Hiking is an activity like no other. It gets your heart pumping and takes you to places never seen before. Hikers are often known to challenge themselves with difficult and ‘dangerous’ terrains. If challenging yourself is what you are looking for, then you have come to the right place. Following is a list of the best and the most exciting hiking trails in the world.
- Fiordland, New Zealand
Most of us are familiar with Fiordland already because of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies. A land of mystic landscape, Fiordland is known as the hiking capital of the world. Fiordland’s network of walking trails is excellent for both group walks and for independent hiking. Some of the best walking trails are the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford tracks. The starting point of all of these trails is at an area known as ‘Te Anau’. Be sure to check the weather conditions before starting your hike. The weather at Fiordland can be quite unpredictable and you should be ready to face extreme temperatures. It might just start raining all of a sudden or the temperature might just drop. Strong winds are also quite common.
- Mount Rainier, WA, USA
Mount Rainier is not meant for amateur hikers. It has a rugged terrain and is quite difficult to climb. In spite of this, there are many beginners who attempt to climb the 4392 meter high peak. Some of the top trails include the ‘Tolmie Peak Trail’, ‘Silver Falls Trail’ and ‘Glacier Basin Trail’. There are more than 250 trails scattered across the mountain, ranging from easy to difficult. There is an endless network of streams, lakes and forests. Group hiking is also allowed but the group size must be limited to 12 people.
- Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
The Blyde River Canyon is a place of exotic biodiversity. Spread across 33 kilometers, it is a place of wonderful walking trails. The canyon is filled with rocky waterways and forests and is best explored slowly. Dozens of hiking trails offer magnificent views of the canyon in its entirety. Make sure to carry food and water with you on a hike. You also have to register yourself with the Blyde Canyon Forever Resort staff before starting a hike. Also, do not forget to apply sunscreen.
- Fjords, Norway
Fjords are often at the top of lists of hiking trails and with good reason. Known as ‘hiker’s heaven’, fjords are also home to stunning landscapes. Norwegians are big fans of hiking. This love and dedication shows in the way the hiking trails are maintained. Norwegians treat hiking as a way of exploring their country without spending too much. Fjords offer numerous hiking opportunities. There are several popular hiking trails including the Trolltunga and the Preikestolen cliff. The most popular is undoubtedly the hike to the Trolltunga. It literally translates to the ‘troll’s tongue’ and is a cliff jutting out over the Ringedalsvatnet Lake. Once you get there, you have the opportunity of sitting at the edge of the cliff and admiring the surrounding scenery.
- Andes, South America
The Andes are best explored on foot. The world’s longest mountain range, it consists of some iconic hiking trails such as the one leading to Macchu Pichu. The Andes are spread across Chile and all the way to Columbia. So there is a lot of ground to cover. The opportunities are really endless if you are up for it. And it is not just hiking. The Andes offer plenty of world-class opportunities for biking, rappelling and for rafting. The infrastructure provided is great and the scenery is breath-taking. The best thing about the Andes is that the trails are very accessible.
- Alps, Europe
The Alps offer thousands of hiking trails. Both beginners and experienced hikers can take their chance at climbing the Alps. One of the most popular hiking trails is the ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’. It spans across not one, but three countries – France, Italy and Switzerland. Popular hiking trails are the Matterhorn Circuit, the Grand Combin Traverse, the Dolomites Guided Walk, and the climb to Mt. Triglav. Guided walks are available for most of the routes. In between the trails, you will have to stop plenty of times to absorb the breathtaking scenery.
- Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
The Kalalau trail is an 11 mile long hike leading towards one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. The trail belongs to ‘Hawaii State Parks’ and is located between the beaches of Kalalau and Ke’e. It covers a wide range of landscapes like valleys and cliffs. The Kalalau Trail is often described as the most exciting trail in America. The trail passes through the coast of ‘Na Pali’ and offers 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. The trail is not meant for beginners because of the challenging sections.
- El Caminito del Rey, El Chorro, Spain
The El Caminito del Rey is spread across a length of 3 kilometers and offers exclusive opportunities for hiking. If you are brave enough to attempt it, then there are plenty of trails where the concrete has collapsed completely. Large open gaps have been created and they have been held together by steel beams. A cable runs through the walkways and paths and you can harness yourself to those. The Caminito del Rey is divided into two sections. Each of them goes through the ‘Gaitanes Gorge’. The two sections have a beautiful valley located in between them. Known as the ‘valley of the orange,’ it is known for its orange trees and for the scenic Guadalhorce River.
- Hua Shan (Mount Hua), China
Hua Shan is something hikers dream of. Known as the most dangerous hiking trail in the world, it offers unforgettable scenery. Many professional hikers as well as amateurs try to navigate the narrow tracks around the mountain. Recently there has been an increase in the number of tourists. The trails and paths have all been reinforced because of this reason. Regardless of the reinforcements, many tracks and trails carry quite a reputation for being extremely dangerous. Some of the most dangerous tracks include the ‘Hundred-Foot Crevice’, the ‘Thousand-Foot Precipice’ and the ‘Black Dragon Ridge’.
- Himalayas, Nepal
How can any article about hiking be complete without the Himalayas? Home to some of the tallest peaks on earth, the Himalayas are very difficult to climb. Despite the difficulty, hikers don’t hesitate before heading for these peaks. One of the most popular hiking trails leads towards the Gangapurna Lake. The walking trails in the Himalayas are all interconnected and form one giant hiking trail. There are short trails as well as trails which take more than 21 days. There are trails which are difficult and extreme. There are also trails which are easy and are meant for beginners.
Originally posted 2017-05-04 14:33:58.