There is something unique and special about hiking. Whether you prefer to hike in a group or hike alone, hiking can do something special for both the body and spirit. Below are some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the word.
Pennine Way, United Kingdom
Pennine Way is one of the United Kingdom’s most famous hiking paths. It is also the first official trail to have been established in England. At 268 miles, this hike can take up to three weeks and runs from Derbyshire Peak District to the Scottish Borders. The hike takes you through the wild moorland just east of Manchester, the absolutely gorgeous Yorkshire Dales before passing the age-old border of Hadrian’s Wall. This hike is perfect for those who enjoy camping and the countryside and the great history of the United Kingdom.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
If spending time in the forest and getting up close with animals is what gets you excited, then the Bwindi Impenetrable forest hike is definitely for you. Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to a large population of mountain gorillas and many local safari companies offer specialized hikes that allow you to mingle with habituated gorillas who are used to being around humans. This hike is perfect for those who have a love for animals, the outdoors, and learning about conservation.
The Basho Wayfarer, Japan
There are hundreds of ancient hiking trails in Japan but the Basho Wayfarer trail is perhaps one of the most magnificent. It is said to be the route that Matsuo Basho, Japan’s greatest master of Haiku, took almost four hundred years ago as part of his journey to master the haiku. The hike is self-guided and lasts six days, starting in Sendai and passing through Hiraizumi , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before finishing at the ancient temple of Yamadera. This hike also passes through the ancient Dewa Kaido path, most famous for its exquisite cherry and beech forests. This hike is perfect for those wishing to enjoy and gain further appreciation for the ancient Japanese history and culture.
Mount Toubkal, Morocco
Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa. At over 13,500 feet, this is a hike for only the most experienced hikers. This hike takes you from the village of Imlil, over a dry watercourse, through the chapel at Sidi Chamharouch, and then on towards a large mountain hut where you can spend the night before taking on the snowfield to the peak. From the summit, one can only marvel at the breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains which open out in front of you. This hike does require mountain guides and helpers to carry your luggage, which can be arranged through local tourist agencies.
Tahoe Rim Trail, United States
For those who love the outdoors and camping, grab your tent and take on the 11-day, 165-mile loop around the Lake Tahoe basin, also known as the Tahoe Rim Trail. This trail, which was established in 1981, is often regarded as one of the best hiking trails in the US and runs through both California and Nevada, around the majestic Lake Tahoe Basin. The best time to do this hike would be between July and September due to the heavy rainfall that the area can experience in the winter months.