For an avid hiker, what could be more enticing than a list of best hiking trails of the world? Here is a list of 10 best hikes from all over the world for all those who like to get lost in the boonies.
1. Kungsleden, Sweden
Also known as the King’s Trail, this famous hiking path is located in the heart of the Arctic Circle. This 65-mile route is a lovely trail as it traverses rivers, mountains and forests. The lonely path takes short breaks at villages with small hutments which double up as camps. The hike takes about 3 to 5 days to complete.
2. Grand Canyon, Arizona
The hike is famous for its spectacular view of both the rims of the world’s most fabulous canyon. But this doesn’t come easy, as the hike is a strenuous one. However, the good news is that the trail is dotted with well-equipped campsites, good sources of food and water. This trek should take you anywhere from 4 to 6 days to complete.
3. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
This 70 mile hike from Lukla to EBC is the best and the toughest one to do. The climate, terrain and the altitude make this one of the toughest climbs in the world. Hence, it takes a neat 16 days to accomplish. Acclimatization is the trick of the game. If you overlook this aspect then you have messed it all up.
4. Fitz Roy Trek, Argentina
The 36-mile trek takes you across the peaks of the famous Fitz Roy Mastiff. The sunrise on Fitz is the one to look out for on this hike. It should be done well before dawn using headlamps to get the full impact of the rising sun on the peak. The moment is something to die for.
5. Petra, Jordan
50 miles of rugged wilds in the Kingdom of Jordan is what it takes to reach the spectacular monument in Petra. The Monastery, as it is called, is a natural monument carved out of the red sand stone in the canyons. Many of these places are mystical and religious. So be sure of what you want to do here on your arrival as time is a precious commodity in this part of the world.
6. Grindelwald, Switzerland
This is just a 2 to 3 day hike in the wonderland of Alps. The best way to experience this hike is to take a cable car to the peak and descent down. A night halt at the Faulhorn hut is a luxury you must experience as no other hike in the world is as comfortable as this one.
7. Yosemite Grand Traverse, USA
This is 60 mile hike around the Half Dome is a weeklong trail which takes you through the highs and lows of the park. For a smooth and successful experience, it is best to hike this trail along with certified guides. That way you can make sure you do not miss out on the landmark views enroute.
8. Chilkoot Trial, Alaska
The historic 33-mile trail takes you through some of the most historic routes of the miners’ era. The best way to accomplish this rugged and difficult trail is to use trailhead transport on your way up and then fly back using the Alpine Aviation’s floatplane. This way you will complete the trail in 3 to 5 days.
9. Tonquin Valley, Canada
Located in the middle of the Rockies, this hike is a pilgrimage for world-class photographers who come here time and again to shoot the spectacular views of the valley and the natural beauty surrounding it. There are 2 wilderness lodges on this 27 miles route that takes 3 to 5 days to complete.
10. Bay of Fires, Tasmania
This 4 day guided hike extends from Mount William to the Fires Bay Lodge. The trail is so called because of the red colored granite boulders that form a part of the hike-scenery. Beware of snakes and stay clear of them as many of them are known to be of the venomous species.