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In this blog post I am going to be sharing all of my personal favorites for the best hikes around the world! Flash back to high school and I will be the first to tell you that I don’t “do the outdoors”. For me camping meant pitching a tent in my backyard, hiking was no more than the 30 minute walk home from school. It was not until I turned 18 and set off on a solo year of travel that I first discovered my love for the outdoors. I was volunteering in Guatemala at the time and my roommate and I decided to hike Volcan de Fuego. Let me tell you, this was no beginner hike. After 4 months of living in Rome and eating nothing but pasta, I was not mentally or physically prepared for that hike. But I survived! And now I’ve been on some of the best hikes around the world!
Best Hikes Around the World
Laguna de los Tres to Mt Fitz Roy (Argentina)
16 miles (8 hour) return trip
This is one of the most famous hikes for individuals visiting the El Chalten region! The hike is challenging, yet manageable in one day, with some of the most beautiful views in Argentina! Be prepared for some steep inclines!
Recognize the jagged peaks? This mountain range is best known for it’s appearance on the Patagonia apparel line logo.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Nepal)
Average 8-12 days round trip
The next hike on my list of best hikes around the world is no quick, easy day hike. Making the return trip to Annapurna Base Camp is both mentally and physically
The base camp itself sits at 4130m, so if you suffer from altitude sickness make sure to take it slow and allow for altitude acclimation.
The Big Beehive Trek (Canada)
3-4 hours roundtrip from Lake Louise
6 mile return loop
Banff National Park is home to some of the best hikes in the world! For me, the trail to the Big Beehive takes the cake for accessible day hikes with incredible views of the famous Lake Louise down below.
This hike was suggested to me by one of my lovely followers @genevievedesroches on my recent trip to Canada!
Pliegue Tombado (Argentina)
13.6 miles round trip
This Patagonia day hike is definitely not the weak! But if you can make it up the steep incline then you will experience some of the most beautiful 360 degree views in Argentina. There is a reason this hike made it on my list of best hikes around the world!
The best part about it? It is significantly less trafficked by hikers, due to the abundance of other popular hikes in the near vicinity.
Huyana Picchu (Peru)
1.5-2 hours round trip
Now of course I’m sure you’ve heard of Machu Picchu, but I’m willing to bet that many of you are less familiar with the hike up Huyana Picchu! This peak rises above the Incan village of Machu Piccu, awarding you with some of the best views of the site below.
While this hike is relatively short, the majority of the trail leads straight up. I would not advise climbing during inclamate weather.
Adam’s Peak (Sri Lanka)
5 hours roundtrip
This hike is by far one of the best hike around the world, in my opinion. Most hikers depart from the base of the mountain by 2am in order to reach the peak by sunrise. While my legs were BURNING after the endless flights up the steepest incline, the views definitely made it up for it!
Bukhansan National Park (South Korea)
10-14 miles roundtrip (depending on route taken)
The best part about this hike is that it can be reached from Seoul City Center by public transportation! The trail is well marked and heavily trafficked, so it is a safe bet for solo travelers in the Seoul region.
Read more about hiking in Bukhansan National Park
Ella’s Rock (Sri Lanka)
This hike is definitely one of the easier hikes on the list, but to me it still earned it’s way onto my personal list of best hikes around the world!
This hike is easily accessible from Ella Town – so no additional transportation is necessary. I recommend getting an early start to avoid the crowds! Traveling with a guide is not necessary, however it definitely helps if you want to depart early when other hikers are not around, as the trail is not so well marked.
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