Hiking Destination Ideas For First-Timers

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If you’re looking for a low impact workout that will also allow you to experience some great sceneries, then hiking is your sure bet. There are so many benefits associated with hiking. Now, unlike walking or jogging on a treadmill, there are so many variables that are involved in hiking. Especially the adventure part of it, these are the variables that make hiking fun and incredibly enjoyable. Hiking may be the only fun activity that involves enjoying great scenic views even on a tight budget. It’s a realistic activity, simple, achievable, and good for your health.

However, before you embark on a hiking trail, you want to ensure that you have the right gear to achieve the best hiking experience. Most importantly, as you will learn if you click here, Jim Barron points out that your choice of hiking gear can make or break your hiking experience. Your hiking checklist should, therefore, include an all-weather hiking backpack, weather-appropriate clothing, hiking shoes (most preferably hiking boots), navigation tools, a first aid kit, a multi-tool, and some eatables, just to name a few essentials. Whether you’re thinking of taking a long road trip or an overseas trip, there are over a million hiking destinations around the world that may be to your liking. Below are hiking destination ideas for first-timers.

1. Nepal – Everest Base Camp

As a first-time hiker, it’s important to make your first hiking experience a memory that will stick for a lifetime. While you may be advised to start small and work your way up the ladder, it’s not always the case with hiking. After all, no one said that you had to go all the way up top Mount Everest. All you need to do is enjoy the great views of Mount Everest, feel the cold breeze coming down from the icy peaks, and share amazing moments with die-hard hikers across the globe who converge at the foot of this great and majestic mountain. The best part is that you won’t be alone… there are guides who offer their services at an affordable fee and they’ll ensure that you have a blast! 

2. Tanzania – Mount Kilimanjaro

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If you ever find yourself in East Africa, Tanzania, don’t leave without experiencing the Mount Kilimanjaro hiking trails. Mount Kilimanjaro has the highest peak in Africa, reaching 19,340 feet. This is a great hiking trail for both seasoned hikers and beginners. While you may not require special hiking skills or equipment, you still want to gear up. The hiking trail receives thousands of hikers across the globe and it’s probably because of the great scenery, wildlife (not to worry, the trail is along the protected game reserve, the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park), and not to forget the glaciers at the top of the mountain. If you’re looking to hit several birds with one stone, then this is the place to be. You’ll have a glimpse of Africa’s big five; lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, leopards, and the likes.

3. Pakistan – Baltoro Glacier

For the ultimate hiking experience and for individuals who are inclined to an icy environment, then it’s time you invested in some cold weather hiking gear because this is not your ordinary hiking trail. The Baltoro covers a whopping 62 km with a combination of some of the most beautiful peaks in Pakistan. Hiking on an icy foundation while overlooking the great sceneries of the Baltoro glacier river will leave you speechless.

4. U.S.A – The Narrows

The narrows, U.S, is a hiking trail that over a millennium, was carved by the great Virgin River. It’s 26km long that lies within the Zion National park. Interestingly, half of the hiking trail takes place in the river. You’ll, therefore, need to include a few water-resistant hiking gear necessities because, at some point, you may be forced to take a swim. How refreshing! There are over 10 camping grounds spread out throughout the park. Whether you want to accomplish your hiking within a day or more, you’ll still have a place to crash.

5. Peru – Inca Trail

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Each year, hundreds of thousands of hikers will visit this famous hiking trail to witness the sacred valley of Machu Picchu. This is an ancient ruin that reveals the great mysteries of the Inca Empire. However, it’s important that you list your booking because it’s a controlled hiking trail. Booking will help to secure a hiking tour guide who will give you a brief history of this ancient ruin. You’ll also need to ensure that you meet the demands of modern hiking before embarking on the Inca trail.

If you love nature or any other outdoor activities, then you’ll love the adventures that come with hiking. Whether you decide to go solo, with a spouse, family member, or as a group, hiking is the most fulfilling activity you can take. With the above ideas, you have no reason to go on a hiking vacation, whether as a beginner or a seasoned hiker.   

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