Hiking can be done anywhere, but through a circuit in the most beautiful places in the world it’s always nicer! Whatever your destination, travel insurance is highly recommended.
Torres del Paine Circuit (Chile)
A 10-day hike in this national park will give you stunning scenery. This reserve is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Pink granite walls up to 3048 m, glaciers and light blue lakes, waterfalls: you’ll be as close as possible to the glaciers!
It is possible to pitch your tent or sleep in a hostel.
The course is open to all levels,you will not need a guide.
The best time is from December to March to enjoy long days.
The Appalachian Trail (United States)
This area is almost entirely wild with 3,500 km. We leave the forest very few times, it is a real change of scenery. About 9,000 people have already completed the 6-month trek! Don’t worry, there are access points along the trail, which allows you to choose the duration of your hike (even a day is possible).
In addition the difficulty is variable, some sections are flat and easy and others more rhythmic, some even require the use of your hands. Some trails can be more populated than others, others are very muddy, or filled with mosquitoes. Check with the guides.
The best times to get there are Spring and Autumn.
Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
This 5/6 day excursion will take you to the roof of Africa for the best view of Tanzania, at 5,895 meters. You will start in the rainforest, and continue in the plateau region, to get to the hardest: the summit of Kilimanjaro. The trail takes severe altitude in the last stage, and you will pass through the snow and glaciers of the summit. The best period is from June to February.
The Annapurna Circuit (Nepal)
206 km horseshoe-shaped with rice paddies, jungle, deep canyons, torrents and snow-capped peaks. Along the way you will see the tea-inns houses, yak cheese… You’ll be immersed in the scenery! It takes about 3 weeks to complete the whole circuit. The slopes are good and the climb is gradual.
However; Before you go to the circuit, you must have obtained a hiking permit that can be easily purchased in Kathmandu.
October is the best month to have good weather. Guests can sleep in lodges or in tents and make the journey with or without a guide.
The Incas Trail (Peru)
High perched in the Andes, it is a mythical place. Disappear in cloud forests, cross valleys and ridges, stop at archaeological sites… Under your feet, you will hear the Urubamba River winding around the base of the mountain. The flora and fauna are very rich.
You don’t have to be a treck expert to do this 4-day, 45km hike. You just have to get used to the altitude as the trail climbs beyond 4000 meters. Get the services of a certified guide, it is better to be accompanied for this hike.
It is better to go from April to October to avoid the rainy season.
The West Coast Trail, British Columbia
Caves, coves, cliffs, sea lions on the beach, whales, but no hikers! This is the Canadian wilderness not too far from civilization. You can walk both on the beaches and through the forests. Cable cars, ladders and roped passages add to the adventure. The terrain is very varied!
Only open from May to September for 52 licensed hikers per day.
Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland)
The 170km circuit is circular, it will take you 2 weeks to pass through France, Italy and Switzerland. On the program: fabulous landscapes of vast pastures, valleys, blue glaciers and white peaks and excellent food.
The difficulty is average. But remember to book your accommodation in advance (or plan to camp). The best time to enjoy it is from June to September.
The Northern Circuit of Tongariro (New Zealand)
This expedition takes you around one of the three volcanoes in the north of the island: Mount Ngauruhoe. You will also cross volcanic deserts, solids, emerald lakes and lush forest.
From December to March this is the best time.
You don’t need a guide, the path is well marked. And the challenge is average with some sections a little difficult.
Glacier National Park (Montana, USA)
Along the Canadian border, you will share this 104 km hike with the animals (birds, elk, elk, black bears, grizzly bears and American sheep). The best period is from July to September. The difficulty level is average,but the trails are well marked. Be careful, book your entrance fees well in advance. You will also need to reserve your campsite for each night of the hike.
GR20 (Corsica, France)
168 km mythical in 15 days throughout Corsica. This circuit runs along forests, granite reliefs, glacial lakes, torrents, bogs, scrubland, snow-capped peaks and plains.
The level is quite difficult,the walls are rocky and slippery. The best period is from June to mid-October. And beware, bivouacs are only allowed in specific areas near the refuges and at the foot of Mount Incudine.