Walking Back to Happiness: Top Places to Hike, Walk and Kick Back In 2023

Fresh air, majestic mountain views, and mindful meditation are a few of the wonders that await those who choose to walk themselves fitter at a holistic hiking retreat. Far from the madding crowds, the world’s top hiking destinations are the ideal locations to immerse yourself in nature while taking positive steps to improve your physical and mental well-being. From stunning views across Himalayan peaks to arctic ambles through the Alaskan wilderness, these top hiking retreats for 2023 will take your breath away as you put one foot in front of the other on your journey to a better you...

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7-Day Wellness Walks In Spain

Tucked away on Spain’s Mediterranean east coast between Denia and Altea, this seven-day wellness and walking retreat is surrounded by natural beauty. Start the day with a mindful Pilates session, followed by a healthy vegetarian brunch and the daily well-being workshop. With Montgó Natural Park nearby, the afternoon wellness walks take in stunning scenery and build your appetite before the delicious and healthy evening meal.

Also offering the chance to explore some of Spain’s wonderful cities and experience the Mediterranean lifestyle and culture, the Seven-Day Wellness Walks in Spain retreat will leave your body and mind refreshed and rejuvenated.

Alaska Backpacking Yoga Retreat For Women

Alaska’s southern Talkeetna Mountains provide a breath-taking backdrop as you backpack through the beautiful backcountry in the shadows of mighty Mount Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. Alaska, officially nicknamed "The Last Frontier," is the largest and least-populated US state, and home to some of its wildest and most awe-inspiring hiking trails.

You’ll wander across rugged terrain with chances of spectacular wildlife encounters and stops for lunch and yoga along the way. The Alaska Backpacking Yoga Retreat For Women is a great way to reconnect you body and mind whilst immersed in peaceful nature.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The mighty and majestic Himalaya mountain range offers some of the finest hiking trails on the planet beneath the peaks of some of the world’s tallest mountains. The Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal's largest protected area, and the trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) takes you into the Annapurna Sanctuary, surrounded by several snow-capped 7,000-metre peaks and in the shadows of Annapurna I’s imposing 8,000-metre summit.

The trek takes you through lush rhododendron and oak forests as you head towards the snow line and affords views of Annapurna South and Gangapurna, as well as the sacred peak of Machhapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). Passing through traditional villages and enjoying a rejuvenating natural hot spring bath at Jhinu are some of the highlights along the way, but the views from Annapurna Base Camp itself are the most rewarding on this wellness trek in Nepal.

Arctic Hive Yoga Retreat

Cosy, off-grid cabins surrounded by Alaskan mountain peaks and yoga sessions inside an igloo await you on the Arctic Hive Yoga Retreat in America’s Final Frontier state. With no cell coverage in the remote arctic wilderness, this retreat is ideal for those looking to disconnect from modern life’s mayhem and reconnect with the tranquility of nature.

Days are spent hiking and snowshoeing through the surrounding area, with possibilities for dog sledding and, depending on the season, spectacular views of the Northern Lights. During the Arctic Hive Yoga Retreat, you’ll refuel with delicious and nourishing vegetarian meals and burn those calories back off hiking over mountain passes and rugged Alaskan terrain.

France Wellness & Mindfulness Retreat

Set amid the French Alps, the luxurious ski resort of Morzine lies an hour south of Geneva and a little to the north of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest point outside the Caucasus Mountains. The Alps in summer are a special place, as the snow melts and the hiking trails open up. The 4-night France Wellness and Mindfulness Retreat allows you to spend a few peaceful days in nature practicing mindfulness with a professional life and leadership coach guiding you along the journey.

Exhilarating mountain hikes and wild swimming among breath-taking scenery, along with yoga and meditation practice, will allow you to align your inner purpose with the beauty of the outer world. The retreat included one-on-one coaching sessions before and after the retreat to ensure you met your mindfulness goals on your French adventure.

Jackson Hole Luxury Yoga, Hiking & Rafting Retreat

Jackson Hole sits on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and is surrounded by superb walking trails and spectacular scenery. Start the day with a gentle morning yoga session to loosen the limbs before exploring the Grand Teton trails on foot, taking in stunning peaks, striking canyons, and serene lakes.

The Jackson Hole Luxury Yoga, Hiking, & Rafting Retreat allows you to enjoy some of the world’s best hiking in like-minded company while staying at the Jackson Lake Lodge. Keep your eyes open for moose and bears as you white-water raft down the Snake River and hike Cascade Canyon before returning for a good night’s sleep at the lodge.

Langtang Kyanjin Trek - 8 Days in Nepal

The Langtang valley lies within the Langtang National Park, to the north of Nepal’s intriguing capital city of Kathmandu, and is home to some superb hiking trails in the Himalayan foothills. Spending an average of six hours per day trekking through the sublime landscape, through rhododendron forests and local villages, and with views of 8,000-metre peaks, will help you reconnect with nature and improve your physical condition.

The Langtang Valley Trek requires reasonable fitness levels, but the rewards are immense as the hike culminates with the uplifting sunrise ascent of Tserko Ri, a 5,033-metre (16,512-foot) peak.

Newfoundland Women’s Adventure Retreat

The beautiful island of Newfoundland marks the easternmost extremity of Canada and is home to stunning national parks and a rugged and rich coastline. Its deep fjords and high coastal cliffs allow for breath-taking hiking as you explore its coastal villages and scenic bays. Mornings begin with a gentle yoga session before venturing out to explore the island’s trails.

The trails of Gros Morne National Park are stunning, and with trips across the island, taking in St. John’s and Exploits Island, the Newfoundland Women’s Adventure Retreat is an ideal getaway from your daily routine and allows you to be at one with nature alongside like-minded companions.

Yoga Trek to Mardi Himal

Located to the east of the Annapurna Base camp virtually under the spectacular Machhapuchhre (Fishtail, the Mardi Himal & Yoga Trek rewards you with stunning views of this majestic mountain range of the Annapurna Himalayas and its surroundings.

During your 9-day moderate, high-altitude trek you will get immersed in the local culture as you hike up to the Mardi Himal viewpoint at 4200 ft. There you’ll be able to revel in the beauty surrounding you before heading downhill back to scenic Pokhara.

Yoga & Creativity Lake Como Retreat

Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and the wealthy since Roman times, and the Yoga & Creativity Retreat bases itself on the beautiful shores of the picturesque lake. Set in the stunning Hotel Villa Flori, the retreat will allow guests to enjoy private boat excursions to view some of the lakes famous villas, local wine tasting, wonderful guided walks in the hills to get close to nature, and also learn about the local flora and fauna as you forage in the forests with a Michelin-level chef.

Daily yoga and creativity classes complement the beautiful lakeside walks. The yoga classes are open to all levels and can range from gentle and restorative to more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles. Creativity classes feature Julian Hyzler from EASEL&LENS, focus on sketching and smartphone photography, and will allow you to take more than just memories home with you from the beautiful lake district of Northern Italy.

Women’s Hiking, SUP, And Yoga Retreat

Set halfway between Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs, the Women’s Hiking, SUP, and Yoga Retreat allows you to take in the vast desert landscape of Western Colorado while staying among more than twenty acres of working vineyards. Accommodation is at The Wine Country Inn, which, in addition to being close to Mount Garfield and several stunning hiking trails, is also encircled by wineries, vineyards, orchards, and farms.

Aside from the hiking trails, you can also paddle the river on an SUP or enjoy a relaxing SUP yoga session, while the more adventurous can summit Mount Garfield for stunning views across the valley.

Our Final Thoughts...

Lacing up the boots and hitting the trails is a great way to boost your physical fitness, while surrounding yourself with Mother Nature’s finest creations will lift your spirit and mind. Whether you opt for lakeside walks in rural Italy or through the imposing Himalayan peaks, by the end of your walking and wellness retreat, you will feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready for your daily routine again.

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