Travel Traditionally: Treks, Hikes, and Adventures
Hiking, tramping, trekking, bushwhacking, or just rambling…walking is the oldest method of transport. Going somewhere on foot forces us to slow down, take some time with our thoughts, and see our surroundings properly. On top of that, it is one of the ultimate eco-friendly ways to get from place-to-place.
Where better to become a temporary nomad than Mongolia, where 30% of the population is nomadic or semi-nomadic? With vast expanses of grassy steppe, this is a country which offers a sense of space and freedom in an utterly unique way. You will travel as centuries of local people have done across this dramatic landscape. Spend alternate nights camping and staying with local families in gers, traditional felt yurts. On the way you will visit nature reserves and sacred sites to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the country.
For those looking for the ultimate trek, there are guides who will take you across the magnificent Himalayan Mountains. Beginning your journey in the lowlands, you will pass through jungle and luscious tea estates. You will journey upwards across ridges with stunning panoramas. The trek offers a contrast of picturesque villages and dramatic vistas, as well as the chance to see some the world’s highest mountains – Everest, Lhotse and Makalu!
Of course, we cannot talk about trekking without mentioning what is possibly the world’s most iconic journey: the Inca Trail; hiking over the Peruvian Andes through cloud forest to a site of deep archaeological and cultural significance. Llamas and alpacas will line the route of steep ascents and descents. You will pass Dead Woman’s Pass, and The Black Lagoon and enjoy scenes of snow capped peaks around you.
For those with a real passion for adventure, take trekking to another level on icy terrain. Patagonia might be the ultimate adventure, with its wild and rugged beauty, windswept steppes, and sparkling glaciers. You will trek sub-Antarctic forest, then head onto the glaciers themselves. This trek may not be for the faint hearted but with views like the electric blue Laguna Torre and Perito Glacier, the work is more than worth it!
Of course, there are faster ways to travel with as little impact as walking. I am a massive bike enthusiast. There is nothing as exhilarating as free-wheeling down a hill with the wind in your hair. You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist to explore on a bike. This tour of Mexico will take you around the Yucatan Peninsula in a way you have never imagined. You will travel from jungle to cerulean Caribbean waves and everything in between! Snorkel coral reef, swim in underground pools of crystal clear water, and visit Mayan ruins. This adventure is unbeatable.