Great Adventure Walks of the World

often begins with a mad flurry to sort out transport, book accommodation, then a flight somewhere far away. We strap into our narrow, mid-air seats and watch the world turn under us. When we get to our destination, too often we sit in a bus and watch a city go by. We become spectators instead of participants. The only way to be involved while travelling is to get amongst it – get on your feet, and walk – thru the cows and mad traffic of Calcutta, past the song of the azan in the dusty, twisted streets of Marrakech, into the swirling moped traffic of Hanoi. The best adventure walks of the world, however, are in the great , with the sky above and good earth beneath, where the pleasure is in the undertaking of the journey, not the destination itself.

Adventure Walks Wayna Winay Inca Trail Peru Taking to the Open Road Peggy Tee
The ruins of Wayna Winay, along the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail, Peru

Hiking the Inca Trail is more than just a walk in cloud forest – there is a spirituality in the smooth stones that make the path and a serenity in the abandoned ruins we visit along the way. Fog often fills the valleys and at night, the stars seem close enough to touch. At ruined sanctuaries along the way, my Peruvian guide, Carlos, scatters offerings of coca leaves to Pachamama, the Earth Goddess. Arriving at Machu Picchu after four days of hiking, just as the sun rises is a sublime experience – much more meaningful because hikers walk in the footsteps of those who made the Inca Trail itself.

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Base Camp, Everest. (PIc from www.fotopedia.com)

Everest Base Camp,

Reaching Everest Base Camp is the ultimate walk of adventure walks – what could be more exciting than to be that close to touching the roof of the world? Base Camp is Nepal’s most iconic trek, and worth it for the views alone. Then there are the picturesque prayer flags, isolated monasteries, smiling Sherpas – not to mention the bragging rights! A trek to Everest Base Camp isn’t to be undertaken lightly; a reliable agent such as My Adventure Store, who specialise in (yes you guessed it!) adventure experiences, can make all the difference between success and failure.

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Great Adventure Walks Overland Track Tasmania Australia Taking to the Open Road Peggy Tee
The Overland Track, , Australia

Overland Track, Australia

Over 60km of combined boardwalk and trail, the Overland Track is one of the world’s most beautiful nature hikes. Located in Tasmania, Australia, the Overland takes hikers through the stunning landscapes of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park for six full days. Glacier valleys, old forests, fragrant eucalypt, buttongrass heath and alpine fields set the stage for curious pademelons, snuffling wombats and calling currawongs. Day hikes in Cradle Mountain provide a taster of the full experience of this iconic Australian adventure walk.

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Great Adventure Walks Camino de Santiago Spain Taking to the Open Road Flickr
Markers along the Camino de Santiago (Pic from www.flickr.com)

Camino de Santiago, Spain

Perfect for history and buffs, the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St James, is a pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the saint are buried. Medieval pilgrims walked the Way for months in order to seek penance, redemption or forgiveness. They slept in churches or safe houses along the way, granted protection from thieves and bandits by their devotion and the scallop shell they wore, the symbol of St James. Modern hikers now retrace the Way by walking, cycling or on horse (yes, really!) and sleeping modern pilgrim hotels, or albergues. The sleeping arrangements may have changed, but they still display scallop shells as they walk past the old Romanesque buildings of old churches along the Way.

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  1. I had no idea about the boardwalk in Tasmania! Wow! I MUST do that! great post!

    1. I only did like 8 km of that trail – the Overland Track – and it was SOO beautiful. I wish I had a few days more to do the whole thing – it takes you up into the mountains by Lake St Clair. When we went in autumn the trees were turning gold and the air was crisp. Totally beautiful! Meet you there!

  2. I was just researching trekking trips to Everest Base Camp!! I’m really intrigued by this sort of travel, and would love to do a trip like that someday. I had no idea about the Overland Track, but it sounds fabulous. I’ll be in NZ later this year – might have to pop down and go for a little 6 day hike while I’m on that side of the world! 🙂

    1. Awesome Amy! When are you planning on going? I really really want to go, but I think I’ll attempt Kilimanjaro first before Base Camp! Yay for heading to NZ later this year – NZ is also chockful of great and beautiful adventure walks, so you’ll have a grand time.

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