In love with nature: Some of the world’s greatest hikes

One of the best reasons to hike is to see the beauty of nature from a prime vantage point. The climb itself will take you through scenic routes and you’ll find that the journey to the top is just as beautiful as what awaits you at the peak. Here are some picturesque trails you should try on your next outdoor adventure:

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Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong

The Dragon’s Back trail will take you from island to island in Hong Kong. The 50-kilometer hike begins at the country’s most famous tourist spot, The Peak, which overlooks the picturesque city landscape. From city sights to lush, green forests – this hike will show you both sides of Hong Kong. Hiking through Dragon’s Back may not be the easiest but well worth the effort.

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Himalayas, Nepal

Best known as the range that contains the highest peak in the world, the Himalayas offers a variety of epic trails and breathtaking views of nature. You can try the hike to the Everest Base Camp to experience hiking the tallest mountain without actually climbing the whole thing.

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Inca Trail, Peru

The best way to see the lost city of Machu Picchu is through the Inca Trail. It is a 27-mile trek offers a both a look at the icy Andes Mountains and the subtropical Amazon Jungle. Only 200 hikers are allowed to join the trek everyday so plan ahead if you want to do this 4 to 5 day hike.

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Hiking for physical and mental health

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Whether on an adventurous trail up to a mountain ridge or a short track along the river, hiking is a stunning way to experience the wonders of the natural world.

But beyond the sheer beauty of nature, science and hikers agree that the activity provides a multitude of health benefits, both for the body and mind. For motivation, here are various reasons you should hike:

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It’s a powerful cardio workout: Hiking improves a person’s overall health. With its ability to provide a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, going out for a hike can lower your risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure, and lower blood sugar levels.

It burns calories and increases energy level: Hiking regularly can keep body weight under control. And because it is close to nature, the activity also provides the body extra oxygen to fuel muscles, organs and other body tissues, thereby increasing the body’s endurance and energy level.

It is therapeutic: According to WebMD, tramping through the forest can boost the mood, especially when under stress and anxiety. In another study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, experts revealed that hiking, as a therapy, can reduce depression and loneliness. In addition, it also inspires the adoption of a more active lifestyle.

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Hiking is simple, real, and free. For those who are looking for an outdoorsy activity, it is definitely one of the best sports that you’ll be able to enjoy, probably your whole life.

Thomas Faw is a real estate developer and an avid hiking enthusiast based in North Carolina. Learn more about his adventures by following this Twitter account.