There are two kinds of travelers; one is the luxurious traveler who prefers to lay by the poolside or spend time on the beach, and relax while making the full use of room service. The other one is the more adventurous one who would look to engage himself in any sort of activities such as visiting tourist spots, try out water sports or even go hiking.
Personally, I believe hiking is the best way to spend time while traveling somewhere other than your country. It builds a great sense of self confidence, one can truly mix with the nature and see things most travelers would not see. At the end of the hike, the view from the top is usually breathtaking, making all that effort totally worth it. With so much positivity linked with hiking, we have gone on to compile a list of the best hiking routes in Asia.
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Starting off our list of best hiking routes in Asia is none other than one of the oldest trek in the Himalayas, the Annapurna Circuit. Now Nepal has a number of hiking treks which are all great but the Annapurna Circuit is one such trek which is sure to leave anyone with a sense of achievement. The trek is long and can take around 17 to 21 days based on the route one follows. The highest peak of the hike is the Thorung La Pass which stands at 17,769 feet. While the view from the top of the peak is incredible, the landscapes are even greater. The trek will go through several Buddhist villages as well as several Hindu holy sites. These places are worth waiting and spending a couple of hours in. One could even say that the Annapurna Circuit takes somebody on a journey through the Nepalese culture.
Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
How many times can one say that they hiked on a volcanic peak? Well, Mount Rinjani is the second largest volcano that Indonesia has to offer and it makes for an exciting hiking trail. Often regarded as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, this particular trek will take you up the volcano’s crater rim and then down again into the crater itself. Once at the bottom of the crater, you would arrive at a lake which is beautiful in its own rights. That’s not all, there is the Gunung Baru which is the mountain’s newest cones. Up until the last few hundred years ago, these cones did not exist meaning you would get to witness a sign of nature changing the landscape on its own.
Markha Valley, India
India is one of the most diverse nations in the world. Anyone traveling there can engage in a lot of activities including hiking in the Markha Valley. Located in the western Himalayas, the Markha Valley is a popular spot for hikers and tourists as well. The trek is well diverse as well and along the hike, one would come across several Buddhist monasteries. These monasteries are simply gorgeous. There are a number of mountain villages there too. But the best part about hiking in the Markha Valley is that there are a couple of home stays along this route. These are basically pit stops for all hikers. It allows all the hikers to carry on their hiking without having to carry extra equipment such as stoves, tents, or even sleeping bags. This makes it a comfortable hike for most travelers. The peak of this particular hike is the Kangyatse which is sure to take your breath away with its astounding beauty.
Mt Kinabalu, Malaysia
Hiking may not be suited for everyone but for people who are really eager to start their hiking experience Mt Kinabalu in Malaysia is the perfect spot. Often considered as the easiest peak to conquer, it takes only 2 days in total to reach the summit of Mt Kinabalu. Apart from conquering the peak, the highlight of this particular hike is seeing the sunrise from the very top. That picturesque scene alone is something to cherish for a lifetime.
Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Moving away from the easiest peak to conquer to one of the most difficult peaks to exist, Tien Shan is a hike made for the expert hikers. If you are the kind of person who really enjoys a challenge and want to push yourself on your travels then Tien Shan should be perfect for you. This particular mountain range spreads all across Central Asia from China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and to Uzbekistan. The reason this becomes such a difficult hike for everyone is because very few people have actually explored it unlike the Himalayas. On the other hand, there are no guest houses along this route. This means anyone who is willing to hike on the Tien Shan will have to carry all of their equipment and hiking gear, thereby making the hike even more challenging.
Hiking is one of those activities that can be extremely enjoyable, adventurous and sometimes borderline dangerous. But one thing is for sure, hiking will always make somebody feel alive and give them a sense of accomplishment when they can conquer the peak. And as always, the view from the top of these conquered peaks are usually beautiful that makes all the hard work worth it.