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Top Five Adventure Treks and Hikes to Take in 2022

From the granite peaks in Yosemite to the jungles in Northern Thailand, tackle the most inspiring treks in the world on these two-footed TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Nina Zietman
25 Mar 2022
The year of adventure is upon us. It’s time to pack your hiking boots and head off in search of new horizons. But where to go? You could trek through centuries-old ruins in Jordan, cool off post-hike in the glacial lakes in California or summit the most prominent peaks in the world – from Doi Inthanon in Thailand to Mount Snowdon, the second-highest mountain in the UK. Alternatively, you could take the lazy option and book one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip – where Local Insiders lead the way, and a small group of like-minded travellers join you as you take in those showstopping views.
1 . Hike through the red canyons of Petra in Jordan

Step back in time on this nine-day adventure through the Jordanian desert. Highlights include a guided hike through the rose-pink city of Petra, home to 2,000-year-old buildings carved into the rock face, followed by a sunrise ascent up Mount Haron, the mythical burial site of Moses’s brother, Aaron. You’ll also get the chance to camp with a Bedouin family in the Wadi Rum and trek through the terracotta-toned Barrah Canyon. Finally, kick off those dusty shoes and soak trail-weary legs in the saltier-than-samphire Dead Sea on the last day of this Arabian adventure.

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2 . Summit the scene-setting peaks of Yosemite

Ever dreamed of hiking past the towering granite peaks in Yosemite? This week-long trip will take you through the valley itself, which Ansel Adams famously photographed. You’ll make a sunset stop on Sentinel Dome and walk through the high-altitude Tuolumne Meadows. Cool off at the ultimate wild-swimming destination, Tenaya Lake, an icy blue glacial pool 2,484m (8,150ft) above sea level. Top off your trip with a morning stroll through a magnificent cathedral of redwoods – the largest trees in the world – in the Samuel P Taylor State Park.

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3 . Climb Mount Snowdon, the second-highest peak in the UK

A winding, rock-strewn path known as the Pyg Track leads to the top of Mount Snowdon, a must-tackle hike for any keen adventurer. It’s also a key highlight of this five-day mini-adventure in Wales. On a clear day, you can see the Irish Sea and even southern Scotland from the 1,085m (3,560ft) summit. Descend to a cosy off-grid bunkhouse for dinner around the campfire, followed by stargazing in the Snowdonia International Dark Sky Reserve. You’ll also get the chance to scale a via ferrata inside an old Welsh slate mine and fly down a 130m (427ft) underground zip wire.

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4 . Traverse high mountain passes and river-snaked forests in Georgia

The Alps have nothing on the oh-my peaks of the Caucasus Range, eight of which are taller than the 4,809m-high (15,777ft) Mont Blanc. Lace up your boots for a three-hour trek to the Gergeti Trinity Church, which sits against a backdrop of soaring cliffs under snow-capped Mount Kazbek. This nine-day excursion in Georgia also features a ramble through the Lagodekhi National Park, filled with waterfalls, mountain eagles and wild cats. Then, recharge back in capital Tbilisi with local wine, typical Georgian cuisine and a session in the local thermally fed baths, complete with a traditional exfoliating kisa massage.

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5 . Ascend Thailand’s highest mountain, and stop at an elephant sanctuary

Imagine you’re in a Herbal Essences ad on this nine-day tropical expedition into the jungles of Northern Thailand. Thundering waterfalls, bamboo bridges and impressive canyons wait for your hair-swishing close up. However, the real highlight of this tour is a sunrise hike to the top of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, as well as an afternoon spent at the Elephant Nature Park, a rescue centre for former working elephants. There will also be plenty of photo ops at the impressive Tham Lod Cave and Pai Canyon, a network of snaking paths that drop dramatically into a seemingly bottomless gorge.

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