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.