Introduction to Hiking
Hiking or long walking has become really popular in modern times. To put it simply, hiking is a form of walking in the countryside with a specific purpose of exploring and enjoying natural attractions. Walking in nature is a very popular recreational activity in many countries worldwide. Although the term hiking could vary from country to country, the idea behind the activity is basically the same. Hikers normally walk on trails or footpaths, mostly for recreational purposes. Although, depending on the hikers’ condition and experience, the activity can change almost drastically. Let’s just say that in extreme hiking tours, trails are not always accessible, a significant increase in mileage is expected as well as elevation gain.
What defines hiking trails exactly? Nothing more than well-established routes that define the paths for walkers. Most of them are well explored and safe for most of the hikers, even for those with no experience in this noble activity. Only for some extreme trails, you’ll need healthy lungs, stable feet and good preparation.
Best trails in the world
Let us be fair and say that you can easily find good and established trails within one or two hours of driving. Every country has a lot of proven trails that are perfect for your soul-searching. We’d like to mention the three most popular and most extreme trails in the world.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
One of the world’s classic adventure journeys that offers a plethora of options for hikers. See the breathtaking Himalayas and also get the opportunity to be face-to-face with the highest point on Earth.
Tour du Mont Blanc, France
Experiencing Mont Blanc trails not only gives you the chance to hike through three countries in Europe, but also trek through mountain gorges, alpine grasslands and glacial valleys. Also you get the chance to be and the base of the highest mountain in Europe.
Inca Trail, Peru
Definitely one of the most popular hikes in the world, the Inca Trail guides you through 26 miles (40 km) of difficult inclines and declines. You get a chance to explore Inca remains, wilderness, and beautiful mountain landscapes, and of course end the hike at Machu Picchu in the Andes.
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