Last year I followed BestHke.com’s year end countdown of the Ten Best Hikes in the World and this year, Rick is back this year with a new top ten list. This time it’s the “Ten Best Hiking Regions in the World”. And since I’m slow, and didn’t post yesterday, we’ll kick it off with two entries today…
Starting the list off is #10 – The Indian Himalaya. The area is described as “Nepal, but without ‘teahouses’ packed together on every popular trail.” This region is definitely not for the feint of heart though, as the weather is described as “fickle”, which is probably being a bit generous, the infrastructure is labeled as undeveloped (read: non-existent) and altitude can be an issue, even for those who are very fit and healthy. Still, the area is untrammeled by the hordes of trekkers that you might encounter in Nepal and the region is designed for the truly adventurous who are really looking to get off the beaten path, and explore a very remote region of the World.
Holding down the #9 spot is The Alps, which are often overlooked by the adventurous traveler who chalks up these iconic European mountains as the realm of backpacking college students and tourists. Best Hike says “The culture and history of Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenian and Switzerland” make it worth the trip, and along the way you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the most amazing mountain scenery anywhere in the World. There is a reason that the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is still considered one of the classic trekking routes anywhere in the World.
After reading these two posts, and enjoying last year’s list so much, I’m not anxiously anticipating the rest of the list. I’m in the early stages of planning a new adventure for next year, and perhaps this list will inspire some ideas. I have a few thoughts on some other places that might make the cut, but I’ll just have to wait to see which locations make the list. As far as year-end top ten lists go, this one could well be my favorite! 🙂
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