Best treks with killer views
Trekking may be hard work but it’s all worth it to encounter exceptional
landscapes, extraordinary mountain peaks and serene snapshots of local colour.
West Highland Way, Scotland
Scotland’s most famous long-distance walk along the constantly
changing highland scenery flaunts an incongruous mix of elegant
Munros rising dramatically on every side, hauntingly barren moors
stretching to the horizon and back-and-forth switchbacks. Some say
the best spot is the top of elongated Conic Hill, where a sparkling
Loch Lomond accosts your line of sight.
Uran Chirripo Loop, Costa Rica
Situated in Chirripo National Park in the heart of the Talamanca
Mountain range, this is trekking at its finest. You’ll travel though
several ecological zones with scads of biodiversity, from the
fantastical old-growth forests with trees towering over a canopy
dripping with thick, hanging moss to the bare pa´ramo landscape of
scrubby trees, grasslands dominating highland wildlife and the lush
cloud forest .
The Grand Canyon:Rim to rim and back,USA
Why not go down first? From one rim across to the other and
back again, this trek veers to and fro along different trails each way.
As you descend into the depths of the crater, you get up close to the
striking rainbows of brick hues filling the strata; the meandering
Colorado River beckons and you pass pretty Ribbon Falls, the 30m-
high waterfall that resembles ribbons billowing in the breeze.
Bathali village treks - Nepal
Paths and options abound here but any Bathali trek takes you
through Kathmandu Valley and is ideal for families or people wanting a
soft multiday hike with stellar views. You start and end in Kathmandu,
meandering past Buddhist temples and rural hamlets, including lovely
Bathali village which sits on a plateau amidst terraced rice fields and
dusty-red thatched farmhouses.
Glaciers, waterfalls, moss-covered lava plains, volcanic peaks, mirror-
like lakes – this hike runs the gamut. The 53km (33-mile) ‘Hot Spring
Route’, named for the plumes of sulphuric steam that rise from the
landscape, is Iceland’s most popular hiking route and with good reason.
The W Trek, Torres del Paine National Park,
This up-down-up-down trek
(its route forms the letter
W) in Torres del Paine
National Park is a one of the
best ways to embrace nia and
clear the cobwebs out of
your brain. Each day brings a
new set of wow-inducing
vistas, from long stretches
along luminescent glacial
lakes (look for floating
icebergs!), rugged peaks
looming above and southern
beech trees peppering the
vast Magellanic forest.
Druk Path Trek, Bhutan
From bucolic blue pine, fir and thick alpine forests and dwarfed
rhododendron trees to sparkling lakes and steep valleys nestled
beneath Himalayan peaks, the landscape simultaneously feeds the soul
and makes the camera happy (this is, after all, the happiest country on
earth), yet the subtle beauty of nomadic yak herders you pass while
gliding through high-altitude meadows is just as stunning as the
This trek is Germany’s best-kept hiking secret: used by traders and
messengers since the 14th century, the 168km (104-mile) route winds
from the centre of the country along the ridge of the fairytale
Thuringian Forest, taking in medieval towns, river-filled valleys and
mountain peaks, before ending near the Czech Republic border.
The Milford Track, New Zealand
With 54km of pristine lakes, abundant birch trees, verdant forests
and U-shaped, ice-carved valleys in the wild Fiordland National Park,
it’s obvious why this is one of New Zealand’s most famous walks and
considered one of the finest in the world.
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