The world is full of beautiful sites and natural formations that are worth dying for. Backpacking and hiking is a great thing to do when thinking about what to do during your vacation. The United States may be known for some of the most famous hiking trails in the world, but contrary to the common notion, there are several others outside the nation. You do not have to catch a plane to the United States to enjoy these trails as your country may be close to a trail that will leave you astonished. And while this blog talks about the backpack trips available in Malawi, below are some of the other wonderful hiking trails available outside the United States.
Arguably the Caribbean’s longest trail, the Waitukubuli is perfect and dry during winter. It slithers through the Morne Trois Pitons National Park which is renown for its hot water lake and several waterfalls. It then divides the Central Forest Reserve and the northern jungle before moving on to the Cabrits National Park located on the Northern side of the country. The end of the trail is right at Dominica’s oldest fort, a site with a rich heritage attached to it. Throughout the trail, you will interact with the Dominican communities since you have to live with them. You will encounter several sites throughout the trail.
Located right in the heart of Africa, you might consider this trail as a longer and more isolated path to the summit of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. The trail has the top of the Margherita Peak which is Africa’s third in rank regarding height. You will enjoy the views of the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains as well as the rare Rwenzori leopard. The trail can be organized by taking up a guide in Kampala town and booking ahead of time for the guided hikes that include the crazy gorilla tracking activity.
Situated on the island of Tasmania, the once pathway for shipwrecked sailors is now an exciting playground made up of sand beaches, crazy jungles and the incredible passes of the Iron bound Mountains. The starting point of the hike, The South Coast Track, can be accessed by air. You need to fly to Melaleuca from any airport on the mainland, and after getting the necessary permits, you will be ready.
This circuit is roughly twelve miles, and it is known for its ability to showcase some of New Zealand’s most out of the usual features. If you happen to know The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, then you might understand that this circuit is known as Mordor. The entire hike takes up eight hours, but there are lots of action attractions nearby that might need two or three days for one to explore the area exhaustively. Mordor is full of emerald lakes, volcanic peaks, and amazing valleys among others. Hiking in this circuit requires some permits which are sold during specific times of the year to tame the high demand.
The W Trek, Chile.
Located in the Torres Del Paine Park in Patagonia, this trail has some of the iconic spires that rise more than eight thousand feet above the Patagonia area. The astounding mountain views make this trail one worth losing an arm for. Turquoise alpine lakes, beech forests and massive glaciers all add up to the fun. The weather on this trail is very sporadic, but it has been observed to be very stable during the winter. It is advisable to get a guide for the trek, but if you feel navigating through a country with Spanish speaking people is no problem, you are good to go. The whole trail is approximately fifty miles and might need the better part of two weeks to go through the trail exhaustively.
The hiking and backpacking trails mentioned above are just a tip of the iceberg. There are lots of them located in the different corners of the world, and all you need to do is to find out the one near you and prepare for the hike.
If you’re currently planning a backpacking trip outside the US, then you certainly have many life-changing experiences to look forward to. While there’s no denying there are many fun backpacking trips to be had in the US, it’s safe to say that there is a world of adventure waiting for you out there when you leave the country.
With this in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the top backpacking trips you’re likely to find when you step outside of the United States of America. Along with the hiking fun you will have while backpacking in Malawi, Africa; here are some other great treks to give a try.
This backpacking trip can usually be completed in just over a week, and if you are planning to go between November and April (generally considered the best time), you will be in for an incredible experience that stays with you for many years.
This backpacking trip features some breathtaking scenery that’ll make you feel like you’re on a different planet, and the twisting granite monoliths are certainly a sight to behold. Most people would agree that this area of the world is truly surreal in many ways, and you will be delighted to see some of the unique exotic wildlife that includes pumas, condors, and more.
New Zealand is home to some incredible hiking trails, but this particular trip is one you won’t want to miss. The time you spend on the trail and gear you need for this relatively short track, coming in at just over 70 km, so if you’re a keen hiker, you will be able to complete it in just a few days. However, you will be exposed to some beautiful skyline ridges, glasslike waters, and even some fascinating wildlife such as the native sheep that can be found roaming along many parts of the track.
The Inca Trail is perhaps one of the most famous backpacking trips you’re ever likely to find, and for many keen travelers, completing the Macca Picchu is the top priority on the bucket list.
The ancient Inca trail is comprised of several different routes, each of which has various lengths and difficulties, so there’s something here for everybody. It’s worth keeping in mind that this is a very popular destination, so there are strict limits on how many people can be hiking at once, so planning this trip in advance in important. However, experiencing the prehistoric stonework, the unique wildlife (with plenty of llamas), and the breathtaking alpine tundras are a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss.
If you’re planning a backpacking trip outside of the US, then heading over to Ireland is a great decision. There are some beautiful and breathtaking landscapes to observe, but the Dingle Way is perhaps one of the most popular and famous, and for a good reason.
You can easily enjoy this trip for several weeks, given that the full Dingle Way route is almost 200 km long, and there are dozens of excellent walking trails that will give you a true feel for the country of Ireland.
There’s something delightful about exploring all of the dusty plains, golden beaches, and rugged cliffs that are available in Ireland, so if you’re looking for a relaxing backpacking trip that is also stepping back in time, then exploring the Dingle Way is the great decision.
One of the most picturesque landscapes in the entire world has to be this location in Indonesia, and even though the track is only 14 miles long, you will certainly want to take your time in navigating the beautiful area.
Mount Gianni is an active volcano, and you will need a guide to get the most out of the experience and to stay safe. However, once you manage to scale this climb, you will be shocked and delighted by the beautiful landscape that comes complete with hot springs, caves, and surreal nighttime skies that have to be seen to be believed.
Overall, it’s clear to see that there are many incredible backpacking trips to be had outside of the US, so if you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you have many fine locations to choose from.
Ultimately, this guide is just giving you the tip of the iceberg, as there are dozens of beautiful locations around the world that are worth exploring for your backpacking trip.
Hey there hiking enthusiasts and backpacking adventurers. Robert Dunes here and I am starting a new site based upon experiences with my treks in Malawi Africa and other places around the world.
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