Torres Del Paine
Torres Del Paine National Park in southern Chile contains some of the wildest, most remote mountains in the world. Massive, impossibly steep granite monoliths rise to over 10,000 feet, creating jaw-dropping views. Huge glaciers cut through the mountains, and lakes filled with icebergs dot the landscape.
Several hiking paths give you options for exploring the park, from a day hike to a 10-day circuit with nearly continuous views of the mighty spires.
Torres Del Paine National Park
The Grand Canyon
Located in northern Arizona, the sheer size and depth of the Grand Canyon is overwhelming. Over 200 miles long, a mile deep, and 18 miles wide at points, it presents an unforgettable spectacle of natural beauty.
Hiking into the Grand Canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The layers of multi-colored rock in the steep canyon walls spread out before you in a vista of unparalleled grandeur. The word "grand" seems terribly inadequate when confronted with the immensity of the place.
Grand Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
New Zealand's Milford Track is a 4-day trek that takes you through a beautiful and varied landscape filled with meadows, rivers, and waterfalls. The highlight of the trip, though, lies at the end at Milford Sound where a multitude of 5,000 foot mountains drop into deep blue waters.
A ferry takes you from the end of the trail to the town of Milford Sound, past crashing waterfalls. This glacier-carved fjord is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Jutting above the surrounding glaciers like a giant bear tooth, the Matterhorn, or Monte Cervino, is perhaps the most famous mountain face in the world. Its four sheer rock faces come to a point in a beautiful pyramid shape.
On the border between Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn and nearby peaks in the Alps provide a hiker's paradise. From the Swiss town of Zermatt you can venture out during the day, enjoy the spectacular views, and sleep in comfortable hotels at night.
The Yosemite Valley, in central California, is home to a collection of stunning sights.
The iconic Half Dome towers almost 5,000 feet above the valley floor. Massive El Capitan (the largest granite monolith in the world) presents a 3,000 vertical face, a magnet for ambitious rock climbers. Yosemite Falls drops over 2,400 feet from top to bottom, making it the third tallest waterfall in the world.
There are many more rock formations and waterfalls, as well as meadows, rivers and lakes. The hiking and backpacking opportunities are endless. Take an easy day hike past thundering waterfalls or spend multiple days or weeks exploring the high country.
Yosemite National Park
PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain at 19,340 feet, is a dream destination for backpackers---no crampons needed. A variety of ecological zones from base to summit provide a fascinating array of sights to see.
A guided trek starts in the jungle and ends on a peak surrounded by glaciers. The vistas at the top will take your breath away.
Named one of the New 7 Wonders Of The World, the "lost city" of Machu Picchu sits at 8,000 feet in an Andes mountain pass 50 miles north of Cusco, Peru. Steep forested peaks drop thousands of feet to a lush river valley.
Fascinating, intricate Inca ruins combine with incredible natural beauty to make this "city in the clouds" a supremely worthy hiking destination.
The 20-mile Inca Trail takes you from the valley floor to the sacred city, passing smaller ruins along the way.