Guided Hiking Tips
There are many wonderful places to hike in the world, but sometimes it can be a little too scary to strike out on your own. The far-flung nooks and crannies of the world are beautiful, yes, but it can be difficult to find the best trails, and getting lost is always a concern. Guided hiking trips have become quite popular recently, and it’s no wonder since there are so many different options available.
What is a Guided Hiking Trip?
The name itself is fairly self-explanatory, as it is a hiking trip that you have a guide for. However, there are a few things to be aware of. Each guided hiking trip will be different, especially since there are many companies that offer them. There is a big difference between group and private tours or climbs. The prices are often cheaper for a group tour, but a private tour can give you a more personalized experience. You need to know your own hiking ability so that you don’t get left behind. If a tour is too physically demanding, your options may be limited once you start if you are doing a group climb. Usually, private climbs can adjust to your pace better, but it does vary from company to company. Be sure to do your research, and find a reputable guide with plenty of experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be afraid to ask for references! This is an experience of a lifetime, so you should make it the best one possible.
With hiking tours, you have many different destination options. Let’s examine a few of the unique ones around the world that you could take advantage of.
The Grand Canyon is a spectacular place to hike. This national landmark has many beautiful places to discover and sights to see: towering red walls, cascading waterfalls, vibrant flora and fauna. While the hustle and bustle of tourists may not be very appealing, rest assured that there are many places where you can still find solitude in the stunning landscapes offered by the canyon. There are many guide companies like The Wildland Trekking Company and Discovery Treks, but there are plenty of smaller local guides as well. Do your research, and find the guide and the trip that are right for you.
Tongariro Northern Circuit, North Island, New Zealand
Ever thought about hiking around an active volcano? This hiking circuit lets you do just that. Centered around volcano Mount Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park, you have a chance to hike plenty of trails and see some astonishing sights of nature. Although most of the trails do not go up the mountain, there are options for the two-hour hike up the side of the volcano that was actually featured as Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies. There are many brightly colored lakes and volcanic formations that are not to be missed. The 100% Pure New Zealand company offers a 3.5 day/3-night hiking tour all around the mountain. If you’re looking for more hiking after that, then there are plenty of tours nearby in the Kaimanawa Forest Park.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
For the ultimate hiking experience, why not take a hiking tour of one of the world’s most famous mountains? Although this may seem daunting, Tim Ward, author of “Zombies on Kilimanjaro,” notes in his blog, “Kilimanjaro is technically the easiest to climb of the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each continent). You don’t need ropes or special mountaineering gear, or even any previous mountain climbing experience. The youngest person to reach the summit was six years old, and the eldest (as of 2011), was 87.” So how about it? This is one of the greatest experiences that requires a guide, and while it is a splurge, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of splurge. Just think of the affirmation and achievement that you will feel once you are standing on top of the mountain that you just scaled.
As you can see, there are many unique experiences out there for your guided hiking tour adventure. Having a guide helps you to get the most out of your vacation while easing worries about getting lost and allows you to just have fun. Be sure to check out these great locations, and have a blast on your hiking adventure!