8 beautiful hiking trails to conquer in Asia

It’s time for you to get out there and work those leg muscles for a view you won’t forget!

Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

Up for a bit of a walk? Enthusiastic climbers and nature lovers are right at home in countries all over Asia that are home to countless stunning hiking trails. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite treks, graded according to difficulty so you can plan your next outdoor adventure with ease.

The view from the Dragon's Back trail
The view from the Dragon’s Back trail

Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong

The hike: Not to be confused with the Hong Kong Trail (which takes approximately six hours to complete), Dragon’s Back is a relatively manageable hike, and its starting point at To Tei Wan is easily accessible from the city center. What’s more, the trail offers gorgeous views of Stanley, Tai Long Wan, Tai Tam and the South China Sea.
Estimated time: One hour
Difficulty level: 1/5

Also read: 9 unique experiences to try in Hong Kong

Secret Staircase, Dubai, UAE

The hike: Accessible from Dubai’s Dibba Beach, this easy trek leads you up a staircase that was hand-built by Pakistani goat herders in order to reach their homes high in the cliffs. At the top, you’ll be treated to excellent views, including a hauntingly beautiful ancient graveyard whose headstones are decorated with petroglyphs.
Estimated time: Three hours
Difficulty level: 1/5

Riding across Mount Bromo's volcanic landscape
Riding across Mount Bromo’s volcanic landscape

Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

The hike: Depending on how much climbing you want to do and what you want to see, scaling the 2,329m-high Mount Bromo can take anywhere from two to four hours. Most visitors ascend the neighboring Mount Penanjakan to catch the sunrise over Bromo (this takes about an hour), while some go on to summit Bromo itself (which takes another hour).
Estimated time: Anywhere from two to four hours
Difficulty level: 2/5

Bukhansan, Seoul, South Korea

The hike: Make your way to Baegundae Peak, the highest point in Bukhansan National Park, for magnificent views of the city. While the slopes can be challenging at times there are several staircases that you can take, making things a lot easier for anyone who wants to reach the top without trying too hard.
Estimated time: Two hours
Difficulty level: 2/5

Yoshida Trail, Mount Fuji, Japan

The hike: Travelers making their way up Mount Fuji in Japan often use the Yoshida Trail, a 7.5km-long trek that starts at the fifth station on the Fuji-Subaru Line. It’s an extremely popular (and crowded) route with numerous huts and first-aid stations, making it perfect for those who have little or no climbing experience.
Estimated time: Six hours
Difficulty level: 2.5/5

Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao, Philippines

The hike: Take a nine-hour bus ride from Manila to Banaue to visit its majestic, UNESCO-inscribed rice terraces, commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. The terraces are at least 2,000 years old, and rise approximately 1,500m above sea level. There are many trails to choose from, and you can (and should) spend a few days hiking from one village to another.
Estimated time: Anywhere from half a day to three days
Difficulty level: 3.5/5

Sapa Valley, Sapa, Vietnam

The hike: Sapa Valley has long been recognised as a world-class trekking destination. Its highlights include the luscious terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley and the 3,143m-tall peak of Mount Fansipan, as well as numerous ethnic villages. Do note, however, that you’ll need a permit to trek to the villages, so consider signing up for an expedition with a private tour operator.
Estimated time: Anywhere from two to four days
Difficulty level: 4/5

Also read: Venturing into Sapa’s ethnic villages

Heading down Mount Kinabalu
Heading down Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

The hike: Two days, one night — that’s all it takes to climb Mount Kinabalu, which is a mere two-hour coach ride from Kota Kinabalu. But don’t be fooled – the mountain, which stands at a towering 4,095m, is a real test of physical and mental endurance, so you’ll do well to clock some training before attempting to conquer it.
Estimated time: Two days
Difficulty level: 4.5/5

Also read: Cruising around in Kota Kinabalu

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Samantha David

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