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The 15 Best Hikes in the World in 2022

The 15 Best Hikes in the World in 2022

If you’re an avid hiker, the drive to go on your next great hike can be enough to determine how you spend your weekends, where you live, and even where you go on your next vacation.

While we love to travel, we also LOVE the outdoors, and hiking is one of our favorite things to do. And in our opinion, combining the two is the best way to spend a trip. Enter, the best hikes in the world.

15 of the Best Hikes in the World

Every country has its own unique spots, beloved amongst locals, but to be a hike that draws people from all over the world, it has to have something extra special that allures visitors.

Whether it’s ancient human artifacts or spectacular views, each hike on this list should be a bucket list choice for every outdoor enthusiast. 

If you’re ready to plan your next epic adventure, check this list out for some inspiration on where you can find the most incredible hiking trails in the world.

1. Tour du Mont Blanc, Switzerland, Italy, and France

Guy on one of the best hikes in the world, the Tour du Mont Blanc, Switzerland, Italy, and France

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 102.5 miles
  • Duration: 8-12 days
  • Elevation Gain: 34,721 feet

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a roughly 100-mile trek around Western Europe’s highest peak. Hikers can complete the route in its entirety or hike smaller sections of the hike’s highly customizable route. 

The views of all three countries are jaw-dropping, and you can enjoy everything from small, modest lodging to five-star hotels and incredible food along the way. If you’re concerned about more challenging parts of the journey, you can arrange to take trams up and down the steeper portions of the hike. 

If you wish to hike the entire route, careful planning is suggested, or you can hire a tour guide or group to plan your route and accommodations, as well as ferry your luggage for you.

2. ​​The Great Ocean Walk, Victoria, Australia

Sunset over The Great Ocean Walk, one of the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 59.5 miles
  • Duration: 6-8 days
  • Elevation Gain: 9,166 feet

The Great Ocean Walk along Australia’s incredible coastline is an almost otherworldly experience. Along the 60 miles, you will pass through dense eucalyptus forests, see sprawling ocean views, and walk along gorgeous cliffsides. 

Perhaps the most incredible view on the whole hike is the Twelve Apostles, which are ancient sea stacks made of limestone that look like they were made by hand rather than formed millions of years ago. 

If you’re not from Australia, you will particularly enjoy the native wildlife, ranging from common Australian birds and reptiles to Wallabees and Kangaroos.

Despite the Great Ocean Walk being one of Australia’s most beloved trails, you can still appreciate the feelings of remote solitude while you sleep under the stars along your route.

3. Samaria Gorge, Greece

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 8.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Elevation Gain: 8,772 feet

On the island of Crete, you can appreciate the incredible beauty of the Samaria Gorge hike. This hike is a point-to-point hike, which means that you start at the top of the hike in a dense forest.

You’ll eventually make your way back to sea level (literally) as you come upon a black sand beach at your final destination. This stunning hike is one of the few treks on this list that can be completed in a single day, but you will get the gratifying views of a much longer hike.

The terrain changes drastically as you start at a high elevation, and after a steep drop, eventually, make your way to the dramatic views of the gorge.

While the hike is rated as difficult, the majority of the work is at the early stages of the hike, meaning you can take it relatively easy and stroll along the gorgeous scenery once you pass the steep decline. Then, take a quick dip at the beach to end your experience.

4. Lemosho Traverse, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Lemosho Traverse on Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 40.8 miles
  • Duration: 5-8 days
  • Elevation Gain: 16,758 feet

Despite being not only Africa’s tallest mountain but also the largest free-standing mountain in the entire world, Mount Kilimanjaro is an achievable mountain for hikers to climb in their lifetime.

While the hike is undeniably difficult, most avid hikers could reach the peak if they were so inclined with enough training and planning. Because most routes require only hiking and scrambling skills, those who wish to hike the mountain don’t require nearly as much specialized gear or training.

The Lemosho Traverse is said to be one of the most rewarding routes to the mountain’s summit, offering expansive views and incredible scenery and flowers.

In addition, while wildlife can sometimes be challenging for hikers to spot, this route runs through an alpine rainforest where hikers can observe blue monkeys, birds, and other wildlife. 

5. Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

Bay of fires in Tasmania, one of the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 37.9 mi miles
  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Elevation Gain: 3,864 feet

The beauty of the Bay of Fires in Tasmania is difficult to rival, as the turquoise blue waters contrast the bright orange granite that runs along the coastline. 

While many coastal hikes remain low in elevation, the route that runs from the Top Camp Campground to Binalong Bay offers hikers the ability to view the ocean as they walk alongside it and reach much higher elevations where they can experience a different type of bio-diversity and views. 

While this is the trail that we recommend for optimum appreciation of this stunning area, there are many options for day trips and overnight backpacking trips that span different portions of the bay. 

6. The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah, United States

The Narrows in Zion National Park, one of the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: Depends on the route
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Elevation Gain: Depends on the route

Everyone has seen stunning photos of the Zion Narrows, and hikers all over the world hope to appreciate this incredible walk in person someday. A large portion of the hike is done in the river, as you hike between incredible red canyons. 

While there are two different routes to hike the narrows: top-down or bottom-up, most hikers opt to traverse them from the bottom up, as this route is both more customizable in terms of length and doesn’t require a permit to complete.

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7. W Circuit Trek, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

The W Trek in Torres del Pain, one of the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 43.1 miles
  • Duration: 5-6 days
  • Elevation Gain: 8,956 feet

The W Circuit Trek in the Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most popular hikes in the entire world, and hikers come from all over to appreciate the striking views of this Chilean hike.

The picture-perfect blue waters surrounded by sharp, snow-covered peaks make this national park a photographer’s dream. Unlike many famous hikes, the best time to hike in the Torres del Paine National Park is between December and February.

8. Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 15 miles
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Elevation Gain: 8,740 feet

Mount Rinjani is an active volcano in Indonesia, and this hike allows you to reach the summit and appreciate all that the incredible volcano has to offer.

Although it may not be as famous as some of the other hikes on this list, Gunung Rinjani will remain in your mind as one of the most memorable hikes of your lifetime.

Not to mention you can complete the hike in a matter of days, which is much more attainable than a lot of the other treks on this list, especially if you’re traveling from out of the country. 

While you may be attracted to Bali’s tropical lodgings, don’t miss the chance to hike this spectacular volcano when you’re in Indonesia. 

9. MacLehose Trail, Hong Kong

MacLehose Trail, Hong Kong, among the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Length: 62 miles
  • Duration: 6-7 days
  • Elevation Gain: 16,578 feet

If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong, you should strongly consider hiking MacLehose Trail in its entirety. Not only will you get sweeping views of the ocean and valleys, but you can appreciate some of the more remote areas neighboring Hong Kong.

It can be challenging to set aside that much of a vacation if you didn’t travel for the express purpose of completing a seven-day hike. Still, even if you only do part of the trail, you won’t regret immersing yourself in the tropical mountainous regions of the area.

10. Kalalau Trail (aka Na Pali Coast Trail), Kauai, Hawaii, United States

Kalalau Trail (aka Na Pali Coast Trail), Kauai, Hawaii, United States, a top pick for the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 22 miles
  • Duration: 1-2 days
  • Elevation Gain: 6,177 feet

The Kalalau Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails not only in the U.S. state of Hawaii but in the world, and it draws hikers from all over to the small island of Kauai.

In order to hike the Kalalau Trail in its entirety, hikers have to hike a total of 22 miles, which can be a lot to do in a single day. Some people choose to break the trip up into two days and camp overnight.

But we’ve included it as a day hike because many people just hike the first section of the trail to Hanakapiai Beach. The Kalalau Trail is known for its spectacular views and is one of Hawaii’s most strenuous but gratifying hikes.

If you wish to hike the Kalalau Trail, you must make reservations in advance.

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11. Milford Track, New Zealand

Mountains viewed from the trail of one of the best hikes in the world, Milford Track, New Zealand

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 37.2 miles
  • Duration: 5-6 days
  • Elevation Gain: 9,409 feet

If you’ve watched the Lord of the Rings, you’ve probably joined the ranks of hikers desperate to traverse some of New Zealand’s stunningly unique landscape.

The Milford Track, although long and arduous to complete, is some of New Zealand’s most incredible and rewarding terrain. Not only will you get to view some of the country’s most stunning mountain views, foliage, lush forests, and wildlife.

But the hike gives hikers the opportunity to view the breathtaking Sutherland Falls, the country’s tallest waterfall. If you’re considering a multi-day trek in New Zealand’s backcountry, then the Milford Track should be at the very top of your list.

12. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

Suspension bridge in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2.7 miles
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Elevation Gain: 725 feet

Costa Rica is known for its lush rainforests, gorgeous blue coastlines, and tropical wildlife. But the most spectacular and alluring region of the country is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

This wilderness area allows even the most beginner-level hikers to appreciate all that the Costarican wildlife has to offer.

The wildlife reserve includes well-maintained rainforest paths and foggy bridges that make you feel like you’re walking through the clouds and could be on another planet.

This hike proves that you don’t have to spend days hiking into the backcountry to appreciate some of our planet’s most incredible hiking.

13. Camino de Santiago, Spain

Camino de Santiago trail, often consider a top hike in the world due to its safety and beauty

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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 500 miles
  • Duration: 30-35 days
  • Elevation Gain: N/A

The Camino de Santiago is one of the world’s most popular and most traveled hikes, and for good reason. This series of pilgrimage routes allows hikers to travel across the incredible Spanish countryside without compromising on comfort, as many backcountry treks require. 

There is comfortable lodging and delicious food all along the Camino de Santiago, meaning hikers can end their days with a hot meal and a comfortable bed. 

While it takes roughly a month to complete the entire trail, which ends where the Apostle James is believed to be buried, many hikers only do smaller portions of the trail, especially the last section to the end.

14. Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States

Image of a trail on the south rim in the Grand Canyon, one of the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 48 miles
  • Duration: 1-3 days
  • Elevation Gain: 5,150 feet

The Grand Canyon is on practically every avid hiker’s bucket list, and if you’re hoping to hike the Grand Canyon, then the Rim to Rim hike is the route you’re going to want to take.

Not only will you get incredible canyon and river views, but you can spend your nights under the spectacular Arizona stars. If you’re one of the lucky people fortunate enough to hike this route in your lifetime, be prepared for a grueling hike with some of the most rewarding views on the planet.

Note: It’s technically possible to do the whole trek in a single day, but you have to be in outstanding physical fitness, and most people choose to turn it into a backpacking trip.

15. Inca Trail, Macchu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail in Machu Picchu, one of the best hikes in the world

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  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Duration: 4-6 days
  • Elevation Gain: 9,304 feet

On paper, the Inca Trail may not seem like a particularly strenuous hike, but the endless up and down and the high altitude make this trek extremely difficult but wholly worth it. 

Because of the protected area, you have to use a guided tour company for hiking this trail to Macchu Picchu, so you should book your hike in advance.

However, this is one of the most popular trails in the world, and the incredible scenery and phenomenal world wonder make the difficult trek worthwhile.

Things to Consider

Any time you go on a hike, taking basic safety precautions should be paramount. If you’re new to hiking, make sure you’re doing your research beforehand to ensure that you’re fully prepared for what’s to come. 

If you’re planning a hiking trip in a new place, particularly in a foreign country where you may or may not speak the language, you have additional considerations.

Each hike you go on will have its own safety requirements, and you will need to tailor your preparations to complete each route safely, but below are some general things to consider before you go on one of the world’s best hikes.

  • Make sure you bring the right gear. If you’re planning a hike away from home, it’s important to remember to pack anything you may require to complete your trek safely. Items can include but are not limited to proper footwear, water, a day pack, sunscreen, and snacks.
  • Conduct extensive research on the route you plan to take and the area you plan to hike, including potential weather events the area is prone to (e.g., flash floods, avalanches), length and strenuousness of the trail, when the sun sets, how to get there, and more. You don’t want any surprises, and comprehensive planning is the best way to ensure this.
  • You may need permits or special passes to complete some of these hikes. This can be especially important on some of the more popular hikes, and you may need to make reservations well in advance of your trip. If you’re planning on hiking in a foreign country, make sure to attain any necessary permitting before buying your airfare or lodging to ensure you’ll be able to complete your hike while you’re on your trip.
  • Make sure to bring a navigation device like a compass, physical map, or phone with a topographical map of the area downloaded. It’s essential to both have a route planned on a map and make sure you’re staying on route.
  • Bring a passport. If you’re hiking in a foreign country, bring a copy of your passport. Your passport number may be required if you run into a park ranger, but it is also essential to keep a copy on you at all times in the event that something happens to you on your hike. 
  • If you speak the language, stop and chat with locals you pass along your way! They may be able to give you more information about the area and have insight into the best spots to stop along the way. 
  • Respect the area. Always pack out everything you pack in, pick up trash you see along the way, and stay on the trail.  
  • Bring a translating book with you if you’re traveling in a foreign country. In case of an emergency, you may find yourself in a situation where communicating is a matter of life and death. 
  • Always hike with someone else; it can be dangerous to hike alone, especially in unfamiliar areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Here are some of the frequently asked questions about going on the world’s best hikes.

Which country has the best hiking?

The country with the best hiking is entirely dependent on what types of hikes an individual wants to take. There is no shortage of incredible natural areas in the world, each with its own particular draw. 

However, countries like Peru, the United States, New Zealand, and France have world-renowned hiking trails. 

What is the most challenging hike in the entire world?

Summiting Mount Everest is considered the most dangerous and challenging hike in the entire world. Not only does it take weeks to acclimate to the climate and require special equipment and guides, but more than 200 people have died trying to climb the mountain. 

While thousands of people have successfully summited Mount Everest, the hike is deemed extremely dangerous and is only suitable for the most seasoned hikers in the world. 

What is the most famous hiking trail in the entire world?

There is no single hike that wins the title of ‘the most famous hiking trail in the entire world.’ Instead, there are hundreds of notable hikes around the globe, and people travel great distances to complete hikes that speak to them. 

While a hike’s notoriety changes amongst different outdoor enthusiast circles, one of the world’s most popular hikes is the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The hike has gained so much popularity because, despite its length, it is a relatively easy trek, and there are various accommodations along the way.

What is the longest hike in the entire world?

The Great Trail, which used to be called the Trans Canada Trail, is the longest hiking trail in the entire world and runs a whopping 14,996 miles across Canada. 

It is a collection of shorter hikes that cross the country, so it’s possible to complete single-day hikes or whole sections of the trail. 

What is the best country for mountaineering?

If summiting glaciated peaks is your primary goal, no single country is considered to have the ‘best’ mountains in the world to climb. 

Mountaineering is subjective, and different areas of the world may be particularly appealing to different people. However, Peru is known for its mountaineering, and the Andes mountains, which are the longest continental mountain range in the world, run through Peru. 

So, What Are the Best Hikes in the World?

In short, there’s no “best hike in the world.” This unique distinction goes to whatever hike you go on that you find most meaningful!

But, of course, there is a difference between what is best and what is most popular, and you should research each route you’re considering to ensure that it will have what you’re looking for out of a hike.

Whether you want to tackle a portion of Spain’s leisurely Camino de Santiago or summit Mount Kilimanjaro, this list is sure to have at least one hike that you’ll be adding to your bucket list.