5 of the Best Bucket-List Hikes in the World
Some of the most stunning places in the world are best explored on foot. And there is probably no better way to do it. So if you do not want to miss out on the spectacular sights and experiences out there, you might want to seriously consider giving multi-day treks try. With so many breathtaking destinations and trails to choose from, here are some of the best hikes in the world, in alphabetical order, that you would want on your bucket list.
1. Appalachian Trail (USA)
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, or commonly referred to as the Appalachian Trail, is a marked hiking trail that stretches to about 2,200 miles. The trek takes about five months to complete at one go — give or take a month or two. The continuous marked footpath, which is one of the longest in the world, will take you through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
2. Everest Base Camp Trek (Nepal)
Climbing and reaching the summit of Mount Everest is something that only the most hardcore mountain climbers out there have managed to accomplish. If you are like many others, the grueling trek to the summit may seem like an insurmountable challenge. But that does not mean you cannot explore even just part of the mountain on foot. The Everest Base Camp Trek offers hikers and backpackers from around the world the chance to get a glimpse of the iconic mountain from up close. The roughly 70-mile multi-day hike likewise offers more than magnificent views of the world’s highest peak and the surrounding scenery. It is also a great way to learn more about the culture and the people in the country.
3. Rim-to-Rim hike in the Grand Canyon (USA)
The Grand Canyon is a hiker’s haven with many trails to explore some of which you can finish in less than a day. But the Rim-to-Rim hike is one of the longest and also one of the must-do hikes in the area. While it may not be as easy as some of the shorter trails, the 44-mile Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim trek offers a glimpse to plenty of breathtaking scenery.
4. Inca Trail (Peru)
The Inca Trail is one of top treks in the world. The hike takes you through the 26-mile trail that offers stunning vistas of mountains, lush forest, glorious cloud-forest, and Inca ruins among others. And best of all, you can look forward to an amazing view of Machu Picchu — the “Lost City of the Incas” at the end of the trail.
5. Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland)
The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the world’s best hikes and takes you through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. The route stretches to roughly 110 miles, give or take a few miles) and elevations of up to more than 8,000 feet. From picturesque alpine meadows to breathtaking mountain passes and all stunning scenery in between, the TMB is one hike that deserves a spot on your must-do list.