Head for the Hills: 4 Incredible Global Trekking Destinations to Explore
Hiking is quickly becoming a popular past-time for people outside the “backpack the globe” college age. From family vacations to solo treks, hiking is an activity enjoyed by people of all ages.
However, some treks are for more experienced hikers rather than hiking novices. If you’re seeking vacation ideas, but aren’t sold on hiking, check out travel blogs like sanetraveller for ideas.
If, on the other hand (foot?) you have your heart set on trekking, check out four of the best hikes in the world.
Preparing for Your Hike
While many types of trips can be spontaneous, seat-of-your-pants planning, hiking is not one of them. First of all, if you’re seeking a guided hike, the available spaces sell out pretty quickly. But even if you’re planning to hike without a guide, the preparation is extensive.
Secondly, treks can last anywhere from half a day to a week or longer. A smart-phone hiking app can help you plan your trip, keep track of your miles and even give you a glimpse of what’s around the bend using geo-location images.
Of course, phone apps can only help you so much on your hike. You’ll have to do the actual walking yourself. Your trek preparation should include steps such as:
- Booking your trek early so you have ample time to prepare
- Starting to train for your trek as soon as you book it
- Remembering your walking socks and proper footwear – your feet will thank you
- Training on the same type of terrain as your hike
- Practising training while wearing your backpack
- Utilizing walking poles
- Staying hydrated
- Packing foods that pack a nutritional punch
If you’re new to hiking, you should definitely seek out a guide or an experienced hiker to assist you in planning.
4 of the Best Treks in the World
There are literally thousands of places on Earth to hike. How do you narrow it down to just one? Experienced and novice hikers should consider how long the hike is, the terrain, and the distance. Both in relation to how close it is to your home base and the number of kilometres (or miles, if you live in the US.)
Here are 4 incredible trekking destinations, ranked by difficulty, for your bucket list.
1. The Fitzroy Trek – Patagonia, Argentina
Level of Difficulty: 2/10
Duration of Hike: 1 Day
Best Time to Go: Year-round
2. Routeburn Track – New Zealand
Level of Difficulty: 3/10
Duration of Hike: 1-5 Days
Best Time to Go: October-April
3. Inca Trail – Peru
Level of Difficulty: 5/10
Duration of Hike: 4 Days
Best Time to Go: May- September
4. The Long Range Traverse – Canada
Level of Difficulty: 9/10
Duration of Hike: 3-4 Days
Best Time to Go: May-September
Trekking is a Slippery Slope; One is Never Enough
Hiking is a dangerous sport, but not only for the reason you think. Many hikers find that hiking is not a one-and-done activity.
Rather, the adrenaline rush of the first hike leads to the next hike, and so on. Keep that in mind before you ever set foot on that path. You’ll never want to step off of it.