We have put together a list of some of the most famous hikes in the world:
Appalachian Trail, East Coast USA
Many people try to hike the entire trail in one season, but most people join the trail at points along the way. It runs from Maine in the north east of the United States to Georgia in the south.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
It is possible to travel to the world’s highest mountain without attempting to reach the summit. There are two base camps, one in Nepal and one in Tibet. Climbers attempting to conquer Everest usually rest here to acclimatise to the altitude before heading on. It would be highly recommended that you hire a guide as their knowledge is invaluable; also you are giving a job to someone who needs it. Train hard for this hike as it is a real challenge. Wear sunscreen and stick to the lentil soup with rice for sustenance. March to May and September to December are the best times to go.
Inca Trail, Peru
The classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu takes four days to complete. You will have to book your trek through an authorised trekking company a few months in advance. Be careful who you book with as there are many unscrupulous travel agencies in Peru who will sell you poor quality tours. April to October would be the best time to go as it’s a lot drier.
Machu Picchu is a 15th Century Inca site and is the biggest tourist attraction in South America. The Incas were an ancient civilisation that came to an end at the hands of the Spanish.
Mont Blanc, France
This hike will take you 100 miles (170km) through three countries (France, Italy and Switzerland) over 8 to 10 days and you will be treated to some of the most spectacular views on earth. Many people start from Les Houches, a train ride from Paris. You can camp along the way or stay in huts, which you must reserve beforehand. If you choose to go on a guided tour you can have your gear carried to each stop in a vehicle, leaving you to hike with only a small bag to slow you down. You will have more freedom if you choose to do it alone, however. Mid June to mid September is the best time to go.
Glacier National Park, Montana
There are many hikes to take through this amazing park, passing lakes, glaciers, mountain peaks and alpine meadows. Native Americans referred to the park as the “Backbone of the World”. Drop into one of the many visitor centres in the park to get some essential information on trails and the wildlife that inhabit the park. You will be sharing the park with Grizzly bears, black bears, mountain lions and moose.
The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s great wonders, and hiking it is a fantastic way to experience the Canyon’s beauty and size. You must be well prepared for this hike as it can be challenging. Temperatures can vary considerably from day to night. Don’t try to do too much in one day. May to September can be very hot.
Two of the best hikes in Norway are the hike to Trolltung (the Troll’s Tongue), a piece of rock that protrudes out above Ringedalsvatnet Lake and the hike from Stavanger to Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock). The scenery here is out of this world. The Aurland Valley, in the Sognefjord is know as Norway's Grand Canyon, and is another fantastic hike.
El Caminito del Rey
The King’s little pathway is due to reopen this year. (March 2015) it’s a one metre walkway 100 metres off the ground in a gorge. This will be a fantastic experience.