#3 – Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand

Tongariro Northern Circuit is one of our top 10 hikes in the world.


Our favourite multi-day tramp in our favourite hiking region of the world — glorious New Zealand.  😎

  • non-stop superb hiking
  • mostly volcanic & desert environs
  • 45km (28mi) depending on route plus sidetrips
  • 3-days, 2-nights recommended
  • option to climb a volcano, or two
  • Mt Doom
  • medium difficulty hiking, with challenging sections
  • wonderful variety of scenery
  • Dec – Mar best months
  • maximum elevation Red Crater 1886m (6188ft)

World → AustralasiaNew Zealand → Tongariro Circuit

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Click PLAY or watch a 1-minute introduction on YouTube.

For details click over to our Tongariro Northern Circuit information page.

A Month in Kenya – Kilimanjaro

Pete Rojwongsurya:

… I spent almost a month traveling from Zanzibar to Serengeti and eventually ending my trip on Kilimanjaro.

It was one of the best trips of my life and this travel video is my attempt at capturing just how beautiful Tanzania is and how epic it was to explore it.

From tracking down the big five in Serengeti to hiking up to the top of Kilimanjaro in 6 days via Machame Route …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa

Watch the great David Breashears documentary from 2002.

Guide Jacob Kyungai is excellent. Everyone on the team interesting. Including supermodel Heidi Albertsen. But for me the highlight were the two kids on the 45 mile hike: Hansi Mmari and Nicole Wineland-Thomson,

Dreaming of climbing Kilimanjaro is childlike. Full of wonder.

This short documentary is 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Highly recommended for all.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

You might be able to watch the entire documentary on YouTube.

related – Mark Horrell’s review

Norway ➙ Faroe Islands ➙ Iceland

Dream by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

Many of my hiking travel plans have been cancelled starting March 2020. Pandemic. 😕

IF possible in August 2022, here’s my PLAN.

Cycle and hike Norway on my Trek Checkpoint touring bike.

Catch the ferry in northern Denmark. Stopover in the Faroe Islands.

Continue to Iceland for yet more cycling and hiking.

Fly out of Reykjavik.

Price for that ferry starts at 404.00€ plus meals onboard.

It’s 30+ hours to the Faroes. Another 15+ hours to eastern Iceland.

Travel between the islands is not difficult, I understand. Here’s an overview map of popular hikes.

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Best Independent Hikes Peru

by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

Friends are planning to travel Peru in May / June 2022. Hiking will be part of that adventure.

They’ll bring tents, gear and sleeping bags, looking to hike independently as much as possible.

Both are experienced in the Rocky Mountains. Peru trails can be higher — but I’d consider them no more difficult. Weather is always a factor. I’d recommend they book nothing in advance.

Our #1 independent hike in Peru is Ausangate Circuit and Rainbow Mountains out of Cusco. They’d fly into and acclimatize in Cusco 3326m (10,912ft). Next head for Machu Picchu.

Our favourite hike to Machu Picchu is Salkantay. (Even better would be Choquequirao to Machu Picchu — but that might be difficult to do independently. One guided 7-day adventure for 2 people would cost USD $2275 each.)

I’m recommending they instead take the bus Cusco to the Ollantaytambo ruins. Stay there one night. Then take the train to Aguas Calientes. Walk up to Machu Picchu – 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) in about 90 minutes. Best is to walk in the early morning to arrive at the gates before the tourist buses.

So … Cusco and Machu Picchu to acclimatize. Their first hike would be Ausangate , about 100km south of Cusco.

Next they’d head south towards Lake Titicaca on the well trod Gringo Trail. There are many tourists stops en route.

From the lake they are hoping to detour into Bolivia. La Paz and the local attractions.

For hiking, I’m recommending they bus up to the mountain town of Sorata, Bolivia. Speak to locals on recommended hiking options.

Returning to Peru they’d continue up the coast towards Lima.

From Ariquipa they could hike Colca Canyon and/or climb Misti. Both excellent short adventures.

From Lima it’s a long bus ride north up to Huaraz — one of our top 10 hiking towns in the world.

But when you get there it’s a pleasure to hang out at Cafe Andino planning your next hike or cycling trip.

Many acclimatize on a quick walk to Laguna 69.

Then set off for the very popular Santa Cruz trek.

If time and energy allow, they could resupply and continue immediately on the Alpamayo trek.

Ultimately my personal favourite hike in Peru is the long and challenging Huayhuash Circuit near Huaraz. But it’s not easy to do independently. We hired a mule driver / guide and were happy we did so.


Questions? Suggestions?

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Related – Best Hikes in South America

Crossing Iceland on Foot

Łukasz Supergan posted a terrific summary of options for hiking across Iceland.

I’m looking to do some bike touring and hiking summer 2022. #research

Łukasz did the #4 route (green) in winter, for example.

He recommends we do it in summer.

Variant no. 2 may be the easiest, but it leads through the roads used by cars, which may be tiresome.

Variant no. 1 is more demanding.

Variant no. 3 is the fastest traverse from all of the options. Going east-west requires more time and planning, and it is combined with bigger difficulties (less roads, more paths and sometimes the wilderness, crossing the rivers, long distances with no water). Choose it, if you are sure of your skills and you can survive far away from people. …

Crossing Iceland. Part 1: the route and preparations

I’m also researching options for bikepacking Iceland.

Climbing Mt Adams, Washington

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.

My first international trip since start of pandemic was to Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington state.

As part of that, Adlards invited me to join their group climbing the Mt Adams volcano in Washington.

Our base camp was in the deadfall of the 2012 Cascade Creek Fire.

The most popular route is South Climb trail.

I’d climbed Adams with Adlards in 2008.

This time daughter Delaney Adlard joined in the adventure.

In fact, Dave and Lisa were celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary.

We had great weather … on the way up. That’s Mount Hood in the distance.

Dave explained that one difference between hiking and mountaineering is using crampons and/or ice axe.

We set up our tents at the Lunch Counter, a relatively flat portion of Suksdorf Ridge.

Siesta until 3pm. Then we set off towards “Pikers Peak”, the visible false summit that looks close.

It gets steeper.

I loved the clear vistas.

Unfortunately, due to low snow fall and MANY hot days in 2021, Dave had never seen worse snow conditions. We were slow.

In fact, we didn’t quite make the false summit, turning around in time to make it back to camp in daylight.

That night it got very WINDY. None of our 3 tents broke, but we collectively got very little sleep.

Next morning dawned clear again. It was fast and easy downhill on both scree and morning cold ice.

This was Delaney’s personal elevation record.

NEXT TIME we’ll do the middle-of-the-night start with harder snow and ice for the crampons.

Overall, an EXCELLENT adventure. A lot of fun.

Not making the summit was no big deal.

Pro tip — Society Hotel and Hostel in Bingen, Washington — en route to Adams and Hood — is my favourite hostel in the USA, so far. Very cool, you get a complimentary spa and hot springs visit with each stay. That costs $25 by itself.

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