Hiking is an outdoor activity. It's primary focus is on walking around in the nature, especially in mountain regions.

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Why are Chinese mountains scaled by steps? (instead of winding paths)

Question: Why are Chinese mountains mostly scaled by steps/stairs instead of winded paths? Is there something traditional / practical / religious / spiritual about it that I fail to see? When hiking ...
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What food to take on a 3-4 day long hiking trip?

It should be easy to prepare, light and shouldn't go bad after few days in the heat. How much would it approximately weight? Lets say there won't be any groceries stores along the way (there will be, ...
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Everest Base Camp Hiking

What is the difficulty level and how much would that cost for Everest Base camp hiking? As for me, I'm pretty fit and do regular sport. Also, please tell me the best time of the year to do that.
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Walking across Australia?

Is it possible to walk across the Australian continent East to West (or W to E)? In other words, as an American, only familiar with movies/tv shows, etc, I think of Australia as a wasteland in the ...
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Where should I travel in Europe if I want to climb a high mountain without equipment?

I'm really into hiking during the last few years. Now I want to climb the highest mountain in Europe that is accessible by a hiker without any alpine tour experience. That means I have no problem ...
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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from San Francisco to Canada in 3 months?

I am considering flying to San Francisco next summer to hike the Pacific Crest Trail to Canada. Is 3 months likely to be enough for this route? I am only visa-exempt for 3 months and I really do not ...
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What is a good hydration system for hiking Kilimanjaro?

I am attempting a summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) later in the year. I have most of my gear, however the one thing I am unsure of is the best way to hydrate and store/carry my water. I am also ...
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What is the actual price of hiring a porter for Everest base camp?

I know hiring a guide/porter is not required for the Everest Case Camp hike, but I think it is a good way to add something to the local economy. I am considering getting hiring a porter for this hike. ...
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Hiking along Mount Aso volcano's caldera

It is currently forbidden to climb within 1 kilometer of the crater of Mount Aso (largest active volcano in Japan), so I used Google Earth to find another hike giving nice views of the volcano, and ...
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Is free camping permitted in Japan?

I'm planning to go to Japan this summer, and after visiting a relative, I'm planning to go on a hike for 5 to 7 days. I was wondering if camping out in the wild is permitted anywhere in japan, like ...
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Are there any small towns near Edinburgh with good access to rural hiking routes?

I'm planning a trip to the UK for next year and we intend to make Edinburgh our point of arrival. The group I'm with are all avid hikers and would probably love to see some of the Scottish countryside ...
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How safe is the Sugar Loaf trail (Brazil)?

The Wikitravel article for Rio de Janeiro, recommends a 20-30 minutes trekking trail to access the Sugar Loaf for free. Is it safe?
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Camping along ring road in Iceland

I am planning on a circumnavigation of Iceland this summer and the Ring Road might be the only road available for lenghthy stretches. I would like to know if camping along the Ring Road is ...
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Where to find wilderness in Europe?

We are crazy and we want an adventure and hiking. We have already visited NP Sarek in northen Sweden and we liked it very much - no men, no bridges, no civilization at all. And now we are looking for ...
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Looking for 5-7 day long distance walk

I'm looking for a long distance hiking walk in Europe (but not Germany) of about 5-7 walking days (approx. 15-25 km/day, 100-150 km total length). If round trip or not doesn't matters. I like small ...
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Hiking across Iceland

I have ~18 days to hike across Iceland during August. I'm a good hiker (last summer I spent 40 days across the Alps) and I'll be alone. I'm looking for advices for my itinerary (southbound). I'll ...
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Good locations in Spain for hiking, nature, architecture, and photo opportunities? [closed]

I'm thinking about visiting Spain sometime in September or October. I'm interested in hiking, nature and historic architecture and am constantly looking for great photo opportunities. Which parts of ...
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Differences between the Routes of the Camino de Santiago

I will be a first time "pilgrim" in July of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) and am deciding on the various routes. Can someone explain what differences are encountered on the routes - how ...
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Walking Hadrian's Wall

I am trying to plan a 3-4 day hike along the Hadrian's Wall, so in particular I am trying to figure out: What is the most interesting part of the wall (best preserved and in the nicest setting I ...
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“Circular” hiking trails in Iceland?

In September I will be travelling to Iceland, and renting a car there to make a trip around most of the country. One of the main activities will be hiking, and I am looking to do one hiking trip that ...
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How far I can go before I reach a tourist-nogo zone from Badaling, the great wall of China?

I plan to visit the great wall of China, starting from Badaling. As a test to my stamina, I plan to hike along the wall, for as long and as far as I can, until I can't go further because either it'...
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Do I need sunglasses in the Dolomites?

I was recommended to have sunglasses when hiking in the Dolomites, as the surfaces are of rather light color and reflect a lot of light. I was hiking in other areas of the Alps and cross-country ...
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Hiking around Iceland: Trails or walking on the ring road?

What options are available to hike around Iceland? Other questions address camping but are there marked trails on some or all of the way? Is walking on the ring road allowed at all and is it realistic?...
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Hiking/nature around Lyon

Are there any opportunities for hiking or going out into nature around Lyon, France? I am looking for something that can be done in a single day and does not require a car. What are the best areas ...
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Badges for touristic achievements in Western Europe?

Polish Tourism and Sightseeing Society is promoting tourism and sightseeing, and one of the means of that is granting badges for various achievements, such as walking above 250 km on tourist routes, ...
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Via ferratas in Pyrenees

I'm looking for via ferratas somewhere in Europe, but not in the Alps or Dolomites due to financial reasons. What places do you recommend for beginner in this way of hiking? Edit: After some research ...
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Which mountain has the highest death ratio of hikers?

Which mountain is most difficult to climb? I know it's not only height but also weather etc. But would like to know according to the ratio of death of climbers and with respect to ratio of ...
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How to hike from Kiangan to Hungduan, near Banaue, in the Philippines?

I have heard rumors of a roughly six-hour hike from the town of Kiangan to Hungduan in the Ifugao province of the Philippines, passing near several rice terraces. It supposedly passes through the ...
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Online hiking map for Alps

Some time ago I've found a good online map for Alpine hiking trails. It was very similar to Google Maps and had green background. I forgot the address and can't find it in google now. It wasn't ...
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Are the child-friendly trails in the Tatras?

Before having kids, we were avid hikers. Our kids are now at an age that we would like to introduce them to this great hobby. Only we don't know where to start, but would like to do so in the Tatras. ...
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Hiking in the area around Quebec City

I've decided to go spend 2 weeks in Quebec with my wife this summer. Our plan for now is to spend a few days in Montreal (where our plane lands, coming from France) spend a few days in Quebec City ...
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Is there a list of hiking shelters in Quebec?

I am looking for possible multi-days hikes in Quebec (Canada) (and beyond but that would be too broad). I keep discovering new places to stay overnight, as there does not seem to be a central list of ...
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How crowded is Iceland in summer?

This may be a naive question for Europe and Scandinavian summers, but does Iceland very get crowded and touristy in summer, typically June ? I don't mind some groups but on the whole this is going to ...
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Need experienced comments/thoughts on places in New England [closed]

I'm currently planning a trip with 2 other friends for the beginning of October. We'll be driving all around and may be doing spur of the moment planning, so I just wanted to get a list of locations ...
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How's the weather for hiking in lower Tibet in May?

I am considering doing a hike with a guide in Tibet from Gandan Monastery to Samye Monastery in May. From what I've heard the temperatures during the night should be between -5C and 10C which is ...
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What is the best way to pick up packages in Northern India?

Setting: I am preparing a travel, by foot, across the Indian Himalayas. The duration would be about two months. There will be a general itinerary with a lot of uncertainty. Along the way I would like ...
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Walking the Caminito Del Rey, or part of it, with children

I have noted with great anticipation that the refurbished Caminito Del Rey will open this week. The opening was originally scheduled for today, but has been delayed because Spain is in mourning for ...
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Places in the Alps by sunshine duration

I want to go hiking in the European Alps during the summer (preferred hiking elevation 1000-3000 m). I don't mind the location but I want to have the highest chance of sunny weather. What are the ...
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Which places would require hiking boots?

What type of hiking do you need to be doing where you absolutely need hiking boots? I'm looking to do some hiking in SE Asia and South America, but won't have room in my pack for boots. What reasons ...
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Where can I hike in the UK?

I'm planning to visit the UK soon, and am interesting in taking myself off for walks and hikes, of varying lengths. Exactly where in the country is not fixed yet. How can I find out where it is ...
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Park accessible by public transport in Eastern Canada in October

I'll likely travel to Canada this autumn and I would like to go on a multi-day hike. I have however no car. Is there any park (national, provincial, ...) in Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New ...
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Map of hiking routes in the Polish Tatras?

Is there a map with hiking routes in Polish Tatras, preferably in English, with enough quality to be read, available on the Web? I found a few maps but all of them are either too small or, when large ...
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Hiking the French-Spanish border?

Got the wild idea of following the French-Spanish border on foot. (I'm sure that bicycle is not feasible!) What are the legal/political issues, if any? Physical challenges? I know it is ...
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Are all parts of the 'Jesus trail' in Israel open and safe to hike solo?

The Jesus Trail in Israel is a 65km hiking and pilgrimage trail in Israel that traces the route Jesus is meant to have walked. I'm not that knowledgable about the different areas of Israel / ...
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What medical supplies should I take with me on a walking / biking trip in New Zealand?

I plan on going to New Zealand for the summer months. I hope to hike a lot there, but also use a bike for longer distances. I assume I will be on my own in the nature for 2-3 days, then in an ...
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Hiking / nature walking in Cannes area without a car?

I am visiting several European destinations this summer, and I prefer spending some time in the nature. I've been to Cannes before and know the hills/mountains south west of Cannes is great! However, ...
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How to find people to do long hikes?

I'm hoping to do the summit climb at Gunung Mulu National Park. Unfortunately, a guide is required, and there's a 3-person minimum. Since only 30-40 people do this climb every year, just showing up at ...
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Is it possible to hike the moors in Dartmoor without having a car?

I'm interested in doing some hikes in Dartmoor -- single day hikes, for the most part, to see the moors and tors and the like. However I do not have a car, nor am I able to rent one (I have no driver'...
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Are there any guide books that give details of walks that are accessible to a wheelchair user in the Peak District (UK)

Are there any guide books that give details of walks that are accessible to a wheelchair user in the Peak District (UK)? For example the paths have a reasonable surface and there are no steps or ...
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Where to store my luggage while hiking on Kings Trail, Sweden

I'm planning to hike the Kings Trail this August in Sweden. I want to spend around 10 days hiking, and afterwards visit one or more cities, e.g. Stockholm. Where do I store my city cloth, while I'm on ...