Hiking – The World’s Best Trails
If you take pride as a tough hiker, then you better lace up your boots – we’ve got several challenging BUT rewarding trails for you to conquer. These are three of the world’s best trails, and that means they are anything BUT easy. At the top or along the way however, you will be rewarded with treasures money simply can’t buy!
Tour Du Mont Blanc
Considered as the rooftop of Western Europe, there is no experience as special as circling and hiking Tour Du Mont Blanc. For starters, you get to traverse not two but three different European countries – Italy, France, and Switzerland. With several mountain passes; dramatic glaciers; and other expressions of nature’s magnificence on display, Tour Du Mont Blanc offers nothing less than the adventure of your life!
What made the hiking trail extra special, however, is the civilization in between. You won’t even have to worry about packing food or carrying a tent! Want to grab something to eat? No problem, you can stop at villages along the way and treat your taste buds to mouth-watering slices of local cheese; relax your soul with fine-tasting wine; and douse your hunger with filling, home-made bread.
When it’s time to sleep and recharge your batteries, there are a lot of options. If you want do it like a full-pledged adventurer, you can go ahead and pitch a tent. However, if you are looking for something comfortable to lay your head on, it’s easy to find inns or even a high-end hotel like the one in Courmayeur, Italy.
Hiking through Tour Du Mont Blanc usually take ten days. BUT why rush!? Slow down and make side trips to enjoy ALL that the trail has to offer!
A 50-mile long trail, Laugavegurinn Pass in Iceland is stunning at every level – packing WAY MORE sights to see and sounds to hear than other 500-mile hiking trails.
For starters, when you start at Skogar and hike northward – you’ll pass through 20 cascading waterfalls within the first 7 miles! When you reach a barren mountain pass situated between two glaciers, you’ll arriveat the breathtaking valley of Thórsmörk (translated as ‘Woods Of Thor’). Just how breathtaking is it? Let’s just say the legendary JRR Tolkien visited the valley for inspiration before he inked ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord Of The Rings.’ It’s the REAL ‘Middle Earth!’
Very few hikes and trails can match the pure wilderness experience that the Laugavegurinn Pass offers on a silver platter and at every turn. From awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes; steaming fumaroles; to stunning views of the peaks and everything else in between, a hike through this pass reunites you with Mother Nature.
Franconia Ridge Loop
If you’re looking for a technical and very steep knife-edge trails where the slightest misstep leads to the fast-lane to heaven, Franconia Ridge Loop may not be the trail for you. Nevertheless, it’s still a challenging climb.Once you are on top, however, you are treated to the view of the trail’s miniaturized flowers; a glimpse of the jaw-dropping alpine worlds; and those are just to name a few.
Don’t let its close proximity to civilization fool you into thinking that hiking this trail is an easy feat. It’s NOT a walk in the park; it’s a walk in the sky.One that gains height fast – within four miles, you’ll be 3,480 feet above sea level.
If you think you’re up to the challenge, you better plan your hike well. Traverse it at the wrong time of the year and you might be welcomed with whipping winds and raging lightning. Time it right, however, and you’re guaranteed to have a relaxing stroll in the sunshine.