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Holidays aren’t just about hitting the beach. Hiking vacations are an increasingly popular way to soak up some epic scenery while working up a sweat in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Trekking trips can take you from the misty cloud forests of Machu Picchu to the winding Himalayan climbs of Nepal, with scenery and ancient ruins that will take your breath away.
Hiking vacations can be as tough or as gentle as you like.
Nepal trekking trips will be a bit more challenging than strolling through America’s great National Parks, but each have their merits. For more advanced climbs, such as Everest, Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, it’s important to have a guide or porter to show you the way and help you with your luggage. Guided hiking trips give you all the support you need while also lending some local insights to your adventure.
So which kind of hiking adventure are you looking for?
You could take the challenging but extremely rewarding Lost City Trek, up the jungles, hills and climbs of Colombia, reaching the ‘Lost City’ of Ciudad Perdida. You could tackle the mighty Kilimanjaro, which has a range of routes for all skill levels and some excellent guided hiking trips. Or you could opt to take a trekking trip to Peru, to see the mystical World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. No matter how fit you are, there are wonders to be discovered in some of the world’s guided hiking trips. The best part? Take a trip with Contiki and all the details are sorted for you!
What to wear for hiking?
The main consideration for hiking is definitely footwear. When you’re on your feet for this long it’s important to invest in a quality pair of hiking boots. You may need lighter ones in hotter climates, but generally you need a pair that fit you perfectly and aren’t going to give you any bothersome blisters, whilst providing the ankle support you need. Layered clothing is important too to deal with varying temperatures.
What are the best places to go hiking?
It depends what level of fitness you have and what kind of scenery or environment you have. Some of the most popular hiking trails are through America’s sweeping National Parks, while trekking trips in the Nepalese Himalayas have become increasingly popular amongst backpackers in recent years.
What is the difference between hiking and trekking?
Hiking is often the more leisurely pursuit, on man-made roads or trails that wind through forests or up climbs. Trekking is often the more hardcore pursuit, often for longer distances, with more challenging gradients, climbs and obstacles to overcome. Though the two can often still be used interchangeably.
Is trekking difficult?
Trekking in general is no walk in the park, but of course there are easy treks and there are treks that no one but a seasoned pro should even attempt. There are some treks in Nepal that only take a few days and are generally relaxed, or there are of course treks to the Everest Base Camp or Kilimanjaro which can be dangerous when not attempted with the proper experience and equipment.
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