Group hikes: ideas, routes, itineraries
Useful suggestions for organising group hikes
Do you want to organise a trip with your friends? Are you a member of a hiking group wanting to enjoy a complete hiking experience without any nasty surprises? Before setting out on your adventure in discovery of new lands, there are a number of organisational matters you will want to take into consideration in order to make the most of this magnificent experience.
- After choosing your destination, carefully choose your accommodations. Whether it’s a hotel or a campground, be sure to choose a facility that offers all the services you consider important.
- When travelling as a group, it’s always a good idea to book your transportation from the airport to your accommodations and back again before you leave home
- lan your excursions to suit the participants, taking into consideration the group’s overall level when choosing your destinations and the stages of your hike. Remember to check, for example, if there are any Unesco world heritage sites at your destination, obtain information on the distances and the weather forecast, the type of path and the elevation gain, and decide whether to dine in a traditional local restaurant or bring a packed lunch. Every little detail is important to ensure the success of your trip.
- When choosing your itinerary, consider hiring a local guide. An experienced local guide will help you discover hidden spots, provide you with useful information on destinations and come in very handy if you experience any problems.
- If you are concerned about the language barrier, choose agencies and facilities with management that speaks your language and can understand exactly what you want.
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Last but not least, it’s important to plan the stages of your trip carefully to balance more challenging excursions with opportunities to relax and recover. On the island of Rhodes, for example, there are full-day hikes that began in Monolithos, climb Mount Akramitis and go on to Sianna, Embona and then Kritinia. If you’re not an experienced hiker, you might want to plan a more relaxing itinerary for the next day, or perhaps a boat trip to a nearby island.