In our article 5 Eco-friendly Activities To Do This Spring, we listed hiking as one of the best activities you can be involved in. The wind in your hair, the ground beneath your feet, the great outdoors lies ahead of you – what could be better than going on a hike? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to go hiking in the world, so strap on your walking boots and get ready for an adventure!
In this world of technology that is always on, hiking provides a great way to unwind and connect to the earth, but that’s not the only reason we recommend hiking as your next holiday activity.
Most hiking trails don’t require you to pay for the experience (unless a guide is required) and often not much equipment is needed if you are going on a single-day hike. A good pair of walking boots could last for years.
The health benefits of hiking are significant, with it increasing strength and stamina. Going on hikes on holiday will mean that you’re able to sleep better, leading to a more relaxing and peaceful stay.
You Can Admire Your Surroundings
Hiking allows you to see and be more closely involved with the world around you. You can take time to admire native flora and fauna that you might not be able to see anywhere else.
Our Top 5 Destinations
We have compiled a list based on destinations that provide the best scenery for hiking that is not only diverse but beautiful and unique. Many of the countries on this list have properties that are listed by Kiwano, so be sure to check out our hotels and lodges to find eco-friendly accommodation on your next holiday!
Home to every landscape you can imagine, the USA is the perfect destination for those seeking diversity. Mountains, rainforests, beaches, glaciers, deserts, canyons and even lava fields all wait for you. There really is so much to explore. Travel and Leisure reports that the US is home to 61 National Parks, which are state protected areas of extreme natural beauty.
Popular hiking destinations in USA includes the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
No hiking guide is complete without including the land of the Himalayas. With stunning views only reachable by foot, hiking is one of the most popular activities for those visiting Nepal. If you’re not feeling brave enough to take on Everest and get a peek of the highest summit in the world, there are hikes that allow you to see the green pastures and river valleys that are equally as beautiful.
Himalayan hiking destinations in Nepal include the world-famous Everest Basecamp Trail and the Annapurna Circuit.
3. New Zealand
New Zealand is made up of islands that are rich in topographic diversity. Home to snow-capped peaks, vast coastlines, beech and ancient forests, fertile plains, rainforests, volcanoes and geysers, you can feel as though you’ve seen all the world has to offer just by visiting the two main islands. There is the opportunity to go on multi-day hikes, or alternatively hikes that are more suitable for families with children.
With the Abel Tasman National Park, The Tongariro Crossing and The Milford Track to take advantage of whilst in New Zealand.
Sometimes, hiking in Chile can feel like you’re walking in a beautiful painting. The views of waterfalls, Volcanoes and mountains will stay with you for a lifetime. The Andes, desert moon-like formations and massive glaciers are completely unique and make Chile a must-visit destination for anyone who wants to explore the world by hiking.
Chile boasts incredible hiking destinations within the Andes, such as the Patagonian Andes, as well as national parks such as Torres del Paine National Park.
5. South Africa
South Africa is home to several distinct eco-systems. Cliffs, forests and lagoons are just a few of the sights you might be treated to. It is a truly unspoiled country and hiking there would allow you to take it all in and feel connected to nature. Planning a hiking holiday in South Africa would also give you the chance to see some of the unique wildlife the country has to offer.
Visiting popular hiking destinations in South Africa such as Table Mountain National Park, Cederberg Wilderness Area or Kruger National Park are recommended.
How to Prepare
Does all of this pique your interest? If you are itching to book your next holiday, you should make sure you are fully prepared if you are planning to take on more challenging hikes. To best prepare for a hike, you need to first:
1. Determine the difficulty
You don’t want to be halfway through a journey and feel that you don’t have the stamina to finish it. Why not try going for a few long walks before planning your holiday and see how much you can manage. If you decide that there is a trail you really want to do but your fitness isn’t up to it, it can be a good incentive to boost your strength and stamina before embarking!
2. Plan at home
If you plan your journeys before travelling to the country of your choice, you can ensure that you have the full resources available to choose the trails that best suit your needs. For example, you don’t want a poor Wi-Fi connection when you’re trying to determine how long a trail will take and whether or not you will need camping equipment.
3. Pack the right stuff
Equipment is key on longer hikes. It’s best to make sure that you have comfortable, sturdy shoes that will protect your feet. It is also important to check that your clothing is appropriate for the weather conditions you will encounter and that your sleeping bag will keep you warm at night.
Take A Hike!
Do you need any more reasons to plan your hiking getaway? Get ready to tell your friends that you stood at the bottom of the largest tree in the world and wondered if it could reach the clouds. Be prepared to reminisce on how refreshing the cool air felt as you stared in awe at some of the most beautiful glaciers on the planet, or that you stood at the base of Everest and realised how big the world really is. That is what hiking is all about.
Kiwano can help you towards the first step of becoming a green traveller by providing a list of approved green accommodations for you to stay at and giving you further tips on how to stay green as a traveller.