Best Hiking Destinations in Asia
Asia’s mountains provide hikers with everything from tropical rainforests teeming with biodiversity to tea hut trails in the Himalayas – ideal terrain for adventurous trekkers! From Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji Hike to lesser-known treks in Kazakhstan and Kazakhstan’s hidden treks, hiking enthusiasts have endless ways of discovering this continent’s majestic terrain.
Sapa Trek in Vietnam is another highly coveted travel experience, as it combines beautiful mountainous views with homestay accommodations in local villages.
1. Annapurna Circuit Trek
Hikers in Nepal often opt for the Annapurna Circuit trek as it offers breathtaking mountain and glacial lake views, plus local villages and Hindu pilgrimage sites like Muktinath.
Winter is an ideal time for exploring Annapurna Circuit as weather tends to be clear and trails dry, giving trekkers ample opportunities to admire stunning mountainous landscapes with snowcapped peaks
Hikers should expect the trail to be challenging, requiring them to adjust to fluctuating climatic conditions as well as altitude challenges. Tea houses along the trail provide comfortable accommodations such as twin beds and blankets as well as delicious Nepali cuisine such as Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, vegetable curry and pickle.
2. Mount Pulag
Mount Pulag, Luzon’s highest mountain, attracts hikers due to its picturesque sea of clouds. On clear nights, its summit provides excellent viewing of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Mountain trails include Ambangeg Trail, Akiki Trail, Tawangan Trail and Ambaguio Trail; of these four routes Ambangeg is considered to be the easiest and most suitable for beginners.
Greggy Galicia, an experienced mountaineering blogger and mountaineering veteran, advises first-timers looking to climb Mt. Pulag to try out other mountains first and ensure they’re sufficiently prepared. In addition, exercise and jogging prior to any climb are crucial in strengthening muscles and endurance levels for optimal climbing success.
He encouraged hikers to respect the environment and practice Leave No Trace principles, noting that even though several springs in the park offer water, it would be wiser to bring their own source for efficient water consumption and less wasteful hiking experiences.
3. Mount Batur Trek
Mount Batur Trekking is one of Bali’s premier hiking excursions, located in Kintamani region and an active volcano which many hikers consider a bucket list item. Your two-hour ascent to the summit offers breathtaking sunrise views and volcanic landscapes – make sure your camera’s charged!
Hiring a guide can provide added safety and peace of mind on any trip, plus they’ll have helpful tips on how to maximize the experience of hiking.
Mt Batur is best explored during its peak dry season from June to September; however, this peak period can become overcrowded quickly. Therefore, alternatively consider climbing in one of Mt Batur’s shoulder seasons instead; being part of the Global Geopark network means more nature can be experienced during these visits!
4. Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek
The Jinsha River feeds this scenic gorge, providing stunning vistas at every bend as you hike. Immerse yourself in Naxi culture and environment by visiting villages, tasting Pu’er tea or wandering past golden roofed temples of mythical Shangri-la.
The classic trek begins at Qiaotou Town (Qiao Tou Zhen). From there, a path heads northeast for 20+ kilometres until reaching Tina’s Guest House (Zhong Xia Guo Ji Qing Nian Lu She). Strong hikers may complete it in one day while those taking their time may rest at several guest houses along the route.
Fall and spring hiking seasons provide ideal hiking weather, though summer can still offer mild conditions if heavy rainfall occurs. Most trekkers stay at guesthouses that double as hostels; prices and reviews should always be taken into consideration prior to making reservations.
5. Huangshan Trek
Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), located in Eastern China is a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting giant granite peaks and forests of bamboo. Its famous sea of clouds phenomenon is said to have inspired director James Cameron when making Avatar!
Springtime is an ideal time to experience this park’s magical scenery; however, winter visitors can still take pleasure from its hot springs.
Start off a two-day itinerary by staying in a hotel at the foot of the mountain (ideally Tongcun), watching sunrise from Bright Top (9), before visiting Fairy Walking Bridge (11) and Plank Way (12).
6. Mount Bromo Trek
Mount Bromo offers one of the premier hikes in Asia for taking breathtaking sunrise views. Situated in Tengger Massif caldera and part of Bromo-Tergger-Semeru National Park, this mountain offers unforgettable sunrise views.
Most visitors to Surabaya or Yogyakarta arrange tours that explore this surreal landscape. Unfortunately, this option often requires rising at 3:30 am in near-freezing temperatures in darkness before witnessing the sun rise over its crater.
Cemoro Lawang or Probolinggo would make an excellent base from which to explore Mount Bromo; you will save both time and money with their nearby Jeep tours while avoiding crowds at sunrise. Remember to bring along flashlight and warm clothing as well. In addition, exploring its trails and viewpoints during the day should yield few tourists!
7. Mount Pulag Trek
Mountain climbing can provide an effective workout for legs and cardiovascular system while simultaneously building lung capacity and endurance. But it is important to remember there are certain risks involved; one such risk being extreme cold.
Mount Pulag is an impressive mountain located in Benguet, Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya provinces of Philippines. This breathtaking peak has long been popular as a hiking destination due to its breathtaking vantage point from its peak – drawing thousands of hikers each year to its summit and surrounding vistas.
The trail to the peak may not be an arduous trek, but beginner climbers may find it challenging. Beginners may prefer Ambangeg Trail while experienced climbers should opt for Akiki Trail. Camping grounds tend to be cramped so beware of cramped tents as well as conversations or snores from other campers!
8. Mount Batur Trek
Mount Batur Trekking is one of the most captivating hiking experiences available in Bali. Offering spectacular views of an active volcano, Lake Batur and surrounding scenery.
The trek to the top is not particularly strenuous, though some sections involve inclines and uneven steps. Wear comfortable shoes and bring layers as morning hikes will likely prove cooler than expected.
Many tour operators provide breakfast on the summit of a volcano, where guests can cook their own eggs in volcanic steam! This experience makes a memorable way to start off your day after an exhausting two-hour hike and can also include visits to natural hot springs that offer relaxing foot soaks – truly memorable moments await you!
9. Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek
Yunnan Province offers an exceptional hiking experience that’s both visually captivating and physically demanding; making this trek a must-do for hiking enthusiasts of all levels.
This hike draws its name from an old legend about a tiger fleeing from hunters by leaping across a gorge. The path runs low along its walls, offering hikers an exceptional vantage point of its dramatic landscape.
The higher trail climbs gradually through scenic Naxi villages and stunning vistas, offering picturesque vistas as it passes. Hikers may pause for tea breaks at charming local guesthouses along the route. One popular overnight stop along this upper trail is Yongsheng; home of Tea Horse Guesthouse that looks over Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as well as two newer establishments: Come Inn and Bendiwan Village – most hikers hail a bus or private minivan here to return them back to Qiaotou from here.
10. Huangshan Trek
The Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of China’s premier hiking destinations, boasting well-preserved family shrines, ancient schools and distinctive layouts within their villages. Hikers can explore them with ease.
Huangshan should be visited between April and November when there are fewer crowds and your chances of spotting its “sea of clouds” are greater.
On your first day trekking Huangshan, rise early to enjoy sunrise at Bright Top (14) before exploring its west side canyon via Fairy Walking Bridge (12) and Plank Way (12). Return to Beihai hotel for another night before setting out downhill towards Turtle Peak (16), Lotus Peak (17), Celestial Capital Peak (18), Yuping cable car station (20) to see antiquated stone carvings as well as Guest-Greeting Pine (21). A visit to hot springs should conclude your trek on your final day.