Planning Family Outdoor Holiday? Try Hiking
A hiking trip is always great as it helps stress-release and improving fitness while offering a bit of adventure as you explore the nature. It is not a physically grueling activity which makes it ideal for people of all ages. One such trip with your family can be a lot of fun, and you will have plenty of good memories to cherish in the future. If you are just about to plan a hiking trip, here are some best trails in the world.
1. Sapa, Vietnam:
Sapa is filled with gentle trails along the iconic Vietnamese landscapes gloriously studded with rice fields. The hilly regions here are still a home to the ethnic tribes who strictly adhere to their age-old customs and traditional attire. You may be surprised by an occasional young tribesman speaking fluent English – this is because Sapa was occupied by the Americans before it became a popular tourist spot. This place is perfect to explore the beautiful mountains in Northern Vietnam; it also has good accommodations for tourists.
2. Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet:
Mount Kailash is the sacred mountain for five religions – Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Bons of Tibet, and Ayyavazhis. Spiritual hikers from all over the world frequent this mountain. The 32-mile hiking trail around the mountain can be a unique experience if you are seeking inner peace. The trail has many waterfalls, meditation centers and springs spread across it. You can also hike along the pilgrimage path known as Kora. After the hike, take a bath in sacred Lake Manasarovar, one of the highest lakes on our planet, located at an altitude of over 15,000 meters.
3. Israel National Trail, Israel:
The Israel National Trail (INT) stretches for about 620 miles. It stands as a perfect example for the beauty of the Middle East. A hiking trip along the INT gives you a glimpse of the ancient as well as the modern Israeli cultures. You can also stop at the cities Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The Southern part of the trail meets the harsh Neveg desert where you can still come the ethnic Arab groups like the Bedouins. You will finish the trip after the reaching Eilat, a coastal town on the Red sea. Families who cannot cover the whole distance can trek across their chosen strip in this trail.
4. Pu Luong Trek, Vietnam:
The Pu Luong National Reserve is created in 1999. It is surrounded by fertile valleys and beautiful mountains covered by forest. This place recently became famous for Eco-tourism. You will walk along the banks of rivers Ma and Suoi Pung while observing the rugged landscape. This trip offers you a perfect view of authentic Vietnamese culture, traditions and lifestyle.
5. North Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa:
The 40-mile long North Drakensberg Traverse is more of a venture into the wilderness as there are no beaten paths. So, you need to have some outdoor skills, it is even better if you can arrange for a guide. While hiking on this trail you will get to see the spectacular view of Tugela River plunging over 3,000 feet down in a series of five cascades which makes it the world’s second highest waterfall. Other attractions include visiting Rat Hole Cave and the Cannibal Cave that has remarkable paintings left by the white settlers and the Zulus.
6.Cinque Terre, Italy:
Cinque Terra is hugely popular among European travelers. The 7-mile long trail traversing across five towns is ideal for families with children. The hilly terrain and vineyards along the path make it feel as if you are walking in a paradise. Also, the world-famous five colorful villages located on the coast of Mediterranean Sea are very close to it.
With its magnificent landscape, great cuisine and ethnic cultures, Vietnam has evolved as one of the best countries having great trekking options for families. A trip to this country is inexpensive compared to a trip a Europe or Middle East. So, keep it as a potential trekking option in this holiday season.
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