Hiking is a great way to explore the natural beauty of your surroundings. Not only this, but it is great exercise, and can be very therapeutic. In fact, scientific studies have shown that hiking can help reduce stress, increase muscular strength, lower the risk of cancers, high blood pressure or heart disease and can also help you sleep soundly. So if you want to reap all the health benefits that hiking offers, all you need to do is pick a good hiking trail and get going. If you love hiking and fancy a challenge then here are our top 5 hiking trails in the entire world…
Inca Trail (Peru)
Scenic, scenic and scenic is the theme of the iconic Inca Trail situated en route to the famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu. Not an easy trek to take, the Inca Trail is not for the fainthearted, but if you are physically fit enough and well prepared, you are sure to appreciate the phenomenal beauty which surround you on this journey – snow peaked mountains, breathtaking landscapes of jungles and forests and plenty of Inca ruins make this one of the best hiking destinations.
Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
A challenging hike, it is still a popular destination for many dedicated hikers. A mountain which reaches 20,000 feet, Kilimanjaro can take a week to climb. As it is a free standing mountain, itoffers some stunning views across the African landscape. No matter which level you are at, you will always be able to see across miles and miles of stunning wildness from this inactive volcano.
Tour de Mont Blanc (France)
For views of the Alps and of course of Mount Blanc, this is the hike for you. Along the route there are plenty of places to stop and refresh, and although it is a 170 kilometre trek, cable cars are available to make things easier! With views of luscious valleys, awesome mountains and aqua blue lakes, this is one not to miss.
West Coast Trail (Canada)
If landscape and scenery are the features which help you decide where to hike, then look no further than the Canadian West Coast trail. With such a wide variety of views from mountains to seas, and an abundance of wildlife on offer, this trail is one of the most exciting in the world where each step feels like a whole new adventure.
Also known as the “King’s Trail”, this is a 275 mile trek, and a popular Scandinavian tour for people from all over. For the best route, try between Abisko Mountain and Nikkoluokta. September tends to be less busy with other hikers, so if you want a quieter experience, try and visit the trail at this time of year. Glaciers, rivers and forests decorate the landscape and make the experience beautifully picturesque.