Summer has just arrived! Yes, atleast in some parts of the world. Hence itÔÇÖs high time you enjoy some amazing hiking adventures. Whether you are navigating canyons, or climbing mountains or even crossing dangerous terrains, as a hiker, you are experiencing the beauty of nature like no one else.
If you are a seasoned hiker, then you probably have a list of hikes you are ready to check out. But if you are not, then our list of the 5 best hikes is what you should begin with.
1. Inca Trail
Distance: 26 miles
Best Time: May to September
Taking you through spectacular jungles, ancient ruins, and mountain paths, this Inca trail ends at Machu Picchu. This awe-inspiring hike consists of three overlapping trails: Mollepata, Classic and One Day. Definitely one of the most popular trails from around the world, be prepared to meet a lot of fellow hikers here.
2. Appalachian Trail
Where: United States
Distance: 2,180 miles
Best Time: Year-round
The Appalachian Trail runs from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine and passes through 14 states of the USA. Home to thousands of fauna and flora, this hiking trail is for the adventurous and daring. ItÔÇÖs a true test to the hikerÔÇÖs mettle.
3. Petra Trek
Distance: 50 miles
Best Time: October to April
One of the best, famous hikes of the Middle East, the Petra trek takes the hiker through rough terrains, canyons and gorges, and ends with a tour of the breathtakingly beautiful ancient temples and ruins of Petra.
4. Everest Base Camp Trek
Distance: 70 miles
Best Time: March to May, September to November
Everest is every hikers dream destination and this trail lets you come face-to-face with this mighty giant. It reaches a dizzying height of 5,545 meters and takes about three weeks to complete. Hikers also get to interact with the locals on this trail and experience their culture first-hand.
5. Kilimanjaro Trek
Distance: 35 miles
Best Time: January, February or September
Located in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is AfricaÔÇÖs highest peak. However, it is relatively easy to climb this mountain! There are many climbing routes available and each one of them offers hikers the chance to soak in the beauty while traversing the rugged terrains.
If you are an avid hiker, then you already know the ropes of organising a trek, however, if you are new to this then donÔÇÖt forget to ask for help before embarking on a hike. Make sure you start small and familiarise yourself with the trail before trying to conquer it. Get a travel card which can come handy during your travel and ensure you check all your gears thoroughly before starting your trek.