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Wilderness Walking: The Top 5 Beautiful Places to Go Hiking With a Local Guide

Unplug and reconnect with a local guide on these wilderness walks through the soaring peaks of Nepal and the star-stitched national parks of Wales.
Nick Dauk
23 Mar 2022
There’s no feeling like walking through the wilderness, where undisturbed landscapes create an environment ripe for reflection and conversation. The only way a jaunt through the Jordanian desert or an adventure through the red rock canyons of Colorado and Utah could be any more enjoyable is when you’ve got a local guide by your side showing you the scenery in all its splendour. So, what are you waiting for? Lace up your hiking shoes and head into the wild with a local guide on these amazing TRIPS by Culture Trip.
1 . Find Your Wild Side in North Wales
During this five-day tour, a local guide will ensure you never overlook the beauty of Wales again. Though the foraging and coasteering will help you find your wild side, it will be nearly impossible not to appreciate the country’s magnificent natural side. As you hike Snowdon and embrace the stars in Snowdonia’s International Dark Sky Reserve, your guide will take every opportunity to make you feel connected to this rugged landscape.
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2 . Himalayan Escapades and Wildlife Encounters in Nepal
On this 11-day tour of Nepal, you’ll never feel pressed for time to learn as much about the region as possible. Take the hike to Naudanda, for example. This three-hour trek traverses remote settlements, rice terraces and farmland, giving you plenty of conversation topics to fill the space between the steps. The hike to Pokhara and village walking tours provide equally steady conversation so you can take in as much as possible in both sight and sound.
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3 . Beyond Petra: Discovering Jordan’s Rugged Side
With a local guide by your side throughout this nine-day tour, you won’t have a single worry as you explore the Jordanian desert. Whether you’re hiking through the red-rock canyons of Petra or summiting Mount Hor at sunrise, your guide’s hyper-local knowledge will keep you more focussed on staying engaged with the conversation no matter your environment. Even the rugged Shaq al Reesh trail will leave you feeling relaxed with your Local Insider by your side.
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4 . Cape to Cape: Discover South Africa’s Wildlife, Winelands and Garden Route
Leave it to a local guide to show you the geological diversity of the Rainbow Nation during this 10-day tour of South Africa. You’ll make your way from Cape to Cape, with plenty of hours spent on foot. Hiking along the Storms River and climbing to the top of Table Mountain will leave you exhilarated. Though you’ll never forget these moments, or the stories your guide shares, they’ll be happy to take your photo along the way, just to be sure.
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5 . Off-Road Adventures in Utah and Colorado
The state line dividing Colorado and Utah sutures together red rocks and green forests. You’ll have eight days to explore high-altitude mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park and dusty trails in Arches National Park alike as your local guide takes you through the wilderness in both states. Between mountain biking, river rafting and bear-spotting, you’ll hardly catch your breath. Thankfully, this tour has you booked for a long sit at a craft beer bar so you can slow your speed and recoup with new friends.
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