If you're the adventurous type who has no interest in spending their holiday lounging on a beach, these 15 hikes are sure to get your adrenaline pumping!
Lace up your hiking boots
Sometimes it's easy to forget that the natural world holds boundless treasures and breathtaking landscapes, but these hikes from Hong Kong to the United States are sure to refresh your memory. Whether you're an experienced trekker or just looking for a breath of fresh air, look no further than these 15 spectacular hikes.
This hike isn't for the faint of heart as it's 28 challenging kilometers passing through the Norwegian mountains. The trek leads to a sliver of rock called the Trolltunga, or Troll's Tongue, that juts out over a giant ravine with views over snowy mountains. It can take 10 to 12 hours to complete in full, and although it's well-marked it takes some experience. But all your efforts will be worth it to look out at the spectacular view. You can even venture out onto the Trolltunga itself if you're feeling adventurous!
The Milford Track, New Zealand
The Milford Track is one of the most beautiful and well-known hikes in the world and it's been fascinating visitors for over 100 years. The path connects the famous Milford Sound with Lake Te Anau. Take advantage of the unique view over Fiordland National Park, classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. The impressive mountains culminate at 1,692 meters above sea level and sink 400 meters underwater. It takes about four days to complete the track in full, and it only goes in one direction. Keep in mind that only 40 treks are authorized per day, and during peak season accomodation must be booked in advance.
The Kalalau Trail, Hawaii
Take off to experience the island of Kauai in Hawaii, known for its grand mountains and paradisiacal beaches. The Kalalau Trail is 18 kilometers and leads to the beach of Ke'e in the valley of Kalalau, along the coast of Na Pali. The trail is one of the most beautiful hikes in the world, but it's also one of the most dangerous in the United States due to its steep paths and unstable terrain. Sometimes, the cliffside path is so narrow that you're staring down right into the ocean below. But the hike doesn't need to be completed in full, and there are plenty of shorter, easier walking options.
The Inca Trail, Peru
By following this path through the middle of the mountains and surrounded by jungle, you'll reach the 15th century Inca city of Machu Picchu. Located on the eastern slope of the central Andes, Machu Picchu is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world and has a spot on the UNESCO world heritage list. Besides Machu Picchu, there are plenty of other ruin sites and points of interest on the Inca Trail that are worth visiting. It takes about four days to complete in full, but the walk can be made as short or as long as you want.