Bucket List 101: the Asian destinations perfect for hiking

Bucket List 101: the Asian destinations perfect for hiking

It’s no secret Asia is the place to go for travelling. It’s a continent full of diversity and beauty, with opportunities to either lay back and relax or explore all it has to offer. For the latter, hiking is perhaps the best way to see the landscape in all its glory – here is just a small selection of some of Asia’s best trails.

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Kalimpong, India 

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 Although Kalimpong is populated, unlike a majority of hiking sites across the world, you’ll find its residents live in little hamlets and villages secluded in the rolling hills. As you ascend the peaks of Kalimpong, Audley details how your view of the Himalayas grows clearer and clearer, with India’s highest peak – Kanchenjunga – towering above.

The residents of Kalimpong are extremely welcoming, too, and you may even be able to stay in a local home for the night should you need to. Elsewhere, activities such as mountain biking and white water rafting are available to take part in across the cragged terrain.

Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

It’s arguably the most popular hiking trail in the world, and for good reason. Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit has widely been considered the “holy grail” for hikers, due to its immense diversity and wealth of sights, nature and wildlife.

The trek begins in the jungle, surrounded by forestry and wild animals, before giving way to sections of deep canyons, isolated Tibetan villages and, eventually, a towering mountain range that is home to Thurung La, the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit that nears 20,000 feet. It’s a walk full of wonder, that needs to be done in its entirety to realise its immensity.

Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

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 If you want to experience hiking to the peak of a mountain, look no further than Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu. It doesn’t take long, either – depending on whether you want to challenge yourself or simply take it slow, the climb will take you a day or two respectively.

And once you reach the peak of Mount Kinabalu, you’ll see why it’s so popular. The view stretches for miles all around, with equally impressive mountains giving way to lush greenery. Hot springs await you upon your descent, too, so don’t be afraid to relax in a natural paradise when you come back down.

Sapa, Vietnam

Home to Vietnam’s highest peak, Sapa is a must-visit for any budding hiker visiting the country. It’s quickly becoming a tourist hotspot but for now it remains relatively undiscovered, so you can expect your journey to be relatively isolated – except for the hill station and town of Sapa itself.

The main thing that distinguishes the site from any other is how green and flourishing it is. Rice terraces give way to rolling hills, the refreshing mountain air adding to the experience. Consider getting a guide to take you through Sapa’s surrounding countryside, in order to learn all there is to know about the unique location.

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Doi Inthanon, Thailand

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Thailand is arguably the number one destination for travellers across the world. And why wouldn’t it be? With such a range of things to do and see, including unparalleled natural beauty, it makes sense for people to flock to the country. Doi Inthanon, however, is one place that many of them are yet to discover.

And it likely won’t take long for the masses to realise how incredible this peak is. Being the highest point in Thailand is impressive enough, but Tieland to Thailand states that the mountain and its surrounding national park is now their favourite place in the country due to its lush nature trails, secluded waterfalls and sweeping panoramic views.

Which of these amazing Bucket List 101: the Asian destinations perfect for hiking would you hope to visit? Have you hiked any of them? Tell us all about it or which is your favorite in the comments below.

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This was a guest post written by Isabel Leong from belaroundtheworld.com

13 thoughts on “Bucket List 101: the Asian destinations perfect for hiking

  1. What a helpful article for hikers who want to get out there and explore! Your pictures are spectacular. I hope you add to this series!

  2. Asia is high on my list! So many wonderful places in your post. Saving this for later as it is so helpful!

  3. This was such an interesting and insightful list! I love hiking so much, so I definitely will refer back to your post when I’m on the lookout for great trails 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    xx Elena

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