10 of the most spectacular and grueling hiking trails
Walking the tourist route, especially if it is very long, always dialectical - the spirit of solitude and fraternity surface of the river and the mountain plateau, pleasure and pain. This roll call of opposites and fills the path of thousands of kilometers in length. It's hard to believe that a person is able to overcome such a distance on foot. Perhaps this makes such adventures extremely memorable.
Cheryl Strijdom memoir about her solitary journey to the Pacific Crest trail were so exciting that based on the story in Hollywood made a film "Wild" with Reese Witherspoon in the lead role, which has already received two Oscar nominations. If you like such an adventure, you can safely go to one of these debilitating and at the same time incredibly spectacular routes.
Applachskaya trail, USA
Distance: 3510 kilometers
Applachskaya trail - a real queen of hiking trails. From Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia separates you only 5 million steps. However, idyllic views of first-class North American Forest National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina need to brighten up your journey. Of potential hazards can be called brown bears, venomous snakes, poison ivy and ticks, Lyme disease distributors.
The path south-east coast, United Kingdom
Distance: 1016 kilometers
Perhaps, from the rest of the list of participants traveling along this route you will find the race on a short distance. Trail south-east coast benefits from its history. Lying from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbor in Dorset, this trail crosses just two World Heritage sites, including the Jurassic Coast with rocks that 240 million years. In addition, you have to climb a total of 35 kilometers, which is equivalent to four ascents of Everest.
The trail Te Araroa, New Zealand
Distance: 3000 kilometers
New Zealand Landscapes in principle can not be upset - mountain ranges, capes and glaciers form an impressive panorama. Te Araroa trail - "long trail" is translated from the Maori language - crosses most of these natural beauties. In normal mode, this route takes you about 3 months. Ultramarafonets Jez Bragg overcame him for 53 days.
The trail "Continental abroad", USA
Distance: 4990 kilometers
Another incredibly long route, crossing the United States. Inheritance of real enthusiasts hiking. Almost 5000 kilometers from Mexico to Canada - a difficult, but very exciting journey along the Rocky Mountains of North America, and places of interest such as the Red Desert in Wyoming and Grays Peak in Colorado. Every year, a total of 150 people have sought to overcome the "Continental abroad." The youngest of them was only 13 years old.
The path of Samuel and Florence Baker, Sudan / Uganda
Distance: 805 kilometers
Real adventurers certainly inspire pioneering spirit of this historic route of the expedition in the footsteps of Samuel and Florence Bakers - the first Europeans 150 years ago to get to Lake Albert in East Africa, and gave it the name in honor of Queen Victoria's husband. The trail starts near Juba, capital of South Sudan, and runs along these unique natural sites like Lake Albert and the 43-meter waterfall Kabarega in place confluence of the Nile in Lake Victoria.
The trail desert Oregon, USA
Distance: 1287 kilometers
Oregon desert - addictive and very difficult terrain that will test your strength. Route consists of a mixture of short paths, roads colonists and historical routes through the wilderness. Desert trail - really is a serious challenge that should not be taken unprepared. You have behind them must have experience and large amounts of water. However, the amazing beauty of the landscape make this a very attractive path.
The path "Grande Italia", Italy
Distance: 6166 kilometers
This path with full confidence can be called ambitious. Walking across the Alpine arc, the route then descends down to Sicily, skirts the west coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea towards Sardinia and ends in the ancient city Tibula. The trail was opened in 1995, and its passage takes you about 8 months.
The Great Himalayan Trail, Nepal
Distance: 1700 kilometers
The longest and highest mountain trail in the world, crossing the entire Himalayan range from Kashmir to Tibet. This route is for the most ambitious hikers pass through the territories of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Nepali land - the most difficult in and of itself is a great challenge even for sverhopytnyh hikers. A special treat - to observe the remote Nepalese village situated on the slopes of mountains and hills at an altitude of a few thousand meters. It is worth to go only with the experience of mountain climbing, because the trail climbs to an incredible 6146 meters.
Nature Trail Hokkaido, Japan
Distance: 4585 kilometers
Japan - a paradise for lovers of walking for long distances, because in its territory are 5 of 10 haykingovyh the longest trails in the world. The trail of Hokkaido - the most majestic of them - passes through forests, mountains, steaming volcanoes and glaciers of the island of Hokkaido. On this most northerly of the islands of Japan is very short summers and long cold winter, which you will in any case have to catch, because the journey it will take about seven months.
Transpanamskaya trail Panama
Distance: 800 kilometers
Anyone who has ever traveled to the tropics, will confirm very harsh local conditions. Dense and humid jungle, full of mosquitoes and other blood-sucking creatures are just waiting until you start this 800-km journey. But on the way you expect a lot of interesting things. From the border of Colombia and Costa Rica, you will fall soon in the territory of the local tribes like the Kuna and Embera. Also you will have the chance to ride in a canoe on the waters of tropical forests and walk in the footsteps of the conquistadors, who were here 600 years ago. On the whole Transpanamskuyu path it will take more than three months.