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25 Best Hikes in the world to put on your bucket list

We are far from hardcore hikers. In fact my friends used to call me “indoorsy” before I started training for our Inca Trail hike 3 years ago. But we do like to get out there and explore the world, and some places you can only get to by foot! We’ve compiled a list of 25 amazing multi-day hikes to do around the world. So far we’ve only completed one, and have done one day portions of others. We hope to get our bodies in shape so we can complete them all in our lifetime. Are you with us? :)

25 Best Hikes in the World To Put On Your Bucket List.

25 BEST HIKES IN THE WORLD TO PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST

1. Inca Trail

Location: Peru
Distance: 26 miles
Time: 4 days
Best Time to Go: May to September

One of the most popular hikes in the world, the Inca Trail takes you through 26 miles of grueling inclines and declines. You get a chance to explore ruins, jungle, and beautiful mountain scenery, and of course, end the hike at Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail (25 of the Worlds Best Hikes)Inca Trail (25 Best Hikes in the World).

BONUS: Inca Trail Alternates

The Ancascocha Trail
Location: Peru
Distance: 19 miles
Time: 5-6 days
Best Time to Go: April to May, September to October

A hike that gets you away from the overcrowded Inca Trail, this trek is often called the Super or Hidden Inca Trail and is more strenuous and less traveled. The extra work is rewarded with amazing views and at the end, you can still take a short bus and train ride to get to Machu Picchu.

Lares Valley Hike
Location: Peru
Distance: 20 miles
Time: 4 days
Best Time to Go: May to September

The way to experience the Inca Trail while still avoiding the crowds. You can still see the beautiful views, and since it comes to an end at Ollantaytambo, you can add a day trip to Machu Picchu.

2. Appalachian Trail

Location: Georgia to Maine, United States
Distance: 2,180 miles
Time: 5-7 months
Best Time to Go: Year Round

This hike is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world and is not an easy feat. It takes you through 14 states and takes careful planning and execution if you want to do it one go.

Appalachian Trail (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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3. Kilimanjaro

Location: Tanzania, Africa
Distance: roughly 35 miles
Time: 7+ days
Best Time to Go: January, February, or September

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.

Kilimanjaro (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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4. Kungsleden

Location: Sweden
Distance: 65 miles
Time: 3-5 days
Best Time to Go: August to Early September

Kungsleden, or “The King’s Trail,” is a 275-mile traverse, but get a glimpse of this amazing landscape with a shorter hike. See the amazing Arctic landscape, open tundra, big glaciers, and brush up against Sweden’s highest peak, Mount Kebnekaise.

Kungsleden (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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5. Everest Base Camp Trek

Location: Nepal
Distance: 70 miles
Time: 16 days
Best Time to Go: March to May, September to November

This trek is becoming popular as you get the opportunity to experience the people and culture that makes their home at these elevations. You also get to be face-to-face with the highest point on Earth.

Everest Base Camp Trek (25 Best Hiking Trails in the World).

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6. Snowman Trek

Location: Bhutan
Distance: 200+ miles
Time: 25+ days
Best Time to Go: April or October

Some say that this is the hardest trail on the planet and many are unable to finish because unpredictable weather in the high Himalaya. Traversing 11 passes, most of which are more than 16,000 feet, you can only do this hike with a guided tour and is at the top of most hikers’ bucket lists.

Snowman Trek Bhutan (25 of the Best Hiking in the World).

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7. Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike

Location: Arizona, United States
Distance: 44 miles
Time: 4-6 days
Best Time to Go: March to May, September to November

This hike gives you an in-depth look at on of Earth’s greatest features. Not only does it help you appreciate it’s vastness physically, the views and scenery that you get by being up close and personal with it will be more rewarding than any view point you’ll get by a quick stop.

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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8. Pacific Crest Trail

Location: California, Oregon, and Washington, United States
Distance: 2,650 miles
Time: 6-7 months
Best Time to Go: April to October

Trek through 7 national parks and numerous national forests, state parks, and wilderness areas on this hike. Along the way, you will experience the Mojave Desert and also reach heights of over 13,000 feet. After reading Wild, I kept thinking if she can do this, maybe we can too!

 Pacific Crest Trail (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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9. The Torres del Paine “W” Circuit

Location: Patagonia, Chile
Distance: 37 miles
Time: 4-6 days
Best Time to Go: Between October and April

The popular route that follows the letter “W” takes you through the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. You get a chance to see volcanic peaks, glaciers, and beautiful lakes. Our friend just went on the longer “O” circuit that encompasses the “W” and the photos looked unbelievable. We can’t wait to do this hike or if we can add a few extra days, we might even challenge ourselves to do the “O”!

The Torres del Paine “W” Circuit (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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10. Yosemite Grand Traverse

Location: California, United States
Distance: 60 miles
Time: 6-7 days
Best Time to Go: Mid-July to Mid-September

This trek takes you through some of the best of Yosemite National Park (my favorite NP!), 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.

Yosemite Grand Traverse (25 Best Hikes in the World).Yosemite Grand Traverse (25 Best Hikes in the World).

 

11. Chilkoot Trail

Location: Alaska and Yukon Territory, United States and Canada
Distance: 33 miles
Time: 3-5 days
Best Time to Go: Late June to Early October

With routes like the Golden Stairs, the Stone Crib, and the Scales, this hike lives up to its name. Its rich gold miners history brings you through amazing views of Alaska and Yukon Territory and helps you experience the wild and vastness of this area.

Chilkoot Trail (25 Best Backpacking Trips in the World).

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12. Tonquin Valley

Location: Alberta, Canada
Distance: 27 miles
Time: 3-5 days
Best Time to Go: July to September

Ansel Adams made his way to this valley to take photos of the amazing scenery and landscape. And a quick google search will convince you that it’s well worth the experience and effort to get into the valley.

13. Bay of Fires

Location: Tasmania, Australia
Distance: 16 miles
Time: 4 days
Best Time to Go: October to May

This hike takes you to endless beaches of white sand, boulders covered in blood red lichen, and alongside turquoise water. You can only do this hike with a guided trip, but the scenery makes it all worth it.

Bay of Fires (25 Best Treks in the World).

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14. Queen Charlotte Track

Location: New Zealand
Distance: 44 miles
Time: 3-5 days
Best Time to Go: Year Round

Located on the north end of the South Island, this trek takes you through sunny hills, next to beautiful blue waters, and gives you plenty of options on how to take this journey.

Queen Charlotte Track (25 Best Treks in the World).

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15. Mountains of the Moon

Location: Ruwenzori Range, Uganda
Distance: 38 miles
Time: 6-7days
Best Time to Go: December to March

These peaks make up the highest range in Africa at over 16,000 feet. Besides the views, this enchanting place also brings you face-to-face with high altitude glaciers and elephants in the same place.

Mountains of the Moon (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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16. Kalalau Trail

Location: Kauai, Hawaii, United States
Distance: 22 miles
Time: 3-5 days
Best Time to Go: May to September

This amazing coastal hike takes you on steep trails and tropical heat as you trek through amazing jungle, beautiful waterfalls, and explore the mile-long arc of Kalalau Beach.

Kalalau Trail (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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17. Tour du Mont Blanc

Location: France, Italy, Switzerland
Distance: 105 miles
Time: Around 10 days
Best Time to Go: Anytime from July to mid-September

TMB not only gives you the chance to hike through 3 countries, but also trek through mountain passes, alpine meadows, and glacial valleys, and the base of the highest mountain in Western Europe.

Tour du Mont Blanc (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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18. The Long Range Traverse

Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Distance: 25 miles
Time: 3-6 days
Best Time to Go: July to September

Less of a trail, and more of a frolic through the Gros Morne National Park, this hike takes you to a land that seems untouched. You will trek over tundra and explore hidden lakes, and you may even share campsites with moose, caribou, or black bears.

The Long Range Traverse (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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19. Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass

Location: Iceland
Distance: 50 miles
Time: 4 days
Best Time to Go: June to September

Taking you through volcanic landscapes, lichen-covered rocks, and amazing views of rhyolite peaks, this hike packs in more variety in its 50 miles than most hikes do. You also have the option of a 15-mile add-on to start or end at the 200-foot-high Skogafoss waterfall.

 Laugavegurinn / Fimmvörðuháls Pass (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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20. Sierra High Route

Location: California, United States
Distance: 195 miles
Time: Around 13 days
Best Time to Go: Summer or Early Fall

Keeping you between 9,000 and 11,500 feet, most of this hike runs parallel to the Join Muir Trail but gives you more scenery and solitude.

Sierra High Route (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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21. Routeburn Track

Location: New Zealand
Distance: 20 miles
Time: 2-4 days
Best Time to Go: November to April

Located on the South Island, Fiordland National Park has amazing hiking options. Although Milford Track is the most popular hike, the Routeburn Track gives you a chance to see equally spectacular views with fewer people on the trail.

Routeburn Track New Zealand (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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22. Scottish National Trail

Location: United Kingdom
Distance: 470 miles
Time: 5-6 weeks
Best Time to Go: April and May

Opened in 2012, this trail is Scotland’s first end-to-end walking route. Giving you views of the most amazing landscapes in the country, this hike becomes more difficult as you go. If time is an issue, you can also break this journey into four sections.

Scottish National Trail (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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23. Fitz Roy Trek

Location: Patagonia, Argentina
Distance: 36 miles
Time: 4-7 days
Best Time to Go: February to March

This takes you through Los Glaciares National Park, which by the way is the size of Delaware, and gives you views of beech forests, open plains, glaciers, waterfalls, and the iconic Fitz Roy Massif.

Fitz Roy Trek (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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24. Trek to Petra

Location: Jordan
Distance: roughly 50 miles
Time: 5-9 Days
Best Time to Go: October to April

Considered one of the best hikes in the Middle East, this trek takes you through gorges, ridges, and rocky terrain. You end this epic hike exploring the temples and tombs of this fascinating city.

Trek to Petra (25 Best Hikes in the World).

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25. Cinque Terre National Park

Location: Italy
Distance: Varies
Time: Varies
Best Time to Go: Mid-March to Mid-October

Much less crowded than the Amalfi Coast, the Ligurian coast in Cinque Terre National Park offers spectacular views of the rocky coastline. Two of the most popular hikes are Alta Via or “High Path,” which is 22 miles and Sentiero Azzurro or “Blue Path,” which is 7.5 miles. We explored each of the 5 towns and the Blue Path a couple of years ago, but was only able to hike parts of the trail because a lot of it was destroyed by the flood. We hope to go back now that the trail has fully reopened.

Cinque Terre National Park (25 Amazing Hiking Trails).

We’re hoping to do the Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon hike before we move next month, and then Kilimanjaro, we’re coming for you next!

By Ester and Jacob

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