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Where to Hike in Asia Summer 2024

Jun 12, 2024 | News, Travel Tips

With its diverse geography and rich cultural tapestry, Asia offers hikers a plethora of thrilling experiences in the summer months.  Traverse the jagged peaks of the Pamir range in Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan; explore the dense jungles of Borneo; journey through the serene bamboo forests of Japan’s Kumano Kodo trail. Whether you’re seeking the challenge of high-altitude trekking or the tranquility of nature immersion, hiking in the many countries of Asia this summer promises an exhilarating and soul-enriching expedition. Check out some of the places we’ve highlighted below.

The ‘Stans

The Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan may not be the first places to come to mind when thinking of hiking in Asia but these two countries have stunning mountain scenery to enjoy and have many trails to explore. Described as the Switzerland of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan boasts the mighty Tien Shan and Pamir-Alay mountain ranges which contain 13 national parks and 10 state reserves. Popular hiking areas include Kor-Tol Lake, Ak-Suu Traverse and Kegeti Gorge. Check out the Kyrgyzstan page for more details on where to hike in Kyrgyzstan.

mountains lake kyrgyzstan

Summer is also a great time to hike in Kyrgyzstan’s neighbour, Tajikistan, which shares the majestic Pamir mountains, and also has the Fann mountains near the capital of Dushanbe for hikers to explore. Hike the Seven Lakes or Iskander-Kul or start on the 1000 km Pamir Trail, an ambitious project being developed in the Pamir mountains. Visit the Tajikistan page for more information on where to hike in Tajikistan.  

Pakistan is another great Asian country to trek in during the summer months. Take your pick from the beautiful valleys of Skardu, Hunza, Swat or Kumrat; the popular Fairy Meadows National Park; the Murree Hills close to Islamabad; and so many other places to hike. Check out the Pakistan page for more details on where and when to hike in various regions of Pakistan.

mountains lake pakistan

China

China has such a diverse landscape over its vast area that there are many places to hike year-round. In the summer months, these include one of Tibet’s holy mountains, Amnye Machen; the Tian Shan mountain range extending from Kyrgyzstan; the Heaven Lake area bordering on North Korea; the Kangding mountain area; and many other regions. Check out the China page for more information on where to hike in the summer months.

Indonesia

The archipelago of Indonesia contains endless opportunities for hiking across its many islands, including during summer. Choose from Gunung Leuser National Park, on Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island; the Ijen crater on East Java; Gunung Merapi National Park on Central Java; the famous multi-coloured lakes of Kelimetu National Park on the island of Flores; the UNESCO World Heritage site of Komodo Island; Gunung Rinjani on Lombok; various places on the island of Borneo; and so much more.  Visit the Indonesia page for more information on where and when to hike in Indonesia.

china mountains lake

Japan

Japan can be sweltering in its low lying cities during the summer, but July and August are a great time to climb Mount Fuji, the island nation’s highest peak, a very popular tourist attraction which has recently imposed new rules for climbing it. The Japan Alps are enticing, with many trails lacing its mountains, as well as the 5 day traverse across Diasetsuzan National Park on Hokkaido island. There are many other areas for hiking across the islands that make up Japan, check out the Japan page for more information on where and when to hike in Japan.

Mongolia

The vast, wild nation of Mongolia has spectacular mountain landscapes to explore, with the summer the best time to hike here. Some of the main trekking areas include: Gorkhi Terelj National Park near Ulaanbaatar; Tavn Bogd National Park and the Altai Mountains, Khosvgol Lake, Gobi Desert, the Khangai Mountains and the Khan Kentii Mountains. Horse trekking is also popular here. Check out the Mongolia page for more information on where and when to hike in Mongolia.

mountains japan

There are many other countries to hike in Asia over the summer months. Visit Where to Hike When for more inspiration on where to hike this summer.

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