Hiking, which ranges from leisurely strolls to extreme hikes, is a global phenomenon and big business.
The concept of hiking dates back to the 18th century when the idea of taking a walk in the countryside for pleasure developed, and arose because of changing attitudes to the landscape and nature, associated with the Romantic movement. In earlier times walking generally indicated poverty and was also associated with vagrancy. These days organized hiking holidays are big business from group walking tours to individual treks. The choice of hiking destinations worldwide is endless from Nepal or the Andes to Corsica or Mount Kilimanjaro. But the down side to this activity is that large numbers of hikes can damage fragile natural environments. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "hiking route".
Nigeria is a hikers paradise with breathtaking landscapes, mountains and waterfalls. Young entrepreneurs are starting to offer more and more guided tours for tourists from home and abroad. There are trails for every skill level from moderately easy to the steepest.
This week we discover a love story that began during the Korean War, and never really ended. We speak with a friend of a man who disappeared while hiking back in 2004 — and could have been kidnapped by North Korea. Plus, we learn more about the power of running to cope with grief, overcoming illiteracy, a unique clothes shop which caters to transgender people and reviving traditions in Tahiti.