Are you a true nature lover? Does the idea of trekking across the world in some of the most scenic places excite you? Well, check out this selection of the most beautiful hikes in the world! This article can inspire your next getaway and also remind you just how beautiful our planet truly is.
Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile:
This beautiful park in Chile includes a mix of impressive glaciers, lakes and peaks. We recommend that you visit between October and March and book your accommodation possibilities well in advance. Note that the hikes are highly dependent on the climate, but it's part of the adventure!
Dolomites in Italy:
This breathtaking site in the Italian Alps, can be reached it by car in a few hours from the South East of France or from either airports in Milan or Venice, Italy. Different hikes for different views are possible according to your desires and your physical condition. Do not miss the lakes of Sorapiss and di Braies, as well as the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. You can stay nearby and adventure on different routes each day.
Inca trail in Peru:
Classified among the most beautiful hikes in South America, the Inca Trail — with Macchu Pichu as a final step — is truly hard to beat! The classic trek takes four days, with a mix of mountains, jungles, forests, ruins of the Inca Empire and a lot of history. We recommend visiting between May and November.
Zion National Park in Utah:
At this grand national park in Utah, several hikes are possible for all levels, whether you prefer a simple scenic walk or a higher-altitude climb. For those who do enjoy a bit of a thrill, check out Angels Landing — a notoriously dangerous, but incredible rock formation, over 1,488-feet tall!
Tongariro National Park in New Zealand:
This beloved national park is the arguably the best known in the country, and we understand why after checking out the photos! The Tongariro National Park includes a combination of several volcanoes, lakes and peaks — all with spectacular views. We recommend visiting from mid-October through the end of April.
Fitz Roy Park in Patagonia, Argentina:
In the same part of the world as Torres del Paine but less touristy, the landscapes of Fitz Roy Park in Argentina are equally as beautiful. We recommend visiting from November to April, for the most ideal weather conditions.
It is not a surprise that Norway, a country full of incredible landscapes, also has some of the best hikes in the world. Among the most beautiful, is the Trolltunga hike near Bergen, famous for its speculator view of the lake and this rock perched 1/2 a mile above the water.
Secret Falls Trail in Kauai, Hawaii:
The Secret Falls Trail in Kauai is the dream change of scenery you need, complete with beaches, waterfalls and steep mountains. This trail is 21 miles in total, round trip, and is considered one of the most epic but also dangerous hikes, due to weather and rain conditions. We recommend visiting between April and October.
Laugavegur / Pyrovardeháls in Iceland:
Classified as one of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic, you're sure to see why. This 48 mile hike is full of waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers! You can make your trek shorter, if desired, because this particular hike is actually a combination of two treks. We recommend visiting between June and September, when the trails are open and safe.
Yosemite National Park in California:
One of the most beautiful parks in the country, we recommend checking out the 60 mile Great Crossing, and paying a visiting from July through September.
Cinque Terre in Italy :
This Italian coast destination is made up of five cities (cinque terre) and offers several trails in-between — each complete with incredible, postcard-worthy views. We recommend visiting between April and October, while the trails are open.
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania / Kenya:
With three volcanoes and the peak at 3.6 miles, this unique hike offers you a radical change of scenery, with the added bonus of a safari, once finished. We recommend visiting between June and October.
Le Cirque de Mafate in Reunion:
Part of what makes this hike so remarkable, is that is was formed by volcanic eruptions. In addition, certain parts of Reunion National Park are only accessible by foot or by helicopter, making it even more exclusive.
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada :
Made up of over 995 miles of trails for all levels, the oldest Canadian park will leave you speechless with its incredible colors and breathtaking mountains. You can also venture to the less popular neighboring, Jasper National Park, for an equally scenic adventure.
Mont Blanc in France / Switzerland / Italy:
The longest and most scenic 106 mile hike is called 'Tour du Mont Blanc', complete with over 400 peaks and 71 glaciers. We recommend visiting between July and September.
Mount Everest in Nepal / China:
Arguably the most famous but also one of the most intense hikes — our list would not be complete without Mount Everest. This 80 mile hike requires a strong, physical condition, and should not be take lightly due to the limited oxygen at certain altitudes. We recommend visiting between March and May or between September and December.