5 Hiking Trails to Satiate Your Wanderlust | Leisure
Grinding in a corporate setup may beef up your salary account; however, it eventually takes a toll on your mind and body. The intense grueling and the deadlines - all work together to ensure that your life shrinks to your cubicle only. That said, maybe it’s time to push the override button on your job and explore the wilderness on a hiking trip, letting go of all strings. Nothing heals tired bodies and minds better than losing yourself in the lap of Mother Nature. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, tie your laces, put on your wayfarers, and venture forth! To help, here are five magnificent hiking trails that offer majestic waterfalls, diverse vegetation, and exotic fauna.
1. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Standing at a daunting height of 8848 meters, Mt. Everest beckons hikers and mountaineers from across the globe to scale its summits. While reaching the top may not be everyone’s cup of tea, you can experience the magnificence of the mystical mountain by hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. Pro-tip: you need to be in prime physical form to scale a height of 5,380 meters (the camp’s altitude) and committed enough to not let the altitude sickness get better of you. Once you are out there on a 3-week long trekking expedition, you will have the time of your life exploring a number of valleys, peaks and some amazing landscapes, believe us!
2. GR20, France
Stretching across a staggering 113 miles, GR20 is considered by many seasoned hikers as one of the toughest long-distance trails in Europe. Part of it comes from the fact that you will need approximately 15 days to cover the hiking trail that is divided into two parts and traverses across Corsica. Uneven paths and winding trails make it even more challenging. However, any physical hardships that you face along the way and up to the summit would cease to matter, because the trail is home to a variety of pristine visual spectacles: snow-covered peaks, gorgeous valleys, dense forests and crystal-clear water streams.
3. Kungsleden, Sweden
The Kungsleden or the ‘King’s Trail’ in Sweden is a hiker’s paradise. Reason? The trail that spans across 270 miles between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south, passes through the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve and even turns into a ski trail during winters. Cool, isn’t it? In addition, the trail comprises four subsections that include swampy grounds, rocky patches, and water bodies so that you challenge yourself at every step of the way.
4. Overland Track, Australia
Although the Overland Track is originally 40 miles long, it ranks high among Australia’s most popular treks. That said, if you want to increase the duration of the trek, you can always hike around the Lake St Clair that will add an extra 11 miles in your trip. The trek usually spans approximately five to six days and as you make your way to the summit, you will come across an amazing natural curation of mountains, plains, rainforests and majestic rivers. Truly, a magnificent display of natural beauty as vivid as this is extremely rare to find, so grasp the first opportunity to visit the Overland Track.
5. Sarek National Park, Sweden
The Sarek National Park surely deserves its place among the oldest parks and hiking trails in Europe. Reason? First up, the park spreads across a staggering 760 square miles comprising varied natural phenomenon including valleys, mountains (there are approximately 200 peaks, many of which are above 2000 meters in height) and plateaus that feature several varieties of flora and fauna. Secondly, you can experience the natural magnificence of over 100 picturesque glaciers, and lastly, the Sarek National Park is home to the Mount Skierfe summit, Rapa River delta, and the Parte Scientific Station.
Going on a hiking expedition is every traveler’s desire. If your idea of a holiday is to leave the humdrum of the city and explore breathtaking sceneries, pristine waterfalls, and magnificent gorges, then hiking should be the #1 item on your wishlist. So go on, gather your supplies, lace up your boots, and take a walk through the wonders of nature spread across the popular hiking trails across the world. You can also visit our website - Leisure.com for more travel tips and updates on destinations, foods, and drinks.