Everyone knows how much we love to keep fit while traveling! We found that hikes were one of the best ways to not only work out but a great way to explore a new city, national park or area. Whether you are a professional climber or a passionate hiker, here are eight spots to consider. Got a wandering heart and ready to explore? Some of them are not as challenging as others, but all of them share the breathtaking view.
1. Great Himalaya Trail, Nepal
Of course, every hiker or mountain climber must go through the Himalayan Range and for a good reason too. The Great Himalayan Trail is an adventure not for the faint of heart – its breath-taking landscape and alps are not the only thing that takes your breath but altitude sickness too.
So, before you plan a trip to take on the Himalayas, this will require some training but you know it will all be worth it in the end.
2. Sapa Valley, Vietnam
Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa today is the tourism centre of the northwest.
Sapa is orientated to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days; overlooking a plunging valley, with mountains towering above on all sides. Views of this epic scenery are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even when it’s cloudy, local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour.
If you were expecting a quaint alpine town, recalibrate your expectations. Sapa’s French colonial villas fell into disrepair during successive wars with the French, Americans and Chinese, and modern tourism development has mushroomed haphazardly. Sapa today is undergoing a construction boom and, thanks to rarely enforced building height restrictions, the skyline is continually thrusting upwards.
But you’re not here to hang out in town. This is northern Vietnam’s premier trekking base from where hikers launch themselves into a surrounding countryside of cascading rice terraces and tiny hill-tribe villages that seems a world apart. Once you’ve stepped out into the lush fields you’ll understand the Sapa area’s real charm.
3. Seoraksan, Korea
Breakaway from modern Korea city life and explore Korea’s underrated nature at Seoraksan. Seoraksan features more than just a good view but a wonderful experience and interaction with nature.
From exploring the Biseondae Rocks to Cheonbuldong Valley, there’s more than meets the eye with this hiking trail and there’s something for everyone to enjoy, too.
4. Bukit Tabur, Malaysia
It is hardly noticeable from the city centre – especially on hazy days – but Kuala Lumpur is surrounded by lush hills, rock formations and water reservoirs. Escaping the the huzzle and buzzle of the city is a mere 30min drive away. One the most spectacular hikes is up on Bukit Tabur, part of a quarz ridge in the north-east of the city at Taman Melawati.
5. Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
Another one of Indonesia’s most iconic volcanoes, Mount Rinjani is a majestic mountain worth the long hike and early mornings.
When you arrive at the summit of Mount Rinjani, you will find the bluest of lakes – the Segara Anak – the natural lake formed at the crater, a scene made for every Instagrammer’s best shot.
6. Mount Mitake, Japan
Mount Mitake is one of the many highlights of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, which covers more than 1250 square kilometers of forested mountains, hills, gorges and some rural towns in the prefectures of Yamanashi, Saitama, Nagano and Tokyo.
Besides a popular shrine, Mount Mitake offers various walking and hiking opportunities in virtually unspoiled nature. Located in the Okutama region, the westernmost part of Tokyo, the mountain can be reached in less than two hours from central Tokyo, and is accordingly popular among people looking for a break from the city.
7. Hua Shan (Mount Hua), China
Although many non professional climbers come here, the hiking tracks are very dangerous. The unreliable trails and railings open an unforgettable scenery, though.
8. Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Located some 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, the magnificent Mt Bromo will not disappoint with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. At 2392 meters tall, Mt Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting.