With National Take A Hike Day just around the corner (17th November) we decided to share our favourite hiking trails from around the world. OK, we may not have hiked them all ourselves, but we watched YouTube videos of the hikes, which is more or less the same thing, right?
So, if you’re into hiking holidays, get comfy and grab a coffee and we have 4 of the world’s best trails just for you…
With over 2,200 miles of trail, the Appalachian hike is considered one of the longest footpath hikes around – so it’s definitely one you want to add to your ‘must hike’ list. The hike itself goes from Springer Mounter in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, so you pass through 14 states on your hike. Luckily for those with limited leave you can do parts of the hike or all of it if you have more time on your hands (and some sturdy hiking boots!)
Difficulty Level: This trail is a mix of levels, with easier to hike flat areas and then some difficult climbs interspersed.
With over 185 miles of trail available to hike the Taranaki trail offers a little bit of a shorter hike than the Appalachian. The trek takes you through forest, up on the mountain and onto amazing alpine peaks, so it’s certainly one for the wish list. If you don’t fancy the full 185 of trail you can hike up the dormant volcano in roughly 9 hours to a height of 2518 meters.
Difficulty Level: The trail does have some quite difficult inclines, so be prepared for those.
The Inca Trail is one of the most famous trails in the world, and for good reason. The trek leads to Machu Picchu. Throughout the trip to the top you’ll trek through the mountains, across valleys and pass by many amazing archaeological sites. Once you reach Machu Picchu you can choose to climb even further up Huayna Picchu.
Difficulty Level: Medium fitness level required. However, The trail goes higher than 4000 metres so you should be aware of changes in altitude which can lead to sickness on the trail.
Canada has amazing trails all across the country, with the west coast offering some of the best. You can hike up cliffs and through coves, seeking out wildlife all along the way. The West Coast Trail has all the magic of a truly wild hike, with overgrown areas, few hikers and the proximity of the animas, including sea lions!
Difficulty Level: For the experienced hiker due to the terrain and less accessible parts of the trail.
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