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Hiking and trekking are sports that are done all across planet earth and they are known to teach you to respect the earth and its creatures and…

Hiking and trekking are sports that are done all across planet earth and they are known to teach you to respect the earth and its creatures and cultures. Many need to hike in their daily lives from one village to another, yet many stuck in a big city office only wish they could. The best hiking trails get you in touch with nature in ways you could not do in cities. They are isolated routes that very few people get to see, or have the time to hike.

  1. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal The 186.5 mile, three week Annapurna circuit is considered the best hike in the world by many. It’s not technical or overly difficult, but gets you up close to some of the highest mountains in the Himalayas.
  2. Appalachian Trail Each year tens of thousand of people set off to complete the entire length of this 2175 mile trail that takes months to complete, while thousands of others hike just sections of the trail.
  3. Santa Cruz Trek, Peru Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca are one of the favorite hiking destinations in the Americas and the Santa Cruz trek is the favorite here. It’s a 4-day, 31 mile hike through wildflower filled meadows, turquoise lakes, and near the highest snow capped peaks outside the Himalayas.
  4. Kilamanjaro National Park, Tanzania Apart from the snow capped cone of Mount Kilimanjaro, the various routes take you through gorges and past Africa’s amazing wildlife.
  5. Tour de Mont Blanc, France/Italy/Switzerland The 106 mile trail near highest peak in the Alps (15,780 feet) traverses three borders. Snow can happen on any day, but cozy huts and hostels give you a warm bed and great meals to finish each day in.
  6. West Coast Trail, British Columbia A 75-coastal hike on Vancouver Island’s pristine wilderness. Caves, cliffs, coves, beaches, shipwrecks, and much more.
  7. Overland Track, Australia The 80km (50-mile) Overland Track in Cradle Mountain & Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania is often considered Australia’s best. There’s also loads of side trips to Tasmania’s tallest mountain, Australia’s deepest lake, and to further explore the rainforests and alpine forests.
  8. Torres del Paine, Chile Torres del Paine National Park in the far south of Chile is home to two legendary trails: the loop and the W. Each overlap with the other in bring you in touch with excellent facilities, picture perfect glaciers, groups of Guanacos, and the Andean Condor.
  9. John Muir Trail, California Named after the founder of the Sierra Club, these are the highlights of the longer Pacific Crest Trail. You’ll traverse Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. Ansel Adams would be jealous.
  10. Camino de Santiago, Spain Hiking this 460 mile pilgrimage footpath, a thousand year old tradition, leads to cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the third holiest site in Christianity.

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