Hiking and Camping trips

The world is a truly magnificent place and there are still many places on this planet that man has not spoilt with his touch. Some of these places listed below are far from civilization and are considered to be amongst the best places for hikers to plan their camping trips. So get your camping gear and head for these destinations.

  • Laugavegurinn Trail

OD-BC824_ICELAN_GR_20140625114056Locate in Iceland, this 34 mile – 4 day trip is for intermediate hikers and is considered to be Iceland’s most popular hiking trail. Hikers are treated to pure, unadulterated views of spectacular wildernesses, cascading waterfalls, striking glaciers complete with volcanic landscapes to give the traveler the illusion that they have landed on a whole new planet.

  • Queen Charlotte Track

This 44 mile – 4 day hiking trail takes the traveler through one of New Zealand’s best ‘tramping’ tracks. The south island trek winds through the Marlborough Sounds and has only a few difficulties that most hikers can easily overcome. The path offers spectacular views of skyline ridges surrounded by pristine glassy waters and is maintained well. For those who wish to discover New Zealand’s green Wonderland can take this trail as it offers access to lush beech forests and other native foliage that will keep the avid hiker happy.

  • The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This trail is located in the Andes and is a very strenuous hike that covers 30 miles in a four day hike. The pathways were stove paved roads created by the Incas hundreds of years ago and there are various trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The hiker will pass through the alpine tundra, prehistoric stonework, fog covered forests and finally end up in the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. You have high chances of meeting some llamas along the way to keep you company.

  • The Arctic National Park

This park offers the experienced backpackers a trip of a lifetime – the alaska-1245033_1280chance to trek through the 13,238 miles of expanse that will leave you alone with nature. You will be surrounded by the Boreal Forest, the Arctic foothills Tundra, wild and scenic rivers and the Brooke Range Mountains. This is only for the bravest and most experienced of hikers and your trip can last as long as your provisions do. The positive (or negative depending upon how you want to look at it) is that you will not see another living human soul on your hike – you have higher chances of meeting grizzlies, wolverines or foxes as you tag along trails made by vast herd of caribou. You’ll test your skills armed only with maps and your GPS.

  • Lukla to Everest Base Camp

This seventy mile – 16 day hike will take you to amazing vistas that only the adventurous can feast their eyes on. It’s not so tough but it’s the acclimatization that can really hit you. You don’t have to summit Everest to take in its beauty or the spectacular landscape that surrounds it and this hike will take from the Khumbu district of Nepal to EBC. This journey will give you a stunning view of four of the highest peaks in the world – Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. You will pass by massive glaciers, rivers, prayer wheels to send a prayer into the air, swing bridges that you will want to hang on to, Buddhist monasteries and witness the monks chant in unison and of course, the friendly Sherpas who will guide you through the terrain. You will be exposed to a different culture and a very different landscape – you just have to remember that the climb to EBC will be around 8,800 feet and TBC stands at 17,590 feet above sea level.

Backpacking Escapes and Tips

Even though we live in a world where civilization surrounds us at every corner, we long for that solitude that only being out with nature can give us. Whether you want to be one with the mountainous landscape or walk next to the coast, through lush green forests or sandy stretches, these locations are great for back packers.

  • Grand Teton National Park

Located in Wyoming, this trail will take you through the interior spine of the Teton Range. Check out iconic summits and bursts of color as the flowers bloom in the brief hiking season.

  • santa-elena-canyon-347400_1920Big Bend National Park

This Texas trail will expose you to hundred mile views of hills, arroyos and mesas of the Chichuachuan Desert.

  • Wonderland Trail

Mount Rainier has a slumbering volcano that is surrounded by the Cascades – experience the wilderness of the snowfields and crevasses at the peak or the flower filled meadows with herd of elk and the occasional black bear.

  • Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley

Yosemite is a national park with unparelled grandeur where implacable granite meets blue horizons, challenges meet determined climbers. Stop by the lakes on your way and meander through the giant pine trees before heading down into the valley.

  • Thorofare

This refers to an area in Yellowstone that is the last cornerstone of America’s true wilderness and it will come as no surprise that it is grizzly-bear-861962_1280teeming with wildlife. Grizzly bears will amble along the park, with the occasional wolf pack making their rounds. This is as close to the primeval as you can possibly get and parts of this region will be far from any road or paved path.

Tips for Backpackers

It’s all well and good having great destinations to plan for, but if you’re a beginner backpacker, what do you carry with you? There’s a thing known as being over prepared, especially if you’re going to be lugging around more than you need. As your feet will be the only mode of transport when you’re backpacking, it’s best to carry light but carry smart. Here are a few things that should be on your check list and also the mistakes you should avoid.

  • Avoid Denim

This is such a bad idea. Not only are jeans heavy, if they get wet you’ll be miserable and it will feel like you’re wading through a swamp of quicksand. It will take longer to dry out and it will weigh more. Denim is made of cotton and as it absorbs the moisture instead of polyester fabrics, it will keep you shivering with cold during the nights. You also stand the chance of having your jeans ice up in below freezing weather.

  • Packing a first Aid kit

This can be the difference between trouble and safety, a good trip and a bad one. Don’t pack a whole pharmacy with you because chances are, you won’t need a lot of things you are carrying or you don’t know what a lot of items will be used for. Pack a simple first aid kit like band aids, bandages, medical or duct tape, ibuprofen, alcohol wipes and Benadryl to name a few.

  • Wearing New Boots

walking-boots-220499_1280If you’re planning to do a hike that is more than just an hour’s walk in the park, wearing new boots is an absolute no-no. Your comfort level dictates if your hike will be enjoyable or not and new breaking in your boots on your backpacking trip is a recipe for being miserable. You’ll end up with blistered feet at the very least. Break n your shoes weeks before your rip commences so that it gets used to the contours of your feet.