When it comes to adventure, there is no shortage of exciting destinations to fit your taste. Whether you are into hiking, mountain climbing, biking, sailing, kayaking, skiing or you just like to explore flora and fauna; there is always a new adventure destination for you to explore. Some places such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru are so popular that the trail is now eroded. Here, some destinations will be highlighted where you can enjoy yourself in privacy and get immersed in nature. Here are some of the adventure destinations you should go to next time;
Trekking and nature trails
- Red Centre, Australia
Red Centre in the heart of Australia offers one of the most breathtaking trails on Earth, the Larapinta trail. Experience the Australian outback as you start off the 225 km (140 miles) trail from Alice Springs through the West MacDonnell Ranges and the right to Mount Sonder. The trail challenges you on some days with some stretches covering 20 miles, but it can be done in shorter stretches. For fun packed adventure, try the full 14-day experience.
- Classic Trail, New Zealand
Nicknamed “tramping” by the Kiwis, the Milford track still offers a valuable experience. This is the most famous out of New Zealand’s Classic Trails, and some areas are regulated due to the massive number of tourists who visit the trail. It takes in a maximum of 90 walkers each morning, and you should book in advance. The track will take you through mountains, lakes, waterfalls and glacial valleys until you finish the 33-mile trail. If you prefer privacy, visit less crowded trails like Tongariro Alpine Crossing and see jagged volcanic peaks and volcanic lakes. Other exciting hikes include Mt. Victoria Trail, Te Araroa trail on the North and South Islands and Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park.
- Ladakh, The Himalayas
This is a tough trek and will drain you physically, but the experience is worth it. Since it is in a mountainous region, you have to be acclimatized which will be at Leh, Ladakh’s capital. As you acclimatize, experience the deep culture with visits to monasteries and villages. A series of treks will build up the trail up to Stok Kangri base camp. Included in this trail is a night climb to reach the summit and experience a breathtaking Himalayan sunrise. This trek takes about 14 days to complete.
- Hemis National Park, Ladakh
If you are looking for adventure, this trek is right for you. It is as tough as the hike to Stok Kangri, but you traverse mountains with the local trackers. You are bound to experience the culture as you use local housing. You can also camp in the wilderness as the hike progresses. You might even be lucky enough to spot a snow leopard in the wild!
- Mt Kinabalu, Borneo
Immerse yourself in the Borneo rainforest as you take on this mountain trek which will take you through the rainforest and rugged alpine terrain. The goal is to reach the summit and spend the night there. The mountain stands tall at over 13000 feet making it the tallest in South East Asia. After spending the night on the summit, you awake to the brilliant sunrise over the jungle.
- Tierra del Fuego, Chile, Argentina
This is one of the most remote places on Earth making it a great destination for adventure. The Tierra del Fuego trail involves trekking through Torres del Paine National Park. After that, get a close-up view of the Perito Moreno Glacier located in Los Glaciares National Park. A boat ride to Ushuaia, the southernmost city takes you through the Beagle Channel, and the trip ends in Buenos Aires, and if you are lucky, you can try out the tango dance.
Adventure on Horseback
- Horseback on the Andes ranges, Argentina, Chile
This is a trail through the Andes mountains which starts in Argentina and ends in Chile’s Lake District. Enjoy the panoramic views of the mountain passes as you cross on horseback. On some parts of the trail, you will encounter river crossings where the riders board boats and the horses swim across. This is the same route that early settlers used as they were searching for gold. It is still as tough as it was centuries ago.
- Horseback safari, Kenya
Experience the Kenyan bush while staying at four different luxury lodges. On horseback, you can get closer to wild animals because they are not afraid of the horses. This lets you closer than when in a vehicle. Along with epic savannah views, you can also see elephants, lions, gerenuk and the Grevy’s zebra which are very rare. This safari will take you from Lewa camp through Il Ngwesu, Tassia and finally Borana camps. It is situated in the Lewa conservancy, and you also get to see the Mukogodo forest, an archaic dry-land forest that is the largest of its kind in Kenya.
- Tanzania safari drive
The safari drive starts and ends in Arusha which is a city at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Explore the national parks full of game and flora in a Land Rover Defender as you traverse the savannahs. There are lodges and camps along the way, and this safari will take you to the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, and Serengeti National Park. You can extend the safari by spending a few nights on the island of Zanzibar. This trip will take between 10 days and a fortnight, and you can trek up Kilimanjaro at Arusha.
- Spitsbergen, Norway
This island in the Arctic region boasts of an ecosystem that supports vast wildlife. An expedition on a boat around the island will help you spot polar bears as they feed or hunt. Walrus can also be spotted on some beaches and seabirds that have migrated put on some amazing aerial displays. If you are lucky, you can spot a pod of beluga whales.
- Sardine run, Cape Town, South Africa
Every year around June, something spectacular happens off the coast of Cape Town. Massive shoals of sardines migrate from the cold waters of the Atlantic towards the warm currents in the Indian Ocean. There can be millions of sardines which attract sea predators such as sharks, dolphins, whales, orca, seals and other fish. This spectacle of marine wildlife only comes once a year.
- Franklin River, Tasmania
Franklin River in Tasmania has chasms, rapids and has even been named a World Heritage Site. The river rafting tour takes 13 days, and you camp in between. Challenge yourself on this rafting adventure by taking on famous rapids such as Thunderush, The Cauldron, and The Churn. Wildlife is plenty on this trip, and you can spot platypus, quolls, and wallabies.
- Sea kayaking, Scotland
On Scotland’s west coast, the clear waters make for an easy kayaking session that is specifically designed for families. A throwback to ancient times of Scottish paddling, this adventure develops your skills and confidence. There are both single and double sea kayaks, and you stay at a traditional Scottish Inn.
- Kayaking in Bohuslan, Sweden
Sweden has a massive archipelago on the western waters which have over 8,000 islands. You can make your own route as it is a self-guided adventure where only a map is given to you. This is one of the best locations for kayaking on the cool waters. The trip will help you explore the Bohuslan archipelago as you camp on the islands at night.
- Everest base camp, Nepal
Trekking to Everest base camps like Tenzing and Hillary is a holy grail to mountaineers. An exhilarating adventure, the feeling is further engraved by the Sherpa culture and people at the camp. Take in the view of Khumbu Icefall and scale the summit of Kala Patthar peak to see Everest in all its glory.
- Via Ferrata, Italy
This rocky terrain (translated to Iron Road) offers one tough mountain journey through the Alps. The trail cuts through the Brenta range, and the rocky Dolomites offer a great mountain view. Fixed cables, bridges and ladders line the Via Ferrata allowing for different climbing abilities. The track can take approximately one week to finish.
Flying and sailing
- Aerial sightseeing, Oman
Experience the beautiful landscapes of this country on the Arabian Peninsula from the air. Take a paraglider with a professional pilot atop Zighy Mountain and take in the view. You can also rock climb on the Hagar mountains. Other activities include water skiing, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking.
- Dorian coast sailing, Turkey
If you have a thirst for adrenaline, the Dorian Coast is sure to quench it. Sailing the warm waters with a spectacular view of seabirds and breathtaking shores will instill a sense of adventure. Stay in a marina overnight or spend the night at specified creeks. If you have experience sailing, you can charter a yacht. On the other hand, take a flotilla and sail with an experienced sailor and you will be awarded with a RYA Level 2 Sailing certificate afterward. This will encourage you to go back the next year and sail a yacht on your own.
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