If there is one thing which will take you considerable time in deciding, it is deciding which hiking trail to go for!
With some of the most breathtaking hiking trails around the world, even an indoorsy person will find himself jumping up and down with excitement because the following places really are that amazing. Don’t wait anymore. The time is now, the moment is now!
Here are some of the best hiking trails in the world.
Te Araroa Trail In New Zealand
National Geographic rated it the first on the top 10 hiking places. According to the filmmaker Dan Ransom, Te Araroa is close to 2,000 miles of alpine ridges, coastal sand, and jungle bushwhacks which go past volcanoes, farmland, and parks.
This route extends 3000 km starting from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South.
According to the Te Araroa official website, the hiking trail is a 5- month experience but different sections can be covered from a few days to even a week. Connecting cities and townships, it winds its way through New Zealand’s wonders and comes to a halt at the sea.
Tour Du Mont Blanc In France, Italy, And Switzerland
As per Topher Gaylord who is an ultrarunner, the experience of circling Mont Blanc is a very special one as it lets you experience three countries and a host of mountain passes. Not just that, you can also lay your eyes on some of the most splendid Europe’s glaciers.
This trek has 10,000 meters in altitude and takes about 60 hours of walking. It takes around 10 days, but those 10 days are full of satisfaction and bliss.
You can also avail public transport in valleys around the Mont-Blanc.
So, what is the wait about?
Everest Base Camp Trek In Nepal
If you love adventure, go for the Everest Basecamp. It’s THE place to be. Who has not heard of this adrenaline-rushing place? It’s not just spectacular to see the highest point in the world. The scenery is unforgettable and so are its people.
Making your way to the camp, you’ll come across unique Sherpa culture museums, prayer wheels, and swing bridges.
The best time to explore this trek is from March to May and from September to December. You’ll experience hotness in May and there would be chances of rain.
In December, you’ll experience below-zero temperatures but the days will be beautiful, and you’ll encounter fewer trekkers.
Located in Peru, this trek covers 26 miles and takes 4 days to be covered.
This trek is the most famous one out there in South Africa and is regarded by many as part of the top 5 treks in the world. The 26-mile long trail brings you lush-green forest, mountains, Inca paving stones, tunnels, and ruins, leaving you waiting for more. The final destination of the trek beats everything: it’s Machu Picchu – the enigmatic “Lost City of the Incas.”
The Torres del Paine “W” Circuit
The Torres del Paine National Park is in Patagonia, Chile. The distance covered by this trek is 37 to 50 miles. It takes 4 to 6 days to cover this.
The best time to go there is from October and April. wondering why it gets its name after the alphabet ‘W?’ That’s because the route goes in the shape of the letter ‘W.’
You can make the trip memorable by hitching a nice boat trip and taking in the majestic sunrise scene.
Starting from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, this one goes for 2180 miles and takes 5 to 7 months. It comes in one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. If you want to do it at one time, it would take careful planning and deliberation.
Would you believe it, the trail takes you through 14 states? The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail the world over.
Located in Tanzania, Africa, this trek is 35 miles long. It would take you 7+ days to cover it.
The best months to visit Kilimanjaro are January, February or September.
Towering at a height of 5895 meters, this is the highest mountain in Africa. It also boasts of being the highest free-standing mountain in the world, which means it’s standing alone on its own without being part of a mountain range.
Located in Sweden, this trek covers 65 miles and would take you 3 to 5 days in covering it.
What would be the best time to go there?
August to early September is the best time.
Also known as ‘The King’s Trail’, this hiking trek offers you amazing scene albeit with a shorter hike. From the Arctic landscape to big glaciers, you’ll encounter numerous natural wonders during your journey.
Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike
This one is a classic adventure right there. It’s a hike through the Grand Canyon National Park but certainly nothing like the proverbial ‘walk in the park!’
Don’t go unprepared as it can lead to disastrous results. With the right planning and right gear such as your hiking boots, you can have the best time of your life.
Thredbo Alpine Lakes Hike Across The Australian Main Range
Mountain Kosciuszko is Australia’s highest mountain, and it’s flaura, fauna and the glacial lakes make it a pearl of Oceania. There are different hikes you can do there, but the hike in search of the alpine lakes is the one that will take your breath away.
It’s a 32km hike, that may be a big bite for a family, but shouldn’t be a problem for experienced hikers.
Do note that their summer is just starting out, so if you’re looking to change up for a warmer mountain weather, make sure to head to Thredbo. If you’re also looking where to stay while there, there are lovely accommodation options and hotels to choose from.
Pacific Crest Trail
Last but not the least, this is a long-distance route spanning over 2650 miles, taking you from Mexico to Canada. It makes its way through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington and goes close to the highest parts of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.
The trial goes through seven national parks and twenty-five national forests.
The Bottom Line
So, the verdict.. which place will be your go to the next time? Whichever hiking place you’re going to, we’re sure it will get you addicted to the wonderful world of hiking! Well, welcome to the club!