Thursday, 4 February 2016

4 epic hikes longer than El Camino de Santiago

In 2014 I walked the Camino Franc├ęs. I started in St Jean Pied de Port and finished in Finisterre.I hiked for 33 days and covered something close to 553 miles (890km). It was great. This is a list of 4 hikes longer than El Camino De Santiago. Let's get started.

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)The Pacific Crest Trail is a huge hike that runs 2,663 miles (4,285km) along the West Coast of the United States. The complete trail begins at the Mexican border and ends when hikers reach the Canadian border in the north. The hike is famous for avoiding civilisation. Most people take nearly 5 months to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and Halfwayanywhere.com suggests that the average hiker will spend between $4000 and $6000 (USD) doing so.  

find more information here: www.pcta.org

Bicentennial National Trail (BNT)The Bicentennial National Trail connects the village of Cooktown in northern Queensland to Healesville, a historical town in Victoria just north of Melbourne, Australia. The trail is 3,300 miles long (5,311 km). The Bicentennial National Trail links other tracks together, and is split into 12 sections. Many of these sections are extremely remote and hikers will need to be completely self-sufficient. 

Find more information here: www.bicentennialnationaltrail.com.au

Te Araroa - Officially opened in 2011, Te Araroa is the youngest of all trails on the list. It stretches from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. The trail is of course littered with beautiful beaches, rainforests, and volcanos. Some say that the 1,864 mile (3,000km) trail is the best way to see the country. The hike takes between 100 and 160 days to complete. 

Find more information here: www.teararoa.org.nz

Great Himalaya Trail - At 1056 miles (1,700km), it's not the longest trail on the list but at a peak altitude of over 20,000 feet it is certainly the highest. The trail passes through remote villages and at times shadows Mt Everest. Plans to expand mean that the trail could soon enter India, Tibet, and Bhutan. While the Great Himalaya Trail may be the toughest hike on the list, it is made worth it by the abundance of unique mountain scenery. 

Find more information here: www.greathimalayatrails.com

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