Discover the World’s Top Hiking Destinations Worth Adding to Your Bucket List

Top hiking destinations around the worldphoto: Peter Conlan

Words by maven46
December 7th, 2019

Hiking allows you to travel off the beaten path and reconnect with nature in a way that can only be done by foot. If you’re interested in expanding your horizons and embarking on what’s sure to be an unforgettable journey, check out some of the most popular hiking destinations from around the world to add to your bucket list.

Machu Picchu, Peru

photo: Willian Justen de Vasconcellos

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a legendary hike that already tops the bucket lists of many adventurous travellers. If you choose to undertake this four-day hike across the Peruvian Andes, you’ll bear witness to a multitude of ancient archaeological ruins amid the stunning backdrop of the Sacred Valley. As you trek, you’ll traverse through a variety of landscapes and reach altitudes of nearly 14,000 feet. As such, this trail isn’t for the faint of heart, and you’ll need a fair bit of training before you embark on your journey. If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with the enchanting sight of the Sun Gate at the end of your hike before entering the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

photo: Joel Peel

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano with three volcanic cones. Reaching 19,341 feet in height, it’s also the highest peak in Africa. Hiking to the top of the volcano will typically take seven or more days, depending on your skill level and which route you take. You can choose between six official routes to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The shortest trail is the Umbwe Route, which is roughly 32 miles long. However, this route is also one of the steepest, and the fast ascent can make acclimating to the higher altitude difficult. The longest route, on the other hand, is the Rongai Route, which is roughly 45 miles long and much dryer and flatter. Regardless of which route you take, there’s no denying that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenging hike. As such, most adventurers take the journey with a tour guide. When you reach the end of your hike, you’ll stand high above the clouds and get the once-in-a-lifetime view overlooking Tanzania.

Isla Boca Brava, Panama

The breathtaking landscape of Isla Boca Brava is an incredible hiking destination for hikers of all skill levels. While making your way through the indigenous forests, you’ll encounter a variety of biodiverse animal species such as howler monkeys, tropical birds, sloths, frogs, and other vibrant wildlife. In addition to rainforests, you’ll also have the opportunity to traverse pasture lands and tropical beaches across the island’s 9,300-acre landscape. If you’re a new hiker, many Isla Boca Brava hiking tours can provide you with the guidance you need to get started.

Bay of Fires, Australia

photo: Matt Palmer

The Bay of Fires in Tasmania is one of Australia’s most popular conservation reserves. Extending from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, the 16-mile coastal trail typically takes around four days to hike. While traversing some of the most breathtaking beaches and bays of the east coast, you’ll pass by shimmering turquoise waves crashing against pristine, white-sand beaches and encounter unique red-orange boulders covered in lichen. As you walk, make sure to keep an eye out for rare shells, native birds, and remnants of ancient Tasmanian middens—shell and bone dumping grounds—that populate the bay.

South Everest Base Camp, Nepal

photo: Christopher Burns

Situated at the base of the tallest mountain in the world, the South Everest Base Camp is the most popular hiking destination in Nepal. Of the two base camps along Mount Everest, the southern camp offers easier access to the mountain’s summit and is considered a safer trek. While not as daunting and dangerous as hiking to the top of Mount Everest, ascending the 17,600 feet up to this base camp still poses a challenge and can lead to altitude sickness. As such, it’s important to take precautions and not hike too quickly. The trek to the base camp typically takes a minimum of 12 days to complete.