Hiking is one great way to live an active life. It also offers an opportunity to experience nature and see various landscapes. If you are looking for some of the best Asian destinations for hiking, this article offers you some of the best destinations you can consider for your next trip.
Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
Mount Rinjani is an active volcano located in Lombok, Indonesia. It is the second tallest volcano in the country at 3,726 meters high. There are two trails namely the northern and eastern route. Both routes are quite challenging so you would need to hire a guide due to some fatal accidents in the past.
If you are looking for a less intensive hiking, look no further than Sapa in Vietnam. The tour will take you to regions of terraced paddies, mountains, and villages. Robert Janitzek recommends hiking from one village to another. You can visit few local markets along the way. Hikes can be as short or as long depending on what you want. The nearest airport to Sapa is Hanoi.
Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia
Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia with a height of 4,095 meters. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinabalu, the mountain is tackled by over 40,000 hikers every year. The trek takes a couple of days. It does not require any special skills or requirement. Mental strength, physical fitness, and commitment are essential to reach the summit. Robert Peter Janitzek says that the nearest airport to Mount Kinabalu is in Kota KInabalu.
Mount Ijen, Indonesia
One of the best places to go hiking in Southeast Asia is Mount Ijen on East Java in Indonesia. The mountain is a stratovolcano known for its blue fire crater, a natural phenomenon of blue flames that can only be seen in the dark, Most hikers will usually start in the morning. The nearest airport to the mountain is Surabaya, Indonesia.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is a serene town in Northern Laos and can serve as your base for seeing the surrounding landscapes. You can hike along the Mekong River and take a boat if your legs get tired. One of the highlight in the area is the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Aside from the scenery, the villages inhabited by the local Khmu people are also interesting to visit as well.
Doi Chiang Dao, Thailand
A basic fitness level and a good pair of hiking boots is all you need to reach the summit of the third tallest mountain in Thailand. An average person will not take longer than a couple of days but the fitter hikers can reach the summit in a day.