Best Hikes in the World: 35 Epic Hikes to Do in Your Lifetime

From the Himalayas in Nepal, the canyons in Peru, the National Parks in the United States and everything in between – here’s 30 of the best hikes in the world to do in your life time!

Basically, one of my goals in life is to hike as many epic trails as possible around the world when I travel. There’s something so special about conquering those hike’s that we might classify as epic, no matter how big or small. Whether it is reaching the summit of an epic mountain, completing a gruelling multi-day hike, or reaching an epic viewpoint, there’s nothing quite like it.

My love for hiking and climbing started way back in 2014 when I hiked the Kokoda Track in PNG with my school. I’d never hiked before that, but I was soon hooked. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough during my travels to summit Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, as well as trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

I’ve also done some pretty cool hikes in my home country of Australia, such as Mount Kosciuszko. There are so many more hikes and climbs on my list. Next year I’m hoping to climb Island Peak in Nepal, and after that, basically any challenge I can get my hands on. Basically, I have a huge hiking bucket list and want to conquer all the best hikes in the world.

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So, I reached out to some of my fellow travel blogger friends around the world and asked about the most epic and best hikes in the world that they have conquered during their travels. And let me tell you, they did not disappoint. This post brings you some of the best hikes in the world, all in one place, so that you can curate an epic hiking bucket list, just like I have. Let’s get into it!

Africa’s Most Incredible Hiking Destinations

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

1. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

  • Length: 62km (Machame Route)
  • Estimated time: 6-8 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 5,895m

The highest mountain in not only Tanzania, but also Africa, the highest free standing mountain in the world and one of the seven summits – what more could you want to achieve out of a hike? I can easily say that climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the best things I’ve ever done, it’s an all-round incredible experience. Prepare for epic views, different scenery, a tough summit night but an epic achievement.

Nestled in the east African country of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro soars of everything – the open plains of the Serengeti, the small towns and everything in between. It can seem kind of daunting looking up at it from a small hotel in Moshi, with the way it looms down on anything. Yes, it’s a tough hike! The high altitude and steep terrain make it a tough gig, but with the right fitness level and preparation, it can be conquered.

There’s several routes you can take up Kilimanjaro. Personally, I did the Machame route and loved it. It can be done in anywhere between 5 and 8 days on this route, although other routes are longer and take more time. More days also means better acclimatisation, which is definitely something to consider. I personally did the Machame Route and 6 days – the altitude was tough, but I was fit and got there.

Summit night on the Machame route starts at 11pm for a midnight start up the final slopes of the mountain. For me, it looked like no sleep, -30 degrees, and 7 hours of constant uphill through steep snow and ice. The night seemed to go forever, and was easily one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. Was it worth it? 100% yes. If it’s not already, add it to your bucket list, seriously!

You might also like: the ultimate guide to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

2. Nyiragongo Volcano Hike, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Length: 13km
  • Estimated time: 2 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 3,470m

The Nyiragongo volcano hike in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most impressive treks. Arriving at the summit is a treat because the largest lava lake in the world awaits. The hike requires fitness and is a mid-level difficulty. It takes around 6 hours to climb to the top. You spend the night in huts on the summit, so that you can watch the volcano throughout the night. Let me you; I could watch lava for hours! It is so cool. The cracks, pops, and bright yellows and reds are memorizing.

The Nyiragongo volcano is in the Virunga National Park. Most people fly into Kigali, Rwanda, and make their way to Goma, DRC. It’s vital to plan this trip because you need to sort visas and book a permit to climb the volcano.

There are budget options to stay the night before your trek in Goma, with rooms around $30. It’s also possible to stay in Virunga, which have more luxurious and comfortable hotels. Also, by staying in Virunga the night before, you can watch the volcano light up.

Hiking the Nyiragongo volcano not only one of the best activities, but it’s a rare treat. Many tourists fear to visit the DRC due to safety concerns, but if you make it to Virunga, you will be happy.

Sentinel Peak Trail, South Africa

3. Sentinel Peak Trail, South Africa

  • Length: 12km
  • Estimated time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 3,166m

The Sentinel Peak trail traverses over some of South Africa’s most awe inspiring natural scenery. It is located in Royal Natal National Park, within the UNESCO world heritage site Drakensberg mountains which translates to “the mountains of dragons”. This mountain range is the highest in South Africa and an absolute playground for hiking enthusiasts.

The Sentinel Peak trail is 12 kilometres in length and is ranked as moderate to challenging. It takes about 6 hours round trip to complete. However, if you do endeavour to conquer this trail you’ll be rewarded with astounding views and the chance to experience two of the park’s most impressive sights: Tugela Falls and the Amphitheatre. Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world and the Amphitheatre lookout offers incredible views of the gorge below.

The first part of the trail is well maintained but it quickly turns into a zig-zag which meanders up the mountain side. Along this section you’ll see baboons lounging in the grass just off of the trail. Nearing the top of the mountain you’ll encounter chain ladders which are bolted to the rock face. It is a harrowing experience which requires you to climb about 3 sets of ladders. However, upon completion it’s a short 20 minutes walk along the plateau to your destination

Despite Sentinel Peak’s challenge, it is a hiking experience that should not be missed. It was one of the most interesting hiking experiences we have had to date and the views of the park are simply breathtaking.

Best Hikes & Trekking in Asia

Annapurna Base Camp

4. Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal

  • Length: 115km
  • Estimated time: 8-12 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 4130m

Annapurna Base Camp, sometimes referred to as Annapurna Sanctuary, is one of the most beautiful hikes that the Himalayas has to offer. Located in the Annapurna Region of the Himalayas in Nepal, the trek starts just out of the lakeside town of Pokhara. Hike in to the mountains as you head to the Base Camp of Annapurna 1, the most dangerous mountain the world. Every way you look you will be greeted with stunning views, and panoramic scenes as the Himalayas surround.

The trek includes an early morning visit to Poon Hill, which is known for its incredible panorama of the Himalayas at sunrise. The trek can be done in anywhere between 8-12 days, depending on how much time you have available. Personally, I did it in 10 days and found this the perfect amount of time. Don’t rush, you want as much time to take in the beauty around you as possible! Although the trek is tough, with lots of steep climbs up and down, the highest altitude is only 4,130m, which when compared to other hikes in the Himalaya’s, is quite low.

The Annapurna Base Camp hike is truly one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. It’s an epic adventure that really deserves to be on any hiking bucket list.

You might also like: The ultimate guide to the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Kumano Kodo

5. Kumano Kodo, Japan

  • Length: 70km
  • Estimated time: up to 7 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 868m

The Kumano Kodo is an ancient pilgrimage trail in Japan. The hike stretches across magnificent winding footpaths in the Kii mountain range but is most famous for the numerous shrines along the way. This is because of the spiritual significance of the region and supposed healing qualities of nature here. You can take a stamp book and find small stamps hidden in the shrines as you pass them, ready to document your journey.

Depending on the route you choose, you could do anything from a 2 day to 7-day hike. Thankfully, it’s well-signposted, making it a good trail for solo hiking in Japan. Popular destinations along the trail include Nachi Falls which is the tallest waterfall in Japan, Oyunohara which is the largest torii gate, and Yunomine Onsen.

These natural hot springs are said to possess healing powers and have been a rest stop for pilgrims, including samurais and emperors, throughout the ages. Another unique activity is a boat ride down Kumano-Gawa River, which has been used to carry pilgrims for over 1000 years.

This trail is actually the lesser-known partner hike to the Camino de Santiago and they are both UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage routes. This peaceful, though at times strenuous, way of seeing Japan is a unique way to reflect upon the fascinating, ancient cultures this country has to offer.

Everest Base Camp

6. Everest Base Camp, Nepal

  • Length: 130km
  • Estimated time: 12-14 days
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Altitude: 5,380m

Everest Base Camp is easily one the most popular treks in Nepal, and it’s not hard to see why. Hike to the Base Camp of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.

Located in the Everest region of the Himalayas, not far from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, the highlights start on day one with a charter flight in to Lukla, the most dangerous airstrip in the world. The views are incredible, although it is kind of scary. Hike through beautiful villages with amazing views and stay in incredible teahouses along the way. Another highlight is staying in the huge trekkers village of Namche Bazar.

The trek takes between 12 and 14 days, depending on how many acclimatisation days you have, which are highly recommended due to the higher altitude of the trek. The trek is difficult in parts, especially as you get to higher altitudes, but well worth. Be prepared for incredible views of the Himalayas, and not only Everest, but some other incredible mountains as well.

Trekking during the colder winter months means less crowds, and if you trek during the April-May climbing season, you’ll be met with climbers at Base Camp preparing to make their way to the summit.

7. Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

  • Length: 8.5km
  • Estimated time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy-moderate
  • Altitude: 2,243m

I have hiked all over the world, and without a doubt the hike to Adam’s Peak was one of the most incredible. Hiking Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka is one a must-do experience for anyone who loves to hike! The hike is located in Central Sri Lanka, in Nallathanniya.

While there is not much to do in this area, I recommend booking at least a night here so that you can start the hike early. The trailhead is located about a ten minute hike from the town. The path starts out rather flat and becomes increasingly steep as you go on, totaling approximately 276 flights up! 

Reaching the summit of the Adam’s Peak hike is definitely challenging, however it is more than worth it for the views! There is nothing more rewarding than watching the sun rise over the mountains.

Traditionally hikers start this hike around 2am, in order to reach the peak by sunrise. The hike takes approximately 5 hours roundtrip. About 30 minutes from the peak there is a small shop where you can stop for a hot drink or bite to eat. The trail is well-marked so it is not necessary to hire a guide. This hike can become quite crowded as it a religious pilgrimage. I recommend hiking during the week or during the shoulder/off-seasons.

Mount Kinabalu

8. Mount Kinabalu, Boreno, Malaysia

  • Length: 8.72km
  • Estimated time: 2 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 4,095m

One of the most stunning and epic hikes we had ever done was the Mount Kinabalu in Borneo (Malaysia). This spectacular mountain is the landmark of Sabah and with a height of 4,095 meters the highest mountain in all Southeast Asia. Since 2000, Mount Kinabalu is added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and visitors from all over the world come to experience these incredibly beautiful mountainous landscapes.

Hiking this unique mountain will take you 2 days’ time. It starts always in the morning and takes around 4-5 hours to reach Laban Rata, where you will have an overnight stay. The second day will start at around 1-2 am to reach the peak at sunrise. That’s a really special experience and if you are quite fit you should definitely put that activity on your Borneo itinerary. It is not very challenging nor dangerous, just long and the most who trying have a successful climb. 

For go on this hike it is compulsory to book a 2-days guided tour including a guide and with overnight stay in a base camp. While hiking you will pass many different landscapes, starting from the deep lush jungle with carnivorous plants and ending up at the rocky top of the mountain where you can enjoy the most incredible mountain views. Due to its unique look, many think the mountain is a volcano. But in fact, it is a huge granite rock which forms a picturesque and world-unique panorama.

Mount Tate

9. Mount Tate, Japan

  • Length: 5.6km
  • Estimated Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 3,015m

Hiking to the top of Mount Tate is one of the best things you can do in Japan. Mount Tate is one of the 3 holy mountains in Japan and it’s a great alternative to the more touristic Mount Fuji. With its peak at 3015 meters, Mount Tate makes sure to bring you up into the clouds. This amazing mountain should truly be on every hikers bucket list!

Getting to Mount Tate is not an easy task since it requires you to take a train, a cable car and a bus before you can begin the actual hike. However, it’s a doable day hike that will be worth your time and money, so just tie your shoelaces and get going.

The hike begins at MurodōAlpine Station and it takes about 2 hours to the peak and 1,5 hours back. The first part of the hike is fairly easy, but the last part turns into a hard climb, so you have to be fit in order to reach the top.

The higher you climb, the better views you get. Mount Tate rewards you with great views on the top! On one side you have a view over Toyama city and the ocean, and the other side you have the endless Hida mountain range.

Apart from the views, the best thing about hiking Mount Tate is the countless of things you can explore in the surrounding area. Upon finishing the amazing hike, you can go visit the volcanic crater lakes and onsens back at the MurodōAlpine Station, or you can go further down the mountain and visitShōmyō Falls, the tallest waterfall in Japan!

Tiger’s Nest

10. Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

  • Length: 6.4km
  • Estimated time: 6-8 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 3,118m

Perched on the cliff at 10,240 feet above the sea level is the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan. If you are visiting Bhutan, hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the top things to do in Paro. The trek to tiger’s Nest Monastery is a one day hike from Paro in Bhutan. The Legend is that Guru Padmasambhava flew on the tigress to the Cave and gave the Name tiger’s nest monastery.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery is 12 Kms from Paro City.Since the foreign Nationals require pre arranged tour to visit Bhutan, Tiger’s Nest Hike and vehicle arrangements are included in the tour. Also the tour guide will be with you during the hike.

The trek opens from 8 AM to 5 PM and checks the weather conditions before the starting of the trek. If you are not good at walking, you can prefer Mules to reach the Monastery. I highly recommend carrying water, chocolates and energy Bars to boost your energy during the trek.

It takes 3.5- 4 hours for beginners to reach the Tiger’s Nest and 2-3 hours to get down. Start early to beat the heat of Noon and wear good comfortable shoes. The difficulty level is Moderate. You will gain an elevation of 2000 ft during the trek.

Highlights: The Path to Tiger’s Nest starts from the parking lot and the trail is surrounded by Pine trees on both the sides. On sunny days, as you hike up you can see the beautiful Paro Valley below. The trail is well marked to follow the Path.

At halfway several Payer wheels are there and Cafeteria is nearby to take some rest and from here you can have the views of Tiger’s Nest from far away. As you walk, you will reach the final leg of the trek, you need to get down many steps then again more steps up towards the small bridge. And from here you can click many pictures with picturesque background. 

The monastery has locker facility to store the mobile phones and camera. The monastery has four temples and is well maintained. The guide will explain to you everything about each temple.


11. Huangshan, China

  • Length: Depends on the route you choose.
  • Estimated time: 1-3 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 1,864m

Huangshan is by far my favourite hike I have completed throughout the world. Located in Anhui, it’s well off the beaten path for any foreign tourist. During my year spent living in China, it was the most amazing place I visited.

The mountains have multiple peaks, and you can spend up to a full three days on the mountain. From the bottom it’s a 3-hour hike to the first peak, up a seemingly never-ending staircase. While tough, the perseverance of all the Chinese tourists around us in high heels, spurred us on! Once you reach the top, you’ll get your first unbelievable views of Huangshan’s famous ‘oddly shaped rocks’, such as ‘monkey watching over sea’ or ‘flying rock’.

I advise spending two nights on the mountain to fully explore all the different peaks and walkways. You will need nerves of steel for some of the hiking routes as it is incredibly high. On your last day, it’s close to a full day hike from the hotel locations down the mountain.

If you’re tired of hiking by this point, there are cable cars available to take you back down instead. This guide to hiking Huangshan will help you out with routes and accommodation options. I do recommend staying at Beihai Hotel. This is close to the best place to witness sunrise and sunset.

Mount Rinjani

12. Mount Rinjani, Indonesia

  • Length: 27.5km
  • Estimated time: 2-4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 3,726m

Mount Rinjani, located on the island Lombok, is Indonesia’s second highest volcano. Hiking to the peak of the active volcano is on the bucket list of many adventurous travellers who visit Indonesia. There are two options of climbing Mount Rinjani. Either you just hike to the volcano rim at 2,641 m on a 2-day tour or you climb the summit at 3,726 m on a 2-4-day tour. In both cases you spend at least 1 night in a tent on the volcano.

Climbing Mount Rinjani requires a certain level of fitness and endurance. The ascend to the volcano rim takes about 7 hours including a lunch break and several smaller breaks. When you reach the camp site on the volcano rim, you can enjoy stunning views of the crater and the crater lake.

By far the best part is the otherworldly sunset from the camp site as you see the sun disappear behind a sea of clouds, illuminating them from above. As soon as the sun has set the temperatures drop and everyone gets cozy in their tents.

Peeking out of the tent after it had gotten dark, I witnessed the most amazing sky full of stars. Just standing there all by myself and taking in the view of the calm camp site, the starry sky above me and the clouds below me was overwhelming. After one or more nights on the volcano, you leave the camp site early in the morning to start the 5 hour descend.

Climbing Mount Rinjani is not only physically demanding but is also a mental challenge. Hiking uphill for 7 hours can be quite draining, and you learn to focus on your next step only instead of thinking about the daunting mountain ahead of you. This was one of the greatest adventures of my life and I recommend this experience to every adventurous and physically fit traveler.

Europe’s Most Incredible Hiking Destinations

The Waterfall Way

13. The Waterfall Way, Iceland

  • Length: 16km
  • Estimated time: 4-6 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Altitude: 1068m

The Skógafoss Waterfall hike, also known as the Skógá Trail or Waterfall Way, is one of the most breathtaking hikes in Iceland.

Round trip, this 4-6 hour hike is 16 km. (10 mi.) and part of the spectacular Fimmvörðuháls trail. Along the way, you’ll see countless waterfalls, two active volcanoes, and along plunging cliffsides.It’s a relatively easy hike, but it’s best to do this hike from June – September, when the trail isn’t iced over. Also, since this is considered an “out-and-back” hike, you do not need to walk the entire 16 km. You’re able to turn around at any point throughout the trail and trek back.

The hike begins at Skógafoss Waterfall, which you can admire before climbing 370 steps to the very top. From there, you’ll reach a viewing platform of the waterfall and enter the trail through a gate. The first 45 min. of the hike takes you to High Peaks Waterfall and Cascading Falls. The next 45 min. takes you through stunning landscapes to Subtle Falls.

Throughout this portion of the hike, you’ll be rewarded with views of vibrant green canyons and beautiful coastline. After, hike another 45 min. past Sunset Falls, a double-tiered waterfall nestled in the moss-covered canyons and right near the bridge over the Skóga River.

The bridge is your turnaround point to head back to the starting point of your hike at Skógafoss Waterfall. The hike back takes you downhill through the same canyons and rocky trails but isn’t difficult.

This hike should be on everyone’s list when traveling to Iceland. It’s often overlooked since most people just stop here for Skógafoss Waterfall, then continue driving on. However, it’s one of the most rewarding hikes in the country and a photographer’s pure dream.

The Camino de Santiago

14. The Camino de Santiago, Spain

  • Length: 500 miles for the full hike
  • Estimated time: 30-25 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 1530m

The Camino is not actually a singular hike, but many different routes across Spain, Portugal and the rest of Europe. It is technically a pilgrimage to see St John’s remains in Santiago in Northern Spain, but people from all over the world and from all different religions hike it.

Traditionally pilgrims start at their door steps and walk to Santiago, but the most common modern route starts in Saint-Pierre-Saint-Jean in France and finishes a month later in Santiago. In order to be considered an official Camino a pilgrim has to walk at least 100km which generally takes about 5 days, but I highly recommend going for longer!

The Camino is not a particularly hard hike to walk or navigate, there are places to stay and eat along the way, it is easy to organize, safe and very flexible so it is a great hike for people who are new to the world of long-distance walking.

I’ve walked the Camino twice, once for 32 days on the French route and once for 12 days on the Portuguese route. Both times have been absolutely spectacular, bucket list experience and I will continue to walk the Camino for years to come. There are several aspects of the Camino that make it such a unique experience, but for me it is largely the people on the way.

The Camino is a pretty popular hike, so you meet tons of interesting people along the way and because you are walking the same route you often become pretty decent friends with them. Not to mention that walking through the countryside of Spain is a pretty unforgettable experience!

Vereda Do Areeiro

15. PR1, Vereda Do Areeiro, Madeira

  • Length: 7km
  • Estimated time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 1862m

Madeira is a volcanic island (with some big hills) located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The hiking tracks, which are helpfully labelled PR, are easy to follow and although physically challenging, none are technically difficult. We hiked PR1 Pico Ruivo – Pico Areeiro (Arieiro) with our kids who were 13, 7 and 6 years at the time. The official name of this hike is PR1 – VEREDA DO AREEIRO.

The starting heigh from Areeiro is 1818m and the end height of Ruivo is 1862m but don’t be deceived because this hike includes six ascents totalling around 1000m in all and around the central peak of Torres, you have steps climbing 300m in under a kilometre.

This epic hike starts near the ‘Golf Ball’ at the back of the tourist shops, and you might start by descending into the clouds, or the ‘abyss’ as we labelled it. Remember that Pico Ruivo is known for its variable weather.  The clouds can appear from nowhere, so wear many, easy to remove, thin layers as parts of this hike feel freezing cold.

You’ll encounter pathways cut into cliff faces, tunnels carved through the rock, flights of steps cut into sheer crags, and you might need to avoid the rockslides and fallen wire rails whilst trying to admire the spectacular view.  Don’t forget to take a torch for the tunnels.

Once you’ve ascended Pico Ruivo, you can return to your starting point at Areeiro or descend the very simple, 2.4km route to PR1.2 Achada do Teixeira car park. If you return to Areeiro, allow at least five hours and I’d recommend starting as early as possible.

Pulpit Rock

16. Pulpit Rock, Norway

  • Length: 7.6km
  • Estimated time: 3-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy-moderate
  • Altitude: 600m

One of the most epic hikes in Norway is the hike to the Pulpit Rock. The biggest advantage of the trek is that it is relatively easy and only about 3.5 kilometers long one way, which makes it extremely popular as the view from Pulpit Rock is stunning.

The trek is ideal for a one-day trip from Stavanger as the walk itself takes 3-5 hours only, and 2-3 hours for driving there. The 350 meters elevation gain is mostly in the first half of the trail and is still challenging if you are not a very active person.

To encourage you a bit, we completed the hike with a two-year-old kid who walked half of the way himself, and I was starting the third trimester with our second child so that you can do it too. If you manage those steeper sections at the beginning, the rest is easy.

The second part of the trek is rather flat and leads you across the more exposed rocks and lakes. The last couple of hundred meters have the best views. You see the beautiful Lysefjord on your left and soon reach the iconic rock that lays almost above the fjord.


17. Grossglockner, Austria

  • Length: 57km
  • Estimated time: 7 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 3,500m

Let’s face it, there are many great hiking trials around the world. And Europe is not an exception. with a few interesting mountain ranges, there is a hike for everyone. One, you really need to add to your list, is in Austria.

The Hohe Tauern Mountain range in the Austrian Alps, located on the border between the three federal states of Tyrol, Carinthia and Salzburg, is among the most spectacular in Europe! Around the highest peak in Austria, Grossglockner, the largest Austrian national park Hohe Tauern was created.

If you are an experienced hiker, a 7-day hike around Austria’s highest mountain will be perfect for you. The Glockner Trail requires hiking for around 6-8 hours every day so make sure you are fit for that challenge. The best place to start the hike is Kaprun, which is the most popular amongst hikers. But you can also start this trail from a few other locations in the valleys of the national park.

If you prefer something easier and you are fascinated about glaciers, you can hike to Pasterze. The glacier route is described as fascinating and unforgettable. Pasterze glacier currently reaches a few miles and can be viewed from the path along the slope of the valley. The glacier is the biggest tourist and sightseeing attraction located near the Alpine observation road Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse.

Mount Blanc

18. Mount Blanc, France

  • Length: 170km for the circuit
  • Estimated time: 2-4 days for the climb, 10 days for the circuit
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Altitude: 4,806m

With 4806 meters or 15,780 feet high, the Mont Blanc is the highest western European summit. It is a crazy intense and dangerous hike that should be reserved for experienced and trained hikers only! If you want to try it, make sure you have previous mountaineering experience, hire a guide, and start training at home! The Gouter route is the most popular as it is the safest.

You will love having an epic view on all the best summits of the Alps. If you are reasonably fit and want a similar but easier experience, I recommend you choose to go around the Mont Blanc instead and do the Tour du Mont Blanc trek. This 10-day gorgeous trail passes through France, Switzerland, and Italy. You will of course be able to have great views on the Mont Blanc, but also on the Chamonix Aiguilles or the Aiguilles Rouges.

The best season to do this trail is from mid-June to September and you can stay in mountain refuges along the way or carry your food and camping gear as this trail is safe enough to do on your own if you feel like it. This trail tends to get busy and you should book everything in advance or go earlier in the season to make sure you have an enjoyable experience.

North America’s Most Incredible Hiking Destinations

Stairway to heaven
by 4nitsirk 

19. Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii (the legal way!)

  • Length: 8km (each way)
  • Estimated time: 5-7 hours
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Altitude: 756m

The world is full of beautiful hikes. However, there are not as many epic hikes – you know, the ones that completely take your breath away and leaves you speechless.

One of those must-do hikes is the Stairway to Heaven. Whether you’re backpacking Oahu or planning on going to Hawaii for a luxury vacation, this hike has to be on your list of things to do on the island.

Haiku Stairs, as the hike also is known as, is however not for beginners – it’s a difficult hike and could even be quite dangerous. You should be used to hiking and prepared for a long and tough day in the sun. It will probably take you anything between 4-7 hours to do the hike, depending on how fast you are and how many times you stop to enjoy the view.

Hiking up the actual stairs is illegal and you risk getting a fine if you do so. Instead, there’s a legal way via the Moanalua Valley Trail. The hike is rather flat in the beginning but will soon become steeper. You might want to bring crampons for the steeper part of the hike. We did, and it definitely helped us feel a bit safer and steadier. Also, don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water – you’ll be exposed to the sun for the majority of the hike!

When you get to the top, you’ll understand why this hike has gotten so much attention – the view from the summit is incredible. Since you hike up the back way, you’ll also get several beautiful views and perspectives of the valley and ridge!

The Narrows Zion National Park

20. The Narrows, Zion National Park, United States

  • Length: 26km
  • Estimated time: 6-8 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate-Hard
  • Altitude: 2,800m

Zion National Park is famous for its red rocks, shining bright red at sunset and attracting visitors from around the globe. Hidden between many of the major rock formations are slot canyons, narrow slivers carved through the rocks begging to be explored. While there are many canyons and routes, none is more famous than The Narrows.

Following the Virgin River, The Narrows in Zion National Park is a popular day-hike or multi-day backpacking trip. You can hike the route from the “top-down” (which requires a permit) or “bottom-up”; bottom-up is the most popular.

You begin the journey at the Temple of Sinawava and follow the easy Riverside Walk trail until you find a safe place to access the river. Then, you follow the river for as long as you wish. Most hikers aim for Wall Street, the narrowest section of the trek, before turning back. Hiking the full route would require multiple days.

This hike isn’t for beginners. You’ll need to tread the water of various height as you walk, sometimes as high as your chest depending on the weather and section. Flash floods are common, so it’s important to know what to look for.

Most importantly, avoid hiking The Narrows after heavy rain or snowfall. Depending on the season, you may need special gear to hike The Narrows. I did the trip in February when a dry-suit and neoprene socks/boots were required. It’s also highly recommended to bring a walking stick or trekking poles to assist in keeping your balance as you tread the water.

For thrill-seeking adventurers, Zion National Park is a great place to visit. It’s also home of the famous Angel’s Landing trail, which takes you up narrow ridges to an overlook of the park. For those with a fear of heights or exposure, The Narrows is the perfect Zion adventure. 

Mount Whitney

21. Mount Whitney, United States

  • Length: 32km
  • Estimated time: 12-16 hours
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Altitude: 4,421m

The tallest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet, Mount Whitney is one of the crown jewels of hiking in the United States – and around the world! The out-and-back Mount Whitney hike is 20 miles with 6,600 feet of elevation gain, making it an extremely challenging yet rewarding adventure.

The Mount Whitney trail starts at Whitney Portal and takes you through the beauty of the John Muir Wilderness. As you continue on, you’ll pass several alpine lakes and eventually head above treeline to tackle the seemingly endless uphill slog of the 97 switchbacks.

While this section might feel insurmountable in the moment, the trail will finally level out as you approach the summit. With just a short hike to the summit from there, you’ll be on top of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

Mount Whitney is an extremely popular hike, and a permit is required. Permits are distributed through a lottery system each year, so you’ll need to do some advanced planning (and have a little luck) to attempt this hike. But the physical demands and the permit logistics are completely worth it in order to stand on the majestic summit of Mt. Whitney!

Angels Landing

22. Angels Landing, Zion National Park, United States

  • Length: 8km
  • Estimated time: 3-6hours
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Altitude: 460m

If you are looking for a short but exhilarating day hike, it’s time to add Angels Landing to your bucket list! Angels Landing is located in Zion National Park in Southwestern Utah.

It is an extremely popular hike, but for all the right reasons. It is just under 5 miles long and offers some of the most BEAUTIFUL views. In order to reach these views, you must face any fears you may have and make it (climb) to the top.

Before I get into the details, I do need to share a quick disclaimer. This is a dangerous hike, and people have died attempting it. At some parts, you will face 1,000-foot drop-offs on each side of you and chains to help you climb. Okay… on to the details. If you are looking to beat the crowds, your day will start quite early. The only way to get to Angels Landing is via shuttle from the Visitor’s Center. The first shuttle leaves at 6 am sharp.

You will first hike through Refrigerator Canyon which is the only shaded part of the hike. Then you will be greeted with the infamous Walter’s Wiggles. Walter’s Wiggles consists of 21 switchbacks. After going back and forth (and back and forth), you will arrive at Scout’s Landing. This is a great stopping point if you do not feel comfortable to make to the summit. 

You can still see great views. The last half-mile you will be using the chains to make your way to the top. Once you have hiked 1488 total feet, you can enjoy a snack (with the many chipmunks), take in the view, and enjoy your accomplishment!

John Muir Trail

23. John Muir Trail, California, USA

  • Length: 337km
  • Estimated time: 3-4 weeks
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Altitude: 4,421m

The John Muir Trail, winding 210 miles through the high Sierra mountains of California, has all the ingredients of a truly epic hike. Though especially popular with Americans, hikers come to the US from all over the world to spend 3-4 weeks immersed in high alpine scenery on this classic bucket list hike.

The JMT, as it’s affectionately known, is remote: you’ll need to carefully plan and mail resupply packages, carry camping gear and days of food, and traverse areas where civilization is a several day hike away. It’s also physically challenging. The jagged elevation profile bounces constantly between 8,000 to 12,000 feet and includes nine high passes, plus a summit of Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Some days you’ll be climbing a few thousand feet at high elevation just before lunch.

Finally, what makes it all worthwhile: the JMT is stunningly, standing there gaping in oxygen-deprived awe, pictures-can’t-do-it-justice gorgeous. The trail zig-zags up and over dramatic crests, winds through granite basins dotted with bright blue alpine lakes, and follows rushing rivers through glacially carved valleys.

Those interested in hiking the JMT should start by planning an itinerary based on hiking speed and resupply strategy, and then apply for a permit. If you’re lucky enough to get one, it’s time to start sorting out gear and training. This John Muir Trail planning guide has all the details to help you dive further into planning an epic alpine hike on the JMT.

Volcano Acatenango hike

24. Volcano Acatenango hike, Guatemala

  • Length: 13.8km
  • Estimated time: 2 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 3,976m

Was it ever your dream to watch a volcanic eruption with your own eyes? To hear the roars of this geological wonder and watch lava spew from the top? It seems like a far-fetched dream, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be!

Because on the Volcano Acatenango hike in Guatemala, hikers can view the nearby Volcano Fuego erupt periodically throughout the day and night. At the nearest point, you are only a few kilometers away from the action, close enough to see every single detail to believe the magic in front of your eyes!

However, sacrifices need to be made to see this immense beauty. Anyone wanting to see Volcano Fuego erupt closeup must partake in a strenuous 2-day hike. On the first day, you must hike 5 hours to reach the basecamp of Volcano Acatenango, which is located a staggering 3,800 meters above sea level. At this location, the eruption of Volcano Fuego can be heard and seen!

Due to the fact that sound travels slower than light, you will see the eruption before you hear it. It is totally surreal! You will camp at basecamp overnight and then summit Volcano Acatenango at sunrise.

Though the hike to the peak is only 1 hour, you wake up around 4 AM to make it just in time for the sun to rise above the many volcanoes Guatemala is famous for! Standing on top of an active volcano at 4,000 meters above sea level and watching a volcanic eruption at sunrise just cannot be more epic!

The Mist Trail

25. The Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, United States

  • Length: 11km
  • Estimated time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 1,463m

The majestic Yosemite National Park is located in California, USA in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This park features the enormous Sequoia trees and is home to numerous outdoor attractions. Here, you’ll find epic hikes winding their way through these giant trees, and breathtaking waterfalls with scenic views.

One of the best hikes to take in Yosemite that encompasses each of these features is the enchanting Mist Trail. Known for its iconic beauty and plumes of mist, the route aligns perfectly beside two lush waterfalls.

Getting soaked during the epic climb up the mountainside is part of this fun experience. The Mist Trail is a popular steep hike that can be climbed any time of the year. While the amount of water depends on the season, I recommend visiting during spring when there’s more water or fall when there’s less tourists.

The first portion of the hike is to the waterfall, Vernal Falls. Midway to the waterfall you’ll find the gorgeous Vernal Fall FootBridge. This timeless lookout bridge is the perfect stopping point to catch your breath and witness the roaring waters rushing down the mountains.

The hiking difficultly is moderate, with an average time of 3 hours and 3 miles round-trip. The second portion of the hike leads to Nevada Falls. This hike is 7 miles round trip including stopping at Vernal Falls and hiking past the greenish-blue Emerald Pool. The difficultly level is strenuous, with a elevation gain of 2000 ft. The estimated time duration is around 6 hours for round-trip.

With all the beautiful sights to see along this evergreen misty trail, and getting drenched from the waterfall, this is one of my favorite epic hikes. After hiking the Mist Trail make sure to check out more of the stunning hikes within Yosemite National Park.

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

26. Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

  • Length: 19.4km
  • Estimated Time: 7-9 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 1886m

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered one of New Zealand’s best day hikes, and for good reason. Located in Tongariro National Park on New Zealand’s north island, this 7 – 9 hr hike takes you through an alpine environment with views of active volcanoes and vividly colored turquoise lakes. You’ll also get to see Mount Ngauruhoe, which for Lord of the Rings fans, features as Mt Doom in the movies.

This one-way, 19.4 km trail begins with a slow climb through the Mangatepopo Valley before a steeper climb past 2 volcanic craters (yep, you read that correctly, two volcanic craters!) before reaching the highest point of the track. Here, you’ll also find the famous turquoise pools known as the Emerald Lakes.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing takes approximately 7 – 9 hrs to complete and is considered a difficult hike which is very steep and exposed in various sections. Because of this, it is not recommended during the winter months or on days with poor weather conditions.

Even on a sunny day, hikers should always be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen, and warm layers. Since the hike is a one-way journey, you’ll also need to organize a shuttle for pick up / drop off.

Despite needing to organize a shuttle to do this hike, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is worthy of being on everyone’s hiking bucket list. The views from the track are incredible and worthy of any New Zealand itinerary.

Mount Kosciuszko, Australia

27. Mount Kosciuszko, Australia

  • Length: 13km (from Thredbo)
  • Estimated time: 3-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Altitude: 2,228m

Mount Kosciuszko is Australia’s highest mountain, nestled in the Snowy Mountains just out of Canberra. Standing at a pale 2,228m compared to its counterparts around the world, the beautiful surrounds definitely make up for it. It makes for an amazing weekend hiking trip and is definitely one of the best hikes in Australia.

An easy hike that can be started from either Thredbo or Charlotte’s Pass, with the latter being the longer and harder route. The incline to the top of Mount Kosciuszko is slow and steady. In the summer, you are greeted with beautiful greenery and flowers, in the winter the area is covered in snow, which makes for an advanced hike and experience.

Enjoy the surrounding areas of the Snowy Mountains while you are there. If you hike from Thredbo, why not enjoy lunch at Australia’s highest restaurant, the Eagles Nest, after your hike? Or head down to Thredbo village to explore.

28. The Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

  • Length: 96km
  • Estimated time: 8-10 days
  • Difficulty:  Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 2,490m

Running 96km through the jungles of Papua New Guinea, the Kokoda Track is perhaps the most historical and important hike on this list. Follow in the steps of the Australian soldiers who fought on the track during World War II against the Japanese. The gruelling 8-10 day trek is tough, but you can only imagine as you walk how much harder it was for the soldiers before you.

It’s hot, humid, and consists of gruelling up and down days of trekking, some of which are a scramble. But it’s equally beautiful and such an important walk. Camp in gorgeous villages along the trail, meeting the local kids and swimming in the water holes nearby. Adjust to the simple way of life and learn to love the good and the bad.

It’s one of my most memorable experiences – remembering the soldiers before me as I walked and learning so much about the history of the path that I was walking. I recommend this hike to anyone – it’s beautiful, important and so much to learn from it. It’s a character-building experience like no other.

Milford Sound

29. Milford Sound, New Zealand

  • Length: 53.5km
  • Estimated time: 4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 1,140m

A few hours drive from Queenstown, the Milford Track is nestled on the west coast of New Zealand’s south island. This moderately difficult hike takes four days to complete, through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery.

Through grassy plains, wooded wetlands, and up Mackinnon’s Pass, the unbeatable beauty of the Milford Track will truly take your breath away. New Zealand’s south island was used as the filming location for the iconic Lord of the Rings series – wandering along Milford Track will make it very clear why. The wildflowers and waterfalls you find along the way truly encapsulate an other-worldly magic.

Dubbed ‘the finest walk in the world’ by poet Blanche Baughan, the Milford Track is perfect for hikers of all ages and experience levels. Unlike most hikes, the Milford Track has serviced cabins along the way, complete with drop toilets and running water. You only need to carry the bar necessities, so this is a great introduction to the hiking experience for beginners.

Over the four days, you will witness glacier-formed fiordlands, New Zealand’s tallest waterfall, and a toilet with the best view in the world. The only real challenge on this hike is the steep incline up Mackinnon’s Pass on the third day, but it is short-lived and well worth the view at its peak. 

Being required to stay in the cabins and take the full four days to complete the trail helps to maintain the track. Flora and fauna are given the chance to rejuvenate in the off-season, making this hike an outstanding example of responsible tourism in the hiking sector.

The Milford Track should be on any adventurer’s bucket list. It is a relatively easy hike, with some of the most uniquely spectacular views in the world. It also promotes ethical and ecological tourism, making it an absolute must for any traveler conscious of their impact on the world.

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Machu Picchu

30. Machu Picchu, Peru

  • Length: up to 40km
  • Estimated time: 2-4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-Hard
  • Altitude: 2,429m

Our most epic hike has to be visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. There are several hiking options to visit this Inca citadel, but we chose the Hidroeléctrica route. We took a shuttle from Cusco to Hidroeléctrica, a hydro-electric plant at the end of a train line. We then hiked the 10 kilometers alongside the train tracks until we reached Aguas Calientes, the small town at the base of Machu Picchu.

It is a comfortable location to spend the night and prepare your body for the hike up Machu Picchu in the morning. Up before sunrise we were in line to enter Machu Picchu before it opened. The hike from Aguas Calientes is basically a 1.5-hour hike up heavily wooded stairs to reach the iconic Machu Picchu.

This brings you to the archaeological entrance right when it opens to enjoy the complex with a minimal number of visitors. Remember there is also a bus that takes you right to the entrance of the national park after it opens, quickly increasing the number of visitors.

After exploring the historic site, be prepared to hike up Huayna Picchu to get some iconic photos of the site. This requires an additional fee on your ticket that you have to get in advance. Walking up the steep steps of Huayna Picchu offers panoramic views over Machu Picchu including the iconic mountain in the background.

Depending on the weather, the higher you hike at this point the more chance you will have of walking into fog. Once you are done enjoying these beautiful views it is time to head back down and hike into Aguas Calientes by lunchtime. This shortened visit to Machu Picchu requires you to get back to Hidroeléctrica by the end of the second day, to catch a ride back to Cusco. Remember this is an additional 10km hike the same day as visiting the Machu Picchu.

At the end of the day you find yourself back in Cusco with once in a lifetime photo and the classic Machu Picchu stamp in your passport. There is also the longer classic four-day Inca Trail which takes you through breathtaking green scenery before reaching this 15th-century masterpiece. Just remember that this hike requires advance reservations as the trails in this fragile ecosystem.

Huayna Potosi

31. Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

  • Estimated Time: 3 days
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Altitude: 6,088m

At 6,088 meters the snow capped peak of this Andean giant can be seen beckoning in the distance from Bolivia’s capital, La Paz. Bolivia’s fifth highest mountain, is only short of the highest by a couple of hundred meters. The base camp sits at 4700 meters and can be reached by car. The accessibility of the mountain, combined with a relatively non-technical route to the summit, mean that Potosi is considered an ‘entry level’ 6000+ meter climb. 

Three-day tours have a high success rate of summiting even novice climbers (like me!). Of course, altitude, weather, and sheer exhaustion are always a risk at these heights. The itinerary starts off gently, allowing plenty of time to get used to the gear and acclimatize. The first day consists of travelling to base camp and practicing climbing a vertical ice wall with pick axes and crampons. The second day is the hike to high camp, which only takes a couple of hours.

The grueling task of summiting the mountain begins at midnight on the final day. It takes around five hours to reach the summit, in dark, cold, wind and snow. The gradient, and deep snowdrift make the final part of the climb extra challenging.  If all goes to plan you should reach the summit around dawn (if you are really lucky the weather will be clear at the top).

After a short time resting and celebrating it is time to descend. Exhaustion and cold are factors now as you slowly make your way down. Take care not to slip and have your own ‘cliffhanger’ moment as I did, saved only by our guides quick thinking and the rope that tethered us together.

Highlights of the climb include the incredible views of the Bolivian Andes, scaling an ice wall with crampons and pick axes, the thrill of accomplishing a climb to above 6000 meters, and of course not dying. Guided climbs including transport, accommodation, food and gear hire are easily arranged from La Paz and should cost around 1000 Bolivianos ($140 USD).

An absolute must for any adventure seeker travelling in Bolivia. It is undoubtedly one of the most challenging experiences of my life. But with good fitness and a lot of determination it is achievable even for novices.

32. The Colca Canyon, Peru

  • Length: 70km
  • Estimated time: 2-4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 3,500m

The Colca Canyon trek is one of the most epic hikes in Peru. It is also one of the toughest as you descend into one of the deepest canyons in the world. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in fact. Hiking the Colca Canyon means a long descent to the villages at the bottom and a steep climb to get out again.

While some people do this in 2 long days I wouldn’t recommend this. The Colca Canyon is of exceptional beauty. But it is not just the view that is worth it. It is also the people that live in this area that give extra color to the landscape. The vibrant indigenous culture still thrives in the villages of the Colca canyon with many people still wearing their traditional clothes. In the bigger cities on top of the canyon this is mostly for show, because of tourism.

Once you make the effort to walk all the way into the canyon you will be rewarded with more off the beaten path villages that are way more authentic. It offers a great insight into the rural way of life of the indigenous people. Therefore spending one or two nights inside the canyon is recommended. If you are lucky you will also see the Andean condor.

They are one of the biggest birds in the world and fly through the canyon. Other wildlife includes deers, fox and vicuna. Despite the desert and mountainous conditions there is a big biodiversity. The colca canyon trek is definitely one that should be on your bucket list.

Patagonia, Chile

33. The O-Circuit, Patagonia, Chile

  • Length: 120km
  • Estimated time: 7-8 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 1,200m

Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is a real hiking paradise. With multiple day hikes and two long-distance routes, this is the place to come for a hiking adventure. Hiking the O-Circuit is the best way to explore the area and to visit both the highlights and hidden gems of the park. The total distance of the trek is 120 km, it takes 7-8 days to complete it.

The trek is a circular route that starts and finishes at Hotel Las Torres. It’s a moderate-difficult trek. Hikers can carry their own camping gear and food (budget option) or stay at refugios with full board (significantly more expensive). The nearest town to the park is Puerto Natales. It’s easy to get from there to the start of the Circuit by public bus.

November to March are the best months for hiking in Torres del Paine. January and February is the busiest time in the park. It’s essential to book campsites inside the park in advance, hikers are not allowed to start the trek without confirmed bookings.

The scenery on the Circuit is fantastic; turquoise lakes, massive glaciers, bizarre-shaped mountains, impressive waterfalls, and breathtaking lookouts. The highlights of the O-Circuit are Paine Lake, Dickson Lake, Paso John Gardner, Grey Glacier, Grey Lake, Pehoe Lake, Skottsberg Lake, Nordenskjold Lake, and the famous Mirador Las Torres.

The park has diverse wildlife, walking the Circuit hikers have good chances of seeing guanacos, huemuls (Patagonian deer), armadillos, grey and red foxes, and even elusive pumas. Hiking the O-Circuit is incredible.

Quilotoa Loop

34. Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador

  • Length: 40km
  • Estimated time: 3 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate-hard
  • Altitude: 3,800m

The Quilotoa Loop trek is a circular hiking route which links some of the more remote villages in the Andes. Taking 3 days to walk the trail was one of the highlights of my month in Ecuador. Walking through the vibrant green landscapes, up & down valleys allows a unique perspective on this beautiful part of South America.

The route is peppered with small villages giving you the opportunity to interact with the local community as you pass through their spectacular hillside locations. There are some amazing hostels along the way which not only break up your journey but provide you with hiking partners, unique experiences, delicious meals, yoga studios & even a hot tub!

Despite the fact that so many people attempt the trek, it is not consistently well marked which makes it all the more of an adventure.

I chose to do the most common route, 3 days from Sigchos to Quilotoa. This involved around 6 hours of hiking for 10kms per day. The walk is challenging due to the mountainous terrain & effects of the altitude.

This is outweighed by the stunning landscapes of lush green hills & the prize at the end. Lake Quilotoa is nothing short of breath-taking. A turquoise blue lake surrounded by the 400m high walls of a volcanic crater, with surrounding views of Mount Cotopaxi. Believe me, it was well worth the effort to get there!

La Ciudad Perdida

35. La Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

  • Length: 44km
  • Estimated time: 4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Altitude: 1,150m

The hike to La Ciudad Perdida in Colombia, is a once in a lifetime experience. The lost city of the Tayrona, a Pre-Columbian culture,is located in the middle of the jungle of the Sierra Nevada. The only way to reach this place, is by foot, through the jungle, for four days. You will be hiking for two full days to reach this mysterious city and afterwards you will have to return the exact same way back.

The highlight of this hike is your visit to the archaeological site. There is not much left of the city but you will be amazed by the colors, mystery and peace, as you won’t find many fellow visitors here. But not only the destination is worth it, the landscape, lush vegetation and isolated indigenous communities along the way, will make every day of this trip unforgettable.

The campsites, run by local people, are convenient. You will either spend the night in hammocks or in bunkbeds, with mosquito nets. There are cold showers and meals are prepared by your team of guides.

For a long time the city wasn’t accessible due to the insecurity and civil war in Colombia. Nowadays it’s one of the most popular treks of the country. That being said, this hike is not for everyone. You need to have a good physical condition, as the walks are 7 to 8 hour every day, and the humidity is intense.

Besides that, a lot of adventure is involved, you will be crossing rivers and climb steep mountains. I won’t lie if I say that there are moments, that you just want to quit and go home. But that’s exactly what makes this trip so unique and rewarding. If you like hiking, adventure and history, this is a hike not to miss.

Again, a huge thanks to all the travel bloggers who helped me out with this post and shared these epic hikes. I know I can’t wait to get out there and conquer the ones that I haven’t already. If you are planning a trip, check out some of my favourite resources and blogs for planning and booking a trip below!

Happy travelling (and hiking!),