Winding trails, crystalline lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks—it’s all so alluring. So toss your Jansport over your shoulder and head out to one of these audacious camp spots around the world—but only if you think you can handle the black bears and llamas, or sleep soundly suspended over a cliff. From Montana to Morocco, we’re covering challenging grounds…
Glacier National Park, Montana: Rest in the wild alpine meadows off more than 700 miles of trails that lace through Montana’s lakes, kaleidoscopic mountain peaks and ancient glaciers.
Landmannalaugur, Iceland: Before the snow descends upon the mountains, you’ll want to check out Landmannalaugur, at the edge of the Laugahraun lava field in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Hike north to south through wildflower meadows, steaming geothermal vents, ice caps covering volcano calderas and areas that are hard to pronounce.
Sahara Desert, Morocco: Just north of the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains, you’ll pass through Berber villages and travel by donkey into the depths of the Sahara, where you’ll glimpse more stars than many see in a lifetime. Just beware of scorpions.
Waldseilgarten, Germany: Listen up, daredevils. Waldseilgarten, an adventure mountain resort in Pfronten, Bavaria, offers guests handmade igloos hanging off of trees and suspended over a cliff face atop a mountain summit.
Yosemite National Park, California: Nearly the entire park is designated wilderness—and a whole lot of black bears—which means no cars, buildings, electricity or anything. Sleep peacefully under the stars, wake up early and hike up to Glacier Point for a view of Yosemite Valley and the Falls.
Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador: Home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world and Ecuador’s second highest peak, Cotopaxi National Park is the perfect place for pitching a tent. Your only neighbors will be some super chill llamas.
Jasper National Park, Canada: Soak in the Rockies, lakes, hot springs, waterfalls and glaciers as you hike some of the park’s 600 miles of trails. Kayak or ski, you can do it all depending on the time of year.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Home to over 67 species of mammals and 330 species of birds, there’s no better place for getting close to wildlife than Yogi Bear’s backyard.
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica: Described as the most “geographically intense” place in the world by National Geographic, Corcovado National Park boasts five percent of the world’s biodiversity and positions campers at the heart of the rainforest. And we don’t mean the café.