Hiking backpacking is a great leisure activity. It helps you lose weight and it improves your cardiovascular health. It strengthens your heart and it cleanses your lungs. Hiking also has a lot of mental benefits. It helps release stress and anxiety. Studies show that it can even help cure depression. It also helps you learn a lot about nature and the culture of your backpacking destination. Plus, it helps you meet new people and make new friends.
So, if you’re planning on going on a hiking backpacking trip in the next few months, here are some of the destinations that you should consider:
1. Torres del Paine (Chile)
This trail is around 62 miles that you can hike in about three days. It is filled with rocky mountains, exotic wildlife, wildflower fields, and blue glaciers. You can also find giant granite monoliths that are around ten thousand feet high.
This hiking haven is packed during the summer season so it’s difficult to book a hut around the area during the summer months. This is the reason why it’s best to go camping around the area during these months.
2. Kalalau Trail (Hawaii)
This trail is about 22 miles long. The trail is located along the coast of a beautiful island called Kauai. This trail has a rugged terrain, but it’s all worth it because it’s filled with breathtaking view of the Hanakoa falls.
3. Jomolhari Trek (Bhutan)
If you’re looking for a unique kind of adventure, you should definitely visit this hiking and backpacking haven. The Jomolhari Trek is located in Bhutan and it is in the sacred and glorious mountain of the Himalayas. You can find amazing Bhutan fortresses, beautiful Eastern buildings, museums, and the breathtaking Tiger’s Nest Monastery along the trail. This is a high altitude hike, so it’s important that you are physically and mentally ready before you take this trip. Also, you need to have a guide for this trek.
4. Inca Trail (Machu Picchu, Peru)
This is definitely one of the most popular hiking and backpacking trail in the world. The trail is about thirty kilometers long. You can find luscious forests, pre-historic stonework, and alpine tundra along the trail that leads to the fascinating ruins of Machu Picchu. Hikes are usually organized by the government.
5. John Muir Trail (California, United States)
This trail is around 210 miles long and takes more than 20 days to complete. This trail runs from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. You can find various national parks along the way, such as Kings Canyon, Yosemite, John Muir Wilderness National Park, Sequoia, and Sierra National Park.
6. Cinque Terre (Italy)
This trail is filled with beautiful pastel-coloured buildings. The Cinque Terre will definitely blow your mind. This trail is around 7.5 miles and takes only one day to complete. You’ll find charming villages such as the Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, and Monterosso along the trail.
So, if you’re a hiking backpacking enthusiast, you should definitely place these six destinations on your bucket list.