London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 21, 2008 -- Untouched and untainted nature is waiting to be explored. On foot! Walk, trek or hike through lush valleys, dense forests, tropical beaches, towering mountains, and old villages to see parts of the earth that are teeming of natural beauty and historical sites. Here top travel experiences website World Reviewer presents ten walking locations that offer sights of some of the most astounding places on earth â for walking, trekking or hiking.
1. SOUTHERN ALPS VIA THE MILFORD TRACK
New Zealanderâs consider this four day hike âthe finest walk in the world.â Begin walking along the Clinton River, taking in the scenery of grasslands and beech forests, and the next day come to waterfalls and a lake with sunken trees created by a landslide. After another restful night spent in a hut, traverse down the valley and view more waterfalls flowing over granite stone and at the bottom you will find one of the warmest lakes in the region. Finish day two by crossing a suspension bridge and making your way to Mackinnon Pass, the high point of the Milford Track. Continue and delve deeper into nature as you descend to an area full of rapids and waterfalls, including the famous Sunderland Falls. Then finish your hike walking through more wet terrain and pass Mackay Falls and Bell Rock. Finish at Milford sound, one of the most beautiful fjords in the world.
2. TORRES DEL PAINE
Choose from the several available trekking routes, whether you desire a day trip or a multi day hike, and be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of Patagonia. Large, rigid mountains serve as your backdrop, and the three huge granite peaks, called the âTowers of Paineâ, loom in the distance next to glaciers. Explore waterfalls, glaciers, snow peaked mountains, dense forests, and more as you make your way through the vast area of Torres del Paine National Park and view the wide array of wildlife that dwell in the cool plains and humid forests. Take the Paine Circuit for a more difficult, yet the most scenic route through Torres del Paine, and pass the Grey, Dickinson, and Perros glaciers, and several rocky gullies and humid bogs.
3. ANNAPURNA REGION
Take one of the three major trekking routes to discover the massive beauty of Annapurna, which is also known as the Goddess of Harvests. Travel to Jomson and Muktinath, to the Annapurna Sanctuary (located beneath Machapuchare), or take the route of the Annapurna Himal in its entirety. Pass picturesque villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups and discover land that once was once closed off to the outside world. Admire the view from Poon Hill, which stretches across the Kali Gandaki (the worldâs deepest canyon) to Dhaulagiri (the seventh highest mountain in the world), and encounter a tremendous variety of cultures and scenery on whatever path you choose.
4. HADRIANâS WALL TRAIL
This trail follows Hadrian Wall quite closely as walkers pass through Medieval Hexham, which was once a local market town, and also to the ancient Roman forts of Vindolanda, Segedunum, and Birdoswald. Take five or six days for an easy trek over a few hills, and stop at one of the many pubs along the way after a long day of walking to relax and unwind. Be prepared for a light drizzle, this trail is in Britain after all, but the comfort of a warm fire is not far from wherever you are. This is a great trail for inexperienced walkers, and the historic sites are worth a visit.
5. NA PALI COAST
The Na Pali Coast, located on the northwest side of the Hawaiian island Kauai, offers one the most stunning tropical views on this planet. Hike along the 11 mile Kalalau Trail through lush rainforest valleys, cascading waterfalls, ancient Hawaiin ruins, pristine beaches, and bask in the warm sunshine that pours upon you. The trail begins at Haena State Park and winds along towering sea cliffs and through five valleys. The beautiful sites and tropical scenery are spectacular and unforgettable, but be aware that this is a difficult walking trail with stretches through rushing streams and over rocky terrain.
6. LYCIAN WAY
This long-distance footpath along the coast west of Antalya is known as one of the best walking trails in the world. It extends over 500 km, taking you down to the coast at Phaselis, winding south past secluded beaches, and all the way to the Chimaera (the âeternal flameâ of legend). One of the main attractions of this trail is its abundance of history. Almost daily you pass old civilizations, some of which are over 2,000 years old. The trail stretches up a windy hillside to the ancient Lycian city of Sidyma, where ancient columns, inscriptions, and an abundance of field crops can be found, and at Deliklikemer a Roman aqueduct awaits you, spanning across the valley above the city of Patara. In addition to historical significance, this trail offers remote, beautiful scenery rich of fauna and coastal beaches. Traverse through hidden corners of Turkey full of peaceful forests, high cliffs, old villages, and breathtaking sea views.
7. PENNINE WAY
Start this well known walking trail in Edale and finish in Kirk Yetholm. Along the way you will cross moors, national parks, the Scottish border, see abandoned mines and the home of the Bronte sisters, and follow a portion of historic Hadrianâs Wall. The limestone landscape is covered in royal blue gentians and pretty pink alpine primroses if you travel in the spring, but be cautious of the weather as this region tends to be rainy. Travel to the highest point of the walk, Cross Fell, and also view gentle waterfalls on the northern end of the trail. The walk takes from 16 to 20 days, and friendly pubs and B&Bâs await you, adding to the character of the journey.
8. EDEN TO ADDO
Participate in the inaugural Eden to Addo Mega-hike, a 17-day trekking experience that crosses seven mountain groupings, several rivers, biomes, and an abundance of diverse vegetation. Begin in the mythical forests of the Southern Capeâs Knysna, where the last few forest elephants dwell. Then head to the inland section of the Tsitsikamma National Park, the Couga and Baviaanskloof Wilderness Areas, and end in Addo Elephant National Park (one of the largest protected areas in Africa). Some consider this hike difficult, but the scenic journey over expansive mountains and through indigenous forests and river gorges is enough motivation to continue on your path. This trail is not only an adventure, but your participation donation goes toward the creation of biodiversity conservation corridors, which keep this beautiful region protected and untouched.
9. THE ALPINE PASS
Walk across the Swiss Alps on the long excursion through the Alpine Pass. Cross 16 mountains passes, and in the middle stop at the highest point, Blumlisalphutte, considered one of the best and most scenic sections. Some of the passes rise up to 2,700 metres high, and the valleys drop a dramatic kilometre or more beneath them, making the hiking quite strenuous on the legs. But if your feet are wearing out, chairlifts and the mountain railway or cable cars are accessible in certain areas. Although the walk through the Alpine Pass is difficult, the mountainous scenery and charming villages are worth the effort. It is also an option to travel a shorter distance by exploring certain sections of the pass, which is highly recommended, especially when the weather is at its worst.
10. ST. ANDRES-LES-ALPES TO RIEZ
Begin with spectacular views over the Valley du Verdon and head along pine hills that overlook the Lac de Castillon to Castellane. There you can find a chapel with one of the many breathtaking views this walking trail has to offer. From there the trail follows a Roman forged route through ancient villages and valley walls. The main event, the Gorges du Verdon, awaits you with its towering limestone walls. Climb up the walls themselves and listen to the rumble of water below, and shortly reach La Maline, where you can view the entire grand scene and stay for night or two of rest and recuperation. The next days of your journey are full of bright blue lakes located on the valley floor below deep, remarkable gorges. Then arrive at the Plateau de Valensole where the scenery transforms to lavender floored oak woods and the rural setting of the Roman town Riez, the last point of your journey.
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