Take a Hike! You might like one of these…
I’m not telling you it’s gonna be easy,
but I’m telling you it’s gonna be worth it.
My 5 favourite hikes around the world
1. Annapurna Circuit – Nepal (14 days – ∧5.416m)
Feel tiny and lilliputian between the massive 8000m Himalayan peaks, while crossing world’s highest Thorong La Pass around day 10.
Take it slow at Gunsang. It’s the perfect spot to hang around a bit and adapt to the altitude. There are several day-hikes to do in the neighbourhood and you can descend again to spend a second night to acclimatize. Valerie’s place (below) is just wonderful, serving great food and the view from your bed(roomwindow) is breathtaking.
2. Salcantay Trail – Peru (4 days – ∧4600m)
An attractive alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail, this trail will also lead you from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes, from where you can enter Macchu Picchu in the morning before the trains and buses arrive. Go early and definitely go straight to the other side and sign up for a ticket to climb Huayna Picchu. Sales are restricted to 400 people per day (visiting in 2 groups of 200). Discovering Macchu Picchu – appearing from below the clouds – is more than rewarding.
3. Mount Rinjani – Lombok Indonesia (2 or 3 days – ∧ 3.726m)
Enjoy a chilly dip in the crater lake or soak yourself up in the hot springs before you tackle the severe summit before sunrise on your last day. Don’t underestimate the weather – though in Indonesia, it gets very cold at night. It’s a tough hike; dark, steep and the gravel doesn’t work in your favour. But the view from the top makes up for every struggling step.
If you get back to civilization before sunset, it’s worth crossing to the Gili’s on the same day, where you can snorkel, dive and relax, eat hamburgers and lobsters, drink and party (depending which island you prefer). I took the boat to Gili Trawangan and recommend you to check out Exquisit Spa’s special after-Rinjani-trekking-3h-massage.
4. Mount Meru – Tanzania (3 to 5 days – ∧4566m)
Watch the sun rise from behind Mount Kilimanjaro. Enough said.
5. Atlas Mountains (Toubkal) – Morocco (∧4167m)
Wander around the Atlas valleys for as long as you like (we walked for 5 days), running into nobody except for the few Berber families who are extremely friendly and take you into their homes. Finish up with the Toubkal summit before descending again towards Imlil. Or in our case, jump into the first “grand taxi” you see around Imlil and go straight back to Marakkesh’ Jemmaa el-Fnaa and treat yourself to some BBQ sausages.