For this list we’re looking at the most unique thrilling challenging and beautiful hiking trails and tracks from around the globe.
10.Everest base camp trek, Kathmandu Nepal.
Given that only a few thousand people have successfully reached the summit of the famous mount Everest, it is safe to say that this iconic climb is not for everyone.That being said, for those who want to see the iconic natural landmark firsthand, the 14 day trek from Kathmandu to the base of Everest is a journey on its own right.The hike will take you through some truly stunning scenery, isolated monasteries, small rural villages and across bridges that are sure to give you vertigo as you ascend to an altitude of 17,600 feet.It’s not a cheap trip by any means but it’s a truly once in a lifetime experience.
9.The trek to Petra Dana, Petra Jordan.
Petra requires no introduction.This legendary city, the onetime capital of the Nabatean empire is an archaeological destination that attracts the curious from around the world.Most people simply take the bus to get there but this track definitely makes for a more memorable approach.Taking five to six days depending on your fitness level end guide, thetrek to Petra reportedly follows an old caravan route and enters the ancient city of Petra by a backdoor seen by few.Along the way you’ll marvel at sandstone monoliths navigate gorgeous and skirt ridges as you marvel at the history of the Wadi Rum desert.
8.Routeburn track mount aspiring National Park to Fiordland National Park New Zealand
You’ve never seen anything like the Routeburn track.Connecting Mount Aspiring National Park to Fiordland National Park, this hike isn’t particularly long.It’s just under 20 miles start to finish.But what it lacks in duration, it more than makes up for with its natural majesty and the diversity of its terrain.Along the way you’ll walk through moss covered forest, cross swing bridges, follow the Routeburn gorge, and its accompanying river, pass waterfalls and marvel at the surrounding mountains.This is a natural paradise and a living testament to the unparalleled beauty of New Zealand.
9.Kungsleden, Gallivare, Sweden
Realistically you’re probably going to want to make more than one hiking trip to this area of Sweden.That or commit a month of your life to exploring the Kungsleden, which translates to kings trail so that you can explore this natural gem in its entirety.Kungsleden measures just under 300 miles and is typically broken down into a number of separate hikes to make it less daunting.Whichever sections you choose to explore, you are sure to find yourself awestruck by your surroundings from Alpine terrain to birch forests there’s a lot to see and with mountain cabins every 6 to 12 miles or so you’ll have trouble picking an end point.
10.The Torres del Paine “W” Circuit, Patagonia, Chile
The breathtaking The Torres del Paine National Park of Chilean Patagonia hosts to roughly a quarter million visitors every year.Though there are day hikes available for more casual tourists and an 8 to 9 day full circle trail, the five to seven day “W” root is without a doubt the most popular end talked about and it’s easy to understand why.The trek which frequently appears on bucket lists of hikers the world over, takes you past lakes, glaciers,mountains and rivers as well as a stunning mixture of flora and fauna.It is roughly 15 miles of hiking a day, so it isn’t for the inexperienced.But it’s certainly a trip worth training for.
11.Kalalau Trail, Hawaii, USA
Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful hikes in America, if not the world Kalalau trail is only 11 miles long 22 round trip but every single foot of it will take your breath away.Running along the Nepali coast dipping into valleys and passing caves the trail offers the sorts of views that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.That being said you’ll want to stay alert.Kalalau is not for the faint of heart or the inexperienced.You will often be hiking along narrow cliffside paths and the beaches have strong tides, so enjoy but trek and swim carefully.
12.Tour du Mont Blanc, France, Italy & Switzerland
Looking to do a little tour of Europe? you can visit three countries on this hike alone.This well traveled circuit takes hikers across the borders of France,Italy and Switzerland and through environments including forests, meadows, mountain passes and glacial valleys.Of course there’s culture to be found along the way too, as the Tour du Mont Blancalso brings you into a number of quaint mountain villages.Stretching 110 miles and taking you around the highest peak in Europe Tour du Mont Blancis a European hiking dream.
13. Appalachian Trail, Katahdin Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia USA
Do you think you have what it takes to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety?Fair warning at 2190 miles long it’s a serious roughly half year commitment which many attempt but few complete.Thankfully there are plenty of points where you can jump on and off along the way for those looking to simply tackle a portion of the trail on their own terms.Given that it’s the single longest foot trail in the world and the fact that it passes through 14 different states it’s hard to generalize about the trail but if you’re interested in getting a sweet taste of America’s worldfamous wilderness, the Appalachian is waiting for you.
14.Mount Kilimanjaro, Moshi, Tanzania
There are a number of routes that can be taken to reach the peak of Tanzania’s legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. Rangai,Lemosho and Machame are arguably more picturesque and offer more unique sites as well as more time to acclimatize to the changing altitude, but because they’re more meandering they also take longer.Not only is the Maranguroute quicker, it also comes with the added perk of huts to sleep in rather than tent camping but to each their own.Regardless of which route you take to the top of Kilimanjaro, you are in for a once in a lifetime experience.
15.Inca Trail, Cusco, Peru
Widely considered to be most remarkable hikes in the world, the Inca trail has the added bonus of carrying you to a world renowned destination Machu Picchu.The iconic Inca ruins. On your hike, whichever route you choose you’ll be passing incredible vistas, experiencing lush forest and jungle and of course ruins.The journey to Machu Picchu is, according to many, every bit as breathtaking as the final destination.So start training, book a flight, lace up your boots, and go see for yourself.
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