Outdoors Information

Three Classic Hikes Abroad


Paul Scott Mower once said, "There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country?" If you've ever contemplated going abroad to find your next trail, here are 3 classic hikes to consider.

New Zealand's Milford Track: The best known "track" through New Zealand's beautiful fjords, this 32.9 miles (53 km) easy 4-day hike, starts at Glade Wharf (Lake Te Anau), winds over Mackinnon Pass and ends at Sandfly Point (Milford Sound). The scenery includes rainforests, alpine meadows and waterfalls at every turn, including the worlds third highest, the 3-leap Sutherland Falls. With its ethereal, dream-like scenery, some have described this hike akin to "walking through a Lord of the Rings movie."

Milford track is highly regulated for tourism and restricted to a one-way route during summer season. All hikers (independent or guided) are required complete the track in 3 nights/ 4 days and stay in the designated commune-styled huts along the way. Day-specific reservations and trail permits are required

Peru's Inca Trail: This 30 mile trail attract hikers from all over the world seeking to walk the ancient, ruin-studded path to the sacred site of Machu Picchu. The trail meanders over high passes, offering breathtaking views of glaciated mountains and lush green valleys of cloud forest. Along the trail, you'll pass early Inca stonework and abandoned outposts and villages until you reach the trail's end at Machu Picchu. There you'll pass into the sacred site through the Sun Gate, just as the Incas did centuries ago. This walk involves considerable climbing (at altitudes up to 14,000 feet), especially during the first half of the trail, and takes about 4 days.

Most trips start at the 88km mark (also known as (Qoriwayrachina) on the Cuzco to Machu Picchu rail line. Due to over-use (and abuse), the Peru's government no longer allows independent hikers on the trail. You are now required to go with a licensed tour operator and reservations need to be filed with the government 30 days before your arrival.

China's Great Wall: Hiking sections of China's Great Wall is a fantastic way to see and experience some of China's most significant and best-known sites. For centuries, the 4,163 mile long wall served several dynasties as an efficient military defense. Now, with a history spanning over 2,000 years, many of the Great Wall's sections are in ruins or have completely disappeared. Still, depending on where you start your trek, you'll pass through rugged mountain scenery, areas of unforgiving desert and glimpse traditional Chinese culture in a way most tourists will never experience.

Unless you have a friend in China that can round up all the difficult to obtain, but necessary permits, you'll need to hire a guide or tour company that specializes in hiking sections of the wall. Many Chinese tour companies include wall hiking in combination with other sightseeing tours or offer the opportunity to hike several sections over the course of a few days or weeks. In any case, each step along this ancient monument will be a hike back through China's history.

2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard. This article is provided courtesy of DoHiking.com - http://www.dohiking.com - a large and growing hiking website featuring articles, tips, advice and shopping for hiking & camping enthusiasts. This article may be freely published on any website, as long as the author, copyright, website address and link, and this notice are left intact.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Outdoors report: Dec. 15
Chron.com
Outdoors report. Galveston- Light winds gave way to good catches of trout over deep shell hours before the cold front blew through the region. Redfish are good at the jetty on natural baits. Matagorda- Guide Tommy Alexander reported quick limits of ...



Outdoors almanac: Dec. 15
Akron Beacon Journal
... • Sunday — The Portage Summit Field and Stream Club, 8504 U.S. Route 224, Deerfield Township, meets at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and to those interested in becoming a member. For more information, visit ...



mySanAntonio.com

Sutherland Springs family sues outdoors store where church shooter ...
mySanAntonio.com
Joann Ward, who died at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, and her dog, Zena. Photo: Courtesy Photo. Image 2 of 29. Joann Ward with her daughter Brooke Ward. Both died at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Joann Ward with her ...
Sutherland Springs family sues Academy Sports + OutdoorsKHOU

all 5 news articles »


Iowa Public Television

Iowa Entrepreneur: CrawDaddy Outdoors & Visual Logic | IPTV
Iowa Public Television
Discover how community support has been integral to the success of one business in Waverly, and meet two partners in the tech industry who make it a priority to value their employees.

and more »


mySanAntonio.com

Outdoors: Calendar, Dec. 15 - San Antonio Express-News
mySanAntonio.com
A woman tries you luck while fishing at Falcon Lake in Zapata, Texas, Sunday, April 30, 2017. A woman tries you luck while fishing at Falcon Lake in Zapata, Texas, Sunday, April 30, 2017. Photo: JERRY LARA / San Antonio Express-News. Outdoors: Calendar ...

and more »


Nonprofits span the state with giving opportunities to support outdoor recreation
News & Observer
If your bank account still has a few dollars at the end of this buying and giving season, don't forget the organizations that provide outdoors opportunities. Nonprofits serve the state from the mountains to the sea. Here are a few that would benefit ...



DesMoinesRegister.com

Outdoors Dan: Deer numbers and turkey decoys
DesMoinesRegister.com
Dan, what is going on with the Iowa deer herd? This has been one of the worst seasons for our family seeing deer this year. Have people killed too many deer? I think the deer numbers are OK; I have been seeing a lot of deer where I hunt. They have just ...



South China Morning Post

Important lessons in the great outdoors
South China Morning Post
Nature offers children an exciting playground and an excellent classroom. And recognising that has prompted an increasing number of schools in Hong Kong to introduce programmes which take students into the great outdoors, so they can experience the ...



Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga area outdoors calendar
Chattanooga Times Free Press
30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, $2 donation encouraged. See lulalake.org. » Winter Workshop Series: Wilderness First Aid, Jan. 18 & 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; free, all ages, registration not required; other workshops ...



Student Loan Hero (blog)

5 Well-Paying Careers for People Who Love the Outdoors
Student Loan Hero (blog)
If you were asked to describe a job, many people might say it involves sitting for long hours behind a desk in an office. But what if you're not a confined-to-a-cubicle kind of person and would rather spend most of your time outside? Don't worry; you ...


Google News

home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006