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Take It Slow: 5 Walking Vacations for All Fitness Levels

Book one of these insider-led, small-group tours to take on the world on two feet and hike through red deserts and rocky canyons.
Konstantina Pyrnokoki
18 Mar 2022
Tired of racing around exotic destinations? There’s nothing wrong with taking things slow and enjoying the scenery on a long hike. From exhilarating treks around the temples of Nepal and hikes in the deserts of Jordan to relaxing walks along the coastline of Devon, these TRIPS by Culture Trip unveil the shifting scenery of the world, one step at a time. So, what are you waiting for? Strap on your hiking boots and let’s get moving.
1 . Nepal, for spiritual discoveries and Himalayan heights
Connect with your higher self on a walking adventure through Nepal. Your journey begins at Bagh Bhairab in the ancient city of Kirtipur, a historic Hindu temple dedicated to deity Shiva’s incarnation as a tiger. Venture north towards Nuwakot Durbar, an 18th-century palace complex expanded by monarch Prithvi Narayan Shah, before embarking on a three-hour hike through rice terraces and remote settlements that look out to mighty Himalayan peaks. Rhinos and Bengal tigers might happily walk beside your Jeep as you traverse wetlands and plains in the Chitwan National Park.
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2 . Jordan, for a hiking adventure through the desert
If you’re more into adrenalin-infused treks rather than leisurely strolls, then this nine-day journey across Jordan is just for you. You’ll get to hike the steep, red-rock Dana canyons on the Shaq al Reesh Trail, make your way through sandstone mountains around the ancient Nabatean capital of Petra and climb to the top of Mount Heron – just in time to unearth one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Treasury temple of Petra. Sleeping under the stars and sampling local wine should fuel your feet through the final paces.
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3 . Utah and Colorado, for off-road delights and awe-inspiring nature
For thrill-seekers wanting to get a taste of America’s rugged backcountry, Utah and Colorado don’t disappoint. One day, you’ll be hiking around Moab in Utah, gateway to the grand red rock formations of Arches National Park, and watching the sun go down over the desert underneath the Delicate Arch. Next, you’ll be trekking on the granite slopes of the Rockies alongside black bears, elk and goats, or following the scenic Bear Lake trailhead in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park – waterfalls and picnic lunches are included.
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4 . Devon, for unspoilt coastal landscapes and relaxed swims
Looking to combine your hikes with some waterside fun? Marked by a craggy coastline, with beautiful beaches and secret coves, Devon is the way to go. This journey invites you to walk along the South West Coast Path before paddleboarding at Torbay’s Broadsands Beach, cycling along the Tarka Trail – an old railway line passing by the river-fed Chagford pool – and spotting rare butterflies flitting through Dartmoor National Park. Wild moorlands and river valleys will lead you to Sharrah Pool, a natural waterhole hidden in the forest, making for the ultimate wild swimming spot.
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5 . Northern Thailand, for jungle treks and scenic waterfalls
Care to climb a waterfall? This 10-day trip in Thailand will see you scrambling up the Bua Tong Sticky which trickles down grippy rocks coated in limestone. Up next is hiking the rough Pai Canyon – taking you to the Pam Bok cascade that feeds into emerald waters – and trekking through the jungle around the hills of Mae Hong Son – dotted with more waterfalls, palms and rubber trees. The journey ends with a climb up to the top of Doi Inthanon mountain at sunrise and a stop by Elephant Nature Park to feed the gentle giants.
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