Overall rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ – 2+ adventure travel stars

Hiking at Mt. Tamalpais

Hiking at Mt. Tamalpais

Don’t let the 2+ stars fool you. Hiking is a great experience. The lower rating is a reflection of the general lack of risk and skill needed to enjoy it.

Depending on where you go, what you do and what you see on a hike, you can easily bump this experience up a couple of stars.

Hiking is an adventure travel experience for just about anyone. There are different levels of difficulty ranging from an easy, leisurely walk to hikes for those with a lot of experience and a high level of fitness.

Because there are so many kinds of hiking to do – and because it’s an easy activity to find around the world – you should consider adding it to your agenda for just about any overseas adventure travel destination.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ – 2 adventure travel stars

For most people hiking is not a risky endeavor. However, when you’re out in the wild there are some very real risks. I certainly alter my routes when I hear of cougar sightings (the big cat, not women), and if you get an injury while far off the beaten path, you will understand the risks.

Generally speaking, many hikers aren’t looking for an adrenaline rush when they go hiking. They get a more calm, communing-with-nature kind of high.

Serious hikers, on the other hand, get out in the middle of nowhere and can come in contact with some dangerous stuff and precarious situations. This review was written with the rest of us in mind, for the most part, and that’s why it got the two-star risk rating.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ – 2 adventure travel stars

Basically, if you can walk, you can hike because a hike can be tailored to just about any level of physical fitness. On the other hand, if you want to see new and exciting things that others may never experience, you better get in good shape prior to your journey.

Serious adventure hikers travel distances of 10 miles or more, and they typically carry packs weighing in excess of 20 pounds. That, my friend, can take its toll on your body over long distances, so you’ll need to be in very good shape.

Most of us are looking for an enjoyable walk in pleasant surroundings without looking forward to eight or 10 miles of trail to cover, so for the skill and physical challenge rating, hiking was given two stars.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

If you like getting out of doors, breathing fresh air and communing with nature, then you’ll really enjoy hiking. And if you’re in a foreign land, hiking is a great way to experience and get a feel for new surroundings.

There are exotic locations in Peru, Nepal and China as well as uncommon, unique experiences involving waterfalling (hunting for waterfalls), llama hiking and a relatively new activity with a treasure hunting element called geocaching.

Popular places for hiking

The next time someone tells you to take a hike, consider the 10 overseas adventure travel destinations below.

  • Tongariro Northern Circuit, North Island, New Zealand
  • Inca Trail, Peru
  • Zion Narrows, Utah, United States
  • West Coast Trail, British Columbia, Canada
  • Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile
  • Mount Kiliminjaro, Tanzania
  • Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
  • Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Tour de Mont Blanc, France