Amazing hikes from moderate to challenging
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.