The 21 Best Hikes in the World

Discover the best hiking trails in the world for your next trek

|September 11, 2020
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What better way to explore the breathtaking nature of our planet than on a thrilling nature hike. From the volcanic passes of Iceland to the tropical rainforest of Peru, our expert guides have compiled a list of the 21 best treks in the world.


Whether you're an avid backpacker or new to trails, this list is sure to inspire your next outdoor adventure. These epic routes reward endurance with otherworldly panoramas and landscapes only found in these far-flung destinations. Discover hikes where you can experience ancient ruins, record-breaking peaks, coastal cliffs, and lush forests in the world's most remote regions. You don't need to be an experienced hiker for these photos to stir up wanderlust.

Scroll through our collection of the best international hiking trips now, so you can create your own hiking bucket list. See you on the trail!

1. TOUR DU MONT BLANC

  • Location: France, Italy, and Switzerland
  • Distance: 170 kilometers (110 miles)
  • Duration: 7-11 days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
Tour Du Mont Blanc Trail

2. THE WEST COAST TRAIL

  • Location: The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Vancouver Island, Canada
  • Distance: 46.7 mi. (75 km)
  • Duration: 5–8 days
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
West Coast Hiking Trail in Canada Pacific Rim

3. GR 20

  • Location: Corsica Island, France
  • Distance: 180 kilometers (112 miles)
  • Duration: 11-15 days
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
Gr 20 Hiking Trail Corsica France Europe

4. LAUGAVEGUR-FIMMVÖRÐUHÁLS

  • Location: Iceland
  • Distance: 80 kilometers (50 miles)
  • Duration: 6-8 days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
Laugavegur Trail for Hiking & Trekking in Iceland

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5. BANFF HIGHLINE TRAVERSE

  • Location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
  • Distance: 64 mi. (103 km)
  • Duration: 7–9 days
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
Banff Highline Trail Hiking Canada Alberta

6. DOLOMITE HIGH ROUTE (ALTA VIA UNO)

  • Location: Italy
  • Distance: 120 kilometers (75 miles)
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Dolomites High Route Alta Via Uno Italy

7. THE KESUGI RIDGE TRAIL

  • Location: Alaska, USA
  • Distance: 58 kilometers (36 miles)
  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Kesugi Ridge Hiking Trail in Alaska

8. THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL VIA YOSEMITE VALLEY

  • Location: California, USA
  • Distance: 327 kilometers (203 miles)
  • Duration: Approx. 3 weeks
  • Difficulty: Challenging to Strenuous
John Muir Trail Yosemite Valley Hiking in USA

9. SOUTH KAIBAB TO NORTH KAIBAB TO BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL IN THE GRAND CANYON

  • Location: Arizona, USA
  • Distance: 47-65 kilometers (29-40 miles)
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Difficulty: Extremely Strenuous
Grand Canyon Kaibab Trail Hiking Usa

10. TORRES DEL PAINE CIRCUIT

  • Location: Patagonia, Chile
  • Distance: 100-130 kilometers (62,3 - 80,8 miles)
  • Duration: 5-9 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Torres Del Paine Circuit Trekking Trail in Chile

11. THE SALKANTAY & INCA TRAILS TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Location: Cusco, Peru
  • Distance: 60-75 kilometers (37-46.7 miles)
  • Duration: 5-7 days
  • Difficulty: Salkantay (Challenging) - Inca Trail (Moderate)
Inca Salkantay Trail Hiking in Machu Picchu

12. THE SANTA CRUZ TREK

  • Location: Huaraz, Peru
  • Distance: 50 kilometers (31 miles)
  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Santa Cruz Trekking Trail in Peru

13. LA CIUDAD PERDIDA - THE LOST CITY TREK

  • Location: Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Distance: 50 kilometers (31 miles)
  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
La Ciudad Perdida Lost City Trek Trail in Colombia

14. MOUNT KILIMANJARO: THE MACHAME ROUTE

  • Location: Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
  • Distance: 62 kilometers (37 miles)
  • Duration: 6-7 days
  • Difficulty: Extremely Strenuous
Mount Kilimanjaro Mechame Route Hiking  in Tanzania

15. THE BLYDE RIVER CANYON

  • Location: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa
  • Distance: 60 kilometers (37.2 miles)
  • Duration: 4-5 days
  • Difficulty: Easy and Moderate Trails
Blyde River Canyon South Africa Hiking

16. THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

  • Location: Nepal
  • Distance: 160–230 kilometers (100-145 miles)
  • Duration: 15-20 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Annapurna Circuit Hiking Taril in Nepal

17. EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

  • Location: Khumbu Glacier, Nepal
  • Distance: 130 kilometers (80.7 miles)
  • Duration: 12-14 days
  • Difficulty: Extremely Strenuous
Everest Base Camp Trekking Hiking

18. THE GANDEN TO SAMYE TREK IN TIBET

  • Location: Tibet, China
  • Distance: 80 kilometers (50 miles)
  • Duration: 4-5 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Ganden Samye Trekking Hiking Tibet China

19. THE GREAT OCEAN WALK

  • Location: Victoria, Australia
  • Distance: 80-100 kilometers (50-62 miles)
  • Duration: 6-8 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Great Ocean Walk Australia Hiking Trekking Australia

20. THE MILFORD TRACK

  • Location: The South Island, New Zealand
  • Distance: 54 kilometers (33.5 miles)
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Milford Track For Hiking in New Zealand

21. THE OVERLAND TRACK

  • Location: Tasmania, Australia
  • Distance: 65-82 kilometers (40.3-51 miles)
  • Duration: 6-8 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Overland Track Hiking Trail in Australia

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