For many of us in the northern hemisphere, November is kind of an in between month. The prime months for summer and fall hiking are over and winter pursuits are still a little into the future. However, November can be a great time to hike in many parts of the world. Check out some recommendations below:
The dry season begins in some parts of Central America, such as in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
The land of lakes and volcanoes, Nicaragua has 19 active volcanoes, many of which can be hiked, as well as other mountain ranges with hiking trails. The most popular areas are the volcanoes in the Maribios chain, such as San Cristobal (tallest volcano in Nicaragua), Cerro Negro (very popular for volcano boarding), and Volcan Telica; the Isla de Ometepe which contains the twin volcanic peaks of Concepcion and Maderas; around Matagalpa and Esteli.
Guatemala offers some spectacular hiking, particularly in the Highlands region in the west. There are many volcanoes to hike in Guatemala and picturesque towns and cities from which to explore them from. Base yourself in Antigua, a favourite of tourists and hike Volcan Acatenango. Or in San Pedro La Laguna on beautiful Lago de Atitlan, and hike Volcan San Pedro. The Ixil Triangle towns of Nebaj, Chajul and Cotzal are good bases from which various hikes can be undertaken.
El Salvador is dotted with volcanoes and mountains that offer superb hiking. Some of the main hiking regions include around several towns and cities: near San Salvador, there’s Volcan San Salvador and Parque Nacional El Boqueron; hikes around Ignacio; hikes around San Miguel such as Volcan Chaparrastique; hikes around San Vincente such as Volcan Chichontepec; and hikes around Perquin. Another popular area is the Los Volcanoes National Park where there are several volcanoes to hike, such as Volcan Santa Ana.
Some Asian countries start seeing dry weather in November, such as in Thailand and Taiwan.
There are mountains strewn throughout Thailand that can be explored, particularly in the north of the country. The main hiking areas are plentiful and include Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces, Doi Inthanon National Park (containing country’s highest peak), Phu Kradeung National Park, Nan province, Phrae province, and so much more.
Officially part of the Republic of China, Taiwan is one of the most accessible places for spectacular hiking, with mountains running from top to bottom and across the country. Also known as Ilha Formosa which means ‘Beautiful Island’ in Portuguese. Some of the well-known areas for hiking include Taroko National Park, Yushan National Park, Shei-Pa National Park, Yangmingshan National Park, and many hikes in the Central Mountain Range outside of these parks.
African countries such as Algeria and Ethiopia are ideal to explore on foot at this time of year.
Algeria is the largest country in Africa and is mainly occupied by the Sahara desert. However, there are mountains running along its northern border with the Mediterranean sea and in the south, where the tallest mountain in the country can be found. The Tell Atlas, the Saharan Atlas and the Hoggar mountain ranges (and their sub ranges) are the three main areas for hiking.
Opportunities for hiking in Ethiopia abound, particularly in Simien Mountains National Park and Bale Mountains National Park, as well as Community Trekking areas in the north of the country. As well, hiking to see rock-hewn churches from Lalibela and hiking around Addis Ababa are well known.
Many US states are still great to visit at this time of year, particularly in the southwest, such as Texas, Arizona, Utah, and of course California which is a year round hiking destination. For more inspiration on where to hike in November, check out Where to Hike in November.