Whether you are a professional climber or a passionate hiker, here are ten spots to consider. Some of them are not as challenging as others, but all of them share the breathtaking view.
10. Fjords, Norway
This is a real hikers heaven in Europe! Hikers also get to admire the wonderful landscapes. The steep Preikestolen cliff or Trolltunga are favorite among tourists.
9. Fjordland, New Zealand
The area is considered to be one of the finest walks on the planet. The mystic landscapes served perfectly for „The Lord of the Rings“ saga.
8. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Hiking around 33 kilometer canyon reveals wonderful sites. The exotic biodiversity also adds up to the explorations.
7. Hua Shan (Mount Hua), China
Although many non professional climbers come here, the hiking tracks are very dangerous. The unreliable trails and railings open an unforgettable scenery, though.
6. Andes, South America
Besides wonderful nature and many treks of various complexity, the ancient city of Machu Picchu can be reached by hiking.
5. El Caminito del Rey, El Chorro, Spain
A very narrow hiking trail is pinned to the steep rocks and is considered to be the most dangerous in the world.
4. Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
The beautiful landscape can be rather deceiving: the dramatic coastline could be a real challenge for the hikers.
3. Alps, Europe
Besides Mont Blanc – the highest peak on the continent – the mountain range has many tracks. The 100 miles Tour du Mont Blanc spreads through Switzerland, Italy and France.
2. Mount Rainier, WA, USA
The 4,392 m (14,411 ft) height peak adds up to a beautiful landscape of Seattle. It requires professional equipment to climb it, but there are plenty of paths for the beginners, as well.
1. Himalayas, Nepal
The highest peaks in the world are found in this mountain range. It is, of course, the most difficult mountains to climb, challenging adventurers for decades. The rough landscape holds some very picturesque sites, though, like Pangong Tso Lake.
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