai Village. You drop most of that 2000’ in the first several miles of the trail as you drop into the canyon. You hike a few miles through the dry canyon floor until it joins with Havasu Creek. A few mile down the cottonwood lined creek and you reach the village of Supai, where you get your permit (advance registration is required). We usually get an ice cream bar and frozen Gatorade too.
The hike through the dry canyon approach is pretty neat but the final two miles to the campground is epic. Just below Supia is a series of falls known as Navajo Falls. This is the first place you can jump in and enjoy the cool blue water. Soon, you reach the top of Havasu Falls. The trail winds down right below Havasu Falls and it really does look just like the pictures. The water collects in a huge pool below Havasu Falls where fellow campers and undoubtedly swimming in the water.
There are about 100 camp spots over the next half mile of the creek. Most are shaded by cottonwood trees and many are right next to the creek. There is drinking water available from on the cliff and several composting toilets. It’s a beautiful campsite but you are here for the waterfalls.
The campground ends at Mooney Falls, that you climb through the limestone formations, chain safeties and a couple of ladders to reach the base of the falls. From there it continues a few miles further to Beaver Falls and the infamous Green Room hidden at the base of the falls. If you feel super spry, you can hike the full 8 miles past the campground to the connection with the Colorado River.
Zugspitze hikes – Germany/Austria
Magdalena Bielawny – Followtheview
Zugspitze (2962 m) is the highest peak in Germany, it lies on the German-Austrian border, next to the picturesque town Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There are a few different routes leading to the top, and you will need 8-10 hours to ascend. If you want to start hiking from Germany, choose the Reintal route, considered to be the easiest one, but also very long (21 km).
If you plan to start from Austria – go for the Ehrwald route, maybe a bit more difficult, but much shorter and quicker (about 14 km). Remember that even during the summer, you will definitely come across some snow on your way up, so take proper hiking boots! Both routes don’t require any climbing skills and special equipment.
Don’t forget to reward yourself with a Maß (really big glass of beer…) in the restaurant after reaching the summit! Best thing? If you are not a fan of hiking, you can also make it to the top thanks to one of the 3 cable cars operating in Zugspitze!
Lang Tang Trek – Nepal
Ellis Veen – Backpack Adventures
One of the most beautiful treks I ever did was the Lang Tang trek in Nepal in 2009. It’s a short trekking of only 3 days up to a small village called Kyanjin Gompa at 3900 meter. What I loved so much about this trek was the variety of landscapes you walk through. From lush green jungle with monkeys to barren rocky paths surrounded by mountain peaks covered in snow.
Another highlight is the people of Langtang who have a Tibetan origin and still follow Buddhism.
Sadly the earthquake in April 25th in 2015 destroyed much of the villages in the valley. An avalanche of ice and snow swept away Lang Tang village, a community of over 400 people. Lang Tang village is still covered with mud, but the other villages are slowly recovering and reopening their Lodges. They are hoping tourists will again come to their beautiful valley and they need tourism now more than ever. The trekking route has reopened and from what I have heard it is still very beautiful.
Cradle Mountain Hike – South Africa
Claire – Claires Footsteps
The first part of the Cradle Mountain hike is easy; mainly ambling up some steps and admiring various viewpoints, where you can view the beautiful surrounding Tasmanian lakes and countryside. Suddenly, you’ll see the jagged peaks of Cradle Mountain looming ahead of you.
And, if it’s anything like the weather I had (the clearest blue skies you could imagine) when summiting the mountain, without much further thought you’ll soon find yourself halfway up it.
The Cradle Mountain summit is pretty scary. It’s more like a rock climb than a hike, meaning that you have to twist your body into all sorts of crazy positions to manage to heave yourself up the steep incline.
But the hardest hikes often bring the best rewards, and Cradle Mountain is no exception. From the peak, you can see kilometre after kilometre of gorgeous national park. It’s without a doubt one of the finest views of Tasmania, which is unquestionably the most beautiful part of Australia.
And once you descend from Cradle Mountain and walk away from it, be sure to turn around every so often and see it standing there, still, unchanging; a glorious backdrop reminding you of what you’ve just conquered. It’s a hike like no other.
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Thank you for reading this post ‘Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world Pt3′ and for the lovely bloggers who have contributed to this hiking collaboration post. I hope it helped you to decide on where to take your next hiking adventure.
Would you like to be in our next Hikes Around the World collaboration?
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Disclaimer: This is a collaboration and all views are based on the bloggers above own experience.
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