25 OF THE BEST HIKES IN THE WORLD
It takes about 3.5 hours to hike to the famous Troll’s tongue, which is an ultra-thin sliver of rock with a superb view of the lake far below. Plan in some time as there’s going to be a line of people waiting to step out on the rock and take pictures. The whole experience takes about 10-12 hours for this 28 km hike.
The Inca trail will have you walk through the Andes Mountains, visit Inca ruins, climb ancient stone steps, walk through rainforest and view rainbows over the mountains. What makes it truly special though, lies at the end of this 4-day hike, passing through the Sun Gate at sunrise for a first view of Machu Picchu in the distance.
Inca Trail Machu Picchu, Peru
Don't let the hard to pronounce name discourage you. This is Iceland's number one tourist attractions and a superb place to tick off your hiking bucket list when you get the chance to visit it. 26 waterfalls, 1 volcano, 2 glaciers, and 3 unique landscapes in one hike is no mean feat! The trail covers approximately 25km and can last from 13hours to 2 days.
The Highline Trail offers incredible vistas the whole way sinc e it's very exposed. One section features 30+ meter drop-offs and requires the help of steel cables to make it safely through. Combined with stunning views of glaciers, alpine wildflowers, and wildlife, this is a hike you won’t forget! The entire loop is 19 km and takes around 5-6 hours to complete.
Highline Trail Glacier National Park, US
Love Valley, Cappadocia got its name from unique phallic shaped rock formations which make for hilarious pictures. A blissful valley with small climbs, caves, and the unique views of the rocks coupled with perfect spots to take those pictures that you'll look at in a couple of years and smile, it should take you less than 3 hours for the trip.
Love Valley Cappadocia, Turkey
Plan a full day to experience this buddhist monastery, nicely located at the edge of a 900 m cliff, it might take a while to get to the pinnacle of the summit, but trust us it's worth it. Hear the monks pray, smell the incense and experience stunning views on the way up. The monastery consists of four temples with residential accommodations for the monks.
Tiger's Nest Bhutan
This 16 km hike, features attractions such as a ride on a cogwheel train, alpine lakes, rustic mountain huts, and depending on the season snow covered trails, cows and their musical bells. It takes about 6 hours and will reward you with some of the most sensational views of Swiss Alps. It's considered the best hike in Switzerland by many.
Schynige Platte to First Switzerland
The Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China, has not been restored, which makes for climbing across rocks and rough and slippery sections on this 9 km hike, but it rewards you with a great adventure on a historical landmark and stunning views across the wall. The hike completes at Mutianyu with restored wall that looks like it was just built yesterday.
Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, China
Kjeragbolten is high up on our list thanks to the giant boulder wedged between two cliffs a popular but scary picture spot. You can do so much on this hike such as climbing sheer granite faces with the aid of chains, descending into valleys inhabited by sheep and view some of the most spectacular scenery in Norway.
A superb scene that has many sweet spots such as lava fields, steaming fumaroles, and summit peaks for an awesome view over Landmannalaugar. This hike is one of the best day hikes in Scandinavia. It is family friendly, has a nice natural hot spring for bathing and it's accessible both by foot as well as jeep.
Banff, Canada’s oldest national park and flagship draws more than 3 million visitors each year. Hiking the more than 100km long Banff Highline will bring you across out of this world turquoise glacial lakes, limestone summits blanketed with white glaciers and forests brimming with wildlife. Hiking the Highline is best on a five or six day itinerary.
Banff Highline Canada
The about 130 kilometer long Dolomite High Route is one of the best hiking locations in the whole of Europe. It features awesome attractions such as impressive cliffs, towering 3,000-meter (10,000 foot) peaks, pure cyan blue alpine lakes, charming, shady forests and vast, rolling pastures. Plan in about 9-10 days to complete this trail.
Dolomite High Route Italy
Simply one of the most breathtaking and iconic trails in the whole of the USA, it covers the beautiful Sequoia National Park where the largest trees on Earth grow along with the spectacular Ansel Adams Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Parks. The trail is home to exquisite wildlife and it will take weeks to enjoy the whole experience of this 211-mile long trail.
John Muir Trail California, USA
What stands out most on this 136-kilometre (85-mile) hike are the three distinctive granite peaks in the Cordillera Paine mountain range which reach up to 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level. A wide route with superb features such as the boat trip to Glacier Grey, and experiencing the winds at Salto Grande.
Torres Del Paine Circuit Chile
Named after the route taken by haiku poet Matsuo Basho, this trail has become a favorite for tourists and locals alike. You get the chance to experience a different culture, explore Tokyo, visit Nikko and walk to the Kurikara pass. Take a friend on a marvelous hiking trip on this self-guided journey through a historic location.
The Basho Wayfarer Japan
This hike is both a tourist attraction as well as a local hot spot. With a daunting peak of 4,167 meters (13,671 feet), the tallest in Northern Africa and a go-to place for trekkers. You should plan 2-3 days for this trek. It’s a good challenge even for experienced hikers as it involves a lot of elevation gain.
Mount Toubkal Morocco
Hong Kong is one of the most famous hiking destinations in the whole of Asia and the 8.5 km Dragon’s Back hike is probably the most popular in Hong Kong, which says a lot. Experience multiple beautiful backdrops for superb Instagram pictures with views of the coastline, beaches and hills. Reward yourself with a swim at Big Wave Bay at the end.
Dragon's Back Hong Kong
While climbing to the top of Aconcagua requires several weeks and mountaineering expertise, getting to Aconcagua Base Camp takes only 4 to 6 hours and is a great way to experience the amazing Andes Mountains. As the tallest mountain outside Asia, it makes for a unique adventure with stunning views of glaciers and snow-covered peaks.
Aconcagua Base Camp Argentina
Incredibly diverse scenery and varied terrain make the 9-kilometer hike around Robberg Peninsula one of the best things to do in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. The hike takes around 4-5 hours and includes rocky coastline, secluded beaches, and wonderful opportunities to observe wildlife, including seals and whales. Be aware of the tide before heading out!
Robberg Peninsula South Africa
The 75km long trail travels through some of the most stunning scenery in the Pacific Northwest, from dense coastal rainforests to rugged coastline and sea caves. Most people require around 7-9 days to complete the West Coast Trail. Whether you’re wading through rivers or scaling the trail’s numerous ladders, this hike is packed with unforgettable adventures.
The West Coast Trail Canada
With 1800 meters of elevation gain and an average altitude of 3,000 meters, the Salkantay Trail of Peru is physically demanding but well worth the effort. The 74-kilometer trail features two Inca sites - Llactapata and Machu Picchu - and spectacular scenery. You’ll hike past alpine lakes, Andean jungle, Inca ruins, mountain-fed rivers and snow-capped peaks.
The Salkantay Trail Peru
As the world’s tallest freestanding mountain and the highest peak in Africa, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro is at the top of many hikers’ bucket lists. Over 5-10 days, you’ll ascend from Tanzania’s hot grasslands, through lush rainforests and alpine desert to reach the peak at 5,895 meters above sea level.
Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania
The Pennine Way is the UK’s most famous long-distance trail and extends 431 kilometers through Northern England from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders. It's known for pastoral landscapes, rocky outcrops, and verdant valleys and offers a nice balance of nature and history, with the Hadrian’s Wall and picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The Pennine Way United Kingdom
The Santa Cruz Trek traverses 50 kilometers of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range. The 4-day trek with reaches up to 4,760 meters, will take you through UNESCO-protected Huascaran National Park and includes amazing sights like turquoise glacial lakes, snowy peaks, desert basins, and traditional Andean farms and villages.
The Santa Cruz Trek Peru
The Dingle Way covers 179 kilometers in one of Irelands most rugged and remote areas. From cliffs and rocky coastline to picturesque farmland and villages, varied scenery makes this trek diverse and exciting. The trail crosses magical landscapes with deep history and passes archaeological sites including dry-stone huts, monastic settlements, and ancient stone forts.
The Dingle Way Ireland
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