These 6 Hiking Spots Will Take Your Breath Away
May 22, 2019
Tired of the city and its tall buildings? Want to take a trip and get lost in nature? We've got you covered.
Get off the grid: pack your bags, and take some time to admire the natural world and get a breath of fresh air. Seeing images of mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, and forests might make you gasp at their beauty. But actually hiking through these trails is an eye-opening experience like no other. Explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the world as you make your way through a cedar forest, or sit by a giant lake and just watch the clouds float over mountain peaks across the clear blue sky.
Here's a list of some of the most beautful places to hike in the world.
Te Araroa, New Zealand
Known for its wide range of landscapes, Te Araroa stretches across 3,000 kilometres along the islands of Cape Reinga and Bluff comprising coastal sand, alpine ranges, jungle areas, and cities. En route, you will be able to see many of New Zealand’s tombolos, volcanoes, mountains, rivers, valley, and lakes. A thorough trek through the terrain would take 50-80 days, though shorter multi-day and single-day walks are also possible for beginners who want to explore smaller sections of the trail.
Inca Trail, Peru
Stretching 33km, this trail through the Sacred Valley offers breathtaking views of the Peruvian landscape. Anticipate sightings of the ancient ruins of Sayacmarca and Qonchamarka, towering mountains, lush jungle bushwhack, and beautiful rivers before arriving at the unparalleled majesty of Machu Picchu. Be sure to also visit the Sun Gate, where you can have an unbeatable view of the Machu Picchu against the backdrop of mountain peaks, glowing rays, and brilliant blue skies.
Markha Valley, Ladakh
Following the course of the Markha River, this trek begins from Spituk through the various landscapes and passes in Leh, enthralling you with the beauty of the natural landscape, as well as glimpses of many Buddhist monuments along the way. Through your journey, you can anticipate little village stops to rest at and recuperate, and see the preserved sites of monasteries, forts, and temples. Here, experience the spectacular surroundings of lush green pastures, huge snowy mountains, and massive rock formations.
Mount Koya, Japan
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As a popular destination for Buddhist pilgrims, Mount Koya offers various pilgrimage tours that have become well-loved by both local and international hikers. These ancient trails are marked by traditional stone signposts, that are placed every few hundred meters to guide travellers through the mountain. The trails converge at the Daimon Gate, a massive crimson structure that marks the entrance to Koyasan. Do not miss the path to monk Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum, that features over 200,000 tombstones and commemorative monuments amidst the towering cedar trees.
Blue Hole National Park, Belize
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Take a guided journey underground to the Crystal Cave and explore one of the largest cave systems in Belize, located in the middle of the lush tropical forests of the Blue Hole National Park. Inside, these caves glitter with natural crystalline formations. You can also find ancient Mayan artifacts -shards of pottery, ceremonial beads, human remains, and obsidian blades, to name a few- as this cave was once considered to be a sacred passageway to Xibalba, the underworld. After your visit, hike back downhill or take a short drive to the Blue Hole, the beautiful watering hole after which the park is named.
Explore the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar in the far west of China, with its stunning Islamic architecture in its Old City and Grand Bazaar. Take a trip to Lake Karakul, a beautiful lake surrounded by the massive mountains of the region. On a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of Mount Muztagh-Ata in the distance, the second highest mountain in the area standing at 7,546 metres.
What are you waiting for? Put on your hiking boots and take a trip into the magic of nature today!
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