As hikers and adventurers, the great outdoors is our oasis. It provides a sense of fulfillment and serenity. As we trek through diverse and beautiful surroundings, the idea of becoming ‘one with nature’ becomes an actuality. With every step, our senses strengthen and a peaceful calmness washes over us. We are in the moment and free to allow the natural beauty of the Earth push all our worries away
Here at Soulful Concepts, we have selected our favourite Hiking Trails. Destinations abundant with vibrant culture, history, traditions, native flora and fauna, breathtaking views and landscapes. Every one of these treks will allow you to get back in touch with nature, clear your mind and revel in a truly unique cultural experience. So read on and be inspired for your next adventure!
Push your limits and travel to the plains of Tanzania to summit the world’s highest freestanding mountain. Explore traverse dramatic terrains, from alpine meadows to lunar-like deserts, and experience the African wilderness in all of its rugged and imposing wonder. Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro gives you the opportunity to connect with the people, heritage, and environment of this unique mountain as you travel past villages, climbing camps and colobus monkeys. This is a challenging trek and is not for the faint of heart. However the sheer beauty of the glaciers stretching along the crater rim and the awe-inspiring sight of the sun rising over the East African Plains makes this one of the world’s greatest mountain treks.
Soak up India’s incredible natural beauty and vibrant village life while exploring the country’s remote Himalayan heartlands. Trekking through the Himalayan heartlands gives you the opportunity to get off the beaten path and connect from the ground up with the people and places that make up the flavours of this special region. There are many culturally rich villages in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that you visit and stay at, giving you the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the local way of life. This trail features gentle walking paths and world class nature and beauty, making this the perfect trek for hikers of all experience levels.
Hiking the Torres Del Paine “O” Circuit, Chile
Torres del Paine “O” Circuit, is the most remarkable and extensive trek in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia. The “O” Circuit completely surrounds Paine Mountain Range, providing breathtaking views the whole way. This track winds through native forest, navigating past hundreds of creeks, lakes, rivers and native wildlife habitats. Highlights of the trek include an awe-inspiring view of the stunning Grey Glacier. Along this trail, you can experience the diversity of the various microclimates of the Paine region. Due to the vastness of the microclimates in this area, there is a massive diversity of flora, fauna and landscapes from one area to the next. This is what makes this trek so interesting, unique and worthy of a spot on our ultimate hiking guide!
Explore Fiji’s lush jungle scenery and rich traditional culture by venturing on foot into the beautiful interior of this island paradise. The Fijian archipelago offers post-card perfect scenery and a rich history of cultural exchange, with over 330 tropical islands sitting in the warm waters of the South Pacific Ocean. Hike between villages and experience the natural abundance, dramatic peaks, native wildlife and sparkling rivers of Fiji. By exploring this stunning region on foot, you will find yourself at one with nature and inspired by the culture of local tribes.
Hiking the Lares Trek, Peru
The Lares trek is a popular alternative to the Inca Trail. Yet it is still relatively unknown. To trek in Lares is to walk back in time, into a world little changed since the time of the Incas. Each day, as the sun rises over the hill, locals clad in hand woven red ponchos and felt hats, emerge from simple stone cottages to pasture their alpacas. The Lares Trek has many amazing highlights. You will see fascinating ancient ruins, rural traditional villages, stunning mountaintop views, beautiful emerald blue lakes and a plethora of native animals. One of the most amazing parts of this trek is the opportunity to mix with the locals as they go about their daily lives. This is a truly remarkable and cultural experience, one that’s not to be missed!
The Flinders Ranges National Park is the heartland of the Australian Outback and it holds some of the country’s greatest hikes. While trekking in the National Park you will be surrounded by sweeping mountain views and encounter an incredible diversity of local wildlife and plant life. The National Park features the 600 million year old geography of Elder’s Range and Wilpena Pound. The raw beauty and deep history of the Australian landscape will leave you in awe. The Arkaba walk is a truly rugged trek that will allow you to deeply connect with the land and nature.
No matter your previous trekking experience, you can find your perfect outdoor adventure with Soulful Concepts! All of our treks are unique and offer you the opportunity to delve into nature and immerse yourself in rich local culture. No matter your destination, you will discover more about the world around you, while also discovering more about yourself.
Author: Kristen Briggs