There are some pretty awe-inspiring hikes throughout the world, frequented by backpacking enthusiasts with a desire to get out and uncover new landscapes with breathtaking vistas. In the second of our two-part series we continue our list of trails worth trekking:
Peru, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Spend four days on this 39-kilometer trail from Piscacucho to Machu Picchu. Explore different ecosystems, archaeological sites and a rich diversity of flora and fauna – all before reaching the world famous site.
Switzerland, Haute Route – Trek between Charmonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland on a trail that connects Mont Blanc with the Matterhorn. Mountain passes give way to flower-filled meadows and alpine lakes. This is the chance to view the 12 highest peaks in the Alps.
Sweden, Kungsleden – In Swedish Lapland, The Kind’s Trail stretches 400 kilometers from Abisko National Park to Hemavan through a mountainous landscape and Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, one of Europe’s largest protected areas.
Bhutan, Snowman Trek – A challenging hike for experts from Laya into the Bhutanese Himilayas. This is the way to see the most remote areas of a country that is still relatively undiscovered. Very high altitudes mean that some of the camping may be on snow-covered ground.
Chile, Torres del Paine W Circuit – For a sampling of world famous Patagonia, this popular trekking route gives hikers a seven-day foray to forests, mountains, glaciers and lakes. Established in 1959, this national park at the southern tip of Chile is home to pumas, guanacos, foxes and a wide array of birds.
United Kingdom, Scottish National Trail – A 864-kilomter walking route along the length of Scotland from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath. Terrain is easiest in the south and becomes progressively more difficult traveling north. The dramatic scenery on the Cape Wrath Trail portion makes the additional exertion well worth it.
Jordan, Trek to Petra – Travel through a desert landscape for six days to view one of the world’s “New Seven Wonders.” The hike to the hidden “Rose-Red City” carved into stone travels through canyons and mountain terrain.
Wherever your hiking boots take you on your next trek, be sure to pack your Heatsheets – they can be used as blankets, ground covers, emergency shelters, and as gear covers. Heatsheets emergency blankets and bivvys are available at outdoor giants – click here for a list of retailers.