16 amazing best hikes in the world for backpackers

best hikes in the world

16 amazing best hikes in the world for backpackers

Do you like to walk? Well if you do not like it, it does not matter, because this is not the same, you will be walking through places with incredible landscapes. If you do not like to walk, I would try any of these walks and then tell me. There is a selection of 16 amazing best hikes in the world that can be done in different parts of the world. I leave with the selection and if you happen to another, or did any of these leave me a comment!

16 Best hikes in the world

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

Tour du Mont Blanc

  • Length: 105 miles (170km), seven to eleven days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
  • When to go: July – September

The TMB is the classic European long distance trek. It is also one of the most popular. The circular path surrounds Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, and passes through stretches of exposed rock, plains covered with wildflowers and views of impressive glaciers. The distance traveled each day can be relatively short, but the pronounced ascents and descents (when combined, are approximately 33,000 feet) make those days quite exhausting. It is allowed to camp, but the route offers enough accommodation options and according to experienced hikers, knowing the villages on the way is part of the fun. If you trek it successfully, you can hike all famous mountain in the world.

2. Torres del Paine – Chile

Torres del Paine

  • Length: 62 miles (100 km), eight days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
  • When to go: November-April

The Torres del Paine (also known as “the towers”) refers to the irregular granite monoliths that reach 3,048 meters high and around which this journey takes place. These towers are just part of the surreal landscape that this Patagonian area offers, along with vast blue glaciers, cliffs, subpolar forests, fields of wildflowers, and exotic wildlife including condors, guanacos, and sometimes even pumas. Cabins are available, but they are usually full. Especially during the summer months, when the sun sets at 10 pm. So, camping is usually considered the best option.

3. Laugavegurinn Trail – Iceland

Laugavegurinn Trail

  • Length: 34 miles (55 km), four days
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • When to go: June-September

The Laugavegur route could be the most popular in Iceland, and with good reason. It is one of the few routes that offers a pure and authentic nature, passing through desolate valleys, waterfalls with crystal clear waters, glaciers and volcanic landscapes that will make you think that you could be on a different planet. It is even rumored to be the place that JRR Tolkien visited just before writing his Lord of the Rings trilogy, so it could be as close to Middle Earth as you can find.

4. Kalalau Trail – Hawaii, United States

Kalalau Trail

  • Length: 22 miles (36 km), two to three days
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • When to go: Throughout the year

This short but exhausting trail runs along the coast of the island of Kauai; provides the only access by land to the rocky terrain. It starts quite simply (and day-trippers often only cover the first three kilometers), but the trail becomes more complicated as it crosses large streams, passes through lush valleys and along narrow ledges. Their effort is rewarded with surreal landscapes, in particular the one that comes from the spectacular Hanakoa waterfalls.

5. Queen Charlotte Trail – New Zealand

Queen Charlotte Trail

  • Length: 44 miles (71 km), four days
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • When to go: Throughout the year

This hike on the southern island between the Malborough Fjords is considered one of the most popular hiking trails in New Zealand. The road itself is well maintained and there are only slight ascents, but it offers spectacular views of crystal clear water and a horizon of mountain ridges. It is a wonder for those who are interested in the vegetation of New Zealand, and offers access to lush beech forests, nikau palm forests and other native species.

6. Jomolhari Trek- Bhutan

Jomolhari Walk

  • Length: up to 66 miles (106 km), from eight to twelve days
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • When to go: April, May, October, November

The Jomolhari (also known as Chomolhari) is a sacred mountain in the Himalayas that borders Tibet, China and Bhutan. The hike, which usually requires a guide, runs through distant valleys and high mountain paths, but some of the most remarkable places are those of traditional Buddhist and Himalayan culture: the Dzongs (Bhutanese fortresses), museums, yak shepherd houses and the iconic monastery of Nido del Tigre. It is a high altitude trek (the maximum altitude is 4,900 meters). It is usually necessary a few days to acclimatize, although the breathtaking views make it worthwhile. We also named this place some time ago in ” Paradises that could disappear.”

7. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Peru

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Longitude: 30 miles (48 km), four days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
  • When to go: May-August

The Inca trail is based on a network of cobblestone roads created by the ancient Incas and consists of three routes that cross and vary in length and difficulty level (the longest route ascends above 4,206 meters). Located in the Andes, the trail passes through cloud forests, alpine tundra, prehistoric buildings, and hopefully some llamas; Finally, it leads to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Because the trail is such a popular destination, the Peruvian government has set strict limits on the number of people who can walk simultaneously and has banned independent excursions.

8. Arctic Gates National Park – Alaska, United States

Arctic Gates National Park

  • Length: 13,238 square miles (34,287 square kilometers)
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • When to go: June-August

The whole of this national park is located north of the Arctic Circle, which makes it the largest national park in the United States. It is also the second largest with 34,286 square kilometers and is composed of parts of the Brooks Range, the Arctic tundra on the slopes, boreal forest, and six wild and picturesque rivers. Exploring this harsh terrain is an activity for the most courageous and experienced backpackers; The park has no access by road, and its only trails are those made by the herds of caribou, so campers rely on maps, compasses, and GPS. The positive side is that it is unlikely that you will meet other hikers; besides, you know, the gray bears, the gluttons, the foxes, and the caribou.

9. John Muir Trail, California, United States

John Muir Trail

  • Length: 210 miles (339 km), 21-24 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • When to go: July-October

Winding through the Sierra Nevada, this sunny route is considered one of the best sectors of the Pacific Crest route. It goes from the Yosemite Valley to the top of Mount Whitney, passing through some of the most splendid national parks: Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, as well as the John Muir reserve and the Inyo forests and the Sierra National Forests. Traveling from north to south (a very common choice because half to the south is generally more distant) has a total elevation of 14,020 meters.

10. The Dingle Way route, Ireland

The Dingle Way route

  • Length: 112 miles (179 km), nine days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • When to go: All year round, although heavy rains and hail can occur between November and February.

Ireland has around 30 well-maintained long-distance trails, but the diversity of the landscape of the Dingle Peninsula is what makes it a particularly noteworthy choice. The trail passes from one happy village to the next, passing golden beaches, steep cliffs, dusty plains, evergreen forests, rocky ruins and fields that are even greener than you would have imagined. Hikers will share the route with wild horses, goats and sheep, and there is even a good climb at Mount Brandon (952 meters).

11. Long Trail, Vermont, United States

Long Trail

  • Length: 273 miles (438 km) 26-30 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
  • When to go: May-November

The Long Trail is the longest distance path in the United States, built in 1912 and passed throughout Vermont. It goes along the main ridge of the Green Mountains, covering almost all of its highest peaks and briefly coincides with the Appalachians. It is an uneven crossing road, going through streams, alpine marshes, hardwood forests, crystal clear lagoons and lots of green areas. It also offers about 70 shelters, although they are quite primitive.

12. From Lukla to Everest base camp, Nepal

Everest base camp

  • Length: 70 miles (113 km), 16 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • When to go: March-May, September-December

You do not have to climb to the top of Mount Everest to appreciate its absurd beauty and this trip through the Khumbu Nepal district to base camp is a great way to do it. The curve gives you a view of four of the highest peaks in the world (Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu) and offers a satisfactory mix of natural and cultural tourism, which will take you beyond glaciers, rivers, bridges, Prayer wheels, and Buddhist monasteries, and stop at night in Sherpa’s friendly villages. Take into account, however, that although you are not climbing the mountain, the climb to the base camp itself (5,361 meters above sea level) is about 2,682 meters.

13. The Overland Track, Australia

The Overland Track

  • Length: 50 miles (82 km), five to six days
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • When to go: October-May

The Overland Track is one of the most famous bush walks in Australia, making the wild nature of Tasmania just a little more accessible. The track extends from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair (the deepest freshwater lake in Australia), passing wild rivers, alpine plains, small glassy lagoons, temperate forests and rugged mountains. The trail is well defined and includes some well-maintained boardwalks and scattered cabins along the trail. Those who want more than a challenge can take a ride on one of several secondary tracks, including a summit of Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak.

14. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre

  • Length: 7.5 miles (12 km), one to two days
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • When to go: April, May, September, October

Cinque Terre, which translates as “five lands”, refers to the five small towns on the coast of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The villages are connected by a network of individual trails, the most popular of which is the Sentiero Azzurro: a path mostly passing through the hills in a row, vineyards and olive groves, which borders the coast and its cliffs. The trip can be made in an afternoon, but it is worth taking the time and savoring each unique stop. Those looking for a challenge (or something a little more remote) can deviate to some of the less populated and more difficult climbs.

15. Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia

Gunung Rinjani

  • Length: 14 miles (22 km), three to four days
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • When to go: May-October

Only the bravest souls decide to go to Mount Rinjani, an active volcano and, at 3,726 meters, the second highest in Indonesia. The summit requires a guide (and still remains sometimes considered too dangerous), but there is always the alternative, the least strenuous way to the edge of the crater, which still gives the best views of the “cone” – which looks like a volcano in miniature surrounded by a lake. Either way, the trip takes you through hot springs, caves, steep climbs, possible interactions with monkeys and almost unreal starry night skies.

16. Crossing North Drakensberg, South Africa

Crossing North Drakensberg

  • Length: 41 miles (65 km) five to six days
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • When to go: March-May

Drakensberg is the highest mountain in South Africa (reaching up to 3,002 meters) and its climb does not follow a defined route. From the initial ascent on trembling chain ladders to the coronation amphitheater (3 kilometers long up to 1,000 meters in height from the rock wall) and up to the top of the cathedral, the climb goes through the arid plateau, the Red basalt cliffs, caves both massive and claustrophobic (some of which are decorated with prehistoric drawings), rivers and waterfalls cascading down and the shepherds huts of Sotho.

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