I remember my first camping trip. I was seven years old and spent a thrilling weekend swapping ghost stories with my classmates in the evening next tot the bonfire while we stuffed our faces with roasted marshmallows. When it was time to go to sleep, I had to contain my excitement as I huddled inside my new tent listening to the woodlands alive with the sound of the night creatures and the occasional snapping of tree branches.
Camping, may be as simple as pitching a tent in your backyard or something as rugged as sleeping against jagged rocks, should always be a whole new outdoor experience each time. Let Holiday Backpack show you the five best places to travel to where you can set up camp and create your own unforgettable camping experiences.
1. Sahale Glacier Camp, Washington
If you’re looking for a relatively simple climb that will end with a stunning panoramic view of the Cascade Pass peaks, you might want to try the popular route up Sahale Peak via the Sahale Arm and Sahale Glacier. A gentle, sloping ascent down Sahale Arm will bring you into the middle of meadows exploding with lupine, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers. After a final ascent, you will reach a ridge where the Sahale Glacier Camp is located. There you can pitch your tent and spend a night experiencing the true majesty of the North Cascades.
2. Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru
Experience one of the best alpine trails in the world by trekking Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash. Satisfy your lust for a hard and exhilarating hike amongst jagged mountains, azure lakes and vast skies and get lost in the Peruvian summits. One of the unique attractions about the Huayhuash landscape are the friendly locals who abound in the area. You not only experience a true alpine mountain paradise peppered with edelweiss and purple lupine, but you also get a touch of culture if you attempt to go trekking alongside Peruvian farmers or camp at any of the villages.
3. Lake Myvatn, Iceland
Considered as the most dramatic and beautiful place in Iceland, Lake Myvatn is a breathtaking place with amazing lava fields and unique rock formations. Camping by Lake Myvatn also means experiencing unique bubbling mud flats, lunaresque volcanic craters, newborn lava fields and even grassy shoals teeming with waterfowl. The land surrounding the lake is marked with several Pseudo craters and dotted with geothermal activity. During the summer, a sheer variety of birds flock the surrounding areas making it also a choice camping destination for bird watching enthusiasts.
4. Tree Camping in Waldseilgarten, Germany
If you’re up for an extreme camping adventure, you might want to try out Tree Camping in Waldseilgarten, a mountain resort in Bavaria, Germany. Although there is a variety of camping ground options at the resort, sleeping 6,000 feet in the air and waking up to an amazing sunset view as you hang from a cliff or a tree is one for the bucket list. Aside from the usual trekking activities where you can enjoy the plush mountain greenery, you can also partake in other extreme activities available such as tree swinging and zip lining.
5. Bay of Fires, Australia
The campsites at Bay of Fires are wild and rugged and are some of the most beautiful spots in Tasmania. You can camp anywhere along its long curve of pristine white sandy beaches that are generally deserted and you can stay for up to weeks for free. There is no trekking nor hiking involved, instead you can go fishing, surfing, diving and snorkeling. Massive granite boulders with characteristic red orange lichen surround the whole area, where wildlife like kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and black cockatoos abound.