For outdoor enthusiasts, nothing is more rewarding than a long, rewarding hike. Even when hiking the exact same trail, no two experiences will ever be the same. That’s the beauty of nature and our ever-changing environment. With that being said, if you have hiked every possible trail close-to-home, why not venture out?
There’s a whole world out there to discover — and hiking is one of the best ways to explore. But when you do go out, make sure you have a GPS or tracking device so you don’t get lost and have to call in air support!
Some of the Best Places for Hiking Around the Globe
If you have been itching to get outside, why not really reward yourself. You’ve been working hard, so it’s time to let loose. If you’re ready to seek adventure, grab your pack and check out some of these epic hiking destinations. Make a list and start checking them off — one after the other, you’ll be amazed at what you see.
Realistically, every continent and every country for that matter, offers their own unique trail system. If you’re ready to take your outdoor experiences to the next level, however, be sure to add these hikes to your bucket list.
- Kungsleden, Sweden
No shock here — Sweden is known for some of the most beautiful landscapes and hiking opportunities. Located in northern Sweden, the Kungsleden — or The King’s Trail, is approximately 440 km (270 miles) in length. Huts have been constructed along the way, with the longest stretch being 131 km.
The sights you will see can only be experienced first-hand. From Kebnekaise, the country’s highest mountain — to Kvikkjokk, an old mountain farming village, this trail is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Although long, the terrain itself is easy to walk — with bridges and boardwalks leading the way.
- Sunshine Coast Trail, Canada
Located in British Columbia, the Sunshine Coast Trail is 180 km of pure scenic beauty. Being the longest hut trail in Canada, this free opportunity is maintained by the Powell River Parks & Wilderness Society (PAWS). With 13 huts and 20-odd camp sites, you can plan your own adventure.
Being mainly a forested trail, hikers from around the globe flock to see enchanting old growth forests and jaw-dropping lookout points. There are so many memorable spots along this trail, but some of the must-see sights include, the Fiddlehead Landing Hut, the Tin Hat Mountain Soummit, Elk Lake, and the Jervis Inlet.
- Cotopaxi, Ecuador
For those looking for more of a day-hike experience, Cotopaxi will impress even the most experienced hikers. Being the world’s tallest active volcano, most hikers will end their trek once they hit 5,000 metres. For those who are more advanced, they can continue their hike at the glacier, using ice axes and crampons.
Although you will feel as though you’re high in the sky — the glacier is only around four hours from the starting point, as hikers climb approximately 400 vertical metres. If you require a guide and transportation, there are plenty of tours that cost around $40+ USD — meaning, it’s a great opportunity for those on a budget.
- Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Located in South Asia, this trail is not for the faint of heart — in fact, some say that it is the hardest trail in the world. Although the best time to attempt Snowman Trek is between April and October, unpredictable weather means that many are unable to finish their journey. In comparison to other trails, very few attempt this hike each year.
Crossing a total of 11 high passes, you will experience a constant view of 7000m peaks, before you encounter a number of isolated villages. Generally taking around 25-30 days, this hike will most certainly be a life-changing experience. Although this Himalayan journey is long and challenging, there’s no doubt that is is one of the greatest and most rewarding trails on this planet.
Some of the other trails to check out include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Santa Cruz Trail — Peru
- Fitz Roy Trail — Argentina
- Teton Crest Trail — Wyoming, USA
- Kalalau Trail — Hawaii, USA
- Mount Kilimanjaro — Tanzania
- Mount Kinabalu — Malaysia
- West Highland Way — United Kingdom
At the end of the day, as long as you’re motivated and well-prepared, hiking is one of the most rewarding activities out there. As you take one step after the other, you travel through landscapes unlike any other. Go outside your comfort zone and really push yourself — you’ll be amazed at what you can do!
About the Author
I’m Dan, and I’m the Editor in Chief of True North Athletics. I’m also an avid adventurer, digital nomad and traveler. I enjoy all types of outdoor sports, a good golf tan, and spontaneous weekend trips. I currently live in Brazil where I can be found frequently hiking the rain forest around my city!
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