Have you ticked off all the destinations and experiences on your bucket list? Looking for more amazing sights and stunning treks?
This list of our top 5 best mountain hiking holidays should come in handy when choosing your next adventure: get your camping tents and hiking boots ready!
Huayna Picchu, Peru
The ideal time to trek Huayna Picchu is from March to October.
The full trail will lead to a spectacular view of Machu Picchu and take you on a tour of the Moon Temple (either before or after the summit – depending on the route you take). At the top of the summit you will find ancient altars, stairways, terraces and tunnels.
The full trail is considerate ‘moderate to difficult’ and takes about 4 hours to complete.
The short trail does not include the Moon Temple, and takes a steep, often slippery route of switch backs, then passes through a narrow tunnel (which you will have to crawl through) before reaching the summit.
The short trail is rated ‘moderate’ and takes a maximum of 2 hours to complete.
Make sure you read these tips on how to avoid the crowds in Machu Picchu to get the best out of your trip.
Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji is only open to hikers from the 1stJuly until early September.
This stunning mountain is quite a popular climb for natives and tourists alike. The trails are best avoided in mid-July to end-August due to school holidays and the Obon Week (holiday week).
The hike is rated ‘moderate’, but beginners are welcome.
It’s popular to begin the hike from one of the four 5thStations:
- Fuji Sabaru Line 5thStation (most popular route): This route takes a maximum of 12 hours to complete.
- Subashiri 5thStation: This route takes a maximum of 13 hours to complete.
- Getemba 5thStation (furthest from summit): This is the longest route, taking a maximum of 16 hour to complete.
- Fujinomiya 5thStation (closest station to summit):This is the shortest route, taking a maximum of 11 hours to complete.
Avalanche Peak, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This trek is best done between July to October and takes between 2 hours to 2,5 hours to complete.
This is a short but steep hike, hence the difficulty. You may need trekking poles for certain sections.
It’s not as popular as other Yellowstone hiking trails, but it does offer spectacular highlights – alpine forest, a rocky stream, meadows filled with stunning wildflowers, and finally, views of the Grand Teton, Mount Sheridan, Yellowstone Lake and Absoraka-Beartrail Wilderness. Plus, you can pick up some sporting gear from Globo Surf before trying out other outdoor adventures in the area.
Read up on the best hikes in the USA before your next visit.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro is a very difficult climb, which is ideally trekked between January to March and June to October.
There are multiple trails to choose from and some are more strenuous than others, but all offer amazing scenery and vistas. When choosing your route, ensure that it matches your fitness and experience level.
Each route will have its own time schedule. For example, Rongai Route has the gentlest acclimatization and takes 6 to 7 days to complete, while Lemosho Route which is less travelled (but the most beautiful) takes 6 to 8 days to complete.
There are four other routes to choose from, with the longest lasting 9 days.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a landscape consisting of multiple ecosystems. Be prepared for a stunning but intense hike with the possibility of altitude sickness. Remember, if you feel unwell in anyway, tell your guide and don’t take any unnecessary risks with your health.
Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen, Norway
This hike is considered ‘moderate to difficult’ and is best done between the end of June to mid-September. It takes roughly 9 hours to complete (including breaks) and is very hands-on.
The ridge is said to have been forged by Thor and has become a popular trek. The trail is usually one-way, with trekkers either taking a boat at the beginning or the end of the trek, across Gjende Lake.
While the trek is considered challenging, children as young as 8-years-old have completed it. Although altitude sickness is not a concern here, if you start feeling sick, take a break and calm your breathing.
Wherever you choose to spend your next adventure, remember to always trek within your fitness and experience level, and try not to hike alone in unfamiliar territory.
Honourable hiking mentions –
- Valley of the Flowers & Hemkund Sahib
- The Zion Narrows, Zion National Park
- Trolltunga, Norway
- Kalalau Trail, Hawaii
I hope that your next adventure is epic and will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.