ISOLP’s most unforgettable hikes

One of the things I like most about living in Sydney, Australia, is the abundance of bushwalking trails that lie within close proximity to the city. We even have a few awe-inspiring hikes within the city itself. 🙂

Here’s a selection of unforgettable hikes from around the globe:

Unforgettable hikes: Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro / Lemosho Route, Tanzania

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.

The Lava Tower, Day 4, Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The Lava Tower, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photo credit: Benjamin White

Unforgettable hikes: South America

Refugio Otto Meiling, Argentina

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.

Refugio Otto Meiling, Argentina

Refugio Otto Meiling, Argentina. Photo credit: Benjamin White

La Ciudad Perdida, Colombia – four day hike to the Lost City

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.

La Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

La Ciudad Perdida, Colombia. Photo credit: Benjamin White

Mount Villarrica, Chile – trek to the top of an active volcano

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.

Mount Villarrica, Chile

Mount Villarrica, Chile. Photo credit: Benjamin White

Unforgettable hikes: Asia

Gunung Kinabalu, Malaysia – climb Borneo’s highest peak

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.

Gunung Kinabalu, Malaysia

Gunung Kinabalu, Malaysia. Photo credit: Benjamin White

Summer pastures and perfectly still lakes – the hike to Song Kul, Kyrgyzstan

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.

Hike to Song Kul, Kyrgyzstan

The hike to Song Kul, Kyrgyzstan. Photo credit: Benjamin White

Blue Gum Forest, Australia

Young folk today look at the Blue Mountains wilderness area and imagine that it has always been protected from those who would wish to do it harm. But that just isn’t the case.

Govett's Leap Falls, Evan's Lookout to Blue Gum Forest hike, Australia

Photo credit: Benjamin White

Unforgettable hikes: Europe

A winter hike to Morskie Oko, Poland

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.

Winter, Morskie Oko, Poland

Morskie Oko in winter. Photo credit: Benjamin White

Unforgettable hikes: Middle East

The Balcony Walk, Oman – it’s Jebel Shams lite

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.

The Balcony Walk, Oman

The Balcony Walk, Oman. Photo credit: Benjamin White

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