Did you like our selection of the most beautiful trails in France ? The same here, but this time in the world.
The Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan Sahara, the Grand to Grand Ultra in the Grand Canyon, Bad Water Ultramarathon in Death Valley, the Spartathlon between Athens and Sparta, the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc… beautiful. But the truth is, they’re only for true warriors . It’s not for “normal” people. Fortunately, there are races more accessible to simple amateur athletes. Here are a few.
The Reunion raid: for the crazy
The flagship race is well known, “La Diagonale des Fous”. But the Grand Raid de la Réunion now offers other races more accessible to amateurs of different levels. The easiest, “La Mascareignes”, which consists of 67 km and 4000 meters of elevation gain. Still… You will have time to relax on the beach afterwards see the attractions destinations .
Kungsleden in Sweden: beyond the polar circle
The Kungsleden trail which starts from the Hemav and ski resort to reach Abisko is one of the best hiking trails in the world. It is an adventure of nearly 450 kilometers that takes you well beyond the polar circle (160 km to the north) and takes you through one of the wildest natural regions on the continent. Of course, he is not obliged to follow the trail from the start. The recommended travel distance is around 100 km. There are huts and refuges every 10-20 km to make a fire and spend the night.
Cordillera Apolobamba: the other trail of the Incas
You have to book your accommodation months in advance to be able to do the famous Inca trail in Peru to Machu Picchu. Much less known, much less frequented, the trail of the Cordillera Apolobamba in Bolivia. Allow about 10 hours by bus from La Paz to reach the town of Curva where you can hire the services of a guide. Let’s go for about 5 days of walking in a dream mountain setting!
The Mont Blanc, Barre des Ecrins and Mont Cervin massifs are absolutely sumptuous. But what about the Bernese Ober land in Switzerland, with its legendary peaks, the Eiger and the Jungfrau? The region has a large number of trails in magnificent landscapes. The trails of Grindelwald for example, in a valley of magical beauty. There are several of different levels, some are for the pros (the Eiger ultra trail), others are accessible for families.
Transmartinique: a taste of sugar cane
The course of the trail des Caps (33 km / 550 m D+) will amaze you. It evolves in agricultural plantations, on country roads and along the beaches of the island. Stunning.