One of the things I like most about living in Sydney, Australia, is the abundance of bushwalking trails in close proximity to the city. I’ve done my fair share of hikes over the years – in Australia as well as abroad – and know a good hike when I see one. 🙂
Here are a few of my favourite hikes from around the globe:
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa, and most people will be climbing it for that reason alone. Which is a shame really because there is more to Kilimanjaro than just it’s height.
Favourite hikes: South America
From the bridge crossing of Rio Manso my goal looks impossibly remote. I plan to climb to Refugio Otto Meiling, a small refuge hut perched just below the snow line of Cerro Tronador where I will spend the night. But from here, it just doesn’t appear attainable; it seems too far, the mountain too high, too steep.
It has an evocative name: la Ciudad Perdida (it’s Spanish for the Lost City). It’s called the Lost City because no one knows its real name. The people that lived here long ago, the Tayrona, are gone.
Ami had always wanted to climb an active volcano. Our arrival in Pucón, on the foothills of Mount Villarrica – one of Chile’s most active volcanos – presented her with the perfect opportunity to do so.
Favourite hikes: Asia
Travel everywhere. And go everywhere immediately. If you don’t, you never know what you may miss out on. Those are my learnings from climbing Gunung Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo.
Just a few more steps to go. Another fifty strides – actually, better make that a hundred – and I’ll be there, at the mountain pass. The range Ami and I have been climbing since stepping out of our yurt this morning is slowly losing its dominance; its uppermost limits falling, falling, falling, coming closer and closer to eye level. Won’t be long before I can see over the top of the pass, and, hopefully, get my first glimpse of Song Kul (Lake Song) in the valley below.
Favourite hikes: Europe
An alpine lake, the largest in the Tatra Mountains. Overrun with tourists in the summer. Frozen over and empty in the winter. It’s Morskie Oko, Poland.
Favourite hikes: Middle East
Jebel Shams, at 3,009 metres elevation, is Oman’s tallest mountain. Keen hikers can climb to the summit if they like – or somewhere near the summit; the very top of the mountain is military land and thus off-limits to the public. For everyone else there’s the Balcony Walk.