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A hiking tour is one of the most rewarding ways to see a country, both in the physical accomplishment and the fabulous views. Hiking brings you close to the earth, as you wind through natural habitats, feeling the weather and smelling the air. And many options now exist to satisfy even the most cautious traveler.

Why take a hiking tour with a guide?

There are many benefits to taking a hiking tour with a guide, the most obvious being safety. Tour guides and companies are well trained in the routes, natural habitat, and first-aid to make your trip enjoyable and safe.

Another perk to having a tour guide is the ease of navigation and less frequented hidden gem routes and nature spots. Tour guides are experts in the region and can give you historic and cultural information along with directions to the best and safest routes.

Guides can explain alternative routes for various physical levels and can recommend different trails depending on your scenic and adventure preferences. 

Popular hiking tour destinations around the world

Stride lists itineraries along some of the most popular hiking trails and destinations in the world. With over 2,000 hiking and walking tours offered, the options are endless. If any of these top hiking destinations are on your bucket list, you are in luck! Stride has a hiking and walking tour ready for your next adventure:

1. Inca Trail - The famous Inca Trail is located in Peru and leads to the mighty Machu Picchu. There are over 150 trips listed on Stride that explore the Inca Trail. There are tours that hike the trail in its entirety, which takes about 4 days, but there are also many options that hike part of the trail at varying physical levels.

2. Appalachian Trail - This scenic trail is located in the eastern United States and is over About 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long. Visited by over 2 million hikers each year, this popular destination stretches from Georgia all the way up to Maine. Some of the most frequented segments of the Appalachian Trail included in tours listed on Stride are the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

3. Kilimanjaro hike - Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Stride lists over 100 hiking trip options that tour many of Kilimanjaro’s most popular trail routes. The oldest, most well established is the Marangu route. You can find over 40 tour options that hike along the Marangu route, with the average tour lasting one week. Other routes listed on Stride are the popular Machame, the beautiful Lemosho, and the less demanding Rongai.

4. Trolltunga - A spectacular rock formation located in Hordaland county in Norway, Trolltunga is a very popular Scandinavian hiking destination. This mountain is shaped like a hanging cliff, hovering over Lake Ringedalsvatnet. Stride offers 6 hiking and walking tours that explore this spectacular Norwegian rock formation.

5. Mount Everest - Mount Everest is earth's highest mountain above sea level, located on the Nepal/China border in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. Towering at 8,848 m (29,029 ft), this mountain is rarely climbed in entirety. Though hiking Mount Everest can be very dangerous, Stride offers 90 tours that hike and trek the Everest Base Camp and surrounding areas of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan.

6. Grand Canyon - This U.S. national park is located in the state of Arizona and is visited by over 5 million travelers each year. With hundreds of trails to choose from, the most popular are the extensive rim-to-rim, the Bright Angel Trail, the Rainbow Rim Trail, and the Hermit Trail. With views of a lifetime, Grand Canyon tours are guaranteed to impress. Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to a campsite, or hike around the outer rim. The options are endless!

7. Yosemite - Yosemite National Park is located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. With breathtaking views of rolling meadows and towering mountains, there is a Yosemite hike or walk for every traveler listed on Stride.

The most popular hiking trails in Yosemite are the Upper Yosemite Falls, Clouds Rest, Nevada Falls, and of course, the iconic Half Dome. This 14-16 mile round trip hike is intense and suited for in-shape avid hikers. It requires ascent by cables for a portion of the steep hike, which are only up in the summer months. It is recommended to plan your trips in advance, as Half Dome is in high demand and requires a permit for entry.

Tips for hiking in high altitude

Walking and hiking in high altitude regions causes a shortness of breath, which is exacerbated by the difficulty of the trail, elevation, and personal physical ability. This is something to research and adequately prepare for prior to any hiking trip.

In some cases, altitude sickness can ensue, creating symptoms of severe headache and/or nausea. If this is the case, retreat to lower elevation, as the only way to relieve altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Some tips in advance of and during high altitude hikes are as follows:

  1. Train for your hike in advance: If you have close access to high altitude locations, it is recommended to take practice hikes or walks to acclimate your body to moving in those high altitude levels.

  2. Run, bike, and swim: These activities can be practiced prior to a high altitude hike to build up your cardiovascular endurance. This will help condition your body for a high altitude hike.

  3. Climb stairs: This helps build up your leg muscles and lungs to prepare for high altitude activity.

  4. Hydrate: Bring adequate water and food for your high altitude hike. Hydration is always key in any hike, especially those in high altitude!

  5. Take breaks: If you are becoming short of breath, pull to the side and soak in some of the beautiful nature and scenic views as you catch your breath.

  6. Know your limits and take it slow: It is not a race to the top! Enjoy the hike, take it all in, and hike at an appropriate pace for the altitude level.

Choosing a Route

It's important to make sure you look at the tour's activity level before picking the trip. If you're already physically fit and are looking for a challenge, feel free to go for a trip with a "hard" physical level! While no hike is going to be 100% comfortable (this isn't sailing through the British Virgin Islands on a luxurious cruise ship!) it is possible to find less intense outings.

And not all hikes are up and down. For example, Mt. Cook in New Zealand is a mainly flat hike, though long. A good option for those worried about elevation or wanting to avoid a strenuous hike. If that still sounds like little too much, consider starting out with a walking tour, or having a look at the easy hiking/walking trips that we at Stride have conveniently marked.

Top hiking trails in…

Offering over 2,000 trips from 270+ tour companies, hiking and walking tours are among the most popular listed on Stride. With the wide rage of tour styes, locations, intensity levels, and regions to choose from, every traveler seeking a hiking tour will find their best fit on Stride. The countries with the top hiking trail locations are as follows:

  1. United States - With 58 national parks stretching from the east to the west, The U.S. is a prime hiking spot for travelers. Some of the most famous hiking trails include: Half Dome in Yosemite, Angel’s landing in Zion National Park, Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park, and Root Glacier Trail in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

  2. Peru - The world’s longest mountain range, the Andes, runs through Peru. The most famous hike in the Andes is Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail that leads up to the summit. Although Machu Picchu may be the most famous hiking trail in Peru, there are several other top hiking destinations such as the Santa Cruz trek in Peru’s Huascarán National Park in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range and the colorful Rainbow Mountain.

  3. Norway - From the lush fjords to the jagged mountain peaks, Norway has some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. Some of the most popular hikes are Pulpit Rock, Kjeragbolten, Trolltunga, and Besseggen Ridge.

  4. Nepal- Most famously known by hikers for the iconic Mount Everest, Nepal is a popular location for hiking and trekking excursions. Top hiking trails in Nepal include Everest Base Camp, Great Himalaya Trail, and the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

  5. Chile - Chile is home to some of the most beautiful and unique hiking locations in the world. With the Aconcagua mountain range, the Torres del Paine National Park of the Patagonia region, and the Andes, Chile is rich in nature, outdoor adventure, and hiking trails.  

  6. New Zealand - Known as an outdoor lover’s paradise, New Zealand has an extensive collection of hiking trails, arguably the best in the world. You can find breathtaking hikes on both South and North islands. On the South Island, popular hiking trails include Routeburn Track and Milford Track. On the North Island, top trails include Whanganui Journey, The Tongariro Crossing, and Mount Maunganui Summit.

  7. Canada - Canada’s vast terrain contains some of the most gorgeous trails in the world. From the west to east coast, some of the most popular hiking regions include Whistler Mountain, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, and Lake Louise.

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Aug 2018

Provided byExodus Travels

A Must Do for every keen hiker

This was an excellent trip. The views are stunning and we were fortunate enough to have 9 dry and sunny days. Loved hiking from France to Switzerland to Italy an...

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Anonymous

Aug 2018

Provided byExodus Travels

Just Wow, reason why it's a Top 5 trek

This trek (early July '18) was phenomenal. this is my first real trekking holiday and I have to tell you, I am converted now. the scenery all along the way is sp...

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Anonymous

Mar 2018

Provided byExodus Travels

Trek of Treks

I did this exact same trip with Exodus in 2010. I loved it so much, I did it again in 2017! And again, the Alps were stunning, exhilarating and life-affirming. Eve...

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Anonymous

Mar 2018

Provided byExodus Travels

My Magical Tour du Mt Blanc Adventure!

I did this trip in July 2017. It was the most magical, memorable and rewarding adventure trip I have ever done.! This trip is not about rushing from A to B. This t...

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Anonymous

Mar 2018

Provided byExodus Travels

An Amazing Trip From Start To Finish

I knew from the moment I arrived in Chamonix and saw the mountains and its glaciers that I had found the right adventure. Here was a chance to do one of the most ...

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