13 best places to hike around the world

13 of the best hikes around the world

There are a ton of hiking opportunities around the world. As someone who tries to get out every weekend, I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of hikes, so when people ask me to pick my favorite hike, I don’t know where to begin!

What does one do when they want to have a better understanding of what exists in our beautiful world, while also realizing that there’s no way to experience it all firsthand on one’s own? Reach out to others!

I asked fellow bloggers from different countries to share the best hike they ever did, and why it was their favorite. It’s a mix of people who hike regularly and people who do not- giving something for everyone (disclaimer: I ordered them randomly). Read on below.

1. Mount Roraima | Venezuela

hiking mount roraima

“Mount Roraima in a table-top mountain shared between Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. It is the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and the Pixar animation Up.

The summit of Roraima is out-of-this-world. There are carnivorous plants, giant pits, natural ‘jacuzzi’, swamps and weird rock formations and even waterfalls on top of the mountain. And yet, there is hardly any wildlife except for tiny black frogs.

Hiking Mount Roraima was one of the most memorable part of my one-year backpacking trip in South America.

It was at a time when Venezuela was considered ‘dangerous’ by many travelers, and when most people would advise you not to go. But I took the necessary precautions and went anyway during New Year’s, counting down with my trekking mates and celebrating with a bottle of wine atop the magical mountain.

We also got lost on top the labyrinth-like mountain. It was dark and raining heavily and our guide was nowhere to be found. We laid out our sleeping bags under an overhanging cliff and were ready to spend the night in the cold harsh wilderness, until a porter found us a few hours later.”

– Owen | My Turn to Travel

2. Macchu Picchu | Peru

hiking machu picchu

“Like so many people Macchu Picchu was a big dream for me. Then in 2009 I visited Peru and finally had the opportunity to go.

The question was whether or not I wanted to hike the Inca Trail.. I knew it would be tough and I’d never been someone who liked camping or hiking, yet I was considering doing a 4 day long trek.

I rationalised that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to see the things I’d see and I did really want to hike the Inca Trail. I was also ready to step outside of my comfort zone, so I did it – and it was tough!

I had never hiked at high altitudes before and didn’t realise how difficult this would be. I was sore and tired everyday. But when I arrived at Macchu Picchu, as cliche as it is, it was totally worth it. It was magical and it even kick started my love for hiking – although I’ve never done anything as difficult as the Inca Trail!”

– David | Paid Surveys Fanatic

3. Laguna de Los Tres | Argentina

hiking laguna de los tres

“Along with Torres del Paine and Cerro Castillo in Chile and Bariloche in Argentina, El Chalten has a deserved reputation as one of the world’s great trekking destinations. Situated at the base of Mount Torre and Mount Fitz Roy, the area’s most popular walking trails start right from town, which makes hiking Laguna de los Tres and other trails blissfully simple. Laguna de lost Tres is a hike that has been on our list for years, and it not only exceeded our expectations, but now stands among our all time favorite hikes – anywhere.

One of the lovely things about hiking Laguna de Los Tres is ever-present Mount Fitz Roy, which looms in the distance for much of the hike. It’s an extraordinary backdrop as the trail meanders along the valley, occasionally disappearing into stands of forests before opening to even more stunning mountain views. The hike ends at the lake with impressive Mount Fitz Roy looming overtop – a truly extraordinary sight. It’s no wonder Patagonia’s logo (the clothing company that is) was inspired by Fitz Roy. It’s a truly majestic place.”

-Sheri | Wander Libre

4. Tumbledown Mountain | Maine, USA

hiking tumbledown mountain maine

“I am an avid hiker and try to get at least a small hike in no matter where I am in the world. I was invited on a moderate hike by friends who live in Maine, and was blown away by the views so close to my home of Rhode Island. Tumbledown Mountain is near Weld, Maine in the western mountains.

The hike is about 4 rocky miles up. For the effort, I was rewarded with a crystal clear alpine lake nestled among green conifers. If you are prepared, you can even camp on the island in the middle of the lake. After scrambling up the last .5 mile, we saw unending views of Maine’s verdant wilderness and the nearby Mount Bear.

It is definitely one of the best hikes I have been on in the United States and the absolute best in New England.”

– Jamie | The Daily Adventures of Me

5. Crypt Lake Hike | Alberta, Canana

hiking crypt lake hike

The Crypt Lake trail has many superlatives. ‘Canada’s best hike!’ ‘Indiana Jones adventure!’ ‘One of the world’s 20 most thrilling hikes!’ – that last one from National Geographic, no less.

It’s true the trail includes a ladder, a tunnel and chains on a cliff, but even so, the claims are a little overblown. It’s still one of my favorite hikes though.

For starters, the walk starts and ends with a boat trip across beautiful Upper Waterton Lake. Then there’s the views: first over Upper Waterton Lake as you climb up, then of four waterfalls – including two cascading down vertical cliff faces – and the long forested Crypt Valley with mountains towering on either side.

Next there’s the “thrilling” ladder, tunnel and chains. If you haven’t done much mountain hiking then this part may seem alarming. But while the cliff is exposed, the section is short and it’s very unlikely that you would actually fall. And finally, Crypt Lake, a blue jewel set among even more majestic cliffs. All in under 8 km!

After a picnic lunch and maybe even a swim, you head back the same way. The hike is truly a lovely day out in the Canadian Rockies.”

Emma | World Best Hikes

6. Camino del Norte | Spain

Hiking in spain

“I’m lucky to live in a part of France where there’s plenty of possibilities for hiking: along the Atlantic Ocean, in the Pyrenees mountains, between ocean and mountains, around marine lakes or typical villages. But the hike that is special for me is the corniche road between Saint Jean de Luz and Hendaye.

This incredibly beautiful road lying between ocean and mountains is at the beginning of an offbeat pilgrim trail: the Camino del Norte, the coastal path to Compostela! But this is not what makes it so special for me…

Our famous King Louis XIV, our Sun King who lived in Versailles castle, get married in the church of Saint Jean de Luz! This wedding was part of a peace treaty between France and Spain, signed on an island close to Hendaye.

When I hike there, I like to imagine I’m following Louis XIV. I first have a look to Louis XIV house and the Infante house, the two places where the future groom and bride spent their last night before their wedding. Then I visit the beautiful boat-shape church where they get married and start my hike following the cliffs, dreaming of the King and Queen admiring the landscapes together…”

– Stephanie | Ethno Travels

7. Mount Olympus | Greece

Hiking mt Olympus

“Although I’m a regular hiker in my country, it took me quite a while before daring to try this abroad.

Mount Olympus, in Greece, was my first hiking experience outside Romania. This made it special, because of the anxiety of being on foreign territory, in a country where reading the street signs is a challenge to non-speakers of the Greek language.

I’ve contemplated the mythical Olympus, with its top covered by clouds, for about one week before the first attempt to climb it. The first part of the trail starting from Prionia is mild and full of beautiful clearings where huge lizards pose on huge boulders, creeks and waterfalls play their merry tunes, and the ground is covered by a thick layer of last year’s leaves and lush grass. You don’t need to get to the top to feel the excitement of being so close to nature.

To me, Mount Olympus is the place where time doesn’t flow. Humans, just like lizards and butterflies, are empowered to live the present moment on their path to meet the almighty Gods.”

– Violeta | Off Beat Greece

8. Ebenlap Mountain | Switzerland

Hiking in Switzerland

“One of the best hikes – and a hike that is quite easy though challenging – was hiking down Ebenalp Mountain in the region of Appenzellerland in Switzerland.

You might have seen the images from the world famous cliff house – the Aescher. Switzerland is a perfect destination for the lazy people as there are cable cars to many mountain peaks, and if you are looking for an amazing hike that will not take forever, I recommend to get up via cable car to Ebenalp peak (of course you can hike up, too) and then start hiking down.

The cable car station is at the peak – to get the most stunning as kind of surprising view of the Aescher, I recommend hiking down from the peak.

It will take about 15 minutes (you even have walk through a cave to get down) and then there it is. The beautiful Aescher!

Before hiking down, I recommend taking a break so you can enjoy the view and atmosphere before hiking to the Seealpsee – a stunning lake further down. The path is very steep and takes about one more hour – arriving at this beautiful lake is so worth it!”

– Arzo | Arzo Travels

9. Mürren to Grütschalp | Switzerland

One of my favourite hikes is from Mürren to Grütschalp (above Lauterbrunnen) in
Switzerland.

This is by no means a ‘hike’ in the true sense of the word. It’s really a stroll on a well-made path that meanders down the mountain – and the views are spectacular.

Mürren sits on a plateau 850-metres above sea level, looking out over the Lauterbrunnen Valley and towards the three famous mountains of the region, the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch.

As you descend, the path winds its way past alpine pastures, through thick stands of pines, and over bubbling streams. Cows and goats graze in fields beside the path and every corner you turn offers another postcard-perfect view.

It’s possible to walk just the first section between Mürren and Winteregg but I highly recommend continuing on to Grütschalp where you can catch the cable car back down to the valley floor. At Winteregg, be sure to visit the Alpkaserei Stabbauch (next to the train station), where you can buy the most delicious yoghurt direct from the farmer.”

– Carolyn | Holidays to Europe

10. Freycinet National Park | Tasmania, Australia

Hiking in Australia

“Freycinet National Park is located on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia and is home to some challenging and fabulous hikes. It’s located on a peninsula and it’s easy to feel like you have escaped the whole world especially if you go on a multi-day hike.

Wineglass Bay (pictured) is the crowning glory of Freycinet. Often listed among the world’s top beaches, it’s beautiful. It’s only about an hour’s hike but it is quite a steep up and down walk. This photo is from the lookout in the middle of the hike. If you walk further you will be rewarded by more awesome scenery and less crowds.

I have visited Freycinet many times because it is one of most picturesque places I have been that is still quite accessible. It’s only a two hour drive from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania and it really does feel like you have escaped everywhere.”

– Sharon | Simpler and Smarter

11. The Great Ocean Walk | Victoria, Australia

Hiking in Australia

“The Great Ocean Walk is a 100km walk through the Otway National Park from Apollo Bay in western Victoria, Australia to the magnificent 12 Apostles near Port Stephens.

I’d hiked several sections of the Great Ocean Walk before and loved it, but it was on my bucket list to one day do the whole walk.

I spontaneously took a week off work with a colleague to hike it from end-to-end. I loved how much the terrain and fauna changed, from the towering gum trees to the tea trees, or a canopy of ferns protecting us from the harsh Australian sun. The rugged coastline is spectacular, the views are incredibly perfect and the beach walks were amazing.

We saw so much wildlife: koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, a crazy seal and lots of snakes!

It’s free to hike the Great Ocean Walk, but you need to book and pay for campsites along the way. We stayed off-track in a comfortable caravan park near Apollo Bay and used a shuttle service to drop our car off at the end of the day’s walk, so it would be ready to bring us back to our accommodation.

The hike is special to me because it’s the last long-distance hike I’ve done. About a month after the hike, I found out I was pregnant, and my bucket list of hikes was set to pause while I entered the new adventure of parenthood.”

– Sandra | Heading for the Hills

12. Poon Hill | Nepal

Hiking in Nepal“The 5-day Poon Hill trek is absolutely spectacular, and winds through a massive variety of terrain. There are small Nepalese villages, thick forests, rice paddy fields and mountain peaks. The highlight of it all culminates on Poon Hill.
The best thing to do is to wake up well before dawn and follow the masses on a 45min hike to the peak to watching the sun rise over the Himalayas. Sitting with a cup of warm chai in hand, watching the peaks glow with the break of dawn, is absolutely spectacular. Even though a large portion of the hike offers incredible Himalayan views, none even come close to comparing to the view from the top of Poon Hill.”

– Kyla | Where is the World

13. Mount Kilimanjaro | Tanzania

Hiking mt kilimanjaro

“Hiking the Kilimanjaro was one of the most exciting and emotional experience of my life.

I had decided to go for it in the very last minute with my roommate, while we were volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania. I have been running a bit but I was not super fit, and I suffer of altitude sickness. Needless to say, it was super challenging, but we made it through fairly easily, until we got to the last segment where we needed to climb in the night in order to reach the summit for sunrise.

We woke up at 11 pm and set off for our last ascent. I didn’t sleep before as I was supposed to and I couldn’t eat because heights make me feel sick. But my adrenaline level was to the stars and I couldn’t wait to get there.

However, it was more difficult that I could have ever imagined. After each step, our pace slowed down. I was scared that if I pushed it through, my body wouldn’t be too happy. I didn’t know what to do. My teammates and the guide were so encouraging, supportive, and tough. They pushed through my limits telling me that we were going to do it together and get to the peak, slowly but surely, one step at a time.

Did we make it to the top? You can check out the full story here.”

– Isabella | Boundless Roads

And there you have it- the best places people have found to hike from around the world. Have you done any of these? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

best places to hike around the world

Angelica

Traveler. Foodie. Student debt haver. I love finding the best things to do and eat when traveling, and sharing them with everyone else who likes experiencing local culture or exploring the outdoors too! You can read more about me in my about page.

6 Comments

  1. June 14, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Yo guys, great post but I’m missing Table Mountain here in Cape Town AND the Otter Trail in South Africa which to me is still one of the most pristine hiking experiences I ever had. Only 12 people allowed per day so you will hike only with your group and don’t see any other people..

    • Angelica
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 6:30 am

      That’s so cool- all the trails I’ve been on have had way more than 12 people! These are definitely going on the bucket list, thanks for
      sharing ?

      • June 15, 2018 / 12:29 am

        Oh then also put the Fish River Canyon Trail on your bucket list which is in Namibia. Most incredible star gazing at night with NO artificial light. Really, southern Africa is DA place for hiking without crowds. That was my biggest disappointment of hiking the Inca Trail. I couldn’t believe the crowds.

        • Angelica
          Author
          June 15, 2018 / 8:18 am

          It’s totally there, thank you! I just spent like an hour looking at pictures of the trail and desert haha. It’s so gorgeous and I had no idea the canyon even existed ?. It sounds a little advanced too, maybe that’s the reason for the crowds?

  2. June 15, 2018 / 11:55 pm

    hi yes it is. You carry all your own stuff. I guess because I live in Cape Town hikes are all around us so I used to hike 3x a week op Lions Head (before I had my daughter). So we had a certain hiking fitness and then of course it is always great to stretch yourself. The camaraderie of the small group, sitting around a fire at night etc also helps a lot. I don’t have a lot on my web site yet about the hikes I did in the past but check Otter Trail, Fish River Canyon Trail, Whale Trail (slackpacking), Wild Coast Trail (slackpacking) Amatole Trail (tough one too). It is beautiful here and so pristine, no crowds. Ohhh, forgot the mention we hiked in Lesotho for 6 days from the south back to Malealea Lodge, staying in small villages where people lived who hardly ever seen other people. There we had Basotho horses to help with the luggage.

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