Jumat, 15 Juli 2011

World's Best Hikes: 15 Classic Trails

During the last decade, the author Peter Potterfield has raised more than 10,000 miles across six continents in search of this list. Here, he tells his choice of the world's best 15 walks, including Patagonia, Tasmania, Newfoundland, and Petra. Read more in his bestselling book tours of the classical world or the forthcoming book Classic Hikes in North America (forthcoming 2012).

Kungsleden, Sweden

When the Go: Europe in August, when the holidays arrive, so be brave and go to the beginning of September alone and genuine defects.

A hundred kilometers inside the Arctic Circle in Sweden, the legendary 275 km Kungsleden ("Path of the King") will begin to walk the last great wilderness in Western Europe. This mind-blowing the northernmost part of the Arctic landscape invades Sweden through the birch forests, tundra and glaciers larger before crossing the shoulder of the highest mountain in Sweden, 6926-foot Mount Kebnekaise. Using the comfortable apartments are located at intervals throughout the day to ensure protection from inclement weather. Rugged suspension bridges to take the risk of major rivers. Vibe is here "north", where the vacuum palpable and low angle of light awakens the soul.

Insider tip: The itinerary can be done in both directions, but go from north to south, keeping the sun on your face, regardless of small Arctic.

Grand Canyon Hike, Arizona

When to go: All this makes the trip in September or October to April-May, then go in March or November for a more contemplative experience.

All walk from the Grand Canyon is enough velocity to go on tour Richter scale, but this approach would seem that both the wheels and the river offers a variety of routes in and out, and leave enough time for one of the main features of the Earth to really enjoy the majesty of natural architecture. The journey through a colorful layer cake with the Colorado Plateau 2000000000 years of geology, the Kaibab limestone edge of Vishnu complex on the river, all the good "corridor" trails, which are known to be sources of water and fields comfortable.

Insider Tip: bomb along the South Rim via the South Kaibab Trail uber-straight to cross the Colorado River, Black Bridge and the Angel bright field in the field. Then go through the box, the inner core of the canyon, up to Cottonwood Camp, and the remote North asshole. The return trek, crossing the Colorado Silver Bridge and the rise of India through the South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail Garden, are better suited for running uphill.

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

When the Go: Pre-monsoon (March-April) to give rhododendrons blooming climber, and a lot of activity, but the post-monsoon (November) offers a drier climate. Go with a guide, with local Sherpa guides, cooks and porters, is part of the experience.

Probably the greatest of all the mountain routes, the walk through Nepal Khumbu district, you can see three of the highest peaks of the Earth (Everest, Lhotse and Lhotse Sar) in one eye and dozens other giants of the Himalayas in progress. A favorite is the view from Thyangboche, called by the famous explorer of the mountain WH Tillman "main display in the world." But it's deep immersion in the culture of Buddhist Sherpas take you back to the friendly villages , monasteries, and the scene multilingual world travelers who come for pilgrimage to the high octane of Everest.

Insider Tip: Go slowly on the way up. Welcome hikers can cover 35 km in two days, but they need to acclimatise: the last ten days trekking in Everest, but only three of the trek. Forced inactivity, you can enjoy the experience and culture of the people who live there.

Fitz Roy Trek, Patagonia, Argentina

When to go: February to March to avoid the crowds of the summer solstice and autumn to enjoy stable weather when the winds of Patagonia famous Abate

Hiking between Argentina's legendary Fitz Roy massif, where the iconic peak peaks Poincenot, Saint-Exupery, and 11 073 feet Fitz Roy is out of the Patagonian steppe as a vision. The Grand Tour gives you three views of the Fitz at sunrise, with the Cerro Torre and Marconi pass thrown in for good measure. This hike in the Delaware sizes Los Glaciares National Park takes you from the gnarled beech forests and ghostly open plains to the glaciers, waterfalls and granite monoliths wild fire to the orange dawn light.

Insider Tip: From the camp Poincenot, hiking in the hours before dawn to Laguna de los Tres projector for the full impact of the sunrise over the mountains of Fitz Roy.

Petra Through the Back Door, Jordan

When to go: October to April, when temperatures decline desert bits. Join Adventure Jordan, the local company that discovered the 50-mile route through the deserts, mountains and peaks of Jordan.

At the top of an ancient stairway carved into the Red Rock, a narrow lead pollution around a sharp bend, and suddenly stopped cold. There is a beautiful facade of sculpted Deir Al, better known as the monastery, perhaps the greatest monument of Petra. And you yourself. You can write Nabataean city of Petra small party, in the end almost a week of dry desert kingdom of Jordan is much more satisfying than the arrival of the bus pulling into the parking lot to a minimum, ten miles away. This makes the course one week only.

Insider tip: Do your research before you arrive. Time in the system of canyons of Petra is precious, so it is best to know what you want before you arrive. In addition to the emblematic places of the Siq, the Treasury and the Monastery of mysterious places, which is where the upper and Sacrifice the great temple.

Grindelwald, Switzerland

When to go: summer is high season here, but time stretches hikable often in September, when Europeans return to work. Faulhorn the farm in October.

Perhaps the biggest reward of effort applied to the Alps ridiculously beautiful walk takes the scenic highlights of the Bernese Oberland, including the notorious Eiger and its sister peak more impressive, Shreckhorn scary, looming over the story of Grindelwald valley.

All this and a night or two in your home or cabin Berghotel Faulhorn, located at 8800 meters at its peak Impossible same name, only a day hike worthwhile. And you can shave some time off to take a cable car to the first. Walk all the way to Grindelwald and will win the drinking beer on the terrace at sunset painted on the north wall of the Eiger blood red.

Insider Tip: While in the elevator on the way, be sure to go down, and Waldspitze lunch at a traditional Swiss mountain chalet where you can enjoy a delicious rosti seeing the plume of blowing snow at the top in this Shreckhorn foreground so scary.

Yosemite Grand Traverse, California, United States

When the Go: Get up to 12,000 meters, this trans-Sierra trail is open only from mid-July to mid September.

It 'hard to say, "the Sierra in the summer," without thinking of granite towers rising over the sparkling high-country lakes, through a deep blue sky. This crossing is a piece of Yosemite backcountry, touching more than a few real highlights of the Sierra just a week, including the rise in Half Dome Cable.

Insider tip: The logistics for this trip trail can be difficult, so that makes things easier by making the trip south of Yosemite Mountain Guides, a pioneer of the road and get a grip on the journey from beginning to end.

Chilkoot Trail, Alaska and Yukon Territory, U.S. and Canada

When to go: The Coast Range opens earlier than the Rockies, so you can push the season a little. Late June to early October, they work most of the year, but August is the best time, and sees the heaviest traffic.

The very names of the epic journey the stairs of gold scales, the Pierre-manger is the taste of the suffering of 1898 gold diggers, and there is no doubt about the story here. The two sides of the road is filled with rusty remnants of juvenile facilities dropped from exhaustion. Over a century later, these backcountry trip paved the miners, driven by greed, has become one of the iconic desert routes in North America. It's a natural. The road rises rapidly from the Tidewater to CREST Chilkoot Pass to 3300 meters. But instead of falling, slings it over 20 miles across an alpine wonders, while losing only a few hundred meters before returning to its terminus at Lake Bennett.

Insider Tip: Union of two national parks, two countries, states, provinces and territories, Chilkoot Trail is organizing a challenge. Solved by starting and finishing in Whitehorse, Yukon, and the use of solid infrastructure for the transport route. Take the White Pass and Yukon Railroad in Skagway in the mountains, ride a wonderful Alpine Aviation pick you up in a seaplane at Lake Bennett for the outrageous 45-minute flight back to Whitehorse, in a long time for a beer on the deck before dinner.

Tonquin Valley, Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada

When to go: June to September, it can snow any day of the year.

Look at the lights a trip Alba huge and walls, throw the golden reflections on the lake water Amethyst is an experience worth every effort spent to get this wild valley. First described in 1915, a ruthless beauty Tonquin Valley is located deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, has attracted pilgrims from as Ansel Adams, whose first tour of the Sierra Club has been a photographer here. This is an excursion to ring the large door on a high, scenic McCarib pass in and out through the beautiful river, Astoria, where the whole front of the stunning scenery of the trip to compete with any backcountry.

Insider Tip: If grizzly bears roam all around you uncomfortable, consider booking a stay for two at the edge of the desert left hidden in the valley. Founded horsepacking activities and Amethyst Lake Lodge and the Tonquin Valley Lodge ever to serve hikers looking for a little comfort and home cooking in this wild place.

Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

When to go: October to May is the season for the Beach Road along the northeast coast. Go to Bay of Fires Walk is the only way in or out.

Since the beginning of Mount William National Park on arrival in the bay of fires lodge impressive road never deviates from the endless white sand beaches and stunning rock formations bathed in a surreal turquoise waters of Tasmania. Only the tip occasional granite blocks, turned red by blood or points of forest lichens from the coast, pushing up and streams. Fire Bay walk is a four-day tour, you can do it alone, because there is water on the road is no place for the night. The first day takes you to a permanent camp in the woods to the beach. Day two ends of the bay's unique architecture to present the fire. It's as green as they come, in fact, you have your own water pump tanks on the roof of a shower. The third day is the ultimate prize: free time in the beautiful Bay of Fires shore with the comfort and fine wine from the lodge at your disposal.

Insider Tip: Do not bother learning to distinguish species of snakes in Tasmania, all fatal bites. Strikes are rare, however, so keep your eyes open for reptiles across the tops of black.

Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland, Canada

When to go: Relatively low altitude means that the road will be opened in June and you can hang through the end of September. But be prepared: The Long Range Mountains are on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and take the weight of some of the worst weather in the world. Go with a guide service if you are not a browser expert.

This crossing off trail takes you from inside the fjords bordered by granite cliffs 2000 feet high draped with wispy waterfall deep in the Gros Morne National Park. The strong oceanic plateau is just a result of Newfoundland is the new Mecca for adventure. The landscape here is so dramatic that it is remote: it was carved by glaciers of massive blocks of granite that forms the raised plateau expansive, still a wild place full of moose and caribou. Good skills with map, compass and GPS is required because it is not marked or groomed trails penetrate this unique landscape. So this wild ride that park rangers will not give you a permit, unless you're carrying a locator beacon (they call it a necklace of caribou). This ensures they do not have to search the entire park, if you fail to show up on time.

Insider Tip: krummholz impenetrable alpine vegetation (called tuckamore Newfoundland), Gros Morne is so dense seriously hinder navigation. A useful technique is to follow the "caribou lead to" put in the paths carved, centuries moose and caribou. Then, take the GPS waypoint and adjust, as required by the carrier when the pop out the other side.

Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

When to go: Located on the sunny island of north-south, near the famous Marlborough wine region growing, Queen Charlotte can do most of the year. Adventure tour with Marlborough Sound, Cable logistics.

A unique journey through the sunny slopes of the Marlborough Sounds, Queen Charlotte follows the crest of the dragon's back between the blue waters of Queen Charlotte Sound from Kenepuru. Water taxis take you to the town of Picton to begin Ship Cove, where Captain Cook was hanging out frequently between 1770 and 1779, and ends at Anakiwa. You can camp all the way, a style of touring Kiwis call "Freedom Walk" or choose to turn the output into an experience of Cush-day hike is reminiscent of trekking in Nepal, with the exception of your equipment is by boat, not yak. Jump luxury, and you can crank 15-mile a day and live each night in comfortable cabins at Furneaux, Punga Cove and Portage.

Insider Tip: Queen Charlotte is one of the few titles in New Zealand open to mountain bikers for a portion of the season. Go early or late in the season, if you want to ride, or choose high summer if you want a quieter ride, but riders coming behind you.

Mountains of the Moon, Uganda

When the Go: December-March, the "dry" season. Go for guides and porters, are expensive and do not know.

Approaching the glacier high, you do not often hear the local saying: "There are elephants here." But the whole range of Ruwenzori, Ptolemy's legendary mountains of the Moon, is unexpected. Looms in Uganda-Congo border, these peaks are the highest range in Africa, passing 16 765 feet Margherita peak of Mount Stanley. (Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya, are longer, but do not change.) You walk in three days of two 14,000-foot passes, and hallucinations forest giant groundsel and giant lobelia get Bujuku Hut, a base for those wishing to climb Mount Speke . Trip an extra day to Elena Hut, a base for those wishing to climb the glacier and experience the peak of Mount Stanley in a unique view of the Congo Basin. Two days of a new path to take you further, Scott Elliot Pass, the highest in the circuit of 14 344 feet, and return to the starting point for the return to Kampala.

Insider Tip: Bring a pair of shoes across the field impervious to moisture, such as Crocs. The circuit can be muddy mess. Walking Creek beds often makes the best progress. It 'important to be able to turn into something dry and quite comfortable standing at the end of the day.

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, United States

When to go: May to September for drier weather in April or October for most of loneliness

The most beautiful coastal tours the world, this is a rough trail through the majestic Na Pali Coast Kauai will challenge you physically tropical heat and steep trails, and exposure to scare you into muddy tracks. But after a day slogging through 11 miles of cliffs grooved above the waves crashing as the howitzer fire on the coast below, you will be rewarded with a serene view of the mile-long arc of gold impossible to Kalalau Beach along the sparkling Pacific. Kalalau Valley is owned by the fabulous waterfalls and lush tropical jungle, it is worth investigating, but the highlight of a camper on the beach, the first Western Pacific, which reflects the sun.

Insider Tip: It 'hot, and you might be tempted, but do not even think about cooling off with a swim beach Hanakapi'ai on the road in all the small, makeshift memorials built on the memory of hikers who thought they could enjoy for children and were immediately swept into the sea by a violent RIP.

Croagh Patrick, Ireland

When to go: Spring through fall is best for the climate, but the increase can be the year when the roof is covered with snow and ice. Expect fog, wind, rain, hail, and rolling in the Atlantic off at any time.

An increase of this peak knots saint offers a lot of beauty, challenge and spiritual power to really discover this country of long standing. Croagh is the Gaelic word for "great mountain", an appropriate term for this surge in the mountain, 2507 meters, where St. Patrick had spent 40 days and nights in prayer at the top. More than half of people climbing the rocks, exposed, and the lungs, causing way up are not hikers of all kinds, but the pilgrims pay homage to St. Patrick, with Celtic cross design, Christian and pagan symbols together . A breathtaking view of Clew Bay and the whole county of Campo de Mayo are the rewards for producing top with small white chapel. Guinness in the pub a centuries-old Campbell is in the final base mandatory. the phrase most often heard is: "Wow, that was the hardest thing I've done."

Insider Tip: myth says that if you climb Croagh Patrick seven times, his entrance into heaven is assured, despite the previous bad behavior.

source from National Geographic
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