Hiking vacations can be a great way to see your destination and they give you a chance to get back to the wilderness. Going as part of a tour group can be a great way to make the arrangements. Not only will it be more enjoyable if you have somebody to hike with but it will also be safer. There are however some important considerations that you are going to have to keep in mind if you are going to take a hiking vacation as part of a group.
The most important thing to think about when you are going as part of a group is to make sure that you join a group that is at the appropriate level. Hiking is an activity that can range from a casual walk at a gentle pace to a rigorous outdoor activity. Obviously if you have little experience and are not in particularly good shape joining a group of hardcore hikers would not be a good idea. On the other hand you will probably get bored if you take a trip that has you hiking with people who move at a slower pace than you are used to.
The next thing that you have to think about when you are planning a hiking vacation is what kind of trip you are interested in taking. Trips can range anywhere from a trip that has short day hikes mixed in with other activities at a destination to serious hardcore trekking that has you walking through the wilderness for several days. The hikes may also be on anything from well maintained trails to paths that are barely there. You will need to decide on how serious of a hiker you are so that you can choose the right trip for your needs.
Another important consideration is going to be where you want to do your hiking. It may be that there is a particular location that you really want to hike in or it may be that the hiking is being done as a part of vacation that has other activities. In either case the destination is going to be an important factor and you will want to pay attention to things like what other activities are available and what kind of accommodation you will be staying at.
One last thing that you have to think about when you are arranging a hiking trip is safety. You are going to want to make sure that you get an experienced guide for your trip who is familiar with local conditions. You will also want to make sure that proper safety equipment is being used. This will be a bigger issue with long treks than with day hikes but it is still important. Your best bet is to stick with an experienced and well established tour operator to make the arrangements.