If you’re in decent shape and love to experience the great outdoors then a hiking holiday could be just the thing you need this year. Hiking is the perfect way to take a breather from everyday living, connect with the earth and grow as an individual. We’ve picked out some of the best hiking trails in the world to help you get inspired.
Hike The Grand Canyon of Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic natural spots in the United States. Its beauty is truly remarkable, and there’s no better way to experience it than on foot. You’ll be able to see the river and the rims in their entirety on any of the Canyon’s beautiful trails, and you’ll have plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Hiking the full course rim to rim takes around 4-6 days, so come prepared for a proper camping trip with plenty of sunscreen. We’d also recommend that you avoid the spring and early autumn seasons, as the trails are at their most crowded during these peak months.
Fitz Roy Trek, Patagonia, Argentina
South America is full of incredible hiking trails, but the Fitz Roy Trek is definitely one of the best. The trek will take you around a week and it’s certainly not for the faint hearted, but if you can brave the steep trails then you’ll have the treat of seeing the beautiful Los Glacieres National Park, filled with glaciers, huge waterfalls, granite monoliths and vast beech forests. Once you’ve made it to Camp Poincenot, make sure you hike up to Laguna de los Tres to watch the sun go up on the Fitz Roy Massif.
The Inca Trail, Peru
This legendary and historic hiking trail is truly incredible- laid by the Incas over 500 years ago, it will take you through mountain passes and past ancient ruins, giving you the opportunity to learn and discover the Incan culture while enjoying the beautiful scenery and fresh air. Most hikers walk the 4 day long trail to Machu Picchu, the historic ruin of an ancient city. If you plan to take some of the higher altitude trails, make sure that you’re well prepared for the physical impact of walking so far up.
Mount Kailash Pilgramage, Tibet
This hike is truly special- you can trek the 32 mile journey around Kailash, a mountain considered sacred in five different religions. No human has ever climbed the mountain itself as it is considered too holy to desecrate with human touch, but the Hindus believe that the god Shiva sits at its peak in meditation. If you’re looking for a mountain hike then this isn’t for you, but it’s a beautiful walk for those seeking tranquillity and the company of other pilgrims hoping to soak up the holy atmosphere. There are several tour companies that will help you get to the base of Mount Kailash, and you can then set off on foot. Once you’ve completed your trek, make sure that you take the time to dive into Lake Manasarovar, one of the highest altitude lakes on Earth and an important component of the pilgrimage.
Alps Walk Through Grindenwald
This hike gives you the chance to experience the beauty and majesty of the Swiss Alps on foot. Journey to Switzerland in the summer to ensure that the weather is warm enough for a comfortable hike- the latest you can walk this trail is September, as it closes in October. Grinendwald is one of the most scenic walks in the world, with incredible mountain views and sights. There are cable cars to help you along your way at certain points, and some beautiful hotels at the snowy peaks to stop for the night. Leave time to have lunch at Waldspitz before you head home, a stunning Swiss chalet with world famous rosti.