Epic Experiences You Need To Add To Your Bucket List
By the Wild Women On Top Team
If you ‘Google’ Bucket List hikes, you’ll get a list of some of the world’s most famous walking trails. From the Inca Trail to Everest Base Camp, the Appalachian Trail to Mt Kilimanjaro, they’re iconic.
But what about those off-the-beaten-track kind of adventures that often go under the radar? They’re usually quieter, more remote, and often more beautiful than their overly touristy counterparts.
We asked the Wild Women team to share their favourite adventure, to bring you 20 experiences you absolutely need to add to your bucket list.
Maryanne – Wild Adventures Manager
Where: Dientes circuit, Patagonia
Why: Patagonia is at the top of my bucket list, and I’m so excited to finally be going! This trail has been called one of the best treks in Patagonia, and for good reason. This 42km circuit is the southernmost major trek in the world, journeying along rural roads through rocky wilderness, forests, peat bogs, valleys, lakes and rivers. It’s one of very few remote places left on earth, and I can’t wait to explore it with a team of Wild Women next year!
Want to join Maryanne? Check out the itinerary.
Sally – Event Production Manager
Where: The NaPali Coast on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai
Why: The 13km round trip from Ke’e Beach to Hanakapiai Falls is my number 1! Hanakapiai Falls is approximately 60m high with a beautiful (freezing) pool below. Despite the temperature, pack your swimmers for a well-earned swim! The hike itself is not exactly easy. The trail can be muddy, slippery, or is simply a creek bed that you must navigate. The landscape is EPIC!
Donna – Acquisition Marketing Specialist
Where: Mt Rinjani, Lombok
Why: Walking into a live volcano and swimming in a hot spring inside the crater was epic! This three-day hike is truly an experience you don’t want to miss.
Jacq – Coach
Why: Mongolia is particularly interesting because of the fascinating nomadic culture of its locals, who we get the opportunity to hike with on this extraordinary trek. The Mongols live on the land not out of necessity, but choice, and to have the opportunity to see this culture first-hand is truly a bucket list experience!
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Lisa – Marketing Assistant
Where: Volcano Acatenango, Guatemala
Why: This overnight hike is one I will not be forgetting anytime soon! It's a super challenging ascend but is seriously the coolest experience. Not only do you camp overnight on a dormant volcano, but one of the worlds most active volcanoes erupts periodically throughout the night, just across the way! And no… I did not sleep.
Lara – Accountant
Where: Lord Howe Island.
Why: Spectacular scenery, remote, nature that is incredibly unique and only found there. It’s called ‘Australia’s little Galapagos’ for a reason!
Nicola – Coach
Why: Turkestan is a small area in central Asia, with stunning mountain ranges, picturesque gorges and alpine meadows. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful area, and this hike takes us along spectacular mountain trails with no civilisation in sight. On our Wild Women adventure, we stay with a local Kyrgyz family at their homestay, which is a truly exciting and unique experience!
Keen to explore this glorious place? You can!
Sophia – Digital Content Producer
Where: Cradle Mountain National Park – Dove Lake Circuit
Why: This trek is part of the incredible Cradle Mountain National Park, one of Australia’s most famous mountains and a tourist haven. But head there in winter for quiet trails and snow dusted peaks, for a more challenging – and magical – experience.
Lachie – Marketing Analyst
Where: Lapland, Finland
Why: The barren and beautiful Lapland is the northern-most part of Finland, and it’s perfect for both beginner and experienced hikers. We hiked through the middle of the night to see the northern lights from a nearby hill. It was -30 degrees and very windy, but it was an absolutely unforgettable experience.
Tania – Managing Director
Why: When travelling Europe with my family last year, our cruise docked in the incredible scenic Kotor, a small town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast. We woke up surrounded by majestic mountains and a town steeped in old world culture – the landscape was a mixture of arid rock, green fields, gorgeous buildings, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. I dream of going back and immersing myself for weeks! Hiking the ladder of Kotor will reward strong hikers with breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding areas – totally magic.
Wanda – Coach
Where: The Nakasendo Way, Japan
Why: The Nakasendo – translated literally as ‘the road through the mountains’ is one of a network of ancient highways through the central mountains of Japan. It connects beautiful and scenic 17th Century post towns, which were used to accommodate travellers, including feudal lords and samurai. A highlight is visiting the exquisitely-preserved villages of Magome and Tsumago, and staying in traditional ryokans, which transport you back in time to Japan’s cultural heyday. Our adventure here in 2020 is sure to be the trip of a lifetime!
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Where: Everest Base Camp, Tibet
Why: There is nothing more magical than unzipping your tent at twilight to the ice blue twin peaks of Everest and Lhotse standing majestically above the Himalaya's and watching the sun rise over the world’s highest mountains as you sip sweet, hot tea and marvel at the awe of such a breathtaking sight.
It’s a moment that I’ll never forget. And the incredible journey to get there, through remote Tibetan Buddhist villages, mystical temples, rhododendron fields and rugged hills made the arrival even more enthralling.
Robby – Customer Service
Where: Machu Picchu
Why: The Peruvian culture, the history, being in awe of the precision of Inca structures, the views, the personal challenge… and of course, the alpacas!!
Bella – Brand Marketing Co-ordinator
Why: The Icelandic landscape is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. It is completely devoid of trees, and fluctuates between lurid green moss, black volcanic rock and geothermal water. This makes it so awesome, in the true sense of the world. Your jaw just drops.
Hiking through Iceland was an incredibly spiritual experience. It’s just you and your breath at the end of the world, in a landscape that feels so extraordinarily unique it’s almost unbelievable. It’s a must do.
Bridie – Event Logistics Support
Where: The Zagora Desert, Morocco
Why: We set off at sunset, riding a camel towards a Berber campsite where we spent the night dancing, eating and stargazing. An absolutely unforgettable experience!
Kelly – Coach
Where: The Kumano Kodo Trek, Japan
Why: This iconic adventure is one of only two World Heritage listed pilgrim hikes in the world for a reason! It includes breathtaking scenery, ancient spiritual culture, mouth-watering cuisine and rich natural wonders.
Want to join Kel? Get the itinerary.
Something tickle your fancy? Check out our adventures which are launching at 8.30pm on Friday 3 May. We hope you can join us for the adventure of a lifetime.