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6 INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD

If you're looking for real adventure and unique experiences this season, load your trekking backpack and dust off your hiking boots for these incredible and undiscovered escapes from around the world.


Asia: Meghalaya, India

Sitting north of the Bangladesh border, Meghalaya is an undiscovered hiking and backpacking paradise defined by green summits, cascading waterfalls, rich biodiversity, and bridges weaved out of living tree roots.

 

The Khasi Hills offer the most stunning sites in the region, including Laitkynsew (root bridges), and the Jakrem Hot Spring.

 

The best way to reach this remote escape is Umroi Airport, which is 35km from its capital city, Shillong.

 

Meghalaya records some of the highest rainfall levels on the planet (monsoon season is from late June to September), so a highly breathable waterproof jacket is a must-have.

Laitkynsew in Meghalaya, India

North America: Redwood Forest, California

Located on the West Coast of California, Redwood National Park and the Del Norte Coast, Prairie Creek and Jedediah Smith

 

Redwoods State Parks cover 133,000 acres of parkland with over 322km of trails.

 

The ancient old-growth sequoias are capable of reaching unbelievable statures of 112m and widths of 7m, which is the equivalent of a 37-storey skyscraper. Some of these redwoods are an incredible 2,000 years old (most still achieve a modest age of 600).

 

Your choice of hiking is huge. The 16-mile Redwood Creek Trail is one of the best two-day routes you can complete. It also includes views of Hyperion, the tallest tree on the planet (115.61m).

 

You can even scale 200ft redwoods in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains if you book a guided tour wth Tree Climbing Planet. Climbing parties are small and only happen once a year, so be prepared to join a long waiting list.

Giant Redwood trees in the National Park

Russia: Lake Baikal, Siberia

Lake Baikal boasts more than 2,100km of shorelines and depths reaching 1,632m, making it the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world.

 

It's also one of the planet's clearest lakes - in some sections, the water is so pure that you can see to depths of 40m.

 

Its combination of vastness and remoteness means that some research is required to get the most out of your adventure.

 

Travel from Irkutsk Airport to Listvyanka to reach the Great Baikal Trail. Walk 24km along the shore to Bolshie Koty or backpack further to Bolshoe Goloustnoe. Severobaikalsk also provides excellent hiking.

 

For a real sense of serenity and seclusion spend a few days exploring Olkhon Island. It's 72km long and has an abundance of wilderness, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs where you can trek, swim and ride.

Clear ice on Lake Baikal, Siberia

South America: Huacachina, Peru

Located 5lm from Ica on South America's well-trodden Gringo Trail, Huacachina is a remarkable desert oasis circled by tropical palm trees and looming sand dunes.

 

Huacachina offers sandboarding and dune buggy rides as well as swimming and boating, making it the perfect 36-hour detour destination for backpackers who are searching for something slightly different.

 

Walk to the top of the sand dunes for around 5pm and you can enjoy some of the most stunning sunset views in South America.

 

The desert environment means hat the temperature can drop in the evenings, so stash a warm fleece.

The Huacachina oasis, surrounded by sand dunes

Europe: Hallerbos Forest, Belgium

In the last two weeks of April you can visit the Hallerbos Forest in Flanders for the most lucid woodland walks in Europe.

 

The 7km Bluebell Walk is the best hiking route to see the forest in  its vivid springtime colours. You can also dowload the full map to explore the forest's remarkable valleys (Roebuck Walk) or stroll beneath its canopy of towering sequoia trees (Sequoia Walk).

 

For a perfect one-day city escape you can ride the Eurostar from London St. Pancreas to Brussels, jump on the train to Halle and then take the bus to the Hallerbos Forest (it's only about 20km from Brussels).

Bluebell walks in Hallerbos Forest, Belguim

UK: Glencoe, Scotland

For summer hillwalking and winter mountaineering, Glencoe has more in common with the Himalayas than anything else on offer in Great Britain.

 

Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the area is home to some of the country's most stunning Munros (summits 3,000ft and above), including Buachaille Etive Mor, Buachaille Etive Beag, and Bidean nam Bian.

 

The glen also owns some spectacular ridge scrambles, namely Aonach Eagach and the Devil's Staircase.

 

Wild camping is welcome across Scotland, however technical climbing equipment and an experienced guide are necessary for bagging these peaks in winter conditions. Mountain Magic offers some fantastic packages.

The sunrise on the mountains of Glencoe, Scotland


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