So you’re looking for an adventure to get your blood pumping, adrenaline going and possibly the best full body workout with some pretty awesome scenery?
Here is a list of the top ten awe-inspiring hikes around the world to add to your bucket list. From short day hikes to hikes stretching across a few days/weeks, this list includes hikes for beginners as well as more strenuous hikes for those looking for something a bit more hard-core.
How long: 3 - 5 days
How far: 65 miles
When to go: August to Early September
The Kunsgleden hiking trail is a 275 mile traverse between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south of Sweden, however you can get the full experience in with the shorter trails (65 miles). The trails range from easy pathways to rocky edges increasing difficulty. Huts are available to stop over for the night for a minimal fee. One of the highlights is Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain and centre of the Swedish alpinism.
2. Tour du Mont Blanc
Where: France, Italy, and Switzerland
How long: 10 days
How far: 104 miles
When to go: July to mid-September
The Tour du Month Blanc hiking trail travels through three different countries, over several mountain passes and along some of Europe’s most epic glaciers. This is one of the more famous long-distance hikes along the Alps. What makes the hike even more special is stopping over in the little villages scattered through the mountains. You can stop over in the villages for a delicious home-cooked meal and a comfortable bed each night before heading out for your next day of trekking.
3. The Snowman Trek
How long: At least 25 days
How far: over 200 miles
When to go: April or October
A hike not for the faint hearted at all, The Snowman Trek has often been pegged as the most difficult hike in the world with many eager hikers not finishing due to the unpredictability of the weather. The hike can also be a fairly costly exercise, with the cost of the tour-guides (it is illegal to hike without one) and the daily fees from the Government to travel in the country adding to your bill. You will definitely feel proud of yourself for finishing this one!
4. Inca Trail
How long: 4 days
How far: 26 miles
When to go: May to September
The Inca Trail takes you through 26 miles of gruelling inclines and declines. This hike is one of the most popular in the world, and it’s no surprise as you get to explore the jungle, take in the mountain scenery, wonder around old ruins and then end it all at the spectacular Machu Picchu. Definitely one of the most surreal experiences.
5. Mount Kailash Pilgrimage
How long: 3 days
How far: 32 miles
When to go: April – September
Mount Kailash is not a destination for mountaineers, rather for those seeking a spiritual pilgrimage. There is much religious significance along the 32 mile traverse around the mountain. The Himalayan trek encompasses meditation sites at waterfalls, the sacred cave of Zuthal Puk and 18 600 foot Dolma La Pass.
6. Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass
How long: 4 days
How far: 50 miles
When to go: June – September
Laugavegurinn offers a hike of pure wilderness, with volcanoes, steaming fumaroles, lichen-covered volcanic rocks and views of copper-coloured rhyolite peaks. Remember to book your huts ahead of time as they fill up quickly in the busy season.
7. Fitz Roy Trek
How long: 36 miles
How far: 2 - 5 days
When to go: February – March
Mount Fitzroy is located in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and is accessible from the small, but growing, town of El Chalten in southern Argentina. There are dozens of different routes to take, all varying in distance. The views of Mount Fitzroy vary from site to site and greatly based upon the time of day and weather. Enjoy the granite structures turn a rose hue at sunrise, end the wonderful show at night when the clouds thin out and wisp around the mountain peak.
8. Bibbulmun Track
How long: 6 - 8 weeks
How far: 1 000 miles (divided into 9 sections)
When to go: September to November and March to May
Bibbulman Track is one of the longest walking trails in the world, stretching from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, and winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia. There are numerous different routes that you can take, from day walks to the full on end-to-end hike that will take around 6 to 8 weeks to complete.
9. Yosemite Grand Traverse
Where: California, United States
How long: 60 miles
How far: 6 – 7 days
When to go: Mid-July to Mid-September
Hike through granite basins, meadows and waterfalls through the Yosemite National Park. The Yosemite Grand Traverse is part of the John Muir Trail and the Cathedral Range. For those afraid of hikes be prepared for the ascending Half Dome via the Cable Route.
10. Mount Kilimanjaro
How long: 7 + days
How far: 35 miles
When to go: January, February or September
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, reaching 19,340 feet. There are various distances available, some for even the least experienced climbers. Experience what it’s like to be above the clouds as you go higher and higher.