Adventure sports like hiking and trekking through beautiful places is a dream come true for many adventure lovers. Before you attain the age of 35, these magnificent trekking spots are a definite try in your life. There are many great places around the world that offers the best hiking experience for a lifetime memory. If you enjoy trekking long-distances, then a mix of nature’s beauty with amazing delight for the eyes would leave you more thrilled that ever. These places are not only best for hiking, but they are some of the most heavenly and stunning locations in the world.
The list of top ten best places in the world to go trekking and hiking:
10. The Overland Track – Tasmania (65 km)
The Overland Track in Australia is world-famous for its pristine environment and beauty. It is the most famous hiking tracks in Australia which has officially a walking of 65 km from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. More than eight thousand hikers walk on this track. The exciting route runs through sheer mountains, temperate rainforest, wild rivers and alpine plains all in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This stunning walk takes five to six days to complete. The hiking on this track can be done throughout the year.
9. Everest Base Camp – Nepal (112 km)
The Everest South Base Camp in Nepal is one of the world’s famous trekking camp and the most famous trekking routes in the Himalayas. More than 40000 people take the trek every year. The trek starts from Lukla airport to the Nepal Everest Base Camp beside the breath-taking views of the Great Himalayas and the nearby scenic mountains. The trekking of the highest mountain is a strenuous task for many trekkers and many get filtered even before the trekking. You will take 14 days to complete the route and will be above 10,000 feet most the times. You will be passing through a panoramic view of Phakding, Namche bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Kalapatthar, Pheriche and back to Lukla.
8. Routeburn Track – New Zealand (32 km)
The Routeburn Track is a world-famous tramping route in the South Island of New Zealand. New Zealand is famous for tramping, a sports of walking in the tough countryside. The track passes through some of the scenic locations in the world. Routeburn Track usually starts from Queenstown side of the Southern Alps, passing through Lake Wakatipu and two National Parks; the Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Parks, finally the route finishes on the Te Anau side. The New Zealand Department of Conservation classifies this track as a Great Walk. The 32 km track has a long history of use dating back to the 1880s which passes through alpine views, lakes, forests, tussocklands, rivers and waterfalls.
7. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania (approx. 60 km)
There are several Mount Kilimanjaro climbing routes to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro which is situated in the lush parts of Tanzania. The scenic value and beauty depends on the route taken. There are routes for the novice climbers as well as for the experienced. Machame climbing route is the best and most expensive as well as difficult. The Marangu route is easier to climb and less expensive. You go through lush greenery, low clouds, mountains, caves and villages. The routes can take 5 to 6 days or even more depending on the routes taken. The ultimate destination is breathtaking, that is the Kibo, or Uhuru Peak, the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
6. Alta Via 1 (Dolomite High Route) – Italy (150 km)
Alta Via 1 is one of the world’s best vertical wonderland to hike which passes through serene mountains, hut-to-hut alpine tours and picture perfect scenery. The full route requires 10-15 days to complete with the help of accommodations in mountain refuges and in valley hotels. The 150-kilometer-long high-level public footpath, also known as the Dolomite High Route 1, runs south from Pragser Wildsee, near Toblach, to Belluno. Dolomite mountain ranges are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will love this hiking location.
5. John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park – USA (338.6 km)
John Muir Trail is one of the best trekking routes in North America. The alpine trekking mostly passes through high altitude mountains. The long-distance walk is 338.6 km in length and majority of the path lies almost entirely at or above 8,000 feet. Most of the trail is in the High Sierra back-country and wilderness areas. The trail is often described as “America’s most famous trail”. The trail passes through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. During the heavy winters the region is completely snow-ridden and difficult to hike; the best time to hike is from July through September.
4. Snowman Trek – Bhutan (approx. 335 km)
Snowman Trek in Bhutan is another amazing adventurous trekking zone in Central Asia and is one of its kinds in the world. This trek is one of the remotest in the country with amazing beauty. The trek can take 20 days or more depending on the route, conditions and distance. Snowman Trek is the most difficult trek in the country as it requires lots of energy. The trail starts in Paro, and leads via Lingshi and Laya to the remote Lunana in northern Bhutan. You will get an opportunity to see the famous Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan during the trek. The route is a mix of serene valleys, mountains, lush greenery, rivers and beautiful villages.
3. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Peru (46 km)
Inca Trail is one of the world’s greatest places to hike; with just 46 km the trail covers an amazing combination of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels with scenic mountains, lush green forest and beautiful low clouds. The destination of the walk leads to the mysterious lost city of Machu Picchu. Just the thought and imagination of the walk will leave thrilled and back to history. The mysterious ruins of Incan civilization covers majority of the route and you will be walking through the Mollepata in the Andes Mountains (world’s longest continental mountain range). Some of the locations may require you to climb to altitudes above 4,200 metres which may lead to altitude sickness.
2. Torres del Paine Trek – Patagonia, Chile (60 km)
Trekking in one of the world’s best national parks – Torres del Paine will leave you spellbound. The national park is visited by over 140,000 visitors per year and is the most popular hiking destination in Chile. The exciting hike is full of beautiful mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers. The park is in the southern Chilean Patagonia which is visited by over 60% foreigners of the total tourist population. This park is the fifth most beautiful place in the world according to National Geographic. In 1978, the park became a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Hiking the park can take 5 to 9 days.
1. Tour Du Mont Blanc – France, Italy & Switzerland (approx. 170 km)
Tour Du Mont Blanc passes through three beautiful countries in Europe and is the world’s best hiking routes in the world and in Europe. Tour Du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Europe covering a distance of roughly 170 kilometers. The route covers beautiful mountains, Alps, glaciers, valleys and picturesque scenery. The usual start points are Les Houches in the Chamonix valley or Les Contamines in the Montjoie valley (in France) and you will be circling the Mont Blanc massif. This hike is a physical challenge to many due to its high altitudes and rapidly unpredictable mountain weather conditions.
Rota Vicentina trails – SW Portugal
West Highland Way – Scotland
Santa Cruz Trek – Peru
Milford Track -New Zealand