What do you get when you compare Machu Picchu with the highest mountain on earth and the highest free-standing mountain in the world?
A sense of the few ‘out of this world’ hiking hot spots the intrepid traveller lusts for, which perhaps raises the topic as to how you can experience these incredible places.
When we talk about Machu Picchu, most travellers combine their visit to the ancient ruins in Peru with a hike. You can witness the beauty of the Andes Mountains on the Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or by undertaking the challenging Choquequirao Trek. These trips start from Lima or Cusco. But you don’t have to hike either. You have the option to take the train from Cusco to the town of Aguas Calientes where it takes a 15-minute bus trip to reach the magnificent site of Machu Picchu.
Mt Everest Base Camp
As you might already know, you don’t have to climb Mt Everest to experience the magnificent Himilayas. You can hike to Mt Everest base camp, which sits at 5364 metres (17,599 feet) above sea level and on the final day, stay at a lodge perched at 5140 metres (16,864 feet). It’s a tough undertaking but it’s a life-changing hike at that.
Mt Kiliminjaro Trek
Hike a mountain higher than Mt Everest base camp in Africa. What? It’s surprising to some travellers (it was to me) that you can go from the grasslands to the highlands in Tanzania, where you can take in killer views overlooking the ice field of a crater and watch a dramatic sunrise from Gilman’s Point – sitting at an altitude of 5685 metres (18,652 feet). Stay in mountain huts along the five-day trek, tackling the summit of Kiliminjaro – higher than Mt Everest camp by about 224 metres (give or take).
Here’s a few fast facts about three impressive peaks that inspire a once in a lifetime trip.
Hero image by Lucy Piper.