Hiking is one of my favorite green activities. It’s something you can do close to home and across the world. It can be for leisure and for exercise. I love that it can be done solo or with a group. Personally, I always love trekking with a hiking tour group. The group of people keeps me motivated, plus there is usually lots of interaction and great conversation. You can meet all sorts of interesting people during hiking tours. Essential Backpacking Tips and items to pack
Hiking questions to consider
To find one of the best hiking tours for you, it is crucial that you consider who will be going with you. Will kids be hiking? What are their ages? More importantly maybe, what are their abilities? What kind of terrain are you interested in? What kind of scenery would you like to see? Consider the climate and the time of year you are able to visit. Will you be bringing your dog with you? Be sure to look for a pet-friendly hiking group. Are you looking to hike for the majority of the day or for an hour or two a day? All of these are important considerations to decide if a hiking tours are for you or if it is more appropriate for you to go but without an organized group.
Hiking Tour Companies
There are many hiking tours available, and depending on what you’re looking, for there’s probably a hiking tour for you. Here is a very small sample of a couple of hiking tour companies that we like. If you have ever been on a hiking tour, think about what you did and did not like so that you can craft one to better serve your needs.
First of all, remember that the greenest hiking tours will practice leave no trace, will use local guides, and support the local economy. So we highly recommend checking out local hiking tour companies in the country that you are planning on visiting.
Gap Adventures has world-wide hiking tours and tour groups. They are relatively inexpensive and offer a huge variety of trips. Wilderness Inquiry is a Minnesota based non-profit that has a variety of hikes and trips all over the world. Again, they are very affordable and specialize in trips that are accessible.
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Hiking Tours: Plan Your Own
If you do not want to pay for a hiking tour, you can plan your own. There are numerous databases to help you plan your hike. We like the following to check out routes:
Trail Database is the world’s largest trail database and it’s fairly comprehensive.
Trails.com has good US trekking maps along with some maps of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
And Google Earth shows hiking trails so you can look directly at the terrain you are planning on hiking.
Of course, the best place to meet people to hike and to learn about trails is at a hostel nearby the location where you want to hike. We recommend showing up a day or two before you want to head out on the trail and see what others are planning.
A last option for hiking tours is to look on— many cities have a hiking group. We were part of a Washington, DC hiking meetup group.
Some of our most memorable hiking tours have been in El Chalten, Argentina and up to the Lake Agnes Tea House in Canada.
Hiking in general is pretty fantastic. Remember to explore close to home whenever you get the chance…. you don’t have to wait for your yearly vacation to enjoy hiking. There are many state parks, forest preserves, and interesting trails, some closer than you think. When in a foreign country, sometimes it is best to go with a group and research hiking tours.