Take a Hike, Bucko! Here Are the 10 Best Hikes In the World

If you prefer taking the scenic route on foot, here are the 10 best hikes in the world that will breathless, figuratively and literally!

Traveling is one of those experiences everyone should be a part of once in their lifetime.

There are, however, many ways to travel. If you’re one of those travelers that prefer to do it on foot and see nature first hand, then you must make a hiking list.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the best hikes in the world. You don’t want to miss them.

1. Inca Trail, Peru

The Inca Trail is one of the most iconic treks in the world. Adventurers embark on a four-day trek across 26 miles to reach the breathtaking views of Machu Pichu.

Those who want to take the classic trek start in Cusco, and walk along the trail to Aguas Calientes. Visitors will then continue the trek up the mountains where they will see views of the valley.

On the fourth day, visitors will reach Machu Picchu right before sunrise.

Of course, visitors also have the option of taking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

2. Everest Base Camp Trek

If you’re an intrepid climber and love the outdoors and adventure, then it might have crossed your mind to climb the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest.

Of course, climbing Mount Everest comes with its set of risks, not to mention it costs an average of $45,000.

For those who don’t have the money or the stamina, they can venture on the Everest Base Camp Trek.

This trek starts in Nepal and lasts 16 days while allowing trekkers to enjoy the best of the Himalayas. And reaching heights of 18,193ft, and expanding 70 miles, this trek is not for the faint of heart.

3. Muliwai Trail, Hawaii

Who says visiting Hawaii is all about laying on the beach relaxing in the sand. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors that require you to be active.

If treks are your thing, then you must do the Muliwai trail. This trek expands for 18 miles and has views of the Waimanu Valleys and also black sand beaches.

And after travelers complete the trek, a relaxing beach will be waiting for them.

4. Cinque Terre, Italy

If you like the idea of a hike but you’re not really into the wilderness. Then you need to head over to Italy and trek along Cinque Terre.

This trek expands across 7.5 miles along the Western Italian Coast. While on this trek, travelers will pass the beautiful coastal scenery.

Not to mention, they’ll pass through five Italian towns and villages. Where they can stop for a gelato break whenever they need to.

Most travelers start at in the town of Corniglia and go from there. The duration of this trek depends on how many times you stop to soak it all in.

5. Overland Track, Australia

If you want to head on a hiking adventure down under, why not visit Tasmania.

The Overland Track expands over 50 miles and takes around six days to complete. This trek is an iconic trail in Australia.

During the trek, travelers will pass Lake St. Clair, which is the deepest natural freshwater lake in all of Australia. Also, trekkers will pass Cradle Mountain and forests, lakes, moors, waterfalls, and more iconic landscapes.

6. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Another one of the top treks in the world has to be Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in the African continent.

Locate in Tanzania, this trek has a distance of 35 miles and it takes about 7 days to complete. Once trekkers reach 19,340 feet, they will have a perfect unobstructed view of the stars.

The best time to visit Kilimanjaro is either January, February, or the month of September. Before, climbing Kilimanjaro, travelers should research what to pack for the long trek.

7. Appalachian Trail

If you live in the U.S., you don’t have to go far to experience one of the most iconic trails in the world. The Appalachian Trail is right in your backyard.

This trek is for those who seek adventure. But keep in mind this trek will also require a lot of planning.

The Appalachian Trail takes hikers from Georgia to Maine and passes through 14 states.

Travelers will spend approximately 5 to 7 months walking this trail, that is 2,180 miles. So if you have the urge to travel through 14 states on foot, the Appalachian Trail awaits.

8. Fitz Roy Trek, Argentina

Fitz Roy Trek makes the list because it takes traveler up close to Glaciers, beaches, plains, waterfalls, and the Fitz Roy Massif.

The trek also takes hikers through Los Glaciares National Park. This national park is the size of the state of Delaware.

The Best time to embark on this trail is between February to March. This trail is not as intimidating as others that expand across many states.

Fitz Roy Trek is 36-miles long and takes between 4 to 7 days to complete.

9. Pacific Crest Trail, West Coast

If you complete the east coast and you still want more, why not take over the west coast of the United States.

The Pacific Crest Trail takes hikers on a 2,650-mile trek. It crosses the states of California, Oregon, and Washington.

Travelers also pass through 7 national parks and mixed challenging terrains. This trail takes approximately 6 to 7 months to complete.

Due to the length of time it takes to complete this trail, the best time to go is April to October.

10. West Coast Trail, Canada

It doesn’t take a travel expert to know that Canada has some of the most beautiful nature sites. If you want to experience Canada’s beautiful landscapes, The West Coast Trail allows travelers to do so.

The West Coast Trail has a history of its own. It was created in 1907 to help save shipwreck survivors.

This trek is 47 miles long and it begins on Vancouver Island, but you don’t have to start there. There are many ways to experience this trail, but most begin at Pacheena Bay Trailhead.

Step on One of These Best Hikes in the World

There you have it, 10 of the best hikes in the world you won’t want to miss. Whether you want to spend months on the road, or you want to complete in only a few hours, there’s something for everyone.

If you enjoyed these tips and would like to learn more climbing tips, check out this section of our blog.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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