Five Places for an Epic Hike in 2017

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Five Places for an Epic Hike in 2017

If you look at me, you might not know that I am a huge fan of hiking. I’ve been orangutan trekking in Sumatra, gorilla trekking in Uganda, went hiking on the Wild Great Wall, and have hatched the hare-brained scheme to spend ten days hiking in Japan later this year.

The more I get out and explore the world, the more I want to challenge myself with more beautiful hikes.

If you love hiking like I do, I’ve highlighted five dream hikes below. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned hiker, there are plenty of hikes varying in difficulty, so you can select the right one for you. Whether you have a few days or several weeks to spare, keep on reading and we’ll find the perfect destination for you.

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Mount Kailash

This mountain in Tibet may be unheard of for many, but it is definitely one of the best hikes you’ll ever have. Believed to be sacred by locals, Mount Kailash is surrounded by this aura of charm and mystery. Enjoyed by both Pilgrims and mountaineers alike, the remoteness of this mountain will allow you plenty of time for contemplation. It is also popular because of having meditation sites along the way, making it a hike which is good for the body and the soul.

A hike enjoyed by pilgrims and mountaineers alike, the remoteness of this mountain will allow you plenty of time for quiet contemplation. This is a hike which is good for both the body and the soul, with a number of meditation points along the way for you to achieve some inner peace.

Mount Kailash
Image courtesy of Vijay Kiran

The French Alps

When most people think of the French Alps they think of skiing or snowboarding, however, this incredible mountain range has so much more to offer. It is also gifted with fantastic trails and a beautiful landscape, making it a good destination for a truly epic hike.

While there are many options that you could try, there is perhaps none that are as popular as the Tour du Mont Blanc. To complete this hike, you will need to cover an approximate distance of 170 kilometers. The hike is truly ‘cross country’ and covers parts of Italy, France, and Switzerland.

french alps hiking
Image courtesy of Ra Frost.

The Grand Canyon

Any tourist can go stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon and wonder at the sheer scale of it, and the waiting list to kayak through the Grand Canyon is the stuff of legend.

But hiking America’s most recognizable geological feature is also an option, albeit a challenging one. Each year, more than 250 people are rescued from failing to complete the Grand Canyon hike.

With that being said, it’s an achievable goal if you’re in good physical condition, choose the right route for you, and take plenty of water. From the South Rim or North Rim, there are day hikes that are available, such as South Kaibab Trail, Grandview Trail, Bridle Trail, and Bright Angel Point Trail. For sure, this is going to be one of the most scenic hikes you will ever experience.

From the South Rim or North Rim, there are day hikes that are available, such as South Kaibab Trail, Grandview Trail, Bridle Trail, and Bright Angel Point Trail. 

You’d be hard pressed to find a more scenic hiking destination in the US.

grand canyon epic hike
Image courtesy of Approaching Light

Bhutan, South Asia

Looking for an exotic destination to add to your bucket list? Bhutan is one country that you should not miss, which also happens to be a great pick for an epic hike. You can go for a day hike or trek a mountain for up to 30 days, depending on the time that you have. One of the most popular is the Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek, which lasts for 14 days and covers an average of 217 kilometers. The Merak Sakteng Trek is also great; especially because it offers the chance to not only enjoy scenic trails, but to also discover the semi-nomadic culture of Bhutan.

You can go for a day hike or trek a mountain for up to thirty days, depending on the time that you have and the amount of insanity in your system. One of the most popular is the Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek, which lasts for 14 days and covers an average of 217 kilometers. The Merak Sakteng Trek is also great; especially because it offers the chance to not only enjoy scenic trails but to also observe the semi-nomadic culture of Bhutan.

bhutan hiking
Image courtesy of Inga Vitola

Mount Everest

Finally, the list of the most epic hiking destinations would not be complete without mentioning Mount Everest.

The Everest Base Camp Trek, which takes off in Nepal, is one thing that many avid hikers would love to experience. Known as the Goddess Mother of the World, the beauty of Mount Everest, which is best experienced through hiking, will surely blow your mind. The best thing is that it involves an immersive experience at Namche Bazaar, a local village.

For optimal weather conditions, embark on this epic hike during March to May or from September to November.

mount everest from tibet
Image courtesy of Goran Hoglund

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