50 Best Hikes in the World Revealed by Travel Experts in 2024

Wondering what are the best hikes in the world?

You are in the right place, as I have asked some of the top travel experts, about their favorite hikes, and we come up with this hand-picked list of the 50 best hikes in the world.

What makes a hiking trail make it to the list of the best hikes in the world? The designation of a hiking trail as one of the best hikes in the world can be influenced by several factors, and what makes a trail exceptional can vary from one hiker to another.

That’s the reason I invited travel bloggers from all over the world to help me put together this ultimate list of the best hikes in the world. Each of these travel bloggers has done the hikes and is providing their first-hand experience to recommend these Dream Destinations, Each expert has included a description of the best hike in the world along with helpful information and the reason they included it in this list of best hikes.

Here you can find hikes for all tastes, fitness levels, and styles.  Hikes from a few hours to several days. A family day hike with your kids, to the most extreme conditions. Get ready to find the best hiking in each Continent of the world!

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Best Hikes in the World: UNITED STATES


  • Location: California, Oregon, and Washington
  • Distance: 2650 miles | 4265 km
  • Duration: 5-6 months

If you are really serious about a hiking bucket list in the USA, this is for you! The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is an epic long-distance trail that stretches for over 2650 miles (4265 km) in the western United States. The path begins at the Mexican border and hugs the spine of the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges until finally crossing into Canada at Manning Park.

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Hike Expert: Katy from a Rambling Unicorn


  • Location: North Georgia to Maine – passes through 14 states in the United States
  • Distance: 2162 miles | 3479 kilometers
  • Duration: 6-8 months

This is another hike on the USA bucket list if you are looking for a long-distance hike! Located in the eastern United States, the Appalachian Trail is widely considered one of the world’s most epic and challenging hiking trails. It requires extreme physical and mental stamina and quite a bit of dogged determination. Stretching more than 2,000 miles from Springer Mountain in North Georgia to Baxter State Park in Millinocket, Maine, the trail includes roughly 515,000 feet of elevation over the total length of the trail. So the 6 to 8-month journey is required to tackle the entire length.

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Hike Expert: Bret Love & Mary Gabbett of Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide


  • Location: Roseland, Virginia
  • Distance: 15 miles | 24 kilometers
  • Duration: 1-2 days

The 15.0-mile loop hike across Three Ridges Wilderness in Virginia wows with cascading streams, mountain vistas, overnight shelters, and steps along the white-blazed Appalachian Trail. Tackle this hike in one day or break it up into two days with a camp-out at the Harpers Creek Shelter. The Three Ridges hike begins just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, at the Reeds Gap parking area. Pick up the southbound Appalachian Trail that meanders through the George Washington National Forest. From the start, you are climbing. The total elevation gain for this hike nears 4,000 feet.

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Hike Expert: Erin from Go Hike Virginia

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  • Location: Grand Canyon, USA
  • Distance: 21 miles | 33.8 kilometers
  • Duration: takes about 12-15 hours 

Hiking from the Grand Canyon’s North Rim to the South Rim is undoubtedly one of the most awe-inspiring hiking experiences in the world, and it should be included in your Grand Canyon itinerary. The trek covers approximately 21 miles and involves a dramatic elevation change, descending from over 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) on the North Rim to around 2,500 feet (762 meters) on the South Rim. The physical demands are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and a deep connection to the natural world. the diverse ecosystems found in the canyon, from high alpine forests to desert landscapes, offer an enriching experience for nature enthusiasts. The Grand Canyon also provides a unique opportunity to witness wildlife, including bighorn sheep and condors.

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Hike Expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet


  • Location: Washington State, USA
  • Distance: 31 km | 19.3 Miles
  • Duration: 8-15 hours

If you are in search of the best world hiking, the Enchantments Alpine Lakes should be on top of your dream destinations. I was immediately enchanted by the breathtaking scenery that surrounded me. Towering granite peaks, crystal-clear alpine lakes, and vibrant wildflowers painted a picture of unparalleled natural beauty. The hike demanded both physical and mental stamina, but the rewards were endless. This hike is absolutely stunning, but it is extremely strenuous when it is done as a day hike.

Hike Expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet

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  • Location: Texas, USA
  • Distance: 150 miles of trails
  • Duration: from 1 to 7 days

The best hiking experience I’ve ever had is in Big Bend National Park. This small national park is home to 150 miles of trails, and here you can find some of the best hikes in the world. There are three unique areas of the park, the mountain, river, and desert, and all three are home to their own iconic hikes. Some of the most popular and the best hikes in the Big Bend area are in the mountains, such as the shorter Lost Mine Trail or the strenuous but rewarding South Rim Trail. Both offer stunning panoramic views from the mountains. For epic desert hikes trek to Mule Ears or into Elena Canyon.   

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Hike Expert: Erin from Sol Salute


  • Location: Kauai, Hawaii – USA
  • Distance: 35 km | 22 miles
  • Duration: 2-3 days

The Kalalau Trail is part of the Na Pali Coast State Wildness Park and it is considered one of the best world’s hiking trails, but also, one of the hardest hikes in the world. The reason is that the trail is narrow, steep, rocky, and dotted with natural hazards ranging from strong water currents to falling rocks. A permit is needed for the hike. Only 60 hikers are allowed on the trail each day so you’ll often have amazing views all to yourself. Those who make the trek will enjoy the secluded Kalalau Beach and the most amazing views!

Hike Expert: Paula Pins the Planet


  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Distance: 13-19 km | 8-12 miles
  • Duration: 3-days

Standing 14,411 feet tall near Seattle, Mount Rainier is a volcano that is the highest peak in Washington (and the 4th highest peak in the lower 48 states). But the height isn’t what makes it one of the hardest hikes in the world – it’s the glaciation and crevasses that create a true technical challenge. Of the approximately 10,000 people who come to hike Mount Rainier each year, the success rate of summit attempts is only about 50%. There are about 40 routes that lead to the summit of Rainier, and the three most popular are Disappointment Cleaver, Emmons-Winthrop, and Kautz Glacier. All of these routes require basic mountaineering skills to reach the summit safely.

Hike Expert: Allison from She Dreams of Alpine

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  • Location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
  • Distance: 13 km/ 8.2 miles
  • Duration: 6-8 hours

I first heard about the Harding Icefield Trail during my road trip to Alaska. I decided to take a day to go on this spectacular hike, and it was the highlight of my trip. The trail is strenuous! It starts from the Exit Glacier Area, the trail winds through a forest, passes through heather-filled meadows and ultimately you will climb well above tree lines to the breathtaking views of the Icefield. The top of this trail was a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as my eyes could see. One of the most epic views of my life!

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Hike Expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet

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  • Location: Lake Okeechobee (west) and Hobe Sound Beach (east), Florida
  • Distance: 101 km/ 63 miles
  • Duration: 3 to 5 days

The Ocean to Lake Trail, a hidden gem in Florida, offers a mesmerizing journey through diverse ecosystems, captivating hikers with its natural beauty. Stretching approximately 63 miles, this trail connects Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, with the Atlantic Ocean. The trail’s charm lies in its rich ecological diversity, passing through pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, swamps, and cypress forests, each with its unique flora and fauna.

Hike expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet

Best Hikes in the World: SOUTH AMERICA


  • Location: Patagonia, Chile
  • Distance: 136 km / 85 miles
  • Duration: 9-11 days

Chile has some of the best hikes and South America, and Patagonia is a destination that has rapidly joined most hikers’ bucket lists, offering some of the best hikes in the world. Thanks to its glorious mountain scenery and its reputation as a place of pristine wilderness, as yet untouched by human hands (or feet).  The O Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park is Patagonia’s finest hike. This trek covers the wildest parts of the national park: you’ll pass through sun-scorched grasslands inhabited by guanaco, climb past glaciers hanging perilously from cliff faces, and summit the park’s highest pass for spectacular panoramas of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Everything about this hike is wild, magical, and truly unforgettable.

Hike Expert: Steph Dyson from Worldly Adventurer

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  • Location: Patagonia, Chile
  • Distance: 53 km / 33 miles
  • Duration: 3-4 days

Patagonia is an incredible place for hiking with several world-renowned trails and many off-the-beaten-path routes. The Cerro Castillo trek inside the Cerro Castillo National Reserve is one of the lesser-known hikes in Patagonia. Here you get to enjoy the beautiful Patagonian landscape without tourist crowds. The scenery along the trail is truly spectacular; mountain peaks, indigenous forest, crystal-clear rivers, turquoise lakes, and hanging glaciers. Walking the route hikers have great chances of spotting wild animals. Hikers have to carry camping gear and food. There are no shops or restaurants inside the park, it’s a totally wild experience.

Hike Expert: Campbell & Alya from Stingy Nomads


  • Location: Cusco region, Peru
  • Distance: 65 km / 40 miles
  • Duration: 9 days

Hands down, I believe one of the best hikes in the world is found in the Cusco region of Peru. The combination of beautiful mountains and a chance for cultural interaction make the Cusco part of the Andes unparalleled and therefore a worthy contender for best hikes on the planet.  My personal favorite trek is the 9-day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek which is one of the most interesting and stunning ways to trek to Machu Picchu.  If getting beautiful photos is more your thing, you can head south of Cusco and trek the Ausangate Vinicunca Rainbow mountain trek which takes in some truly unique Peruvian scenery.

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Hike Expert: Ariana from World of Travels with kids

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  • Location: Cordilleras Blancas, Peru
  • Distance: 45 km / 28 miles
  • Duration: 4 days

The Santa Cruz trek is a trek through the Cordilleras Blancas mountain range, located in the Peruvian Andes Mountains. The trek is considered one of the best in the world, with a 4-day that takes you through some amazing sceneries at higher altitudes. The altitude ranges from 2900 meters above the ocean to 4760 meters. The mountains and altitude make for some amazing and varying nature and views. Expect turquoise lakes, snow-capped mountaintops, rivers, and incredible starry skies. The unique experience of hiking at an altitude, with beautiful views and a little off-the-beaten-path trail, is one of the reasons the Santa Cruz trek is one of the best hiking experiences you can ask for!

Hike Expert: Julie from Why not Ju


  • Location: Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Distance: 43 km | 27 miles
  • Duration: 2-10 days

Consider one of the most famous hikes in Peru and one of the best treks in the world, the Inca Trail is the bucket list of any hiker. There are lots of options for anyone thinking of hiking the Inca Trail; you can choose from the 2-day, 4-day, and even 10-day hike if you want to tack on Choquequirao. This ancient trail leads to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and takes hikers through a variety of breathtaking landscapes, including high mountain passes, lush cloud forests, and remarkable Inca ruins. Every trekker on the Inca Trail must be accompanied by a registered guide. Also, a hiking permit must be obtained via a licensed tour operator since only 500 people are allowed on the trail per day (this number includes guides and porters). You also have the option to book in advance a very affordable hike tour to the Inca trail.

Hike expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet


  • Location: Bahia State, Brazil
  • Distance: There is a maze of hiking trails – from beginner to advanced
  • Duration: 5 days

One of the best hikes in Brazil and in South America is the Chapada Diamantina. Located in Bahia in northeast Brazil and is characterized by its iconic flat-topped rocky plateaus, spectacular vistas, and untouched nature. Here you can find hundreds of amazing places to visit – from valleys, canyons, rivers, caves, cliffs, villages waterfalls, and much more. The best way to explore this remarkable and unique environment is on the epic Grand-Circuit, a 5-day trek through the National Park, which offers stunning views and even the chance to explore underground rivers.

Only a few international travelers visit the Chapada Diamantina National Park – part of it is when people think of Brazil, the first destination that comes into their minds are Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

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Hike expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet

Best Hikes in the World: AFRICA


  • Location: South Africa
  • Distance: 12 km / 4.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours round trip

As the home of South Africa’s highest mountain ranges, Drakensberg Royal Natal National Park offers some of the best hikes in the world. Its craggy peaks and deep valleys are unlike any other landscape in South Africa and live up to their name “Drakensberg” which roughly translates to the “mountains of dragons”.  The most stunning feature of the UNESCO World Heritage site is Tugela Falls, the second-highest waterfall in the world. There are a couple of ways to reach the falls but the most popular is via the 13-kilometer Sentinel Trail. The challenging hike passes by landscapes of exquisite beauty, cheeky monkeys, chain ladders, and more. For avid hikers, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Hike Expert: Oksana & Max from Drink Tea & Travel


  • Location: South Africa
  • Distance: 45 km / 28 miles
  • Duration: 5 days

Otter Trail hike on the Garden Route in South Africa is considered to be one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Africa. The scenery on this trek is truly breathtaking; evergreen indigenous forest, unspoiled sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, deep canyons, and diverse wildlife. For the entire 5 days, the trail follows the coast of the Indian Ocean offering stunning views of the rugged coastline. Otter Trail is a great hike for nature lovers every day on the trail hikers can see different animals such as sea otters, monkeys, whales, dolphins, genets, crabs, birds, etc. Along the route, there are many rivers, small bays, and hidden beaches that are great for swimming and chilling in the sun.

Hike Expert: Campbell & Alya from Stingy Nomads


  • Location: Amathole Mountain Range, South Africa
  • Distance: 100 km / 62 miles
  • Duration: 6 days

Amatola Trail is probably one of the most amazing treks we’ve ever done, and arguably one of the best hikes in the world. The whole area that the trek goes through looks like a fairyland. The trail goes over the beautiful Amathole Mountain range offering stunning views of the area. The indigenous forest covering a big part of the mountain range looks like the perfect decoration for a Lord of the Rings kind of movie. Massive yellowwood, white stinkwood, and chestnut trees look impressive. The scenery on the Amatola Trail is fantastic; rocky mountains, lush green forest, crystal-clear rivers, stunning waterfalls, massive boulders, natural pools, and breathtaking lookout points. There are many beautiful places to see along the route.

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Hike Expert: Campbell & Alya from Stingy Nomads

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  • Location: Garden Route, South Africa
  • Distance: 120 km / 75 miles
  • Duration: 7 days

Outeniqua Trail is one of the lesser-known hiking trails in South Africa, a real hidden gem of the Garden Route. It’s a great hike to do to get away from the bustling city life. A 7-day trek takes hikers through the indigenous Knysna forest, one of the most beautiful forests in the country. Walking for days through the fantastic Knysna Forest is an incredible experience. The vegetation here is so dense that some parts of the trail look like a tunnel. Huge tree trunks covered in moss, long lianas hanging from tree branches, massive ferns, rivers with big boulders, all these give you a feeling of hiking through a Jurassic forest. 

Hike Expert: Campbell & Alya from Stingy Nomads


  • Location: Uganda
  • Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Duration: 7- 10 hours

Mount Sabyinyo is an extinct volcano located on the border of three countries – Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in East Africa. What is special about it is that when you get to the top, you can stand on the borders of these three countries at the same time. The peak is only accessible to tourists from the Ugandan side. The volcano is a part of the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is famous for its rare mountain gorillas. Many people travel to Uganda to see these apes. Hiking in the same area where they live creates a special atmosphere. Mt. Sabyinyo has three peaks, and thanks to that it looks like a tooth. This is what its name translates to. The first peak is at 3421 meters, and the summit is at 3,669 meters. 

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Hike Expert: Aga from Worldering Around


  • Location: Madagascar
  • Distance: 5.6 km / 3.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 hours

Not many tourists get to the African island of Madagascar and even fewer tourists get to the secluded Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in the western part of the country. However, here lies one of the most spectacular geographical areas and the most fun hike you can do in Madagascar! It’s actually two different hiking routes, the Small Tsingy and the Big Tsingy. The small Tsingy is the easiest of the two with small bridges and wooden paths connecting the razor-sharp rock formations. On the other hand, the Big Tsingy requires a harness for climbing the Ferrata which winds through narrow tunnels at the far bottom of the landscape and climbs 100 meters up to the top of the deadly sharp landscape.

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  • Location: Atlas Mountain, Morocco
  • Distance: 4,167 m / 13,667 ft (altitude)
  • Duration: 2 days

Mount Toubkal is the highest point in Morocco. It’s situated in the High Atlas Mountains at an impressive altitude of 4,167 m (13,667 ft). It is one of the best hikes in the world and a pretty challenging and tough trek but it was worth it for the spectacular views. In the beginning, you can admire the incredible views of rural Morocco. As you move up you walk along waterfalls, gentle brooks, lush green river banks, and walnut groves. The best part is meeting up with cute mules on the way. The trails become very rocky after 3,207 m (10,522 ft). There are parts with gigantic rocks you need to climb over. If you want to conquer Mount Toubkal, you need to travel to Imlil first and stay there one day to organize your hike for the next day. Imlil is a lovely small village at the foot of Mount Toubkal.

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  • Location: Tanzania
  • Distance: 37-90 km | 23-56 miles (depending on the route)
  • Duration: 5 – 9 days

Mt. Kilimanjaro is considered one of the hardest, and also, the best hikes in the world! The hike to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro is a demanding but immensely rewarding feat. As the highest free-standing mountain in the world, conquering Kilimanjaro takes time and dedication. That being said, it is a very accessible mountain to climb in that it doesn’t require much technical skill.  There are several routes to choose from, each varying in distance and length of time. The longer the route, the more acclimatization time you get, and the less likely you are to suffer from altitude sickness.


  • Location: Namibia
  • Distance: 86 km / 53 miles
  • Duration: 4-5 days

Namibia is famous for its stunning desert and massive sand dunes. But not many people know that it’s home to one of the best hikes in the world, the second-largest canyon in the world is Fish River Canyon. Hiking along the canyon is the best way to discover its beauty. The trek starts at Hobas campsite and finishes at Ai-Ais Hot Springs. The terrain is quite challenging; sand, small rocks, and boulders. Due to the extreme heat, the hike can be done only in winter between May and September. Even in winter, it’s extremely hot in the canyon and there is no shade to hide. There are no designated campsites, hikers can camp anywhere next to the river. Most people don’t carry a tent, only a sleeping mat, and a light sleeping bag. It’s warm enough at night to sleep outside.

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Hike Expert: Campbell & Alya from Stingy Nomads

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  • Location: Uganda
  • Distance: 120 km / 75 miles
  • Duration: 6-9 days

The trek to the Rwenzori Mountains, the legendary Mountains of the Moon, in Uganda, is one of the most incredible – and most rarely done – multi-day best hikes in the world.  The hike takes you through forests hung with Spanish moss, across muddy bogs, down into mist-shrouded valleys, and across high mountains covered in alien-like vegetation unique to the area, to hidden lakes and equatorial glaciers.  This is a truly magical place.  There are primitive mountain huts along the way. Porters and a guide are mandatory and can be arranged through a local company.  Kasese is the main access town.

Hike Expert: James from Travel Collecting

Best Hikes in the World: ASIA


  • Location: Kyrgyzstan
  • Distance: 109 km / 68 miles
  • Duration: 7 days

The Ak-Suu Transverse Hike in Kyrgyzstan remains one of my favorite multi-day treks even in a region as spoiled for choice as Central Asia. It visits some of the best landscapes Eastern Kyrgyzstan has to offer, from still-as-glass alpine lakes to exposed and rugged mountain passes, and all along the views just get progressively more amazing.  It passes through the highlight of the entire Issyk-Kol region: Ala-Kol lake, but does so while minimizing time spent on crowded trails and opts instead for out-of-the-way routing and extra helpings of amazing mountain views.

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Hike Expert: Stephen Lioy from Asia Hikes

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  • Location: Jyrgalan village, Kyrgyzstan
  • Distance: Various distance
  • Duration: range from a few hours to a few days

Kyrgyzstan is truly one of the best places in the world for hiking lovers. The majority of the country is covered in mountains, including peaks over 7000 meters, with countless trails and hiking opportunities. Jyrgalan is a small village and a great place to arrange hiking expeditions to the nearby Tien Shen mountains. There are literally hundreds of hikes possible in the surroundings of Jyrgalan, ranging from a few hours to a few days, some of which can also be done on horseback. However, it’s important to go with a local guide, as hiking in the Tien Shan mountains is completely different from hiking in the Alps or Rockies – there are no signs, and it’s very easy to get lost. 

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Hike Expert: Margherita & Nick from The Crowed Planet


  • Location: Himalayas, India
  • Distance: 65 km / 40 miles
  • Duration: 5 days

The Himalayas region is well-known for some of the best hikes in the world. One of the toughest treks in India, in the Himalayas, and yet one of a kind is the famed Chadar Trek. Chadar means a blanket, and as the Chadar Trek in the Himalayas basically involves walking on the river Zanskar, which freezes in the winter, and becomes a thick layer of snow and ice over the flowing river, it appears to be a snow blanket. Hence the name Chadar Trek. It’s a 65 km long trek, spread over 5 days of walking over snow and ice in freezing cold temperatures, and at times on the slippery rocks by the riverside.

Hike Expert: Arnav Mathur from High on Himalayas


  • Location: Annapurna region, Nepal
  • Distance: 131 kilometers | 82 miles
  • Duration: 12-21 days

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the best hikes in Nepal, and also, one of the hardest hikes in the world. Like the name suggests you hike around the Annapurna mountain range which requires going over the Thorung La pass at 5416 meters high. The Annapurna Circuit trek is also one of the most diverse trails in Nepal. Going from the tropical lush and green lowlands to the farmed terraced hills and the arid high-altitude mountains. The highlights are definitely the view of the snow-capped peaks around you. You start your adventure in the city of Pokhara, and the full trek starts in Besisahar and ends in Beni

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Hike expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet


  • Location: Everest Region, Nepal
  • Distance: 120 kilometers | 75 miles
  • Duration: 12 days

The Everest Base Camp Trek in the Himalayas in Nepal is one of the most famous and also, the best hikes in the world. Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,364m is where some of the best mountaineers in the world start their attempt to climb the highest mountain on the planet, Mount Everest. The trail is known for its spectacular mountain scenery, tough climbs, and fascinating Sherpa culture and Buddhist temples. The trek to Everest Base Camp is a tea house trek, trekkers stay in small local guest houses known as tea houses in the mountain settlements on the trail. Accommodation at the tea houses is cheap and basic, meals are served and no bookings are necessary.

Hike Expert: Campbell and Alya from Stringy Nomads


  • Location: Petra, Jordan
  • Distance: 11 km / 7 miles
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

Petra is a majestic ancient city carved into the rocks in southern Jordan, and the ruins inside Petra Jordan can be explored by walking on foot or riding a camel. Most people do this as a circuit hike that starts at the Siq, a narrow slot canyon with high walls, and the path then leads to the Treasury, which is the most famous and photogenic building in Petra. Lastly, the hike gives you an optional detour to a scenic mountain called the High Place of Sacrifice, before taking you to the magnificent Monastery, which is even bigger than the Treasury. Overall, it’s a fantastic hike with some priceless views!

Hike Expert: David Leiter from The World Travel Guy

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  • Location: Paro, Bhutan
  • Distance: 6.5 km / 4 miles
  • Duration: 4-5 hours

The Tiger’s Nest is a Buddhist monastery perched precariously on a mountainside overlooking the city of Paro in Bhutan. The hike from the base of the mountain up to the monastery is the most popular journey in the country, and it is possible for anyone with any level of hiking expertise to do it comfortably, though beginners will find it tough due to the altitude. Because of the path travelers must take to reach the Tiger’s Nest, the monastery first reveals itself dramatically once you crest the first ridge, before heading down the mountain in order to climb up again on the other side. However, this just means that you get two rewards for hiking this trail: the majesty of the monastery, and the ability to go inside!

Hike Expert: Dagney & Jeremy from Cultura Obscura


  • Location: Kii Peninsula, Japan
  • Distance: 70 km / 44 miles (different trails to choose from)
  • Duration: 1-9 days

If you’d like to learn more about Japanese culture and religion while enjoying some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, then walking the Kumano Kodo is definitely for you. This ancient pilgrimage trail leads to and connects the three most important shrines in Japan’s native Shinto religion. It has been walked by emperors, samurai warriors, and countless common people of Japan over the centuries. The Kumano Kodo is actually not a single trail but a series of connected trails, so you could choose a route that lasts anywhere from one day to nine days. I recommend the 2-day Nakahechi Route, which runs from the Takijiri-Oji to the Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine.

Hike Expert: Wendy from The Nomadic Vegan


  • Location: Iraq
  • Distance: 16.8 km / 10 miles
  • Duration: 7-8 hours

Mount Halgurd is considered to be the highest mountain in Iraq. The peak of the mountain is at an altitude of 3,607 meters and is located very close to the Iranian border. One of the most fascinating things about Halgurd Mountain is that it has absolutely no tourism infrastructure, and that makes it a perfect off-the-beaten travel destination. To climb to the highest summit of the country, you need to go with people who know the exact route due to the fact that some of the routes on the way are off-limit. The best way is to get to know locals on Couchsurfing or social media and organize the hike together. 

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Hike Expert: Diana from The Globetrotting Detective


  • Location: Myanmar
  • Distance: 57 km / 35 miles
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Hike Expert: Reshma from The Solo Globetrotter

Kalaw is a small hill town known for its natural beauty, relatively cold climate, and lots of floral and wild species. Most people first visit Inle Lake, one of the top destinations in Myanmar, and hike all the way further to Kalaw. Hikers will pass through many remote settlements in the mountains, where they can experience the Burmese ways of life in the countryside, stay at homestays run by these locals, and try the delicious Burmese food. It is an experience to get to the heart of rugged Burma, away from the chaotic cities and the crowds. The hiking can range from easy to slightly moderate depending on your fitness level. 

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  • Location: Georgia (Europe/ Asia)
  • Distance: 77 km / 48 miles
  • Duration: 4-5 days

In Georgia, you can find some of the best hikes in the world. This group of glacial lakes lies in the mountains of western Georgia that belong to the Caucasus mountain range. Despite the superb scenery, the area is still only a little-visited, mainly because of its inaccessibility and zero tourist infrastructure. To visit the main lakes, you will need to trek for at least four days but to explore all of them, reserve at least a week. There is a way to somewhat shorten it if you hire a large Jeep or Kamaz but that’s quite expensive. You will ford rivers, cross lush forests and 3000m high mountain passes, wild camp by several lakes (each one more beautiful than the other), admire massive waterfalls and gorges, and drink with local shepherds. An unforgettable adventure!

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Hike Expert: Jozef from Caucasus-Trekking

Best Hikes in the World: PACIFIC | OCEANIA


  • Location: Papua New Guinea
  • Distance: 96 km / 60 miles
  • Duration: 8 days

 This hike made it to the Best Hikes in the world list for a reason. The Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea is known as one of the toughest multi-day treks in the world. It also has an immense historical significance as it was the epicenter of the Kokoda Battle between the Japanese and the Australian Forces in WWII. Today, trekkers from around the world reflect on the four pillars of Kokoda, which are mate-ship, endurance, sacrifice, and courage as they push themselves physically and mentally to complete the arduous journey across the Kokoda Track. This hiking is a challenging single-file trail, which runs right through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. Each night you will camp in a designated site or stay in a thatch hut at one of the local villages along the route.

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Hike Expert: Jackson Groves from Journey Era


  • Location: Tasmania, Australia
  • Distance: 65 kilometers | 40.4 miles
  • Duration: 5-8 days

The Overland Track in Australia is a world-renowned wilderness trek that journeys through the heart of Tasmania’s pristine and remote landscapes. This remarkable trail guides hikers through a variety of awe-inspiring terrain, from dense, ancient rainforests to alpine meadows and glacial valleys. The track’s ever-changing scenery is a paradise for nature lovers, with the chance to spot unique wildlife, such as wombats, wallabies, and the elusive Tasmanian devil.


  • Location: South Island, New Zealand
  • Distance: 32 km | 20 Miles
  • Duration: 9-14 hours

The Routeburn Track offers a perfect balance between accessibility and remote wilderness, making it a favorite among hikers. The ever-changing landscapes transition from lush beech forests to subalpine meadows, with awe-inspiring vistas around every turn. Crossing the Harris Saddle, I felt like I was on top of the world, with panoramic views of the Hollyford Valley and Lake Mackenzie. Renowned for its dramatic scenery, this track showcases one more time, why New Zealand is my top favorite country in the world!

Hike expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet


  • Location: Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand
  • Distance: 12 miles | 19.5 km
  • Duration: 6- 8 hours

“Oh, I can do this hike in 5-hours” – This was my thought in the morning and I decided to hike the Tongariro Crossing. Nope, I did it in 8-hours!  This is considered one of the biggest and best day hikes in the world. The terrain is very challenging, making it also one of the hardest day hikes in the world! A long trek that takes you through a volcanic national park on the North Island, with Mars-like peaks and smoking craters. These apocalyptic landscapes look like something right out of ‘Mount Doom’ in the Lord of the Rings movies, and that’s because all of those famous scenes were filmed here! Tongariro is normally done as a point-to-point hike and it’s relatively safe, although it’s still an active volcano.

Hike expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet

Best Hikes in the World: EUROPE

43. SASSOLUNGO | LANGKOFEL: One of the most alluring hikes in Italy

  • Location: Selva Val Gardena, start the hike from the cable car in the center of town
  • Distance: 17.6 kilometers | 11 miles
  • Duration: 4 hours

From the start of the Sassolungo/Langkofel trail, three sharp peaks of grey rock protrude out of the lush green meadows; painting the scene that makes this one of the most alluring hikes in Italy! Throughout the hike, the ever-changing views are captivating. From cows grazing on the gently swaying grasses of the highest large Alpine meadow in Europe, Alpe di Siusi; to the rocky and barren peaks of the Dolomites mountains; and to fragrant pine forests bathed in light.

Throughout the hike, there are several well-positioned refugios to stock up on calories, take a rest, and enjoy spectacular mountain views. If you prefer, you can book a private full-day hike through the Dolomites with a professional guide.

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Hike expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet

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  • Location: Between Suggiture and Augstmatthorn, Switzerland
  • Distance: 24 km |15 miles ridge hike
  • Duration: 10-12 hours

The Hardergrat Trail, known as the “Queen of the Ridges,” is an exciting alpine ridge walk located in the Swiss Alps and is considered one of the top hikes in the world. The trail runs along a narrow, jagged ridge that offers stunning panoramic views of Lake Thun on one side and the Jungfrau region on the other. What makes the Hardergrat stand out is its challenging nature, as hikers have to navigate steep ascents, exposed terrain, and a series of ridges. This demanding journey is not for the faint of heart, but it rewards adventurers with an adrenaline rush and some of the most breathtaking vistas in the Alps. To complete this hike, you need great physical endurance, courage, and an adventurous spirit.

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  • Location: France, Italy, and Switzerland
  • Distance: 170 km | 105 miles
  • Duration: 7 to 10 days

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc is an extraordinary adventure that encircles the stunning Mont Blanc massif, traversing through France, Italy, and Switzerland. This iconic trek takes hikers through some of the most magnificent alpine landscapes and it is one of the best hikes in Europe. This hike will leave you awed by the towering snow-capped peaks, charming alpine villages, and meandering glacial valleys. The Tour du Mont Blanc offers a diverse range of experiences, from the challenging mountain passes to the serene meadows and pristine lakes. This epic hike is a thrilling blend of physical challenge, natural beauty, and cultural immersion, making it a must for avid trekkers seeking one of the top hiking trails in the world!

46. Cele Valley GR 651

  • Location: France
  • Distance: 55 km / 34 miles
  • Duration: 4-7 days

GR is the abbreviation of Grand Randonnée, and it has a very diverse collection of hiking paths. The most incredible is the GR 651 which travels along the Cele Valley located in southwestern France. A variation of the Via Podiensis path, part of the Camino de Santiago (‘Chemin de St Jacques’ in France) the GR 651 path splits off the main GR 65 route in Beduer and follows the isolated Cele River along ridge tops, carved mountain paths, and the valley floor. During this hike, you will pass many small villages, either along the river’s edge or carved into the cliff face. This hike starts in Beduer and runs to Bouzies, and you have the option to camp or stay at any of the French beds & breakfasts.

Hike Expert: Alissa from Mount Adventure Club


  • Location: Iceland
  • Distance: 55 km | 34 miles
  • Duration: 3 to 5 days

Make sure you Laugavegur Trail on your Iceland itinerary. This route begins in the geothermal area of Landmannalaugar and culminates in Þórsmörk, a lush valley nestled amidst glacial rivers and rugged mountains. Hiking the Laugavegur is like stepping into a surreal world. The trail meanders through multicolored rhyolite mountains, past steaming hot springs, and across unbridged rivers. It then transitions into a stark black desert, before leading to moss-covered lava fields and emerald-green valleys. The ever-changing vistas, accompanied by the midnight sun in summer or the Northern Lights in winter, create an enchanting journey that’s hard to forget!

Myvatn area in Iceland is an incredible place to explore the landmarks of iceland
Hike Expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet


  • Location: Northern Ireland 
  • Distance: 51 Km | 31.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 to 3 days

The Causeway Coast Way is located in Northern Ireland and links the two towns of Ballycastle and Portstewart. When you hike the Causeway Coast Way, you will encounter epic landscapes, the chance to spot marine life, and some of Ireland’s most famous landmarks and popular tourist attractions. The Causeway Coast Way allows you to experience the best of Ireland’s epic landscapes and you can take your time. Not only will you get to spend time in nature, but you’ll also get to visit several iconic locations along the way. I’d also recommend doing the hike self-guided rather than joining a walking tour. With this 10-12 hours private tour, you will embark on an unforgettable journey to witness the natural wonder of Giant’s Causeway with a full-day private tour. 

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Hike Expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet


  • Location: Malaga, Spain
  • Distance: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Duration: 4 hours

This couldn’t be out of the Best Hikes in the World list. Also known as “the other Caminito del Rey”, the El Saltillo trail showcases the best of the Andalusian countryside from the rim of the steep mountainside in Sierras de Tejada, Almijara, y Alhama Natural Park in the Malaga Province. One of Spain’s truly hidden gems that is not for the fear of heights. Despite not being a hike with much elevation, with its two suspension bridges hanging on the vertical cliffside and several parts of the narrow path looking straight down several hundred meters below it’s a truly memorable experience. Passing through olive groves and ending at a refreshing water hole formed by a small waterfall, this is truly a hidden treasure!

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Hike Expert: Linn from Brainy Backpacker


  • Location: Spain, Portugal, and France
  • Distance: The most famous route, the Camino Francés, is approximately 800 kilometers (about 500 miles)
  • Duration: 4 to 6 weeks

Last, but not least, on this amazing list of the top 50 best hikes in the world is the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James. It is a legendary pilgrimage route that has beckoned travelers for centuries. Stretching across northern Spain, it offers a profound and transformative journey for those who walk its path. The most famous route, the Camino Francés, begins in the Pyrenees and spans roughly 800 kilometers (nearly 500 miles), culminating at the magnificent Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. The Camino de Santiago is not just a physical journey but a spiritual and emotional one, where the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other becomes a profound and life-changing experience.

Hike Expert: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet

Best Hikes in the World Conclusion

I hope that this extensive list of Best Hikes in the World has inspired you to go on your next hiking adventure. Have you done any of these hikes before? Which one(s) is (are) on top of your bucket list?

It doesn’t matter if you go on a day hiking or on the hardest hikes in the world if you keep in mind that “Hiking is the answer.  Who cares what the question is.” Or whatever hiking quote is your favorite. The important thing is to live with adventure and discovery.

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38 thoughts on “50 Best Hikes in the World Revealed by Travel Experts in 2024”

  1. wow what an amazing post! I want to do so many of these hikes – they are all going on my things to do after the pandemic!

  2. Adorei seu post pois você compartilha as informações de forma objetiva. Estas informações são muito importantes na hora de planejar as trilhas. Fiquei com muita vontade de conhecer estes locais incríveis!!!

  3. Wow, this post is so impressive!
    All those beautiful views are totally worth the hikes.

    So cool you could get so many bloggers and destinations in your post! Amazing work, and website (by the way)!

  4. What an epic list of hikes! I cannot wait to get out there and try some of these out. Such a thorough and helpful post!

  5. Thanks Elena, I am glad you like it. I know, me too. I have a long list of hikes I want to go too.

  6. Thanks, Barbara, and I so glad you enjoyed this post and my website. Working with 50 amazing travel bloggers on this master-post was just amazing, and to learn about so many hidden gems in the world.

  7. Ola Lari, muito obrigada. Eu já inclui vários hikes dessa lista na minha list pessoal e não vejo a hora de poder viajar de novo e ir bater perna pelo mundo.

  8. You are awesome Carla. Thank you so much for your collab, I learned a lot about incredible hidden gem places to go hiking in the world.

  9. I am so happy you liked it Amanda and the same here. I cannot wait to be able to visit some of these places when I can travel again.

  10. I know we are all feeling this way: can’t wait for this Covid19 nightmare to end so we can hit the trails! And we will do do with renewed excitement for sure. I’m keeping this guide close, not only to dream about, but to use one day as a bucket list!! Thanks for this super comprehensive review?

  11. I could rename this post my personal bucket list! What an awesome selection and great variety of locations.

  12. I agree with you. While we can not travel, let’s dream about the things we can do when we have freedom again. Our planet is so beautiful, and there is so much to explore out there. I am glad you enjoyed it!

  13. So many awesome places and beautiful views. It makes new just want to get outside. I’ll have to keep this in mind for trips I do if any of these are nearby

  14. I have been to that one in Mallorca! Adam’s peak is my wish.
    Great post, I see lot of effort. Bravo!

  15. O wow this is great thank you! I loveeee hiking so this really helps me to think of what hikes I should do next!

  16. What a great roundup of amazing hikes! I really appreciate to be included here, thanks for putting this together, Paula! I’ll definitely save this for later and my goal is to do them all! 🙂

  17. My goodness, what a treat!! I didnt think you could top the stairway to heaven but you continued with peru and equador – wow! Super detailed, to the point, informative, awe- inspiring! Top work!

  18. Awesome list! I’ve done a few of these, and I have plenty more on my bucket list -but it seems there’re even more to add to it! Thanks for the inspiration! Saving the post for future references 🙂

  19. Hi Coni, my bucket list never gets shorter, just longer…ha. So many amazing places to go hiking.

  20. Thank you so much Tia, I am so glad you liked this. Yes, I feel inspired by all these hikes, so many places I need to explore.

  21. Thank YOU for helping this awesome mega-post happen. All these amazing hikes, I cannot wait to continue to explore.

  22. I am happy you enjoyed this long list Eleonor. There are so many amazing hikes, some in this list that I never heard before and now I want to go explore.

  23. Hi Emma, these are some amazing ideas, I love diversity too that you can choose to go hiking for a few hours, or for a few days. So many amazing places to go explore.

  24. This really is one epic travel bucket list for the hikers. Saved it for the future, for repeated future reference.

  25. Thanks Julia – So many amazing places in the world to be explored. I am happy you enjoyed this article.

  26. Thanks Viola – So many amazing hikes here, I have included many of them on my bucket list already.

  27. This blog really provides inspirational ideas for future adventures. This is such a great way to find out about trekking in different parts of the world. I really like the diversity of the hikes in terms of length, difficulty and region. Thank you for extending my bucket list even further!

  28. Wow! These are some beautiful places, great inspiration. I’m missing my beautiful Jordan though 😉

  29. Hey Bakhir, I am glad you like this post. Jordan must be amazing – it is super high on my bucket list. Hopefully, soon I will be able to visit and add Jordan to this list too.

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