Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Ultimate Hiking Destinations
Nothing compares to the feeling of accomplishment when you conquer an adventure in a new place, seeing the sights from a different vantage point and experiencing the relief of the breeze on your face. In fact, in a recent survey of global travellers*, 63% of people indicated that they are likely to consider the outdoor activities on offer when choosing a destination. If you’re up for a challenge in the great outdoors, why not make your next trip a hiking holiday to remember? To help you explore new places, see beautiful landscapes and get fit all at once, Booking.com has compiled a list of some of the most breath-taking treks on offer around the world.
Kilimanjaro - Arusha, Tanzania
This famous trek is a once in a lifetime experience, taking five to seven days and covering 35 miles. Hikers can choose from a number of trails to take on this challenge, all of which are loaded with amazing views and wildlife. Arusha is a gateway to several safari parks and to Africa’s highest peak- Kilimanjaro. The area has been highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for safaris, friendly people and wildlife
Where to stay: Arusha Coffee Lodge is a great place to stay before or after you take on the incredible Mount Kilimanjaro. This stunning lodge offers an outdoor pool and restaurant with rooms boasting garden views.
Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu, Nepal
This is one of the world’s most iconic hikes, taking trekkers across 70 miles over 16 days where they can experience the culture of the Himalayas before coming face to face with the highest mountain on earth. You’ll need to be fit to take on this challenge, hiking three to six hours a day, so be diligent and prepared. Make sure you take some down time in Kathmandu to relax once you’ve finished, the area is famous for its temples, culture and friendly people.
Where to stay: The Life Story Guest House is a great place to stay for those hoping to meet fellow travellers, offering comfy rooms in an ideal location with great hosts. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the temples, but if you’d prefer to venture further then you can hire bikes to explore.
Bay of Fires - St Helens, Australia
The Bay of Fires in Tasmania covers 16 miles and takes about four days. This hike has to be done with a guide but is worth it, taking travellers to beautiful beaches with incredible sea views. Most hikers will start from St Helen’s on the north-east coast, known for its game fishing and its beaches, scenery and relaxation.
Where to stay: Bed in the Treetops B&B is a truly unique Bed & Breakfast hideaway on a 37-acre property at the Bay of Fires. Perched 160 metres above sea level, this stunning accommodation provides expansive birds eye views of Binalong Bay, Moulting Bay, Georges Bay, St Helens Island and the Southern Ocean. Guests also get a complimentary afternoon tea on arrival and wholesome cooked breakfast each morning.
The Inca Trail - Machu Picchu, Peru
The Inca Trail is one of the most incredible and popular hikes in the world, featuring 26 miles of ruins, jungle and beautiful scenery in the Andes. The trail leads to Machu Picchu where adventurers will be wowed by the beauty of the snow-capped peaks and cloud forest.
Where to stay: Panorama B&B is in the perfect spot, just 200 yards from the town market and walking distance to the train station, making it super easy to get to Machu Picchu. Guests will receive a complimentary buffet breakfast and rooms have spectacular panoramic mountain and river views.
Tour du Mont Blanc - Les Houches, France
Another of the world’s greatest walks, the Tour du Mont Blanc promises trekkers a challenge, covering 170km and 10,000m of ascent through France, Italy and Switzerland. The views are stunning and hikers can expect to see plenty of wildlife and enjoy views of glacial valleys and alpine meadows. Travellers will start in Les Houches, an area which is worth spending some time in to fully immerse yourself in its beautiful landscapes.
Where to stay: RockyPop Hotel is located in Les Houches in the Rhône-Alps Region, tucked away from the busy centre a few miles from the Chamonix Ski station. Guests can relax on the sun terraces, sample French cuisine at the food court and take on some skiing- if they have any energy left after the hike!
Rangitoto Island Loop - Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the best places for those seeking beautiful scenery, and the Rangitoto Island Loop is no exception. This walk is about 12km long so you can do it in on a day trip from Auckland, but don’t assume the easier journey implies a trade off on sightseeing- once you reach the summit you will have amazing city views. While you’re in Auckland make sure you spend some time in the city, it is highly endorsed for its food, sightseeing and gorgeous harbour.
Where to stay: Lakeside Paradise is located on the ground floor of the owners' home and is just three minutes’ walk from the beach! The property has access to a beautiful park on Lake Pupuke, which offers a range of activities including swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
Appalachian Trail - Ellijay, USA
This trek is one of the longest hiking paths in the world, taking you through 14 states from Georgia to Maine, over a timeframe of five to seven months! The trek is over 2,000 miles with the majority of the trail going through the wilderness – definitely one for the big adventurer. But don’t be scared off by the length, hikers have the option to just do portions of the track, with options beginning from one day long in most of the states that it passes through.
Where to stay: Bearadise Retreat Cabin makes you feel warm and welcome with its cosy cabin feel. You’ll find a roaring fire in the wood burning fireplace. This is the perfect place to take a much deserved break before you continue on with this gruelling trek!
* According to data collected by Booking.com by surveying 44,878 respondents across 22 different markets. In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016, be planning at least one trip for 2017 and either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel.