Amaz­ing hikes from mod­er­ate to chal­leng­ing

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL - — Lilly LeClair, news.com.au

HIK­ING is a unique and spe­cial ac­tiv­ity that usu­ally guar­an­tees pretty scenery, well-earned en­dor­phins and even some spir­i­tual good­ness. It will also re­mind you how lit­tle you need to ac­tu­ally sur­vive. We fo­cused on a few amaz­ing five to 10-day hikes around the globe. They range from mod­er­ate to chal­leng­ing.

El Camino de San­ti­ago, Spain

It is said that this UNESCO World Heritage site, which con­nects France and Spain via the Pyre­nees moun­tains, has been tra­versed since the Mid­dle Ages by pil­grims seek­ing the shrine of St James the Great. He was buried in north-western Spain af­ter ar­riv­ing by boat from Jerusalem. The ex­ten­sive route cov­ers his­toric and re­li­gious sites that rep­re­sent more than a thou­sand years of Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture, along with stun­ning land­scape. This is a vast and lengthy net­work of trails, but shorter routes are avail­able.

Lang­tang Val­ley Trek, Nepal

Trekking is, not sur­pris­ingly, one of the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in Nepal – this is home to world’s high­est sum­mit, af­ter all. But Mount Ever­est may not be for ev­ery­one. A great al­ter­na­tive for mod­er­ate hik­ers is the Lang­tang Val­ley Trek, which of­fers ex­cep­tional moun­tain views, many that are reach­able only on foot, and an op­por­tu­nity to view beau­ti­ful glaciers at a lower al­ti­tude.

Trans-Sierra Trail to Mt Whit­ney, Cal­i­for­nia

You may have watched Reese Wither­spoon strug­gle along the Pa­cific Crest Trail in Wild, but here is a more ap­proach­able 120km route in Cal­i­for­nia. This rugged back­pack­ing trek crosses the Sierra Ne­vada through Se­quoia Na­tional Park along some of the most re­mote spots of the High Sierra. High­lights in­clude cross­ing the Great Western Di­vide via Colby Pass, the mas­sive Kern River Canyon and fox­tail pine forests. Since the jour­ney cul­mi­nates with an as­cent on Mount Whit­ney (14,505 feet), the high­est point in the lower 48 states, this is best suited for fit and mo­ti­vated in­di­vid­u­als.

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