Sometimes we rush so much to get where we are going, we don’t see anything on the way there. But sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. We have made a selection of 10 Wolrd best hiking trails for you to enjoy.
10 Best Hiking Trails in The World
Grand Canyon Trail, USA
Stop at Kanab Canyon, at mile 144, and hike in. Three miles up the canyon, there’s a huge alcove where most hikers tend to stop. Don’t. Hike a half-mile up, turn right into the slot canyon that enters from the east, and walk another half mile. At the end of the canyon, you’ll find the 100-foot Whispering Falls tumbling into a 15-foot-deep swimming hole.
Tour du Mont Blanc, France, Italy, and Switzerland
Circling Mont Blanc—the rooftop of Western Europe—is one of the most special hiking experiences in the world. You travel through three different countries (France, Italy, Switzerland) and over several mountain passes with some of Europe’s most dramatic glaciers on display. Your walk normally takes about ten days, though it’s worth taking it slow and making side trips, including a climb of Mont Blanc itself, most often begun from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains or Chamonix.
Kilimanjaro Trail, Tanzania
Although it is widely popular now, at 19,340 feet, this is Africa’s highest peak and is still on most people’s bucket list. With a wide range of climbing routes, most travel with a guided tour to reach the spectacular view above the clouds.
Knivskjellodden Trail, Norway
It’s not the length of this hike that makes it epic or even the terrain. It’s the seclusion and the fact that you’re walking to the northernmost point of mainland Europe. North Cape is mistakenly attributed that honor, but there’s a remote, rocky trail to the west that goes 5.6 miles further to Cape Knivskjellodden, the actual northernmost point. Bring camping gear and plan to spend the night at Knivskjellodden to maximize your time at this iconic destination. Then walk back the next morning.
Inca Trail, Peru
At 33km (20 miles) is not the longest track you can go on. On this trek, you will walk through The Sacred Valley of Machu Picchu an ancient wonder of the world like no other on Earth. Access to the Inca Trail is strictly controlled so it is essential that you book with a tour guide months in advance. When the time comes for you to travel to Peru, fly to Cuzco and then catch a train to either Aguas Calientes, the prime access point to Machu Picchu where many choose to stay overnight or go straight to Ollantaytambo in The Sacred Valley. Your tour guide will most likely be in contact with your throughout your travels and ensure you find the actual trail.
The Yellow Mountains Trail, China
The Yellow Mountains is famous for its marvelous and beautiful scenery. The legendary pines, oddly-shaped rocks, a phantasmagoric sea of clouds, hot springs and winter snows have own Yellow Mountain the world famous reputation of the five unique views. Yellow Mountain has brought together all the strong points other mountains have: grand, strange, baffling, arduous, steep, flourishing, quiet and spacious. The ancient villages nearby have also become popular and ideal hiking destinations.
Bibbulmun Track, Australia
About 600 miles from Kalamunda to Albany on the south coast. The track is divided into 58 sections. There are 49 shelters along the track for thru-hikers. outhwestern Australia’s answer to the Appalachian Trail is quite new. The 600-mile walk is the brainchild of a local hiker who wanted people from the city to “go bush.” It was first opened in 1979, but did not reach its present complete state until 1998.
Yosemite Grand Traverse, USA
This trek takes you through some of the best of Yosemite National Park, part of the John Muir Trail, and the Cathedral Range. You hike through waterfalls, granite basins, sprawling meadows, and you even ascend Half Dome via the Cable Route.
Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
Face the world’s highest mountain without actually climbing the whole thing. The Everest Base Camp Trek takes hikers to the easily reached high point of 18,513-foot Kala Pattar, through terraced villages, by rushing rivers, over suspension bridges and to the famous Khumba icefall.
Laugavegurinn Trail, Island
The name translates as the “Hot Spring Route,” but Laugavegurinn is so much more. Expansive glaciers, active volcanoes, emerald green valleys, and technicolor mountains are also in play along Iceland’s most storied footpath. In fact, the diverse landscape seems to drastically change every few miles, part of the remote island’s fairytale appeal. Six huts en route make camping easy, and backpacking highly efficient.
What did you find to be the best hiking trails? Would you dare to go?
If you don’t know what to take with you, you can check out our list of gadgets you must have on a hiking trip.