An overview of eight walks to tick off your bucket list
There is a walker in all of us, whether it’s through the local park or the commute to work. These 8 unforgettable walks are here to inspire you to enjoy life on your feet, to live life to the fullest in the outdoors. Take on the challenge this year to walk just one of these beautiful peaks from around the world.
1. Mount Kilimanjaro, TANZANIA
Located in Tanzania Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, known to the locals as the ‘summit of Africa’ is the highest free standing mountain in the world at 5,895m. A popular mountain on bucket lists around the world and for those setting themselves a challenge in aid of a charity.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a stunning 6-8 day trail that thousands of trekkers flock to each year with the sole aspiration to stand on the ‘Roof of Africa’. The landscapes and climate change every day whilst climbing this beautiful mountain, from the tropics to the arctic. You must be well prepared and give yourself time to acclimatise to avoid altitude sickness. Whether you are a professional climber, a passionate hiker or a beginner walker looking for the next challenge, Mount Kilimanjaro is an adventure to consider.
Halima Neffakh, beginner walker and Hi-Tec sponsor took on the legendary mountain saying, "Climbing Kilimanjaro was fun. It really was. Sure, the last push to the summit was hard but was totally worth it. That feeling when you reach the top! I will never forget it".
2. Camino de Santiago, SPAIN
Some walkers are inspired by an interest in the culture, others do it out of a spiritual conviction and others approach it as a personal challenge. Thousands of people of all ages, physical shapes and sizes, health and fitness levels do it every year and hundreds of thousands have been walking it for centuries.
The Camino de Santiago is an ancient path and unique journey. Pilgrims from all over the world have followed the many paths to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St James for centuries. Today, whether walking the Camino for religious or spiritual reasons, or for its natural beauty, the Camino de Santiago is a trip of a lifetime, a unique experience that inspires many, even after their journey is over.
Anita, pilgrim and Hi-Tec fan says, “The Camino de Santiago was one of the most inspiring experiences I have ever had. No matter what you have heard or read about it, the experience is guaranteed to be life-changing.”
3. Te Araroa, NEW ZEALAND
Te Araroa is a scenic public trail stretching the entire length of New Zealand, a 3000km trail. The stunning trail will take you through spectacular landscapes from beaches to volcanoes and forests to cities.
Te Araroa means “The Long Path” and so it is. At an average of 25kms a day, hiking the full length of the trail takes three to six months. If it is too long for you, there’s plenty of tracks that you can walk as standalone sections. Hikers often comment that it’s the contact with the friendly Kiwi culture that makes this trail so special.
Rob Candy, dynamic trekker and Hi-Tec Walking Brand Ambassador has taken the challenge: 3000km in Hi-Tec Altitude Pro RGS saying, “I’m not even close to being a professional or even seasoned walker but it is a huge challenge and a great way of seeing New Zealand in a fairly unique way.”
“You've got to be up for it mentally. Still, a trail of this size can be pretty daunting and it's easy to get overwhelmed. So put your head down, put one foot forward and repeat. The fitness and resilience will come.”
4. Dog Mountain, USA
Dog Mountain is known for stunning views and unparalleled springtime flowers making this one of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, USA. A popular walk and a must do hike for the spring. The trail is open from May through to December. Although the walk is relatively short and easy to access, the trail can be rocky and very steep in some areas, which requires thoughtful footing and perseverance.
Dog Mountain walker and member of Hi-Tec family, David Rovianek, gives his advice on not underestimating the difficulty of the walk and taking the time to observe the beautiful surroundings.
“Dog Mountain is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done. I would recommend taking on this trail during spring as it is by far the best time. The last kilometre is a bit tough but it looks out over the Columbia River Gorge so definitely worth it! The view is absolutely stunning!”
5. De 4 Daagse, NETHERLANDS
Imagine a walk where the world is invited. That’s the Walk of the World, also known as the ‘De 4 Daagse’. The world’s largest walking event, attracting over 45,000 participants from many different countries across the world.
Depending on age group and category, walkers have the choice to complete 30, 40 or 50 kilometres for four consecutive days around the beautiful surrounding of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.
Hi-Tec Global are thrilled to be the official sponsor this ultimate walking event. The 4 day march attracts thousands of spectators to cheer on the walkers. The atmosphere is incredible and makes this event astounding.
This annual walk will be taking place from 19 July to 22 July 2016 with limited tickets available, to purchase yours visit www.4daagse.nl/en
6. Machu Picchu, PERU
The mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru can be explored as a 33km ancient trail that was created by the ancient Incas themselves and today you can hike on these original stones. The Camino Inca is rated as one of the top 5 treks in the word, described as a must-do, life changing experience. Some parts of the walk are a little rougher than others and require careful footing and durable gear, but most of the walk is moderate.
The trail takes 4-8 days to complete, depending on experience and level of walking. The mountain scenery is beautiful, with lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungles and a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination is Machu Picchu itself, the mysterious lost city of the Incas.
7. Lake District, UK
The Lakes are home to England’s most stunning peaks, including the tallest peak in England, Scafell Pike. Tried and tested by the Hi-Tec UK Adventure Team, they speak about the life changing experience of climbing this legendary mountain.
“When it comes to the majesty of nature, it’s difficult to put into words the impact it has on you as a person. Scafell Pike is no exception; I was expecting a very dull, lifeless environment but was welcomed by one of the most picturesque and abundant surroundings. Conquering the highest mountain in England gives you such a sense of accomplishment that can only be duplicated by challenging yourself to do more.”
There are three routes that can be taken to the peak of the mountain, with a trail to suit all levels of walking. A must do walk for the breath-taking panoramic views and natural surroundings.
Hi-Tec are headline sponsors of Keswick Mountain Festival taking place on 19-22 May 2016 in the beautiful Lake District. For more information visit: www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk
8. Otter Trail, SOUTH AFRICA
Named after the African clawless otter, this trail is regarded as one of the finest in the world and is the most popular of the South African hiking trails. Following the spectacular Eastern Cape coastline from Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
An absolute must for walkers that love coastal mountains, forests and beautiful beaches. This long stretch of stunning scenery is a total of 42.5kms long and takes 5 days to complete. The 4 nights can be spent in comfortable huts along the trail, with time to gaze at the stars and absorb the wonderful surroundings. The trail follows the rugged, rocky shoreline ranging in elevation from sea level to a height of more than 150m. The Otter Trail is on any South African walker’s bucket list and should be on yours for this summer.