The year before has made people stay at home more often than many of us wanted to be. Thus, if your situation permits it, 2021 can be the year when you finally take the time to travel more.
Hikers, especially, might want to get out and create a hiking bucket list to make their year more memorable. With that said, many excellent trails will leave a lasting impression on you and your year.
If you’re looking for a reason to use that trekking poles of yours this year, here are ten amazing trails that you might want to conquer before 2021 ends:
10 Amazing Hiking Trails to Conquer by End of 2021
Pennine Way, United Kingdom
Pennine Way in the United Kingdom is a trail that runs somewhere under 430 km or about 270 miles. This hiking trail will let you explore the rolling hills of England’s central area, specifically the Cheviots and, of course, the Pennines.
With this hiking trail, you can stop by the peak of Cross Fell and have a better view of the green lands surrounding you. If you want to go through the entirety of Pennine Way, you have to devote at least three weeks to it.
Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Many pilgrimages of the olden days make for excellent historical hiking trails today. No matter your religion, hiking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela or the Way of Saint James is an incredible trip.
This hiking trail is in the Santiago de Compostela city in Spain, and it’s excellent for giving you a chance to slow down and take things one step at a time. There are plenty of beautiful sights to behold, and you can enjoy some Spanish hospitality while you’re there.
Appalachian Trail, United States
Speaking of long hiking trails, one of the most famous ones is the Appalachian Trail in the United States. This trail is about 2,000 miles long and takes you across the country.
Of course, it’s quite a trip to make and indeed an adventure for any hiker looking to make a significant hiking journey to mark the year. Since it’s quite a long trip, make sure to prepare for it adequately. It’s undoubtedly going to be a significant item to cross off any hiker’s hiking bucket list.
The Basho Wayfarer, Japan
For literary fans, the Basho Wayfarer trail in Japan is a must-experience hiking trail. This particular trail is popular because this is what inspired the Japanese wandering poet Basho’s poetry.
The gorgeous scenery around this trail will undoubtedly inspire anyone to create art. So if you’re a nature-lover and art enthusiast all at once, stop by the Basho Wayfarer and give it a try yourself.
Refugio Frey and Cerro Catedral, Argentina
If you find yourself in Argentina around Bariloche, you should stop by and go up the hike leading to Refugio Frey. Refugio Frey is a camping refuge surrounded by the gorgeous mountains around Bariloche.
The trail itself starts at Cerro Catedral up to Refugio Frey. You can do it as a day hike, but the place is also great for a night out to enjoy the sceneries around you more. It’s not too difficult of a hike, although some parts are steep, so do be careful.
Mount Toubkal, Morocco
If you want a snowier hike and are experienced enough in doing so, consider hiking up the grand Mount Toubkal in Morocco.
Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in the North African area, so definitely a bucket list-worthy trail for hikers. This hike is best for experienced hikers due to the altitude level that will hike a challenge.
However, you might want to enjoy a break in Neltner Refuge before you reach the summit. This is a great place to try some local Moroccan cuisine and recuperate before hitting the trail.
Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong
The Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong is another hiking bucket list worth seeing. If you’re in Hong Kong, you can enjoy this trail and look around and admire the southern part of Hong Kong once you get to the viewing platform near the summit.
The end of this trail leads you to a bay with the name of Big Wave Bay. You can cap off the hiking trail with a nice dip in the waters or even go surfing if that’s something you enjoy.
The Dingle Way, Ireland
Ireland is home to various long-distance hiking trails, and one of its most popular tracks would be the Dingle Way. The Dingle Way is famous because it has a diverse set of landscapes along the trail. Sometimes, the changes can be quite dramatic as you walk along too.
If you want a unique hiking experience, you should stop by Ireland and try the Dingle Way yourself.
Tergo La Trek, Bhutan
Tergo La Trek isn’t the most popular hiking trail in Bhutan, but experienced hikers would love this if they’re looking for a challenge.
This trail is one of the best ways you can enjoy the breathtaking sights around Bhutan. Sure, this trail can be challenging, but it’s going to reward you with out-of-this-world views along the way.
Tahoe Rim Trail, United States
An underrated hiking trail in the United States is the Tahoe Rim Trail, which will take you about two weeks to finish and come back to your starting point. It’s a great place to experience some solitude if you want to try hiking yourself, especially for the first time.
If you’re in the area, consider stopping by and enjoy this trail and camp under the stars for two weeks.
With so many missed opportunities last year because of the pandemic, we understand if you’re giddy to get back to hiking. So much so that you do not know where to start. Hopefully, this list can help you kick start your adventure.