Best Hiking Trips in the World

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There are a lot of breathtaking places to hike in the world. Here are forty of the best.

  1. Pays Dogon, Mali

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    Pays Dogon is one of the most spectacular places in Africa. It is known for its isolated villages which are located on cliffs rising to a height of about 1,640 feet (500 m). The main highlight of the hike is the Bandiagara Escarpment, which stretches over 93 miles (150 km) of cliffs.
  2. The Haute Route, France & Switzerland

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    This hike starts in Chamonix, France and ends in Zermatt, Switzerland. If you visit Haute Route you will able to experience the best areas in the Alps that are available to hikers. But this is a difficult hike and will take 9-15 days to complete, so it is best suited for more experienced hikers.
  3. Inca Trail, Peru

    Inca Trail might be the most famous trail in South America. The trail is only about 26 miles (43 km) but it combines lush cloud forest, mountain scenery and a breathtaking mix of Inca ruins, paving stones and tunnels. The final destination of the hike is Machu Picchu, the mysterious "Lost City of the Incas."
  4. Everest Base Camp, Nepal

    If you like intense mountain climbs this is one of the best places you can visit. Everest Base Camp is at an altitude of 18,193 ft (5,545 m) at Kala Pattar and takes about 21 days to complete. You will able to explore the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries, Sherpa villages, and of courses the stunning mountain scenery.
  5. Overland Track In Tasmania, Australia

    Overland Track is 50 miles (80 km) long and frequently quoted as the best multi-day hike in Australia. You will be exploring the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. The area is a biodiversity hotspot giving you countless opportunities to spot wildlife.
  6. Grand Canyon – United States

    Any hiker’s list of trails is incomplete if it does not include the Grand Canyon. It is one of the Earth’s geological marvels. It is 277 miles (446 km) long and 18 miles (29 km) wide, with a depth of a mile. The Colorado River and its many tributaries have carved out this amazing canyon from the surrounding rock for countless years. It is considered as a holy site by Native Americans, and it’s been their home for many thousands of years. The Rim-to-Rim hike will take 5-7 days. It is not easy but it’s one of the best hikes around in the Grand Canyon. Unlike most hikes in the Grand Canyon, this one ends at the bottom.
  7. Fitz Roy Trek, Argentina

    Mount Fitzroy trail is located in the  Los Glaciers National Park, Argentina. The trail is the best trek in the 2,806 square miles (7,269 km) Park. Mount Fitzroy (11,171 ft; 3405 m) provides a gorgeous view with red hue of the granite structure at dawn and reflected in the lake Laguna de Los Tres during the day. Since you’re there, don’t forget to see Perito Moreno glacier.
  8. The Narrows, USA

    The narrows it the most popular areas in Zion National Park, and it it is one of the best slot canyon hikes. Basically, the trail is the Virgin River. The canyon is narrow, and at some places, the river covers the bottom completely so you may have to swim or wade to proceed. If you want to take this hike prepare for being wet and avoid the rainy seasons.
  9. GR20, France

    Built in 1972, GR20 is a 104 miles (168 km) long trail that crosses Corsica diagonally from north to south. It is also considered to be the most difficult of all the GR routes, attracting only the most confident hikers. It is also known as one of the best mountain trails in Europe. You will find mountains, rivers, ice, forests, rickety bridges, bogs and an unrivaled experience.
  10. Indian Himalayas, India
    Indian Himalayas may be far less popular than the Alps or Everest, but this trail offers beautiful scenery, breathtaking mountains, thrilling heights and exquisite wildlife. t is a trail for the true adventures. Over the course of 21 days, this remote trek will take you to great heights and along cliff edges as you travel from Spiti to Ladakh.
  11. Routeburn Track, New Zealand
    Routeburn Track maybe a shorter multi-day hike. But it has some of the most varied scenery, with huge valleys, soaring mountain peaks, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes You will also have many opportunities to see the local wildlife. As the trail takes you from Mount Aspiring National Park to Fiordland National Park, you will reach heights of 4,117 feet (1,255 meters) above sea level, where the views are simply stunning.
  12. Baltoro Glacier & K2, Pakistan
    You may have heard of the world’s second-highest mountain K2 before. But may not know that you can hike to K2’s peak and along its icy foundation. This hike will take 15 days and it will take you through Paiju (21,686 ft; 6,610 m), Uli Biaho (21,053 ft; 6,417 m), Great Trango Tower (20,623 ft; 6,286 m) and finally K2 (28,251 ft; 8,611 m). And the world-renowned Baltoro Glacier has some of the planet’s most stunning scenery.
  13. Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand

    Hiking around an active volcano would have to be one of life's most amazing and memorable experiences. Well, you can get that experience here. The Tongariro Northern Circuit encircles the cone of Mount Ngauruhoe. It is the most perfectly shaped volcanic cone within the Tongariro National Park. This mountain is New Zealand's most active volcano, with 61 eruptions since 1839, though it is at rest at the moment. This 31 miles (49 km) circuit will take 4 days to complete. The first day of the circuit follows New Zealand's best-known day hike, Tongariro Alpine Crossing. So if you don't have the time to complete the full circuit, you have the option to do a single day hike.
  14. Cinque Terre, Italy

    There is a cliffside trail that connects the Cinque Terre villages, Which produce some amazing views over the Ligurian Sea. The 7.5 miles (12 km) trail is easier than most trails in this list. It is just like taking a walk along the beautiful Western Italian Coast. So if like hiking and experiencing the extraordinary Italian culture, this is the hike for you.
  15. Santa Cruz Trek, Peru
    Santa Cruz Trek is in Peru's Cordillera Blanca.  The Cordillera Blanca has 33 summits topping at 18,000 feet (5,400 meters). Hiking the Santa Cruz Trek 31 miles (50 km) is the most popular way to experience this mountain range. Many considered it one of the best hiking routes in the world because of its open valleys, river shores, snow-capped mountain peaks and brightly colored lagoons. Over three or four days you will see all this and have an amazing experience.
  16. Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile

    Voted as the 8th Wonder of the world in 2013 by international tourists, Torres del Paine National Park is Chile’s number one hiking destination and has been an attraction for hikers and travelers across the globe. It offers some truly unforgettable scenery.
  17. Desert Trek to Petra, Jordan

    A journey to the ancient Nabataean city of Petra is in the bucket list of many hikers. Today nearly half a million tourists visit Petra by taking the boring, air-conditioned coach. But if you want an adventure, a memory to cherish for a lifetime you should take the 7 days, 50 miles (80 km) hike across the desert!
  18. North Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa

    Explorers, many enthusiastic hikers, and survivalists consider this one of the best hiking trails on the planet. It is a 40 miles (64 km) trek along the high edge of the Northern Drakensberg Escarpment, which offers stunning views from the vast cliffs. The cliffs form the edge of the high plateau of Lesotho. This is a wilderness trek meaning there are no footpaths, and it’s a tough trek in remote mountains so this is more suitable for highly skilled hikers.
  19. Polar Route, Greenland

    This is a 102 mile (164 km) long hike from the small settlement, and home to Greenland’s only international airport, Kangerlussuaq to Greenlands’ second biggest city, Sisimiut, on the west coast. Also known as the Arctic Circle Trail, this hike takes you along the world’s second largest glacier through one of the most remote places in the world. Since the chance of getting a fast rescue is non-existing in case of an accident, this hike is only for the experts.
  20. Appalachian Trail, USA

    The Appalachian hike has a length of 2,200 miles (3540 km) and Spanning across 14 states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. It may be the best long-distance hiking route in the world. As many as 3 million people trek at least a portion of this trail each year. But only a fraction of them completes the entire trail. This is the trail for you if you want to up your game. You can either complete the entire trail like a thru-hiker or you can choose chunks to hike more easily. 
  21. Zillertal Alps, Austria

    Zillertal is one of the most diverse hiking destinations in the world. The Zillertal Alps offer many trails at all levels of difficulty. The trails stretch over 870 miles (1,400 km) at three altitude levels from the valley floor to the many rugged peaks, which number in over 3000. But arguably the most popular trail is the Berliner Höhenweg, which take about seven days to complete.
  22. Cape Wrath Trail, Scotland
    Technically, the Cape Wrath Trail is not a trail, but a route. What that means is you can walk from one end to the other end any way you want. But don't think it is an easy route. Cape Wrath Trail is considered as one of the hardest hiking routes in the United Kingdom. It starts from Fort William, and runs through the Highlands, Western Scotland, ends at the lighthouse at Cape Wrath, the northwestern-most point of Scotland. At 200 miles (321 km) in length, even for an experienced hiker, it will take twenty days to finish the trail.
  23. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
    The Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also another one of the best trekking destinations in the world. Breathtaking views, wall to wall sunshine, and rare wildlife (Walia ibex, Ethiopian Gelada, and Ethiopian wolf are just some of them) will surely make this trail unforgettable. Filled with hiking paths rather than roads, Simien Mountains National Park offers a vast amount of array of options for all levels of hikers.
  24. West Coast Trail, Canada
    This 47 miles (75 km) long trail which runs along the south-western edge of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, was built in 1907 as a means to supply access to stranded sailors whose ships had wrecked on the coastline. But now its main use is allowing the hikers to experience the beauty of the coastal wilderness of Canada.
  25. Sarek National Park, Sweden
    Sarek National Park is situated north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland. It is one of Europe's last true wilderness areas. Established in 1909, Sarek National park has been the province of experienced hikers due to its trail-less and remote nature. This 760 square miles (1,200 sq km) of untouched terrain is the place for exploring and hiking your pace and your own route.
  26. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Africa

    Over 30,000 people come to attempt to climb Kilimanjaro every year. At 19,341 ft (5,895 m) it is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and it is also the highest peak in Africa. With a wide range of climbing routes, Kilimanjaro is one of the most accessible ways to hike above the cloud views.
  27. Kungsleden, Sweden

    Kungsleden, or “The King’s Trail,” is a 275 miles (443 km) traverse. Here you have the option to hike shorter segment(s) of the trail because it has multiple entries and exit points along the trail. You can spend a few days between Saltoluokta and Kvikkjokk, or you can complete the entire trail from Hemavan to Abisko which will take an entire month or more. But no matter which part you choose you will experience fantastic wild landscapes.
  28. Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

    The Bay of Fires stretches over 31 miles (50 km) from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. Boulders covered in blood red lichen, sugar-white sandy beaches, and unbelievably clear ocean truly make The Bay of Fires a slice of coastal heaven. You can only do this hike with a guided trip. But the amazing scenery makes it all worth it.
  29. Snowman Trek, Bhutan
    This amazing 30-day hike in Bhutan starts with the 25-day Snowman trek into one of the country’s most remote valleys. This is one of the hardest high altitude treks because of the unpredictable weather in the Himalayas. You will be traversing 11 passes and most of them are more than 16,000 feet (4,877 m). You can only attempt this hike with a guide. But Bhutan’s stunning landscapes and fascinating Buddhist culture will combine to give you a memorable journey which is worth it.
  30. The Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland, Canada
    The Long Range Traverse is an unmarked rugged backcountry route through the Gros Morne National Park. This route is 22 miles (35 km) long and will take 3-4 days to complete. You will be able to take a boat ride in Western Brook Pond and may be able to spot caribou, moose, and other wildlife.
  31. Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass, Iceland
    This 4 days hike will take you through some of the best landscapes that Iceland has to offer. This trek will take you from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and up to Fimmvorduhals Volcano eruption area from 2010. This trail is 50 miles (80 km) long but you have the option to add another 15 miles (24 km) to the hike to visit 200-foot-high Skogafoss waterfall.
  32. Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand
    Te Araroa or The Long Path trail is split into 160 tracks and will take about five months to complete. This trek will take you from Cape Reinga at the North Island’s tip to Bluff on the South Island’s edge. You will able to journey through bays flanking with Minori culture in the North Island’s Whanganui National Park, explore the amazing Takitimu Forest and tramp over slopes of the active Tongariro volcano. Five months is too long out of a busy life for most of us. But luckily there are plenty of Te Araroa tracks that will allow you to explore standalone sections. Tongariro Crossing and The Queen Charlotte Track are the better-known tracks.
  33. Pacific Crest Trail,  California, Oregon, and Washington, United States
    Pacific Crest Trail spans over 2,265 miles (4,265 km) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. You will experience the desert, glaciers of the Sierra Nevada, deep forests, and the volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range all in one trail. This trail symbolizes all the things there are to protect and love in the Western United States.
  34. Yosemite Grand Traverse, California, United States

    This 60 miles (97 km) trail through the backcountry of California will take you through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, over Post Peak Pass, and into Yosemite National Park. You will journey along the beautiful drainage of the Merced River and eventually reach the amazing high country of Tuolumne Meadows. This trail takes 6 to 7 days to complete.
  35. Chilkoot Trail, Alaska and Yukon Territory, United States and Canada
    Chilkoot Trail is a 33 miles (53 km) hike through history, taking you back to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush. The trail crosses the international boundary between Canada and the United States, providing you amazing views of Alaska and Yukon Territory.
  36. Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

    Queen Charlotte Track is a uniquely Marlborough walking and biking experience with its spectacular coastal views and native bushes. It runs 44 miles (70 km) from famous Meretoto/Ship Cove to Anakiwa in the Grove Arm of Queen Charlotte Sound. 
  37. Mountains of the Moon, Ruwenzori Range, Uganda
    Over 16,000 feet (4876.8 m) above sea level, Mountain Margherita or Mountains of the Moon is the highest peak in the Ruwenzoris and the third highest peak in Africa. This is perfect if you’re looking for a near virgin trek or for a challenging climbing expedition. You won’t find many tropical glaciers in the world. Also, Afromontane rainforest which will fulfill your hiking desires.
  38. Kalalau Trail, Hawaii

    The Kalalau Trail is a 22 miles (36 km) round trip hike that zigzags through five lush valleys and weaves through one of the world’s best natural wonders, the Na Pali coast. The Blue Pacific, unspoiled beaches, and majestic ridges will combine to give you breathtaking views. But this a tough trail so if you are beginner this trail is probably not for you.
  39. Tour du Mont Blanc

    The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 106 miles (170 km) long trek that covers the whole of the Mont Blanc Massif. This trail gives you the unique opportunity to hike through three countries (France, Italy, and Switzerland). It takes you through glacial valleys, alpine meadows, mountain passes, and the base of the highest mountain in Western Europe.
  40. Franconia Ridge Loop/Traverse, New Hampshire

    According to the Appalachian Mountain Club, up to 700 hikers hike this trail every day. Despite its popularity, this amazing hike in the White Mountains, which will make you climb 3,480 feet in just four miles, offers a breather from your day to day life. It is truly a trek for the explorers. The trail starts well above the treeline, and you will pass through 5,260-foot Mount Lafayette, 5,089-foot Mount Lincoln, and 4,760-foot Little Haystack on narrow, rocky Franconia Ridge. This trail offers some of New England’s best panoramic views.

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