There’s nothing like getting out and getting some fresh air on a gorgeous hike. No matter if your idea of a hike is a leisurely walk along the coast of Italy or climbing the highest mountain on Earth, we’ve got you covered. Below are the best hikes in the world. Talking about the best trekking tours in the world in the mountains, a majority of these are found in South Asia and Western Europe. Desert treks can be found in abundance in Africa, Australia, and the United States. Let’s talk about the 10 best treks in the world in brief.
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- 1. Mount Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
- 2. Inca Trail, Peru
- 3. The Kesugi Ridge Trail, Alaska, USA
- 4. Snowman trail, Bhutan
- 5. Drakensberg Mafadi, South Africa
- 6. Great Ocean Walk – Australia
- 7. The Camino De Santiago, Spain
- 8. Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
- 9. Haute Route, France, Switzerland
- 10. Torres Del Paine Circuit
- Tips For Trekking
1. Mount Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
This is the ideal place for trekking and is extremely popular among trekkers. You start from the rural town of Lukla and pass through many of the beautiful villages on your way. The Everest Base Camp trek is both mentally and visually pleasing. On your way, you will pass through six of the tallest peaks in the world. Well, this is what makes your trekking journey all the more beautiful.
But it if you take it slow and steady, this is a trip that is worth every heaving breath. The trek is awe-inspiring as you walk through high passes, surrounded by the highest peaks on earth.
Location: Khumbu, Nepal
Duration: 12 Days
Best Time to Trek: Feb – May and Nov – Dec
2. Inca Trail, Peru
A world-famous trek and sight, the Inca Trail is synonymous with Peru and hugely popular around the world. Still consisting of much of the original Inca construction, the route is famed for its ruins, high mountain passes and varying environments. With sensational views of the Andes, there is a reason for the great popularity this trek has established with people all over the world. It is most popular between April and November.
Location: South Peru, Cusco Region
DURATION: 4 days
Best Time to Trek: April to November
3. The Kesugi Ridge Trail, Alaska, USA
Another spectacular trekking trail would be the Kesugi Ridge Trail. Passing through the Alaskan wilderness, this is one of the best trails for you to witness the tallest mountain, Denali. In the entire American content, this is the second tallest mountain to explore. The mountain is 6.190 meters high and is said to be the world’s third peak.
On your way, you will pass through the taiga forests and across the gigantic tundra region. The stunning views of the mountains as the backdrop are not something to miss. You will come across some of the impressive glaciers as well. The length of the trail will vary depending on the route you choose. If you like to get lost in the beauty of Alaskan mountains then this is for you.
Location: Alaska, USA
Duration: 3 to 4 days
Best Time to Trek: June to September
4. Snowman trail, Bhutan
A difficult trek in the Himalayas of Bhutan, Snowman trail is a great challenge for trekkers looking for an unforgettable Himalayan adventure. Hiking and camping at high altitude for over 3 weeks, while soaking in the mesmerizing views of the surrounding mountains and interacting with the locals, you will experience the full glory of the Himalayas firsthand. Before doing this trek, make sure that you are physically fit and experienced in trekking for many days in remote mountainous terrain.
DURATION: 27 days
Best Time to Trek: October
5. Drakensberg Mafadi, South Africa
The Drakensberg is a very challenging trek, probably one of the toughest treks in the world. This hike takes you to the summit of Mafadi and requires above-average fitness levels. The terrain involves some challenging ascents up Judges Pass and some pretty steep descents as well. It is not recommended for novice hikers; after all, it takes some skill to conquer the highest mountain in South Africa!
Location: South Africa
Duration: 4 days
Best Time to Trek: Year-round, though it does get freezing in the winter
6. Great Ocean Walk – Australia
Ending at the world-famous Twelve Apostles, this 56-kilometre trek takes you along the rugged Victorian coast in South Australia. Featuring secluded beaches, excursions through forests and plenty of Australia’s fascinating wildlife (obviously including kangaroos!), the trek is possible for people of all abilities and experience. Taking up to four days to complete, the route is stunning and an amazing insight into what Australia has to offer in abundance. You will also get to see a great variety of wildlife. Apart from all the picturesque sites, shipwrecks are the main highlights of the place. With all these things to explore and discover, this is surely going to be a memorable trip for you.
Location: Victoria, Australia
Duration: 6 to 8 days
Best time to Track: March to April
7. The Camino De Santiago, Spain
The Camino de Santiago has been a pilgrimage route for Christians since the Middle Ages because it retraces the road where St James was carried from Jerusalem to his final resting place – Santiago de Compostela.
You don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy the Camino de Santiago, though. The trek will take you through the Spanish countryside, through vineyards, monasteries, and across hundred-year-old villages. You get the best view of the Pyrenees from here, so this route is also pretty well-known among hikers and cyclists.
Duration: 30 days
Best Time to Trek:: Year-round
8. Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro was one of the greatest achievements we’ve ever accomplished. Rising to a staggering height of 5,895m, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the tallest free-standing mountain peak in the world and the highest mountain peak in AfricaWe took the Machame Route aka the Whiskey Route to Uhuru Peak in Tanzania.
What makes this trek so unique is how many ecosystems the trail passes through.
It begins in a tropical rainforest of Tanzania and then moves through farmland, forests, moorlands, a mountain desert, and a freezing summit climbing zone.
Duration: 7 Days
Best Time to Trek – It’s possible to climb Kilimanjaro any time of year, but the two main seasons are Jan – March and June – Oct. We climbed the first week of March and it was great conditions.
9. Haute Route, France, Switzerland
This is a 200 kilometer trek through the French and Swiss Alps, taking you through the heart of the Alps, with many high peaks and glaciers, while you marvel at the magnificent surroundings. An adventure in the European mountains, this terrain has lots of trekkers going here every year, and also experiences a lot of rain. This route is renowned as a great destination for ski tours.
Duration: 8 to 12 days
Best Time to Trek: June to September
10. Torres Del Paine Circuit
Patagonia is known to have the best trekking areas in the world. This beautiful region is shared by Chile and Argentina. You can explore the most stunning natural scenes in this area. Amongst all, Chile’s Torres del Paine is the best one.
A 52-mile circuit trek that takes up to 10 days, Torres del Paine is the epitome of the perfect South American natural experience. With ruggedly beautiful mountains, bright blue glaciers and exotic animals on the hillside, this is truly a feast for trekking enthusiasts.
Duration: 5 to 9 days
BEST SEASON: All year (best done during the dry months)
Tips For Trekking
Here are a few tips you need to follow when going for trekking:
- You should wear comfortable clothes for your trekking journey. This will help you move faster.
- You should carry all trekking essentials in your bag. This includes food, map, compass, torchlight, tent, etc.
- Make sure that your bag doesn’t get too heavy. If it does then you will get tired soon and thus, you won’t be able to walk.
- You should carry a bag that is durable and can be carried on your back. It is very important to keep your hands free while walking.
- You should not go out for trekking in bad weather. This can prove to be dangerous for you in many ways.