Ever wanted to pack a bag and escape the real world for a while? Skip a beach holiday this year and head out to rural, untouched corners of the earth. From the dense jungles of Peru to the scenic mountainous views of Switzerland, there are countless treks across the world that are begging to be explored. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites to give you inspiration for your next trip.
The Best Hikes in the World
Inca Trail, Peru
Distance: 26 miles
The Inca trail is often regarded as one of the best hikes in the world, not to mention most popular. Taking you through 26 miles of tremendous slopes and rapid declines, it’s not one for the fainthearted. During this spectacular trek, you’ll become immersed in deep jungles before reaching awe-inspiring mountain scenery once you’ve come out the other side. The hike ends at Machu Picchu, ruins of a 15th-century Incan citadel in the heart of Peru with incredible panoramic views.
Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand
Distance: 1.8 miles
New Zealand is well known for its captivating and diverse landscapes, none more so than the ones found on the Te Araroa trail. This dynamic trail will link nearly 2,000 miles of coastal sand, jungle bushwalks, farmland and alpine ridges. And if that’s not enough, you’ll even get a glimpse of volcanoes. It’s best to explore this trail from October through to April.
Tour Du Mont Blanc, France/Italy/Switzerland
Distance: 100 miles
The Tour Du Mont Blanc trail is for the more experienced hikers. It’s rare that you can follow a trail that travels through three different countries. Each features outstanding views, mostly of the mountains as you weave your way around them. This hike features some of Europe’s most dramatic glaciers, making it an adventure of a lifetime! As one of the most special and best hikes in the world, there’s every reason to pack a backpack and get trekking.
Pacific Crest Trail, USA
Distance: 2.6 miles
This hike takes you through the three states of California, Oregon and Washington – which have a total of 7 national parks between them. Along the way you’ll pass a variety of the great Pacific mountain ranges providing wonderful scenic views. This is a challenging walk through plenty of treacherous terrains, but worth it once you discover the relatively unknown beauty hiding in the USA.
Overland Track, Australia
Distance: 40 miles
This route is perfect for those who look to discover more of what Australia has to offer aside from its golden coasts. During this trek, you’ll be walking through part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, known for its wild, natural landscapes. From highland mountains to rainforest, you’ll see it all on this peaceful, untouched journey.
Long Range Traverse, Canada
Distance: 25 miles
It’s not surprising that a route in Canada would make it onto the best hikes in the world list. The hike is in the Long Range Mountains near the Gulf of St. Lawrence, running through towering cliffs, hidden lakes and luscious forests. This rugged trip will also allow you to see a lot of wildlife, including moose and caribou. What’s more, there are five designated wilderness campsites – though you won’t see many other people during your travels thanks to the secluded nature of the hike.
Mountains of the Moon, Uganda
Distance: 38 miles
The mysterious yet magical name given to this trail truly sums up the fantastic route across the rural part of Uganda. The three staggering peaks make up the highest range in Africa – at over 16,000ft! Not only do you have the opportunity to take in the scenery that only a few brave explorers have set on eyes on before, but you’ll also come into contact with some wildlife on your journey. This trail is one of the only walks where you’ll see high altitude glaciers and majestic elephants in one trip. It takes 6 – 7 days to complete the trek.
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