3 Epic Hikes You Must Do in Your Lifetime

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Photo credit: Mosaic Marketing

It’s difficult to describe the feeling of conquering one of the world’s most famous peaks. There’s a sense of gratitude for the natural beauty and history that sets each peak apart from all of the others. All hikers know the feeling, and although it may not be the same for everyone, it’s undeniably special. These are three epic hiking destinations that offer postcard-worthy views, rich history and that unforgettable feeling from the top.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro — Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

 

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Photo credit: Stig Nygaard

 

Summiting, Mount Kilimanjaro, also known as the Roof of Africa, is a challenge not every hiker is ready to endure.  However, if you’re willing to push your physical and mental limits, trekking to the peak of the dormant volcano can be a life-changing experience. Take your first look at the towering peak from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and your feet will be itching to reach the peak of Uhuru and gaze at Tanzania’s picture-perfect beauty from above.

Worried about summiting the 5,895-metre-tall peak without prior experience? The experts at Climb Kilimanjaro Guide offer all of the information and inspiration you need to turn your dream of climbing the highest mountain in Africa into a reality.

 

Machu Picchu — Cusco Region, Peru

 

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Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis

 

The trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most unique journeys in the world. Travelers who reach Machu Picchu are able to view the tree-covered Sacred Valley from 2,430 metres above sea level, but that’s not what makes this trek so unforgettable.

In fact, you may have trouble noticing the surrounding peaks and valleys when you reach the ancient Incan estate, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Constructed in the 1450s under the reign of emperor Pachucuti, Machu Picchu features agricultural terraces, an ancient city and several awe-inspiring Incan temples.

The experts at Machu Picchu Trek Guide offer all of the information you need to reach this iconic travel destination and make the most of your time in the capital city of Cusco as well as other areas of Peru.

Everest Base Camp — Khumjung, Nepal

 

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Photo credit: ilkerender

 

Only the world’s most elite mountaineers have conquered the highest peak in the world — Mount Everest. In fact, it is estimated that just 4,000 people have summited the iconic peak since Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norway first made it to the top in 1953. Most trekkers know that reaching the summit of Mt. Everest is risky and expensive (costing upwards of $45,000 for a western guide service), but that doesn’t mean they should give up their dreams of seeing the world’s most famous mountain up close and personally.

The Everest Base Camp Trek  is a roughly 16-day-long journey to the mountain’s legendary base camp, where some of the world’s greatest mountaineers have prepared for their treks to the top. Along the way, hikers will walk in the footsteps of legends, acclimatize in the mountain village of Namche Bazaar, visit the world’s highest permanently inhabited village (Gorak Shep), and stand in awe of the legendary peak that has been the source of so many triumphs and tragedies.

 

 

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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