10 of the best hikes from around the world


With everything from breathtaking views to unique geological features, the Baltic Travel Company has rounded up the 10 best hikes from around the world

Everest Base Camp Trek

Location: Nepal 
Distance: 80 miles (130 km) 
Duration: 13+ days 
When to go? March to May, September to December 

best hikes around the world

Often regarded as one of the best treks in the world, the Everest Base Camp Trek gives you an insight into the highest summit on earth. This is your chance to hike to the unique viewpoint of Kala Patar at sunset and to experience the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu. Be sure to remember that this is a trek, not a climb and for most parts, it is on mountain paths with gentle gradients.

Bay of Fires 

Location: Tasmania, Australia 
Distance: 16 miles 
Duration: 4 days 
When to go? October to May 

best hikes around the world

This hike is filled with magnificent views – white beaches, blue waters and orange granite. The crisp air will awaken your senses as you experience everything to do with wildlife and ecology. As you cross the dark blue waters of the Bass Strait you’ll see the coastline of Tasmania.

Queen Charlotte Track

Location: New Zealand 
Distance: 45 miles (70 km) 
Duration: 3-5 days 
When to go? September to May 

best hikes around the world

Queen Charlotte Track displays the very best of what New Zealand has to offer and the views of the native bush and coast are second to none. The iconic adventure stretches from Ship Cove to Anakiwa where you will encounter the likes of weka, fantail, wood pigeon and if you’re lucky even seals. The track offers historical roots and the freedom to walk or mountain bike without heavy gear.

Mount Kilimanjaro 

Location: Tanzania 
Distance: Depends on which route you take 
Duration: 5-9 days
When to go? June to October 

best hikes around the world

This dormant volcano is one of the best mountain hikes in the world. Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro does have less wildlife in comparison to others, but it’s home to many beautiful landscapes and terrains unique to the area. While climbing, trekkers will experience five distinct ecological zones on their way to the top. Each zone gets much colder and drier as the elevation increases. The summit is in the arctic zone and is indicated by ice and rock.

Santa Cruz Trek 

Location: Peru 
Distance: 31 miles (50km) 
Duration: 4 days 
When to go? April to October 

best hikes around the world

The landscape of the Santa Cruz Trek is saturated with lagoons, rivers, snow drenched peaks and valleys. The hike is mostly flat, but this is all in preparation for Punta Union which reaches the highest point of the trek at 4,750 meters. It is advised not to take the altitude lightly – give yourself time to acclimate in Huaraz before you go.


Location: Corsica, France 
Distance: 112 miles (180km) 
Duration: 15 days 
When to go? June to September 

GR20 has been labelled the toughest long-distance trail in Europe, stretching across Corsica diagonally from north to south. Despite the rugged nature, the hike is more than capable for most backpackers as it is well marked with regular accommodation and resupply facilities. Full of granite peaks, the difficulty comes from the loose rocky climb which calls for unassisted scrambling in the Mediterranean heat.


Location: Iceland
Distance: 34 miles (55km) 
Duration: 2-4 days 
When to go? June to September 

best hikes around the world

The sights you’ll see along this trail are astounding; think ice caves, neon-green valleys, rainbow-coloured hills, river crossings and black volcanic deserts. In 2010 the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano closed the trail but it has since been reopened, allowing backpackers to experience the aftermath of the in the disruptive beast. Truly a once in a lifetime trek.

Mount Kailash Trek 

Location: Tibet
Distance: 32 miles (52km) 
Duration: 2-3 days 
When to go? May to October 

best hikes around the world

This hike is treated as a pilgrimage by many different religions and completed by thousands of worshippers each year. It’s believed that to climb the mountain itself is a mortal sin, but the trek around is filled with spectacular scenery with snow-capped summits, crisp valleys and blue lakes. The average altitude is nearly 5,000m.

Inca Trail 

Location: Peru
Distance: 26 miles (43 km) 
Duration: 4-5 days 
When to go? May to September 

best hikes around the world

This trail is one of the most popular things to do in South America and as such, is one of the world’s most famous hikes. The path will take you along ancient narrow paths into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains. It’s gorgeous due to its perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest and majestic valley views. This incredible multi-day hike finishes with the iconic Machu Picchu.

Torres del Paine W Circuit 

Location: Patagonia, Chile
Distance: 37+miles (60+miles) 
Duration: 5-6days 
When to go? October to March 

best hikes around the world

The W circuit is the perfect introduction to multi-day trekking with a place to stay each night, although more challenging routes are available for the experienced hiker. The final leg runs down the Logo Grey where cobalt blue ice floats up to the large glacier that stretches out towards the ice cap.

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