Who wouldn’t want to hike a trail with such a reputation? Where might this place be? Favorite hikes of mine include Nepal’s Mt. Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek via Namche Bazaar; the network of trails around Switzerland’s Lauterbrunnen Valley and Grindelwald; backpacking trails in California’s Marble Mountain Wilderness, the Sierra Nevada, and Yosemite.

Others might choose the Inca Trail in Peru; the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain; pub-to-pub walking in the Cotswolds of England; the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

I’ve been tempted by the Overland Track in Tasmania. But Robert D. Hershey Jr. extols the virtues of the Milford Track in New Zealand in a recent story in The New York Times. As far back as 1908 this 33.5-mile trail was called the finest walk in the world and many hikers feel it’s true today.

After reading Hershey’s story I’m ready to start planning a trip south. How about you?

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2 Responses to “The Finest Walk in the World”

  1. Doug on April 23rd, 2009 7:12 pm

    I agree with you Cuzco has one of the finest walk in the world. When I traveled to this place, I had the opportunity to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and I was impressed by the beauty of the area, is amazing. I also could shared with the people who live there. That way I learned most of their customs and traditions. For me, this trip would have not been possible without the help of the travel agency I hired, TurPeru who organized all my activities in Cuzco and made my stay more pleasant. I recommend you, if you want more information the web is http://www.turperu.com.pe

  2. Julia on July 20th, 2010 10:42 am

    Larry, if you take your family with you I’d recommend geocashing for a fun adventure. A network of people hide “treasures” for other geocashers to uncover using a GPS and often times than not, treasure-hunt like clues.

    New Zealand was my backdrop:
    http://bit.ly/bzsOf8

    It’s definitely like a modern treasure-hunt fit to keep your kids excited and thrilled.

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