“Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks Hollow” –Plutarch. You won’t know how accurate this quote is until you see the effect of water streams on steady monumental mountains or rivers carving their way through hills and making the toughest boulders dissipate into dust and tiny pebbles. But the best manifestation of it has to be Valleys. Thousands of years of erosion caused by glaciers melting coupled with the effect of gravity can put cracks in stones then turn the cracks into crevices, holes into clefts and so on until we have ourselves Valleys in all their glory.
Valleys aren’t restricted to a specific area but their formation prefers cold high grounds so we can find them abundantly north of the hemisphere. So here are the 5 most beautiful valleys Mother Nature has to offer
Lauterbrunnen (Switzerland Valleys)
In the heart of the Alp Mountains, we can find the Lauterbrunnen valley, featuring not only one of the most sublime valleys in the world but also 72 waterfalls plunging from more than 300m high, warm colored meadows, secluded inns, and gigantic rock faces. Needless to say, the beauty of this place was an inspiration for one of Goethe’s famous poems ‘Spirit song over the waters.’
Valleys of the Ten Peaks (Canada)
This valley is surrounded by ten mountain summits (The Canadian Rockies), and overlooking the Moraine Lake with its luminous turquoise-hued water. It’s one of the most visited parks in the world with nearly 4 million tourists annually excluding the locals. This place gives you the opportunity to try almost all outdoors activity known to man, hiking, walking, canoeing, sightseeing, photography; you name it.
Yosemite Valley (USA)
When you say Valley, you say waterfalls, and the waterfalls in Yosemite Valley are just spectacular. Aside from the beautiful view, the numerous lodges and the easy access, one other thing differentiates this valley from all the others, is the bike adapted passages, so whether you brought your own bike or you are planning to rent one, moving across Yosemite just got much more exciting and adrenaline filled.
Barun Valley (Nepal)
In the base of Mt. Makalu of the snowy Himalayas, formed a V-shaped spectacle of natural beauty that can only be described as heaven on earth. Situated next to vast secluded unadulterated wilderness ready to be explored, steep mountains that peak around 8000m, this valley is not for amateurs, it is the dream-come-true for every adrenaline junky and professional mountain climber, it’s the holy grail for anyone who wants to stand on top of the world.
Valley of Kings (Egypt)
This Valley is for all of you Indiana Jones fans out there. It isn’t known for a rich fauna & flora, steep mountains nor outdoors activities, but for the all archaeological, historical and pharaonic monuments it has. It dates back to nearly 56 Million years ago, making it one of the oldest valleys in the world. It contains many tombs to explore each one with surrounding legends of ancient curses and captivating myths.