For today’s edition, we
want to share with you 6 different must-do trails. They are all quite
challenging but extremely rewarding. So, if you are a hiking lover like us,
then that’s the perfect article for you.
We’ve been doing a lot
of trails since we started traveling, as a solo travelers or together, but in
this Gazette, we will talk only about our favourites with you.
Hiking is such an
incredible experience, where you overcome your limits while taking the most
scenic routes. Hikes take, both literally and metaphorically, your breath away
and leave you with unforgettable memories.
Like Jack Kerouak once said :
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent in an office
or mowing your lawn. Climb that damn mountain“.
So let’s tackle it,
shall we ?
↠ Craddle Mountain, Tasmania – Australia
For my first big trail,
I’ve decided to set the bar pretty high by doing the first part of theOverland Track. The
Overland Track is an 80 km bushwalking track, traversing the heart of Tasmania’s
World Heritage Site. It takes about 7 days to achieve it.
The part I’ve done was
“only” covering 16 of the
80 km of this trail, which was more like climbing at times. But once I raised
the summit, I could witness the most wonderful view of the St Clair
Lake, the largest and deepest lake in Australia.
As far as the eye can
see, I was able to admire numerous other wild lakes and gorges, scattered into
the vast green forests. This view stole my heart.
Not surprising that
this trail has been classified in the “Top 10 of the most wonderful hiking
trails in the world”, alongside the Great Himalaya Trail or the Machu
↠ Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island – New Zealand
The Tongariro National Park is located
in the North Island of New Zealand, near the city of Taupo. If you are a Lord
of the Rings fans (like most of the people traveling in New Zealand), you’ve
got to go to this trail and walk in the footsteps of Frodo and Sam. Indeed, the
Tongariro Mount is also known as the legendary Mordor – The mountain of fate,
by all the Lord of the Rings lovers.
But above that, this
beautiful 20 km trail of volcanic land is famous for its Emerald
Lakes as well. Their brilliant colors are partly caused by dissolved
minerals, washed down from the thermal area of nearby Red Crater. I’ve never
seen anything like this before.
The way down is as
challenging as the way up, you must be prepared with a good pair of hiking
↠ Abel Tasman National Park, South Island – New Zealand
Another treasure of New
Zealand, this time located at the northern tip of the South Island : The
gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park. This national park is
a pure gem of the South Island, representing accurately the beauty of this
We left at dawn for a
28 km trail, winding over spectacular beaches, waterfalls and a lush forest. We
started this trail with the sunrise and ended it up with the sun setting on the
offering us one last colorful show.
On your way, you can
discover a teaser of New Zealand’s impressive variety of vegetation and birds.
A pleasure for the eyes, but for the ears as well. One of the most emblematic
tree you will find along your trail, it’s New Zealand’s own version of a palm
tree, that has ferns as leaves. The
variety of scenery will leave you speechless.
New Zealand has such a fragile and unique ecosystem, which makes hiking through this national park quite magical, like if you were in the middle of a fairyland.
↠ Lac Blanc, Chamonix – France
This one takes place in
a completely different environment. Welcome to the French Alps, in the
beautiful Alpine city of Chamonix. The possibilities of trails are countless
But here is one of the
most popular among the hikers of the region : the Lac Blanc trail, from the Col des
Let us first warn you,
it’s a difficult trail. It takes 4 to 5 hours (way return). We recommend you to
go there from June to October included. After, the access to the lake can be
impossible due to the weather conditions.
Despite the challenge
that this hike can be, you will be rewarded when you arrived at the Lac Blanc (White Lake). Its clear water comes
straight from the glaciers. It’s a preserved natural reserve offering a
panoramic and stunning view over the Mont-Blanc range. That’s one of those
views that instantly lifts your spirit.
Kauai Island is
definitely the paradise for hikers. It’s the guarantee of sensations and unique
scenery. But hiking ain’t a joke over there. Indeed it’s pretty epic and
challenging, but the beauty of nature makes it so worth it.
Canyon is a must when you are exploring Kauai Island. It’s also known
as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. This incredible place is full of
challenging hikes but also short walks to lookout points with the most
I went for one through
the Kalalau Valley. This valley and surrounding coast have served
as the backdrop for countless films including King Kong (the original), Jurassic
Park, or also Six Days Seven Nights.
In this trail, it feels like you are touching heaven with your fingertips. It
was an impressive trail, along the majestic and typical mountains of Hawaii.
This place is surreal,
that’s no coincidence that it’s been the shooting place of so many movies.
↠ Hanakapiai Falls Trail, Kauai Island – Hawaii
Hanakapiai Falls Trail
is one of the most popular hikes on Kauai. Located on the north shore, this 13
km trail (way return), leads you towards Hanakpiai Beach, before
heading to the booming 90 meters high Hankapiai Waterfall, in the
depths of the jungle.
Slippery mud, boulders
and tree roots are just a few of the obstacles you will encounter on the
winding path that switches back and forth as it leads you along the Na Pali
Before the arrival on
the beach, the red rock path contrasts dramatically with the striking blue of
the Pacific Ocean far below. When you add the vivid greens from the jungle and
the deep blue sky into this picture, you got yourself the best reward a hiker
can have : A spectacular frame of nature’s masterpiece.
And you, what would be
your favourite trail ?
Thanks a lot for
reading today’s article, hoping you had a good time.
We are Camille & Pedro, a Franco-Brazilian couple. Currently starring in our own travel reality show, we would love to bring you along in our adventurous universe. We’ve been both experiencing solo traveling and are now keeping this nomad lifestyle as a couple. On our blog, we are sharing our adventures around the world, offering tips & creating travel guides for other wanderers.