Top destinations for Hiking
It doesn’t take long to understand why and how Hiking is a good pastime and a healthy habit. There are many health benefits of hiking that cannot be provided by various indoor activities and found with the comforts of thick walled gyms. Fresh air, sand beneath your feet and soothing sunshine make hiking one of the top reasons of travel. Mix your travel plans with a bit of hiking and reduces that waistline at the same time. Travel, hike and rejuvenate is the manta to provide peace to the body, mind and soul. We have penned down travel destinations from around the world that are typically famous for Hiking.
Grand Canyon Hike, Arizona – Hiking in the Grand Canyon is one of the best ways to experience the stunning beauty and the sheer size of it. An avid hiker will be able to conclude better how hiking here is different than anywhere else. Extreme isolation is the characteristics of the Grand Canyon, hence adequate food and water supply with a positive mental attitude are the foremost prerequisites to start your hiking trail here. The demanding nature of this hike can deter even the most in shape! Therefore, one must be mentally prepared and should not worry too much about sore feet or fatigued body. You can gauge the difficulty level of the trails here as almost 250 people are rescued from the canyon each year! The canyon is 446 km long and 29 km wide. Some of the popular North and South Rim Day Hike Trails:
Uncle Jim Trail – 3 hour hiking time covering 8 kms.
Bridle Trail – Round trip hiking time is 1.5 hours covering 4.8 kms.
Ken Patrick Trail – Round trip hiking time is 6 hours covering 16 kms one way
Bright Angel Trail – Covers approximately 12 miles (19 kms) but it is very steep.
Hermit Trail – Round trip is covered in 5 miles leading up to Santa Maria and Dripping Spring. Caution advised.
Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal – One of the most daunting hiking trails across the world is the Everest base camp trek. The peaks in the region soar to the highest level that a hike to the base level is still an arduous task. It takes around 14 – 16 days for a round trip of this section. The South base camp is located in Nepal and the North in Tibet. It’s a smart choice to have a Sherpa guide along with you to have the complete experience here. As you start your journey here, you will be able to witness the majestic sights of 3 of the highest peaks – Everest, Lhotse Sar and Lhotse. The total are to be covered is 70 miles – hence one needs to be essentially in a fit spirit – mentally and physically – to carry on the greatest hikes in the world. Enjoy your time, indulge in the local friendly culture and seep in the experience.
Israel National Trail, Israel – This trail is best suited for those who wish to cover long distances while discovering contemporary history. Israel National Trail covers 600 miles. Enjoy the versatile beauty and wilderness of the Middle East and cover the most spectacular landscapes in Israel. Following this trail you will pass by a vast desert, from there you can follow the southern end of the trail and explore Negev which is populated with wildflowers. The comprehensive trail lets you cross the zigzag ways through the border of Lebanon to the Red Sea, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. The best time to go on this hike is between February to May.
Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia – There is nothing better than a refreshing hike while discovering clean beaches along the East Coast of Tasmania. The Bay of Fires in Tasmania is a region full of white sand, crystal blue water, clean beaches and granite dotted in orange lichen. The hike here covers 16 miles in approximately 4 days. You can explore an endless strip of beaches starting from Mount William National park to the Bay of Fires. The name was coined by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 who witnessed the fires of the Aboriginal people on the beaches. This trail should be avoided when travelling alone as there is neither a place to stay overnight and nor water en route. Keep an eye for different kinds of snakes you may find on your trail.
Yoshida Trail, Japan – One of the most popular trails leading upto Mount Fuji is the Yoshida trail that covers a total of 8 miles. The highest point in Japan, standing tall at 12,389 ft., is one of the most climbed and popular hiking attractions. To truly experience the Japanese tradition and nature, you can have Japanese noodles and soup on your way up and stay in one of the traditional huts. Around 300,000 hikers climb the mount so it’s unlikely to be less crowded any time of the year!