Some people love a good beach holiday. Laying out in the sun all week drinking cocktails and getting a tan.
Although lounging around has it’s place in everybody’s lives, it’s not for every holiday, couple of individual. The true adventurers would much rather be hiking through some of the most vicious terrains in the world, finding the most beautiful landscapes out there. There’s nothing better than making it to the end of a long hike and reaping the rewards in the form of stunning views. If you’re a hiking enthusiast, then there are some trails that you just have to do. These are some of the best hiking holidays in the world.
Most people when they think of France think of good food, wine and art. But it is also home to one of the greatest hiking trails in the world. The GR20 is a fifteen-day trail through Corsica. It’s not for the faint hearted and parts of it will definitely test you, but it’s worth the effort if you can complete it. The reason that it is so well-loved is that it will take you through an incredibly diverse spread of different landscapes. Starting out forests, it will take you on to glaciers, craters, bogs and snow-capped mountain peaks.
You’ve probably heard of this one. The Inca Trail in Peru is famous for the incredible historical monuments that you’ll see along the way. Starting off in the Sacred Valley, the trail takes you through picturesque mountain passes, ending up at Machu Picchu. There are so many wonderful ruins to see along the way, a Peruvian adventure tour has got to be top of any adventure lovers bucket list.
This African country is home to the Pays Dogon trail. Like the Inca Trail, it will take you along mountainous passes and through the ruins of ancient civilizations. But it will also take you through the modern day dwellings of the Dogon people. They are well known for the beautifully crafted houses that have to be seen to be believed. If you find yourself in Africa, make sure you don’t leave without walking this trail. Depending on the route that you take, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
I think we all know what can be found in Nepal, but it isn’t likely that you’ll be climbing Everest itself. If you fancy something a bit more manageable, Everest base camp is doable for any experienced hiker. It’s a difficult trek that lasts around three weeks, and although you won’t be climbing Everest, you’ll still reach a respectable five and half thousand meters.
This one is perfect for nature lovers. The Routeburn Track in New Zealand will take you through two giant national parks so there will be plenty of opportunities to see a range of amazing wildlife. The thirty-kilometre track, on the south island of New Zealand goes through Harris Saddle, which offers stunning views of the surrounding country. You’ll need to plan ahead for this one if you want to do it. They are very strict on the number of people that walk the trail at one time and it can be quite difficult to get a place.