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If you’re having trouble deciding where to go on your next hiking adventure, we’ve made your life a little easier by putting together a list with 25 of the best hikes in the world.
Everyone has different priorities when choosing a hiking destination. Some people may be searching for a difficult, multi-day trek high up into the mountains, while others may prefer a more leisurely stroll along the coast.
We’ve selected a diverse group of trails around the world to suit all different hikers’ tastes and preferences. The hikes on our list range from just a few kilometers to several hundred and take anywhere from a couple of hours to three weeks to complete.
No matter your preferences, you’re sure to find excitement and adventure on each of these trails. On all of the hikes we chose, you can expect immense natural beauty and unparalleled scenery.
The following hikes have garnered acclaim over the years thanks to their stunning locations, exciting attractions, unique environments, and one-of-a-kind views. For each hike on our list, you’ll learn things like what makes it unique, how long the trail is, and how many days are needed to complete it.
What makes a particular trail one of the best hikes in the world?
With so many incredible trails across the globe, selecting the best ones is a difficult task. Bucket-list worthy hikes, including the ones we’ve chosen, typically check several of the following boxes:
- Stunning scenery – From sweeping views of the coast to majestic snow-capped peaks, the scenery is a huge part of what draws hikers to the trails. Enjoying a well-earned view of gorgeous landscapes is one of the greatest parts of hiking and a key factor in making a hike among the world’s best.
- Unique geological features – Whether it’s lava fields, volcanoes, fjords, or glaciers, getting the chance to view some of these fascinating geological features makes a hike especially enjoyable. Many of these are only possible to view in specific parts of the world, making them a rare and thrilling feature on the trail.
- Rich history – A strong sense of history can take a hike to the next level, and for some hikers, the history of a particular area is a driving force in their decision to hike that trail. Many of these hikes include features that shed light on the location’s past, such as ancient roads, sacred temples, and archaeological sites.
- Abundant wildlife – Viewing flora and fauna is an exciting part of spending time outdoors. Numerous hikes on our list feature opportunities to view unique and iconic wildlife ranging from Alpine wildflowers and mountain goats to pumas in the Andean jungle.
Why are the hikes we chose unique?
From the mountains of Bhutan to the jungles of Peru, we chose hikes in all sorts of different environments. Some of the longer trails on our list, such as the Salkantay Trek in Peru, even include drastically different climates in a single hike!
Some of the trails include the highest peaks on their respective continents, such as Aconcagua Base Camp and Mount Kilimanjaro. Others feature world-famous photo opportunities, like the boulder in Kjeragbolten, Norway, Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong, and the peculiarly shaped rock formations in Love Valley, Turkey.
Some of the hikes also include interesting historical sites, like the Roman roads on Pennine Way in the UK, the Inca ruins in Machu Picchu, Peru, and the sacred Buddhist monastery at Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan.
No matter which of these hikes you decide to set out on next, be sure to pack a pair of Silverlight socks to support you on your adventure.
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