Hiking season is upon us. Read along to discover 10 of the best and most awe-inspiring footpath hiking routes of the world, varying in length, altitude, difficulty, and scenery. In random order of ranking.
[caption id="attachment_119770" align="aligncenter" width="696"] The Appalachian Trail, U.S.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, also known as the Appalachian Trail, is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern U.S. The trail is 3,500 km (2,200 miles) long and is popularly known as the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced that annually more than 2 million people take a hike on part of the trail. The trail, in its entirety, stretching from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.
The length of the trail means that is it suitable for both those planning for a longer trip and those who want to hike a small part of the path.
Appalachian Trail, U.S.
Toubkal is a mountain peak in southwestern Morocco, located in the Toubkal National park. It is located 63 km south of Marrakesh. At 4,167 it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. In other words, this is by no means a hike suited for the uninitiated.
Toubkal is especially popular with trekkers and ski-mountaineers. Since 2018, guides are required for all undertakings on this route.
Mount Toubkal, Morocco
Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China. It sits approximately 80 km northwest of Beijing city, within the Beijing municipality. The highest point of Badaling is Beibalou, approximately 1,015 meters above sea level.
This tourist hotspot can be an intense hike filled with other hikers and tourists. However, the truly breathtaking view makes it all worth it.
Great Wall of China, Badaling Section
[caption id="attachment_119773" align="aligncenter" width="696"] Trolltunga, Norway
This is one of the most amazing cliffs in Norway – and that is no mere feat, as the country is world-renowned for its incredibly scenic landscape. The highest point is situated about 1100 meters above sea level, hovering some 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. Trolltunga (Norwegian for ‘’the troll’s tongue’’) is a very challenging route. The trail goes through high mountain terrain and the weather may change quickly.
This is an experience of a lifetime. The route was built by the Incas some 500 years ago and the hike starts in Peru’s city of Cuzco at a spot called Kilometer 82. The standard Inca Trail takes four to five days to walk. For hikers short on time there is a version of the trail that can be done in 1 day, which begins at the spot of Kilometer 104 of the Machu Picchu Trail.
To avoid and prevent altitude sickness and to be at the forefront of security, we recommend using a reputable guide company to assist you on the trip.
Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru
In the southwest of Piedmont lies the Maira Valley. The valley takes its name from the river Maira, a right-hand tributary of the Po which flows through the valley.
The valley offers some amazing hiking tours and tracks with beautiful frescoes in secluded areas. Ancient transport and trade routes crisscross the valley, and centuries of old yet intact stone arched bridges make up parts of the routes.
Visit Wandern-Piemonte for more information on Maria Valley.
Maira Valley, Italy
[caption id="attachment_119776" align="aligncenter" width="690"] Tongariro, New Zealand
Popularly known as one of the most exciting one-day hikes in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is New Zealand’s oldest national park. The volcanic terrain molds well into the green scenery.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rich in both cultural identity and beautiful natural scenery.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand
This Corsica hiking route takes 15 days to complete. It was created in 1972 and links Calenzana, in the Balagne, with Conca, north of Port Vecchio. It was described as the outdoor writer Paddy Dillon as ‘’one of the top trails in the world’’.
The trail in its entirety is 180 km long with an elevation of 12,000m. The trail consists of two parts: the northern part between Calenzana and Vizzavona and the southern part between Vizzavona and Conca.
[caption id="attachment_119779" align="aligncenter" width="695"] Everest Base Camp, Nepal
The Everest Base Camp footpath on the south side of the Himalayas is one of the most popular and demanding trekking routes in the world. With a summit height of 5,545m at Kala Pattar and amazingly scenic landscape, it is no wonder why this hiking route is as popular as it is.
Amateurs and professionals alike aim to proudly proclaim that they’ve stood at the base of the world’s highest mountain. Beware of tourists and crowds gathering during the prime trekking season.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
The Overland Track is an Australian bushwalking track is an 80km, five to six-day route, with the official track running for 65 kilometers. The route traverses between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair (Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake) and more than nine thousand people walk it each year.
The walk can be done independently, with six main public huts maintained by the Tasmania Parks and Wildfire and give private huts for commercial groups only.
No matter which route you choose to go on, it will require safe walking boots, a waterproof coat, and durable socks. It is imperative that you are in good shape and have the right equipment.
Overland Track, Australia
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