Trekking through the wilderness is the ultimate way to experience a country. From mountains to forests, these five hikes will get you back to nature – and help you embrace your inner explorer. Each trek we’ve picked is a challenge, but can be completed in just one day or less.
We’ve paired each hike with a signature jacket. After all, on a snowy peak or mountain trail, a good jacket is a man’s best friend. Here are the five best treks in the world:
Watchman Peak Trail is a feast for the eyes and a challenge for the feet. With a volcanic past, trekking through the park is an otherworldly experience. The trail begins at West Rim Drive and then climbs steadily westward before turning east towards the summit for the final climb.
From the historic fire lookout on the 8,013-foot peak, you can see the crystal blue Crater Lake and Wizard Island – a volcanic island, which erupted into form 6,000 years ago. There are plenty of Klamath Indian legends that surround this island, including a tale about killer crayfish in the 100ft deep crater. Plus, to the west, you can see the Rogue River National Forest. The park is open from mid-June until mid-September, although expect the trail to be snow-covered in June.
Tackle the landscape of Crater Lake National Park in a jacket you can rely on. This ice white Stone Island jacket is perfect for tackling the icy climate of this part of Oregon. With an average of 44 feet of snow per year, snow accumulates in October, and then doesn’t melt away until June. Luckily, this jacket has a detachable lining – a khaki padded, puffer-jacket, which sits underneath the ice white exterior layer for extra warmth.
This challenging hike through the Lake District comes in at just under ten miles. The highlight is the Striding Edge – a narrow, rocky peak, with a sharp drop either side of the path, meaning that you quite literally ‘stride’ across an ‘edge’. However, the hardest part of this trek is the final ascent onto the Helvellyn plateau, which is the third highest peak in the UK. The views from the top are jaw-dropping, particularly when you get to see the craggy peak of Striding Edge from above.
As a result, inexperienced hikers should avoid this trek in high winds, snow, ice and fog. However, on a clear day, it’s a jaw-dropping trek and a great way to experience some of the ‘wilder’ parts of the UK
Take on the wilderness in this CP Company jacket. A khaki, lightweight design, this jacket is built for the outdoors. With lightweight padding and a peaked adjustable hood, this jacket is a practical yet warm design, perfect for a hike through the Lake District.
CP Company are masters of the jacket – famous for their sporty, technical designs, which have a natural sophistication and style. Take this jacket on a trek, and it’s sure to become your favourite travelling companion.
Crisp blue skies, snow-topped peaks and pine forests: Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and as challenging as it is beautiful. This two-hour trek through the forests is the ideal introduction to the mountain. You can find a huge list of other hikes in and around Mont Blanc here – including several treks higher up the mountain.
The summit of Mont Blanc is the ultimate trek in the area and a few hikes around the mountain could give you the inspiration to climb all the way to the top. However, to get to the top of what is the highest mountain in Europe, you’ll need to be fit and have experience using crampons and an ice axe.
The Napapijri brand has strong connections to the outdoors, founded in the shadow of Europe’s highest peak, Monte Bianco. Plus, the name itself is a variation on the Finnish word for the Arctic Circle. The brand has brought their signature style and innovative materials to this pull-over jacket, perfect for hiking in Mount Blanc. With a water-repellent outer, lightweight Thermore padding and a fleece lining, this is a practical design, whatever the weather on the mountain.
Widely regarded as New Zealand’s best day hike, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging and unforgettable trek through a wild, volcanic landscape. Lava flows and steam vents from the earth as you hike through this landscape, filled with emerald lakes and dusty tracks. The trek takes you through the barren South Crater to the Mars-like Red Crater through to Blue Lake and beyond to Ketetahi Hut. In total, the trek takes around 7-9 hours to complete, so be prepared for a hard day’s hiking.
New Zealand may be famous for Lord of the Rings, but the landscape here is no fantasy – it’s as real as the hikers taking on the challenge.
This striking design from Belstaff will help you to stand out in the wilderness, as you trek through the alien landscape of Tongariro National Park. With a stretch synthetic shell and an adjustable zip-away hood, this jacket combines practicality and a bold, stylish look. Tackle New Zealand’s rugged landscape in style with this innovative design.
Experience the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, with the Black Wood and Dun da-Lamh Fort trek. With impressive forests, great views from the summit and the remains of a Pictish fort, this 5.25 mile hike is a rewarding adventure that combines history and rugged landscape.
While the trek can be steep in parts, the trail is generally in good condition and takes from 2- 4 hours to complete. As a result, you can complete this trek in a morning – and get back just in time for a pub lunch.
With the changeable nature of Scottish weather, you’ll need a jacket you can rely on. This puffer jacket from EA7 is as warm as it looks, but it’s also made from lightweight fabrics, which are perfect for a hike. A comfy trekking jacket, this design also has a bold style, which looks just as good in the Scottish wilderness as it does in the city. Tackle the Highlands in style with this bright blue design.
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