The best treks in the world are no walks in the park, but they’re sure to challenge you physically and mentally, stretching your limits and expanding your view of a country. If you have a deep yearning to go deep into the backroads of a country, these treks make for an incredible journey beyond travel.
- The Bled Gorge, Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
The Bled Gorge is 1.6 kilometers in length and is surrounded by the gorgeous Radovna River. The gorge itself makes its way through two rocks, known as Bort and Hom. The hiking trail is made of wood and is located besides the river. As you make your way through the wooden bridges, you can see waterfalls, rapids and pools. The hiking trail ends at a waterfall, known as the Sum Waterfall. It is not a very high waterfall at 13 meters but the sight is breathtaking. Even though the trail is only 3 kilometers long, it is simply beautiful. The whole hike can be completed within just an hour. It is an exhilarating hike even during summer months. The surroundings are blissful and are loved by all tourists.
- Vatnajökull, Iceland
The Vatnajökull is one of the largest glaciers in Europe. It accounts for 8% of Iceland and is one of the thickest glaciers in the world. The ice caves and the untouched environment are the biggest attractions of the Vatnajökull Glacier. The southern part of the glacier features many high mountains. At the extreme south of the glacier, there is the Öræfajökull volcano. There is also the Hvannadalshnúkur, which is the highest peak of Iceland. It is sheltered on one side by ice and on another side by Skaftafell, an area of wilderness. The whole area overlooks the river Skeiðará., which is known for depositing black sand on its western bank.
- Pipiwai Trail, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii
The Pipiwai Trail is one of the most exciting and scenic trails in Hawaii. The trail takes you through a rainforest, waterfalls, caves, and lush greenery. It is a blessed outdoor activity for all hikers. The Haleakala National Park is nothing short of a small and beautiful rainforest. As you make your way through the natural wonders, you are suddenly thrown into a massive bamboo forest. The bamboo forest is the biggest attraction of the trail. Known to exude a ‘zen’ vibe, the forest will instantly transport you to a land of total tranquility. As you make your way out of the forest, you are taken to the Makahiku Falls, amidst a picturesque natural setting.
- Fjaðrárgljúfur, Iceland
The Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in Iceland and is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Located at the south eastern part, it was created by melting glaciers over thousands of years. Today, the canyon is 100 meters deep and is 2 kilometers long. It is crisscrossed by the Fjaðrá River, which is still busy carving the canyon. The Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon is best visited during summers. Winter months aren’t an ideal time because you may not be able to complete the hike.
- The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher attract over 1 million tourists every year. O’Brien’s Tower offers great sweeping views of the surrounding scenery. O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1835 and is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Ireland. The cliffs themselves are over 700 feet tall and stretch for almost 5 miles. The beauty of the cliffs is that they take you to many more areas of beauty and wonder. There are coastal walking trails as well as steep ones.
- Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Zion National Park is seen as quite a challenging hiking destination. Its several hiking routes go over tall walls and deep canyons and most avid hikers are eager to explore those. One of the most popular hiking trails in the park is the ‘Narrows Trail’. Another well known trail is the ‘Angels Landing’ trail. Group hiking at the park is limited to 12 people only. Permission is required for backpacking and camping at the park premises. The park is home to three camping areas. The best time to visit the park is from the months of March to November.
- Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen, Norway
The Besseggen Ridge is located between two beautiful lakes. The lakes are known as Bessvatnet and Gjende and create a beautiful landscape around the mountain ridge. The area is also referred to as the ‘Home of the Giants’ and many hikers go there looking for folklore monsters or trolls. Hiking on the ridge takes about seven hours and the return journey can be made by boat. Hiking over the ridge has almost achieved a cult status and has its own staunch followers. The hiking season is from June to September. Almost 300,000 hikers are known to visit the area during this period.
- Koolau Summit Trail, Makapuʻu, Hawaii
The Koolau Summit Trail is a rugged one with places of incredible beauty. The trail starts from Makapu and takes you to Kahuku. The whole trail stretches a length of 56 kilometers. The trail, although not a steep one, is home to some slippery rocks. Most hikers are known to complete the full trail after preparing well for it. As you make your way to the top, you can see human settlements down below. In sharp contrast to the settlements below, you are in absolute sync with nature on the trail. The beauty is absolutely untouched and you can see plenty of rare plants and peaks covered with clouds.
- The Azores, Portugal
The Azores is an archipelago located 850 miles away from mainland Portugal. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, the small islands are of volcanic origin. This has resulted in extremely fertile soils and dramatic landscapes. There are a total of nine islands in the Azores, all of them offering hiking opportunities. Azores is scattered with a network of walkways and pathways which have been restored for easy access. Each of them takes you to beautiful, serene areas. These paths connect several locations and run across uplands and coastlines.
- The Danxia Landform, China
The Danxia Landform is more popularly known as the ‘Rainbow Mountains’ of China. At first glance, they look straight out of a painting. The various colors are the result of a geologic process. These mountains were formed sometime after the Jurassic era. That means these mountains could be at least 145 million years old. The colorful mountains hide many caves beneath them. It is a real treat for many hikers to be able to find these caves. Several paths and roads have been built for the pleasure of hikers. There are also many ancient temples in the area and they are all worth a visit. Most hikers choose to start their walk from Zhangye, a small town.
Originally posted 2017-05-04 06:10:47.