This #ShortList is all about hikes, being one with nature and pushing yourself through the physical challenge of moving forward! With all hikes, a level of fitness and determination is required to even begin – so ensure that any hiking trails you choose to journey are suitable for you.
Some of the biggest mountains are on this list, but its not all about the extremes. I’ve included a few smaller hikes that allow you to take in natural beauty without the physically demanding trails.
The Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea
The Kokoda Trail is a dense jungle path in Papua New Guinea where the Australian Army fought back the Japanese in 1942. Following in the steps of the Australian soldiers remains a physically challenging task, to be attempted by only the fittest of bushwalkers amongst us.
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El Camino de Santiago, Spain
Its a traditional pilgrim’s trail that can start literally anywhere in Europe (from as far as Germany), but always ends at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The typical trek, known as the Camino Frances, begins at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains on the French side – some 900km walking distance to Santiago. The scenery varies greatly across the country, from woodlands, forest, desert and pastoral lands – it’s a great way to visit Spain over a 30-day hike.
Read about my Camino here.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth – it is also one of the most desolate places on Earth. Base Camp is on the Nepalese (south) side of the mountain at 5,364m altitude. From Lukla (known for having the world’s most dangerous airport), it is an eight to ten day hike to Base Camp. Due to the extreme altitude changes, some days are taken for ‘acclimitisation’ to reduce the effect of altitude sickness as much as possible.
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La Cinque Terre, Italy
This is for me, the most beautiful hike, where the man-made environment complements nature in their reciprocal beauty. The pastels of the township, nestled on the high cliffs that dive vertically into the royal blue of the sea and the rich greenery that hugs the coastline. The hike is moderately difficult at points, but the five towns that form the Cinque Terre can all be visited in a single day.
Here’s an article I wrote about the most beautiful hike everrrr.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The highest point on the African continent at 5,895m (19,340ft), the mountain is actually an inactive volcano – yes, there’s a crater at the top! While it is positioned close to the Equator, its peak is covered in white snow year-round, however there is becoming less and less in recent years. Some treks reach the summit in six days, but do take care to ascend slowly to ensure you acclimatise to the extreme changes in altitude.
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The Inca Trail, Peru
Up the Urubamba mountain range, the ancient city of Macchu Picchu lay undiscovered for several centuries after it was abandoned during the Spanish Conquest in the fifteenth century. Today, a four day hike will take you 82km from Cusco, above the Sacred Valley to the archaeological site. Only 200 trekkers are allowed on the trail per day, so its best to get in early.
Torres del Paine, Chile
The Towers of Paine are three most spectaculars summits of the Torres del Paine National Park. The hike takes you through trails around the Glacier Grey, the Frenchman’s Valley and the Torres del Paine themselves. The 55km circuit can be completed in four days, camping in allocated sites through the national park.
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Gangotri to the Source of the Ganges River, India
Legend tells of the Hindu Goddess Ganga – daughter of heaven – who manifested herself on Earth as a flowing river. To reduce the impact of the fall from heaven to Earth, the Lord Shiva received the Goddess Ganga in his dreadlocks, as she became the Ganges River we know today. The hike to the source of the river is a beautiful one, taking you across the lower Himalayan mountain range, passing through several pilgrim townships forming part of the Chardham pilgrimage trail. The trail is 19km over two days – not an arduous journey, but a very spiritual one.