15 Best Hikes in the World to Put on Your Bucket List

Hiking and traveling go hand-in-hand. You can't reach places in any other way unless you go on a hike and reach it on foot. There are also places you can only enjoy and see from a different perspective by going on a hike as also stay fit while traveling. That's why if you're a hiker, you are often also someone who likes to travel. So, it won't be surprising if you also have a travel bucket list.

Of course hiking should be considered an adventure because it excites your passion. There are also health benefits of hiking and not only that it is risky too. Mostly trekking means walking to the high altitude. There are different types of trekking such as; easy, moderate and difficult. We, all people have different opinion about trekking, likewise, fun, adventure, romance, climbing, exploring, and many other activities.

Some hikes are so easy that you don’t need to be fully prepared because you can get many facilities and these treks are in low altitude, warm weather and very short. Mostly these treks are not high as three thousands metres in altitude, not much cold and very safe.

Moderate hikes are bit harder than easy treks and elevation up to five thousands meters are counted as moderate treks which have also guest houses or hotels (you don’t need to camp in all the way but some where you need to camp, bit difficult way and takes time more than a week).

Difficult or hard hikes are almost up to 6000 metres in elevation and in the high altitude, you cannot get hotels or guest houses. You have to prepare for everything. It is so mostly like adventurous, difficult and dangerous. You have to find your way, carry all the foods, tents, medicine and necessary gears. Mostly after the elevation of 6000 metres is called expedition which is the most difficult and dangerous.

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Otherwise, we suggest that you start building one and add the following top hiking destinations to your list:

1. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa's continent, which sounds like such an intimidating feat. However, you shouldn't be, especially when you have your trusted pair of the best trekking poles with you. You don't need to be a mountaineer to reach the summit of Africa's highest mountain. However, this doesn't mean it's not going to be tough on you either. It's not impossible, but it's still a challenge.

With that said, it would be a fantastic accomplishment on your part if you were able to say that you hiked the tallest mountain in Africa. It also helps you get to hike a unique natural wonder of the world while you're at it.

2. Summit Lake Trail, USA

The Summit Lake Trail is a popular hiking spot, especially in the summer because of the lovely Summit Lake. Although it's quite popular, it's still a place worth going to, especially if you're looking for a moderately strenuous hike while you're around the area. It can make for an excellent half-day hiking trip, too.

Although you can hike the trail during snowy weather and try and snowshoe it, it might be more challenging to get to the trailhead that way. You should check out the weather conditions or wait until it's summertime if you're not interested in hiking Summit Lake Trail when it's snowing.

3. Devil's Bridge, USA

Another short trail that will still be memorable is a hike to the Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona. People might worry about when hiking in Arizona is the heat bearing down upon them during the trek. However, hiking to the Devil's Bridge in Sedona isn't as punishing as in other areas around Arizona.

The gorgeous sandstone arch that the Devil's Bridge is is one reason to try this trail. Thus, you shouldn't overlook this chance to admire the Red Rock region as well. Use this chance of admiring the views leading towards the Devil's Bridge to hydrate yourself and catch your breath.

4. Inca Trail, Peru

The Inca Trail is one of the world's most popular hiking trails. The trail itself is a magical 26 miles or around 42 km of the local mountain scenery, ruins, and jungles of Peru. However, the real magic that everyone's looking forward to is the moment when Machu Picchu starts peaking through the horizon.

The Inca Trail usually takes around four or so days to accomplish. What's great about going to Machu Picchu this way is that you get to access the Sun Gate at sunrise, making the entry to Machu Picchu even grander than ever. That's the reason people love hiking this trail so much and why you should include it in your bucket list as well.

5. Tour du Mont Blanc, France

Have you ever wanted to hike through three countries in one trip? Well, the Tour du Mont Blanc is the hiking trail for you. This hiking trail goes through France, Italy, and Switzerland within its 170 km or around 106-mile trail. The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular hiking trails in Europe because of the gorgeous alpine views. It is also beginner-friendly, and did we mention that you get to hike through three countries in one trip?

The highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc, is something you're going to acquaint yourself with throughout this hike. Since you're in a mountainous area, it's best to prepare for the altitude changes.

6. Yosemite Grand Traverse, USA

Described as one of the best World's Top 25 hiking trails by National Geographic at one point, the Yosemite Grand Traverse is a North American hiking trail. It takes you through amazing sceneries, from the top of green mountains to splashing waterfalls. Hiking this trail is quite an experience, which is why it managed to get a lot of superlatives over the years from avid hikers.

7. Fisherfields Round, Scotland

The Scottish hiking trails also offer quite dramatic sceneries, so they're a sight for sore eyes. One particularly noteworthy hiking trail would be the Fisherfields Round. This hiking trail is best when it's dry, so make sure you do your weather research beforehand. It will also get you through five of the most remote Munros there, so you'll get a great view once you reach these peaks. It will feel like you're in fantasy land when you try this hiking trail.

8. Milford Track, New Zealand

Milford Track is one of New Zealand's best trails, and it even calls itself "the world's finest walk." You'll have to see it to believe it, but you'll indeed don't have to twist your arm to come to that conclusion once you try it yourself. This hiking track usually takes about four to five days, depending on your plans. The lush greeneries, firm mountains, and raging waterfalls along the way are some of the things to look out for along the trail.

9. Kungsleden, the King's Trail, Sweden

If you're looking to add a longer hiking trail that would take you about a month or so, you should try the Kungsleden or the King's Trail in Sweden. From its gorgeous, green slopes to the chance to observe the Aurora Borealis at night, it's undoubtedly a hiking trail that you wouldn't want to miss.

10. Niagara Glen, Canada

The best views in the area aren’t around the Niagara Falls. They’re the Niagara Glen hiking area, about 7 miles north of the Falls with paid parking (meters) and the Green WEGO bus stops there. The downside, it’s literally not for the faint of heart. It’s a 7 story staircase climb from the top just to the start of the hiking trails (and you have to go back up) plus in a lot of places there are more stairs.

11. Tunnel Bluffs, Canada

Tunnel Bluffs hike is 4-5 hours there and back. It's 3 km from Lions Bay and you will drive over a bridge and the parking lot is on the opposite side of the highway so you will need to drive 1 km past the bridge for a safe turnaround on the south way of the highway. Then cross the highway to the north side safely to reach the trailhead. Tunnel Bluffs is a moderate hike with little elevation gain of 650 m and 7 km total trail distance.

12. Tunnel Bluffs, Canada

Pacific Rim's bucolic national reserve is along the West Coast Trail. Here a windswept ocean meets impressive, unspoiled nature and surfers line up to enjoy the waves.

13. Cabot Trail, Canada

Hike the world-renowned Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and marvel at the natural beauty of the highlands, the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as golfing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and whale watching.

Along the famous Cabot Trail, you can reach the surroundings of one of the most spectacular parks in Canada. The 300 kilometres of this path wind and climb coastal mountains, with stunning views of the sea at each bend. There is the possibility of watching whales that face the coast, elk on the sides of the road and many alternative routes to deviate and explore foot.

The area is also dotted with Celtic and Akkadian communities, and local rhythmic violin music plays in local pubs. You cannot leave Vancouver Island without trying the fish tacos, the cod fish and chips or the salmon burger. The island of Meares is in front of the village is Tofino. From there, you can hire a water taxi to take you to Meares and spend the day touring the island and its trails.

14. Viking Coastal Trail, Canada

The Viking Trail, also called Route 430, connects two declared World Heritage sites in Newfoundland. At one end, at the base, we find the Gros Morne, with its fjord like lakes.

15. Overland Track, Australia

The Overland Track in Australia is a World Heritage site that will help you get into the gorgeous Tasmanian wilderness. From unique wildlife to the beautiful Cradle Mountain, there's much to see along the Overland Track. Give it a try yourself, especially around November and April. These are the months when the weather isn't as punishing.

The above-mentioned hiking destinations have unique elements that make them an excellent addition to your bucket list. If you ever have the time to hike, consider conquering one of the trails on this list.

Kalyan Panja