The world’s most amazing hiking trails
You don’t have to be a seasoned extreme hiker to appreciate the amazing beauty of the world’s most scenic hiking trails.
1. trek around Annapurna, Nepal
Visiting this place may be a kind of “mainstream,” but there’s a pretty good reason for the popularity of the trail circling Annapurna. The secret lies in the mind-blowing 160-233 km hike that takes you through the jungle, passing mountains, waterfalls, expanses of rice fields and fairy-tale villages.
2. Kungsleden, Sweden
“The Kungsleden Royal Trail” in Sweden takes the hiker through 434.5 km of unspoiled European wilderness. Bonus: in winter, the trail turns into a great ski trail.
3. The Zillertal Alps, Austria
Thanks to the variety of trails among the area’s multifaceted heights, the Zillertal Alps are suitable for hikers of all skill levels to conquer. The Berliner Höhenweg, for example, is worth a try, promising a seven-day hike of 64 kilometers.
4. Kroh Patrick, Ireland
The almost religious-like five-kilometer one-day hike-up to Croch Patrick only takes about 4.5 hours round trip, but gives the hiker a chance to contemplate the intoxicating Irish scenery.
5. Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
As beautiful as it is dangerous: the hike to Kauai – 35 km round trip – is regularly mentioned in lists of “best hiking trails” as well as “most dangerous trails.”
6. Inca Trail, Peru
The route, which stretches from Cusco to Machu Picchu, takes an average of 4-5 days to complete. Tourists will encounter villages and ancient ruins that rise more than 4,000 meters above sea level along the mountain trail.
7. The North Loop of Tongariro, North Island of New Zealand
This trail is called the Great New Zealand Trail for a reason. Four days of hiking along the legendary 50 km long Kiwi Trail will give you a sea of impressions of the views of Mount Ngauruho.
8. The Desert Trail to Petra, Jordan
Given that a visit to the ancient city of Petra, with its iconic carved facades carved right into the canyon rocks, is on many travelers’ must-see list, tour companies have made the route to it surprisingly affordable. You can easily reach your destination by a comfortable bus or still prefer a seven-day journey through the desert for 80 km, the end of which will be at the back entrance to Petra, inaccessible to most tourists.
9. Route Aught, France-Switzerland
One of the most famous ski mountaineering routes of all time, the Haute Route requires almost two weeks to complete its 180 km.
10. West Coast Trail, British Columbia, Canada
On the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, this trail was established in 1907 to aid in the rescue of shipwreck survivors. Today it is one of the leading mountaineering trails in Canada.
11. Sentiero Azurro, Cinque Terre, Italy
The incredible journey that this trail prepares is along the colorful west coast of Italy and consists of four 12-kilometer sections connecting 5 towns.
12. Grindelwald, Switzerland
Grindelwald boasts some of the best hiking trails in Switzerland, suitable for beginners. Among 300 km of very different trails, you can find the perfect scheme for the whole family.
13. Jumping Tiger Gorge, China
The 217km High Road trail through Leaping Tiger Gorge is considered incredibly challenging (especially during the rainy season when large sections are flooded), and yet definitely worth the trek (hikers pass by waterfalls of wondrous beauty and can admire various micro-ecosystems).
14. Sarek National Park, Sweden
An ideal destination for seasoned hikers, Sarek National Park is famous for its 1,220 square kilometers of unmapped and wild terrain that invites you to explore. From the official Swedish travel website, “Here you can sing out loud, run around naked, have monologues with yourself, and no one will notice.”
15. The Polar Route, Greenland
Also known as the Arctic Circle Route, this 160-km trail along the Greenland coast starts in the town of Kangerlussuaq and winds past the second largest glacier in the world to one of the world’s most remote ports, Sisimut.
16. The North Drakensberg Ridge, South Africa
The Drakensberg Ridge is considered by many to be one of the best hiking trails. The 64-kilometer trail snakes along the border of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho through beautiful African wilderness.
17. Appalachian Trail, USA
If there were only one trail that could test a hiker’s courage and fortitude, it would be the Appalachian Trail. The benchmark large-scale hike, not for the faint-hearted, involves 3,540 kilometers through 14 U.S. states over every possible type of U.S. terrain.
18. Trail from edge to edge of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
The Grand Canyon area can be broken up into several different trails, running both near the river and retreating to the opposite edge. May through September is a fairly dangerous season in the Grand Canyon, so it is recommended to split the 32-kilometer hike into two days, as the trail takes the lives of dozens of hikers who die from overexertion and overheating each year during this time.
19. bay of lights, Tasmania, Australia
This incredible four-day hike along Tasmania’s east coast has Binalong Bay and Eddiston Rock as its departure and arrival points.
20. Chilkoot Pass, Alaska and Yukon, USA-Canada
Known since the gold rush, the Yukon Trail, which passes through Chilkoot Pass, extends 53 km north from Dia, Alaska, and runs along the Taia River to Lake Bennett.
21. Tour de Mont Blanc, France
Winding 170 km around the base of Mount Mont Blanc, the Tour de Mont Blanc is considered a classic 11-day hike, but this route is also used by marathon runners, competing to cover the entire distance in 24 hours.
22. Lunar Mountains, Uganda
Also known as the Ruwenzori Mountains, these isolated and relatively unknown peaks located in Uganda are a cozy spot for Africa’s best hiking trails, looping between glaciers surrounded by moss-covered forests and vast plains.
23. Overland Trail, Australia
Located in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania, the 82-kilometer, heather-dense Dryland Trail stretches from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair and is one of Australia’s most popular trails.
24. Great Yosemite Ridge, California, USA
Typically 8 days long, the 97-kilometer hike through one of the largest National Parks in the United States, Yosemite, usually includes the Half Dome Trail and the John Muir Trail following it.
25. Zion Valley, Utah, USA
Recognized by the National Geographic Channel as the fifth best American trail, the Zion Valley hike is not long (6 km), but is strikingly full of the most incredible colors and fascinating geological formations.
26. Queen Charlotte Trail, New Zealand
The Queen Charlotte Trail takes three to five days to walk, but instead offers incredible New Zealand scenery over 70km from Ship Cave to Anakiva.
27. Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, Nepal
The trail to Mt. Everest Base Camp is a truly awe-inspiring experience. However, this trek is by no means a harmless stroll, as the bases on the north and south slopes are located at about 5,180 km or even slightly higher, and the journey to them takes almost a full week of grueling walking.
28. Fitz Roy Trail, Patagonia, Argentina
One of the premier hiking destinations in Patagonia, Mount Fitzroy offers hikers a number of different routes to experience, depending on how much time they have at their disposal (the average route is 64 km in length).
29. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tasmania
Currently, the trails that lead to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro are fairly groomed areas, but that doesn’t detract from whole packs of tourists trying to climb to the top of the tallest free-standing mountain and get a glimpse of the world from 5,895km away. The ascent usually takes from 5-8 days, depending on the complexity of the route and the amount of time allotted for acclimatization.
30. Mount Symen National Park, Ethiopia
The base of Mount Symen in Ethiopia is riddled with miles of hiking trails, the primary way to get around the area.
31. Torres del Paine Loop, Chile
Just 2,400 kilometers south of Santiago is Chile’s premier hiking trail: 84 kilometers of trail in a 10-day hike allows you to circle the epic Torres del Paine mountain range.
32. Muliway Trail, Hawaii
Proclaimed to be Hawaii’s most challenging trail, the 29-kilometer trail takes you through the Waipio and Waimanu valleys on a path of incredibly black sand.
33. Løygavegur Trail, Iceland
Only a few trails in the world take you from a place teeming with hot springs to a valley of glaciers. The 55km trail offers nature lovers a wonderful experience in a variety of scenic landscapes.
34. Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland, Canada
To get permission to traverse this unmarked 34 km mountain range in the Canadian tundra, you must pass a real written test to prove the candidate’s navigational skills.
35. Cape Fury Trail, Scotland
This trail is considered by many to be the most difficult hiking route in the UK. The 322 kilometers of the trail will take an experienced hiker about 20 days.
36. Israel National Route, Israel
If you want to see all the characteristic landscapes of Israel what better way than to hike 966 km from the northernmost Lebanese border to the Red Sea?
37. Santa Cruz Trail, Cardillera Blanca, Peru
The hike along one of the most popular trails in Peru, the secluded Inca Trail, the Santa Cruz Trail, will take 4 days in moderately aggressive weather. Hikers will be rewarded with a unique view of the lakes, mountains, and rivers that the Peruvian Andes are rich in.
38. Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia
The ascent of 3,725 km from the foot of Mount Rinjani, the second largest active stratovolcano in Indonesia, although difficult, is doable and takes about 3-4 days on average.
39. Dogon Country, Mali
Not only does the Dogon country regularly pop up on “world’s best treks” lists, but it also tends to rank high on them. Routes through the Dogon Country to places far from the center of the country involve many isolated villages that have remained virtually unchanged for the past millennium.
40. Cordillera Apolobamba, Bolivia
Adjacent to the Peruvian border, the 105 km long Cordillera Apolobamba is rarely chosen as a route. This makes it an incredible place to admire the rarest fauna during a five-day trip.
41. Bibbalman Trail, Australia
Named after the indigenous peoples of Perth, Australia, the 1,003km trail is one of the world’s best options for long-term hiking. It takes 6-8 weeks to complete this trail.
42. Deerskin Gorge, Utah, USA
A sample of the best day hiking spots in the Utah area. This 21-kilometer gorge is part of one of the longest and deepest canyons in the world.
43. Jomolhari, Bhutan
Taking 8 to 12 days (depending on walking intensity), the Jomolhari Trail in Bhutan passes ancient ruins and waymarks from centuries ago that reflect the richness of local culture and history.
44. Tonkin Valley, Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada
One thing’s for sure about hiking through the Tonkin Valley, touching on places like South Jasper Ridge and Amethyst Lake National Parks: it will be a simply stunning experience.
45. Yoshida Trail, Mount Fujiyama, Japan
The incredibly popular 14.5-kilometer circular route that wraps around Mount Fuji makes the usually challenging climb accessible in one day (quite possible in 9 hours or less).