Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes, so outdoor and activity lovers from across the globe strive to find some of the best hikes around. Sometimes, they could be right in your backyard (not literally. Unless you’re really, really lucky). Other times, you might need to travel further afield to find the best spots. But if you’re stuck for ideas of where to visit, these are five countries that have the best hiking trails in the world.
Peru – The Inca Trail
Peru is known across the world as one of the most famous, and probably the most popular, hiking destination. Home to the incredible Inca Trail, this hike will take you across 26 miles of rough terrain, inclines, declines and so much more (perfect for the adventurous hiker). The trail worms its way through forests, jungles, ruins, and mountains – so you definitely won’t be short of something to look at! What’s more, once you’ve reach the end, you’re rewarded with the incredible sights of Machu Picchu.
United States – Pacific Crest Trail
The United States is home to nearly every kind of terrain, landscape and weather imaginable – which means the country is teeming with new and different hiking trails. One of the most popular among hardcore hikers is the Pacific Crest Trail. The whole trail covers around 2,650 miles and will take you around seven months to complete – but you don’t have to do it all. The trek winds through seven incredible National Parks and will take you through the desert, all the way up to heights of 13,000 ft.
Chile – The Torres del Paine ‘W’ Circuit
Chile probably isn’t the first destination you’d think of when it comes to planning a hiking trip – but The Torres del Paine ‘W’ Circuit is one of the most popular hiking routes in the world. The hike takes you through the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park, complete with lakes, volcanic peaks and glaciers (so definitely take your camera!) The whole trail covers 37 miles and is ideally done between October and April for the best conditions and views.
France – GR20
If you’re looking for a more testing sojourn for your next hiking trip, the GR20 in Corsica will definitely put your skills to the test. The hike is a whopping 104 miles long (168 km) and will take you through the communes and towns of the likes of Calenzana and Balagne, finishing off just north of Porto Vecchio, Conca. Along the way, you have to make your way along small and rickety wooden bridges, bogs, ice, mountains, forests, and rivers.
Sweden – Kungsleden
Loosely translated into English, the Kungsleden in Sweden is known as ‘The King’s Trail’ because it is a hike perfect for a king – especially with those views. The whole trail is 275 miles, but there are many options to choose from for shorter hikes that show you snippets of the area. One of the most popular choices is the 65-mile hike that covers grassy tundras, Arctic landscapes, glaciers and views of Sweden’s highest point, Mount Kebnekaise.