TOP 5 BEST HIKES IN THE WORLD

Dennis from Wilderness Mastery shares the top 5 best hikes in the world.

Hiking is a great way to get fit and explore the world and beauty that it holds. While you may have hiked many trails in the local area or within your state, have you traveled around the world to hike? We are going to show you the top 5 best hikes on our planet. We hope that you will make one of these places your next adventure!

Kungsleden, Sweden

Here, you can take a roundtrip, 65-mile journey from Absiko Mountain Station to Saami Village, which takes between 3 and 5 days. The best time to go is in August or early September, as there are fewer bugs during this time.

During this hike, you will be 100 miles inside of the Arctic Circle, which takes you through some awesome wilderness. You will encounter birch forests, tundra and some huge glaciers as you reach Mount Kebnekaise, the high peak in Sweeden, at nearly 7,000 feet high.

After you cross this peak, you will encounter huts that you can take shelter in if needed, and you will cross a few suspension bridges over rivers. One major tip you should know is to take this route north to south.

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Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Bring along the best camping knife and anything else you need because hiking Everest is no easy feat. To go from Lukla to Everest Base Camp, you will go 70 miles round trip, which takes about 2 weeks. The best times to hike Everest would be March or April, before monsoon season, or in November, after monsoon season. Be sure to get a guide, such as a Sherpa, who has experience with Everest.

You will be amazed as you look at the highest mountain peaks on Earth, including Everest itself, Lhotse and Lhotse Sar, among other Himalayan giants. Be sure to stop by Thyangboche, which is arguably the greatest view in the world.

Along the way on this once in a lifetime journey, you will explore monasteries, walk through villages and encounter other enthusiasts who are trying to conquer Everest. It is said that you want to take it slow going up Everest as it will help you acclimate to the thinner air and weather. You are also encouraged to mingle with the locals and learn about the culture and religion that the people live every day.

Grindelwald, Switzerland

If you travel to Grindelwald, Switzerland, to hike, you will first head to Lake Bachal and stop at Faulhorn Hut and head back. This is a nearly 10-mile hike that takes 2 to 3 days to complete. You will want to visit here during the summer into September, as it is closing in October each year.

You will explore the Alps here and take a scenic walk through the Bernese Oberland where you will visit Eiger Peak and the even more stunning Shreckhorn Peak that towers over the valley below. While you can take a cable car, it is said that you experience more beauty by simply hiking the area.

You will stay overnight at a Faulhorn hut and enjoy a night of relaxing. If you are in a hut when the sun sets, you will see the Eiger Peak’s northern area turn red from the sun setting. It is amazing and highly recommended.

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Fitz Roy Trek, Argentina

You are in for a real treat in Argentina. The Fitz Roy Trek will take you from El Chalten to Laguna Electric, and a few stops in between. This a 36-mile trek that takes upwards of a week to complete. The best time to go would be from February to march, where it is less crowded and there is more stable weather, because the Patagonian winds are over during this time.

If you are wondering why this trek is called the Fitz Roy, it is because it is named after the Fitz Roy Massif, a giant ridge that is over 11,000 feet tall and gives you views of the Poincenot and St. Exupery mountains. While on this tour, you will see it at sunrise, where you can see Marconi Pass and Cerro Torre the best.

As you travel through Los Glaciares National Park, you will encounter beech forests and then head on to open areas where glaciers reign king. In between, you will pass by waterfalls, monoliths made of granite and more! It is said that you should leave Camp Poincenot really early so you can get to Laguna de Los Tres for an incredible sunrise over the Fitz Roy Massif.

Chilkoot Trail, USA and Canada

From Skagway to Bennett Lake, hiking the Chilkoot Trail will take you through parts of the USA and Canada on a 3 to 5-day trek that lasts about 33 miles. You will want to hike here from June to October, but August is the best time because of the perfect weather.

You will see the tidewater and crest of Chilkoot Pass, at over 3,000 feet and then you will follow that to an alpine area full of wilderness, before you hit Bennett Lake. You will see more sights that were founded by gold miners, such as the Golden Stairs, Stone Crib and the Scales, where you will also find remains of old mining equipment that was left there.

You will trek through 2 national parks, during this hiking challenge and will head through White Pass and the Yukon railway that will take you to past mountains on your way to Skagway. Overall, this is a great hike that you don’t want to miss out on!

Now that you know just a handful of some of the best hikes in the world, you can begin planning the trip of a lifetime! Whether you climb Everest or head below the Equator for some hiking in Argentina, you are sure to have a fun and challenging experience. Are you ready to start gearing up for an out of the country hiking experience? We are almost packed!

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  • Reply

    Love, love, love this article. I was in Chile in January 2017. I am now interested in the Fitz Roy Trek. I have always wanted to travel through the Patagonian region since I was a small child. I will start planning and training for this now.

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman
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    This looks like a fun list and I could see myself enjoying each of these hikes. I like how they are all in the hard but not impossible region so they flirt with most everybody’s physicality. I think I would be heading for a good route with a hut-hut-hut system so I could travel a little less burdened. Still each of these hikes are epic and approachable and super cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carolina Colborn
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    These are certainly epic hikes. If I were 30 years younger, this list would have led me to the world’s best hikes that take days and weeks, the best views when you get to specific points, and even get you acquainted with local customs and hospitality. But I am well past that and I enjoyed your descriptions and pictures. Wish you had photos of the other 3!

  • Dan
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    I would never have imagined been within 100 miles of the Arctic Circle. Imagining that is quite astonishing. Because I live in Argentina and spend most of my time in Latin America I find it quite tempting to visit the “end of the world” which is at a place called Ushuaia but I don’t like the cold so I’ve still not made it yet. Thanks for the inspiration anyhow, I’ve bookmarked this for further reading.

  • Archana Singh
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    Out of this list, I have only done Everest Base Camp Trek this year in June. not the peak season and that’s why I loved it so much. I had the entire trek zone to me, which is otherwise run down by trekkers. I agree it’s a gorgeous trek and I thoroughly enjoyed the views. Rest of the four hikes are still on my to-do list. Hope I get to do them in 2018.

  • Raghav
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    Although I haven’t hiked in Grindlewald, I spent some time in Laueterbrunnen so am quite aware of the region and it’s mesmerizing beauty. There was a time when I was big on hiking, and even ran my University outdoors’s club, but not anymore. Still, reading about these wonderful places, I still hope that I can make it there and just be one among the beauty of the surroundings.

  • Bailey Mills
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    These hikes are deinfitely going on my hiking bucket list, I can already feel my soreness! The hike in Switzerland must have been beautiful, I would love to hike through the mountains there. Loving the hike in Canada and the USA through 2 national parks too, that sounds crazy!

  • Bhusha
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    That’s an interesting list of trails. I’m sure on any such list, Everest Base Camp would make its way into it! Grindlewald looks the most interesting with the different geography compared to the snowy regions in the other places. Hope I’ll get to trek atleast one of these stunning places!

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