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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir

 
Retirement and Hiking-Tour de Mont Blanc Tour de Mont Blanc France

One of the top 10 hikes in the world the Tour de Mont Blanc provides a spectacular hiking adventure. The 106 mile trek that requires 9 to 14 days to complete offers hikers views of phenomenal glaciers, beautiful mountain peaks, and stunning valleys and lakes. There are many huts and hostels along the way offering food and lodging which lighten the load for hikers and the trails are well maintained and marked. June through September are the best months to hike this trail.

 
Retirement and Hiking-Annapurna Circuit Annapurna Circuit Nepal

The rugged snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular backdrop for those hiking the 186 mile Annapurna Circuit, which circumnavigates the Annapurna massif. The diversity of both nature and culture in this area is unparalleled. The Circuit can be hiked by all levels of hikers and typically takes about 3 weeks with lodging available along the way. The trek passes through valleys, across rivers and climbs into the mountains while providing a glimpse of the Tibetan culture, temples and architecture.

 
Retirement and Hiking-Tongariro Northern Circuit Tongariro Northern Circuit North Island, New Zealand

The Tongariro Northern Circuit offers hikers trails for one, two or three day hikes through amazing out of this world desert and volcanic terrain. Some of the highlights include the Emerald Lakes (water filled craters), the Tongariro Alpine crossing, Mt. Ngaurube, boiling mud pools, strange lava features and breathtaking glacial valleys. Alpine huts are available along the hike for lodging. The best time to hike is during the down-under summer months of December to March.

 
Retirement and Hiking-John Muir Trail John Muir Trail California, United States

The 211-mile John Muir Trail runs from the Yosemite Valley through 3 national parks (Sequoia, Yosemite and Kings Canyon), through the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas and Devils Postpile National Monument before reaching the end at the summit of Mount Whitney. Some of the most magnificent scenery in the United States can be seen during the peak hiking months of July though September.

 
Retirement and Hiking-Tiger Leaping Gorge Tiger Leaping Gorge China

There are two trails the relatively short 9 mile lower trail and the nearly 14 mile higher trail that both run along the gorge which is part of a World Heritage site. The Gorge is one of the world’s deepest river canyons providing spectacular views of the river, waterfalls and a variety of wild flora. There are guesthouses available to hikers, which provide the indigenous Naxi villagers with some of their primary income.


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