Let’s face it, hiking is hard work and who wants to do all of that if the reward (the view) isn’t absolutely mind-blowing? If you’re into adventure and want to experience some of the best hikes in the world with the most epic views, then look no further.
While traveling in South America, I witnessed incredible views all over this amazing continent. Some that stick out in my mind are: at the top of Machu Picchu, Morro Dios Irmaos in Rio de Janeiro and Wilcacocha in Huaraz, Peru – but since most of these hikes were at high altitude, they were hard AF!
That said, the sweat, tears, and feeling like I was gonna die the whole time was worth it once I made it to the top and saw the epic views! The
suffering enjoyable hike was always worth it!
I’ve teamed up with a bunch of amazing travel bloggers to create this post which highlights the best hikes in the world with the most epic, amazing, jaw-dropping views. Find out how to get to these amazing hikes, how long the hike takes and how much it will cost too!
Best Hikes in the World by Continent:
Democratic Republic of Congo: Nyiragongo Volcano Trek
All adventurous travelers must visit the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although the DRC is not a frequented country, it should be because of the Nyiragongo volcano trek. This is one of the best hikes in the world because when you reach the summit, you can actually witness the largest lava lake in the world.
The DRC is infamous for its political instability and safety concerns; therefore, tourists are discouraged from visiting. This is a shame because the DRC is a beautiful country and there are certain parts, like Virunga National park, that is safe for tourists.
A visa is required to visit the DRC. It is easiest to book a visa, accommodation, transportation, and all details of the hike direct with the Virunga National Park website. Most people fly into Kigali, Rwanda, and make their way to Goma, DRC.
Cost and Time to Complete the Hike:
This hike is a bit expensive at $300, but it’s worth every penny and the money directly supports the conservation efforts of Virunga National Park.
This overnight hike takes 5 hours to reach the summit, but the guides let you go at your own pace, so it’s not terribly strenuous. This is not the hardest hike in the world, but it’s also not an easy hike and you should be in good condition to make this trek.
If you plan to do the Nyiragongo hike, then you should also expect to go mountain gorilla trekking in the DRC. This is also a uniquely beautiful experience, where you are super close to mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Between these two experiences, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Democratic Republic of Congo becomes your new favorite country. – Contributed by Kesi To and Fro
Tanzania – Mount Kilimanjaro
The famous Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest that you can walk up without specialist climbing equipment – which makes it one of the best hikes in the world.
It’s located in northern Tanzania which is on the East coast of Africa.
The climb usually starts from Moshi or Arusha and the easiest way to get there is by flying to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. The airport, however, is quite small so has limited flights which can make it expensive.
TIP: It is often better and cheaper, to fly into Nairobi, Kenya and drive across the border to Tanzania.
How to get there and costs:
To hike Mount Kilimanjaro, you must go with a registered guide. As there are rules about where you can camp and having open fires you would usually need porters to carry camping and cooking equipment too.
This, along with the park entrance fee can set you back around $1000-$4000 per person depending on the route you take and package you get.
While it may seem a good idea to go with a cheaper company to cut your costs, these usually charge less because they don’t pay the porters and guides a fair wage.
Look for companies that are partners with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program and must have responsible treatment practices in place. I paid around $1900 for a 6-day hike with a group of about 30 climbers.
There are seven main routes up Kilimanjaro and an eighth which is only used for a route down. Depending on which route you take the hike can take anywhere between 5 and 9 days.
The most popular route and the one I took is the Machame Route which takes 6 days. The hike itself is not particularly technical with only a couple of places where you will need to do a bit of scrambling but that doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult.
With the combination of altitude and the duration of the hike, you will need a lot of endurance to make it to the top. It was honestly the hardest thing I’ve done in my life and there were several times I wondered whether I could even make it.
The only thing that kept me going on this hike was the spectacular views the whole way up, and some very encouraging guides!
By the time I got to the summit, I was so exhausted that I couldn’t quite take it all in but now, looking back, it was all worth it. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was an amazing experience, I made some great friends and I proved to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. You can read more about some of my adventures here.
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Kyrgyzstan – ala-Kul pass
Imagine endless snow-capped peaks in front of you, with an emerald green lake all that stands between you and those peaks.
That’s the view that will greet you after your hike up to the top of Ala-Kul pass in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan is fast rising in prominence as a hikers’ paradise because it features some of the most untouched and amazing hikes in the world, with its pristine green valleys, secluded mountain lakes and endless snow-capped summits.
The hike to Ala-Kul is one of the most well known and popular trails, and there are a couple of ways for you to reach the incredible view from the top of Ala-Kul Pass depending on how much time, energy and experience you have.
A hike to Ala-Kul pass will usually take 3 days for a round trip from Karakol, or more if you’re incorporating it as part of a longer, multi-day trek through the Tien Shan mountain range.
Karakol, the city nearest to Ala-Kul, is the where you can find information, rent equipment and buy supplies for your adventures to the Tien Shan mountains.
How to get there and costs:
For the 3 day trip, there are 2 popular options:
- Via Altyn Arashan village in and out of the mountains
- Getting in through Karakol Valley and out from Altyn Arashan
As there are a number of accommodation options at Altyn Arashan, you will not need to bring camping/ cooking equipment if you take the first option.
For the second option, you’ll need to bring along camping equipment for your first night, with the option of staying in one of the guesthouses at Altyn Arashan on the second.
As for costs, marshrutkas from Karakol will take you to either trailhead for less than half a (US) dollar each way. The national park fee is about 4 USD, while daily tent fee is about 2 USD. A night at Altyn Arashan in a shared room is about 7 USD while meals are about 4 USD. Finally, access to the hot springs at Altyn Arashan comes at just 3 USD.
The toughest parts of the trail are getting up and coming down from the Ala-Kul pass. Though a short section, either sides of the pass are steep and can be slippery in bad weather.
Other than that the other parts of either trail are mostly gently undulating. From the top of Ala-Kul pass, the endless snow-capped peaks and the spectacular panorama of Ala-Kul will make it all worth it.
Indonesia – Mount Bromo, Java
Indonesia is one of the best countries in the world for hiking with over 18,000 islands and 127 volcanoes. It’s an adventurer’s paradise for its diving, beaches and amazing mountain terrain so.
Many visitors come to Bali from its Eat, Pray, Love fame, to take a spiritual journey or even to become a yoga teacher. But the truth is the best places in Indonesia are off the beaten path.
Heading west from Bali you’ll quickly find yourself on it’s neighbor and much less frequented, Java. The good news is you’ll two of my favorite hikes here on Java without the crowd you left back on Bali.
The most epic, and possibly most instagrammable place in Indonesia is on the edge of the Tengger Supervolcano looking out at Mount Bromo. Even though this hike is known as Mount Bromo, you are really exploring Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and might be lucky enough to see both Bromo and Semeru erupting!
Although you can enjoy the view at any time of day, I found the night hike very enjoyable and loved watching sunrise serenade the caldera with orange and red hues.
The whole area inside the Tengger Supervolcano is long extinct and now called the Segara Wedi, or Sea of Sand. Clouds roll through this Sea of Sand engulfing the lower reaches of each volcano making one of the most picturesque landscapes I’ve ever seen!
Getting to Mount Bromo can be tricky but its doable as a solo traveler on a budget or with more lush tours. There are tours that cost a few hundred dollars from Bali but I took a public bus to Probolinggo and local shuttles to Cemoro Lawang where there are plenty of homestays on the edge of the national park.
Many people pay the locals in Cemeru Lawang for a ride skipping the sunrise hike at Mount Bromo but you can easily follow the trail on your own. Guided tours are not necessary but certainly do help the local economy and you won’t have to risk taking a wrong turn. However, you get yourself to Mount Bromo I assure you the view will blow you away!
Indonesia – Kawah Ijen, Java
Kawah Ijen made headlines in a BBC special with its blue fire volcano and the view from the top of that caldera is simply breathtaking making it one of the best hikes in the world.
It’s best to get to Bangyuwangi yourself and hire a guide for about $20 as opposed to taking the $300 tour from Bali. The hike itself isn’t very difficult, it has some solid incline since you’re climbing a volcano but anyone can make it slow and steadily.
The main problem you’ll encounter is that you need to start hiking around 2AM to see the blue fire and catch an amazing sunrise, but yeah it’s definitely worth it!
This volcano is the only place in the world that you can see the natural blue fire. A stunning volcanic lake sits on the far end of the crater adding a wonderful turquoise hue to the scene. You can touch it but careful not to fall in because it’s one of the most acidic lakes in the world!
On your way to Kawah Ijen, you’ll meet dozens of local miners who head here to extract sulfur. They make 10x the local salary but live incredibly difficult lives. Bring some small change, snacks or a pack of smokes and they’ll gladly stop for a photo or to chat.
Nepal – Everest Base Camp
Hiking to Everest Base Camp is a bucket list item for many, and the views certainly don’t disappoint. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, and it sits on the northeast border of Nepal.
Nepal is an incredibly diverse country with over 125 different ethnicities. On the way to Everest Base Camp, the majority of people are Sherpa. The word “Sherpa” is often confused with the occupation of a mountain guide, but it’s actually an ethnic group with its own culture, language, traditions, and cuisine.
This is one of the most challenging hikes in the world and begins with either a very long and bumpy jeep/bus ride starting in Kathmandu or a flight to “the most dangerous airport in the word” – the Lukla Airport which is set on the side of a mountain making it hard to land and take off.
How long to complete/cost:
From here, the hike takes approximately 10-12 days depending on your speed. I recommend doing the trek with a guide. Depending on your style of travel, it can cost between $500 USD and $2,000 USD.
The price varies based on what accommodations you choose, whether you fly or take a bus, whether you have a guide and porter, and your food.
The reason this hike is so difficult is due to the high altitude which tests both your physical and mental strength. The trek begins at 2860m and reaches up to 5380m.
The altitude makes it difficult to breath because the oxygen molecules are spread out. With each breath you get about 50% of the oxygen you would at sea level. Add in the constant hills that go up and down, and it really tests your abilities.
Getting to Everest Base Camp is no easy feat, but being surrounded by the Himalaya with views of several of the highest mountains in the world is unbeatable. It’s not a hike for the faint of heart but it’s perfect for those looking for the adventure of a lifetime.
China – Tiger Leaping Gorge
The trekking trails in China’s Yunnan province, in the Southwest region, has the most number of ethnic minorities. This is a place that is often overlooked by hikers and intrepid travelers but has some of the best hikes in the world with amazing views.
It is surprising that little is known about this trek, and instead, information about the world’s largest gorge, measuring 16km is featured across leaflets and tourism boards.
The allure of the mountains in this part of China takes you to a high-altitude border town of Shangri-La, which was one once famously called the Lost Horizon in James Hilton’s 1993 novel.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek encompasses snow-capped mountains and opens up to give you an unobstructed view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain which is personally my highlight of this easy 2-day trek.
How to get there and costs:
Hiking in this part of the world requires little effort and experience, and all you need to do is arrive at Kunming, get to Lijiang to Qiatou by bus, and hike from Qiaotou to Halfway Guesthouse.
The next day you’ll continue your journey from Halfway House towards Shangri-La town. You will hike for 8 hours on the first day and 2.5 hours on your second day covering 17km.
The costs to the trek is super affordable as the entrance fee costs about 65 Yuan (USD 9.50).
The best time to do the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek in China is during Spring or Autumn. I did this trek in May and it was closer to the summer, monsoon season making it slightly rainy at times.
While the path is not dangerous, and it is fairly doable, there are gale like winds, and rockslides making in muddy and slippery.
There are very few hikes in the world that lets you come close to such magical mountains without having to worry about altitude sickness, and the Tiger Leaping Gorge in China is one of it.
Korea – Bukhansan National Park
As a nature lover, I have been hiking all over the world and I must say that one of the most epic views I have ever seen was from the top of Baegundae Peak. Baegundae Peak is located in the Bukhansan National Park, just 30 minutes outside of Seoul, South Korea.
When you reach the top of Baegundae Peak you will look over the vastness of Seoul; it sprawls farther than the eye can see. Being so high up, you can truly appreciate the magnitude of this enormous metropolis.
How to get there:
To get to the entrance that will lead you to Baegundae Peak, you will need to get to Gupabal Station in Seoul. Seoul has an easy to understand subway station but be prepared because it is massive. It will take over an hour to cross the city on one line alone, so make sure to plan that into your morning.
Once you have reached Gupabal Station, take exit 1. From there you will hop on Bus 34/704/8772 towards Bukhansanseong Fortress.
It should only take 15 to 20 minutes and don’t worry about reading Korean because they will announce the stops in English as well. Take a minute to stop at the information center, entry is free, to grab a map.
The time needed to complete hike:
The hike will take around 4 to 5 hours roundtrip, depending on your speed. It is easy in the beginning but then gets to be quite challenging. For the last leg, you will have to use handrails to pull yourself up the mountainside. Once at the top, you get to drink it this magnificent view and have a well-deserved rest!
Bukhansan National Park is the most visited park in South Korea, and for good reason. This beautiful park is well-kept, clean, and perfect for hiking. You will frequently be passed by small, elderly locals who can hike at an extraordinary speed. I loved my hike here and would do it again without hesitation!
Chile – Torres del Paine NP, Patagonia
Torres del Paine National Park is widely considered the most beautiful part of Chilean Patagonia, and Las Torres is the crown jewel. Patagonia is split between Chile and Argentina but only the Chilean side has the hike that brings you to this epic culmination point with some of the best views in the world.
How to get there:
The best way to begin is to take a bus from the nearby town of Puerto Natales, which is easiest to reach via a flight from Chile’s capital, Santiago, to Punta Arenas, and then a bus to Puerto Natales.
You can get to this viewpoint, Las Torres, either via the day hike route which takes most of the day, the 5-day W trek, or the 8-day O circuit.
The multi-day hikes can be done completely independently by backpackers, armed with all of their own gear, or it’s possible to reserve tents and meals ahead of time that are already prepared for you at each campsite.
I’ve done the O both ways and it’s certainly more difficult carrying all of one’s own gear and food, but it’s cheaper and a true adventure that way. Still, expect to spend at least $100 between getting to the park, camping, and supplies. It’s imperative to reserve campsites at least a few weeks ahead of time, or months if you can.
Most people consider the O to be difficult and the W to be more moderate. The O is essentially the same as the W, just with three more days in the beginning. However, having done the O twice now, I can’t imagine missing out on those extra three days that you get along the southern Patagonian ice field.
So go for it, and know that this breathtaking view is your reward.
Bolivia – Huayna Potosi
Huayna Potosi stands at a staggering altitude of 6,088m. It is located in the Cordillera Real range of Bolivia (or the Royal Range in English). I’ve done several fantastic hikes around the world, but this hike in Bolivia is without a doubt, one of the most epic views I’ve ever seen.
The hike is typically done as a two or three-day hike and it’s only a short distance away from La Paz, the capital of Bolivia.
Because of the extreme altitude, it is not an easy hike and one should be well acclimatized.
The final day also requires glacier travel so you will be roped in with your guide and the rest of your hiking party. That said, it is not too technically challenging, and climbing this mountain should be achievable for anybody that has some hiking experience and comfort in the mountains.
A guided expedition (Which you should definitely do unless you are comfortable with glacier travel and safety) is relatively affordable as a three-day trek costs about $175-$250 (depending on the company and your negotiation skills).
This includes equipment rental if you need a proper Goretex jacket, plastic mountaineering boots, crampons, etc.
While the hike is typically done in three days, we wanted to spend some more time exploring the Cordillera Real mountains and arranged a 5-day traverse of the royal range that lead us to the base of Huayna Potosi.
This meant we were well acclimatized and minimized any risk of acute mountain sickness. We then followed the typical three-day schedule to climb the mountain.
On the third day of our Huayna Potosi hike, and the 8th day of our trek, we groggily rolled out of bed at 1 AM. We roped up, put on our crampons, and the plan was to finish the remaining hike by headlamp as the glacier would be more stable before the sun rose.
This also gave us the benefit of making it to the summit just in time for sunrise. We hiked under the stars for hours and as we neared the summit the sun began to approach the horizon.
We had timed it perfectly and the view at the summit as we watched the sunrise was without a doubt, amazing.
Huayna Potosi is a difficult hike but it is absolutely worth the effort!
Galapagos Islands – Sierra Negra volcano
Approximately 1000km off the coast of Ecuador is a collection of Islands known as the Galapagos. These are no ordinary islands, they are a Unesco World Heritage site, and one of the most protected archipelagoes’s on the planet.
The evolution of the species was discovered here by Charles Darwin, and it can still be seen through its diverse and unique wildlife today. No other place in the world has such a diversity of species.
Each island was formed from a volcano except Isabella. Isabella is unique in that it was created from 6 volcanoes, some of which are still active today. One of those is Sierra Negra and its the only volcano in the Galapagos that you can climb.
How to get there:
To climb the volcano, you have to participate in a guided tour, which is led by one of the National Park guides. Tours vary in price, but as with all Galapagos experiences you need to have deep pockets as it will set you back approximately $100.
It takes between 5-7 hours to climb Sierra Negra and return to base, its a 16km round trip. Parts of the hike are both challenging and steep with the footing on the ground slippery at times. The first section is probably the steepest, but the view of the crater after approximately 5 km is fantastic.
The next section takes you through the lava flow of the volcano’s last eruption in 2005. The ground is hard to negotiate here due to the rocks, and the mineral soil just crumbles under your foot.
Everything around you is black with only an occasional glimpse of new life beginning to grow. You can also see the path of the 1979 lava flow, which is more reddish in color and now has a few cacti growing, but it’s still a barren landscape that resembles another planet.
At the summit, you are rewarded by an impressive view of the island and the volcanic crater. It’s incredible, but I couldn’t help feeling slightly nervous about the fact that I was standing at the top of an active volcano which could erupt again soon. Find out more about my travel adventures here.
Argentina – Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia
One of the most incredible hikes that people who love hiking can wish do is the hike to Laguna De Los Tres. It follows a trail that goes through a beautiful forest; along a river; by some very scenic waterfalls to reach a lagoon from where you will get the most impressive views of the mighty Mount Fitz Roy.
Mount Fitz Roy is located in Patagonia, a vast region spread across several provinces of Argentina and Chile. It’s in Argentina, but is right on the border with Chile. The closest town is El Chalten, which was in fact founded in 1985 in an effort of the Argentine government to protect its territory, over which it fought for a long time with Chile.
How to get there:
Accessing the trail is incredibly easy. There are two starting points: one is right in town, on its northern side; the other is by Hostaria El Pilar, at about 12 km from El Chalten and you can reach it on an easy cab ride which should cost you no more than 800 Argentine Pesos. I recommend this second option for more variety, as you won’t be going through the same place twice.
Whichever starting point you take, you will be walking for around 24 km on what is mostly good terrain. Once you get to Campamento Poincenot, you have to cross the river and get to a sign that marks the most challenging bit of the trail.
From there, it will be a steady uphill on a 40% incline for one km, on very uneven terrain (mostly large rocks and small boulders), which will be hard to climb but just as hard to walk down. It takes about one hour to walk that one km, but once you are up and get to Laguna De Los Tres, you will be rewarded with the most incredible views.
There is no cost to this hike other than the transportation to get to Hostaria El Pilar if you want to make that your starting point. You will have to carry enough food and water for the duration of the hike. You will need to wear a pair of very good hiking boots, a hat and a jacket (it’s actually quite cold at the lagoon) and to apply sunblock.
Time to complete hike:
It will take you between 6 and 8 hours to complete – depending on how often you will stop to catch your breath or to just take in the incredible views. The hike is moderate to difficult – in fact, most of it is actually fairly easy but the 1 km to get to the lagoon is incredibly challenging.
If you have enough time during your trip, try to hang around El Chalten long enough to ensure that you’ll be hiking on a sunny day for the best views. Some people hike all the way to the lagoon only to realize that Fitz Roy can’t be seen as it is covered in clouds!
Finally, make sure to take a short detour at km 5 of the trail (when walking from El Chalten) to head to the beautiful Chorrillo del Salto, a lovely small waterfall which is a perfect place for a break. There is no marked trail but the roar of the water will be of guidance!
Argentina – Monte Tronador
Argentina is a spectacular country in South America and has tons of amazing hikes available. With the Andes running down its spine, hiking is one of the many reasons that people visit. In the South of Argentina is an area known as the Patagonian Lake District.
It has gentle foothills which lead to higher peaks all part of the Andes. At the base of the foothills are large lakes, many turquoise from the glacial waters which feed them.
How to get there:
The hike to Monte Tronador starts in Bariloche. Bariloche is a ski resort in the winter months but is a quiet waterfront town and the start of a number of treks into the mountains during the warmer summer months.
From Bariloche, it is a short bus ride to Pampa Linda which is the start of the trail. It takes a day to hike from Pampa Linda to Refugio Otto Meiling at the base of Glacier Alerce.
The trek to Monte Tronador starts as a trail through woodland from Pampa Linda which is a short distance by road from the town of Bariloche. The trail is steep and continues above the tree line to Refugio Otto Meiling at 2000m.
Beyond Refugio Otto Meiling the 3491m peak of Monte Tronador is only for experienced climbers but dominates the skyline. Refugio Otto Meiling is the perfect place to pause for sunset and sunrise at the end of the trail with food and a bed in a stunning location with amazing views.
From Refugio Otto Meiling the trail crosses Glacier Alerce which is adjacent to Refugio Otto Meiling before descending the stunning Paso de las Nubes where condors can be seen soaring on thermoclines.
The path across the Paso de las Nubes is narrow with just chains attached to the rocks in steep places. Beyond Paso de las Nubes the path winds downhill over two days towards Lago Frias and Peurto Blest where a boat will take you the short distance back to Bariloche.
Pampa Linda to Refugio Otto Meiling can be completed without a guide and it is possible to reach Refugio Otto Meiling and return to Pampa Linda in a day. The three-day trek to Peurto Blest from Pampa Linda via Refugio Otto Meiling requires a mountain guide.
The guides can be found in Bariloche with prices for a day trip to Refugio Otto Meiling starting at $100. For the three day trek, mountain guides start at about $300 a day.
Finding a guide locally via the tourist information center in Bariloche is the best way to book and ensure they really know the mountain. There is also an $8 compulsory fee for Nahuel Huapi National Park Admission Ticket which your mountain guide can obtain for you.
This was one of the toughest treks I have ever done but it was worth it for the changing landscapes and the sense of achievement as we boarded the boat in Peurto Blest.
Peru – The Red Valley, via Rainbow Mountain
Peru’s Rainbow Mountain sits very close to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca’s and the gateway for Machu Picchu excursions. In recent years the mountain has become a hot trekking destination for the many thousands of tourists who visit the region. For us, it was a means to an end, a way to access something of even greater interest that lies just beyond.
The Red Valley.
The one day hike is not for the faint of heart – the car park sits at 4480m and it only increases until you reach the dizzying height of Rainbow Mountain at over 5000m.
From here, you walk along a nearby ridge, a backward glance shows the famous rainbow covered in tourists, but it is the view of the wild, untouched, valley ahead that is truly breath-taking.
The red earth and the green fauna clash vibrantly as the mountains swoop and soar and the clouds cast eerie shadows over the ground.
Over 90% of the tours only do the Rainbow Mountain trek and turn back. We deliberately sought out a guide for the Red Valley and as soon as you plunge forward, down the soft red clay, the crowds of tourists disappear and it feels like you are stepping into a new world. Incan ruins litter the mountainside as herds of alpacas and llamas graze peacefully.
From Cusco, it costs about 75 soles per person for a one-day group tour including guide, transport, and food. Combined trips are hard to find and you will have to do your research to find a company that will include the Red Valley.
We used Inka Time, and it was definitely worth the shortness of breath and extra hassle! Find more details about this hike here.
Peru – Huayhuash
For me, the hike with the most epic views has to be the Huayhuash in Peru.
The Huayhuash mountain range is located in the Andes in Peru in South America. Peru is well known for it’s hiking and Machu Picchu which is located in southern Peru, but for those that enjoy hiking, the Huaraz hikes are some of the best in Peru. Huaraz is located 10 hours north of Lima by bus.
The Huayhuash trek can be done in either 8, 10 or 12 days as you complete a circuit around the Huayhuash mountain range. The hike is mostly between 4,100 meters and 5,200 meters above sea level with just one day when you go down to a village which is 3,700 meters.
It is possible to do the hike on your own and you would need to get buses and colectivos to the start which is located around a 6-hour drive from Huaraz.
If you’re doing the hike on your own you will need to carry your own tent, sleeping bag, food, stove for the whole duration as there is only one village that you pass through on day 5 of the hike if you are doing the 8-day hike.
I personally chose to do a tour with an organized group as I physically could not carry that amount of weight for that many days and at that altitude, it was also great to have the camp set up when you go there and have dinner made for you!!
Cost and Time to Complete:
The cost of the hike is around 1,000 soles (USD300) if you do a tour, though cheaper if you do on your own, with an extra 240 soles for entrance fees (this is compulsory for everyone). Expect to pay more for the tour if you book online beforehand.
The hike is difficult, mainly due to the altitude but well worth it for the views. In many places, you walk around a corner and just stand there and say “wow” – you just can’t help it.
Normally you are hiking for between 6-8 hours a day and the rest of the time relaxing at camp and enjoying the amazing views from the campsites.
This has to be one of the most spectacular hikes I have done and one you should consider if you find yourself in Peru.
Peru – Colca Canyon
The Colca Canyon in Peru is less known than Machu Picchu but is certainly not less beautiful. It is most famous for its traditional towns but people come to see the condors (the birds with the largest wingspan in the world) that fly right through the valley.
The desert-like area near Arequipa is very different from other areas in Peru and it shows how much variety you can find in this country.
There are plenty of day tours by bus, but the best way to explore the Colca Canyon is on foot. The Colca Canyon trek brings you all the way down into the canyon past traditional towns and beautiful landscapes.
The trails are easy to find and it is very easy to do the trek without a guide. However, the trekking tours available in Arequipa are of good value starting at $40 and doing it yourself is not necessarily cheaper.
It is a tough hike. The Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the grand canyon and the first part is a long way down to the bottom. This sounds easy but is in fact quite hard on your muscles and you know that you have to walk the same distance up again.
Time to complete the Colca Canyon Trek:
While some people can complete the hike in 2 days, I would certainly recommend taking at least 3 days. The trek is quite difficult so you’ll be doing yourself a big favor in taking it easy.
The trail will be the same, but 3 days allows you more time in the canyon itself where you can stay overnight in the traditional villages and get a glimpse of daily rural life.
The Colca Canyon trek is challenging but definitely worth it. The hardest part is the steep climb out of the canyon, but you will be rewarded with epic views in the end. When you are in Peru make sure you visit Arequipa and organize the Colca Canyon trek from there. You will not regret your decision.
Brazil – Pao de Acucar
In Rio de Janeiro Brazil, South America’s largest country, there is the very famous Sugarloaf Mountain. The views from its peak over the sprawling city of Rio are wonderful but unless you are a skilled mountain climber, the only route to its peak is via the cable-car.
However, roughly five hours to the south by bus, Brazil has another Pao de Acucar (Sugar Mountain) and this one is more of an adventure and is only accessible via boat and a stiff hour long uphill hike – this makes it one of the best hikes in the world to me.
How to get there:
From Rio, go to Paraty Mirim. There are frequent buses to Paraty and once there, you can then get a further bus to Paraty Mirim. It’s shrouded by humid jungle and has a selection of rarely inhabited, beautiful beaches making it a truly dreamy destination.
The Pao de Acucar peak overlooks Saco do Mamangua which is Brazils only tropical fjord. I chose to hike the 90 minutes over the ridge from Paraty Mirim through sometimes thick jungle to arrive soaked in sweat on the large beach in front of the Mamangua Beach Hostel.
From here it was a simple task to get a boat across to the other side from a local. I paid 30R ($8 USD) for the return trip, arranging a pickup time with help from the people in the Hostel.
The climb is very steep for almost the entire 440m elevation gain but the views when you emerge from the forest at the top, around one hour later, are worth every drop of sweat – far-ranging vistas across Saco do Mamangua and the bays of Paraty and Ilha Grande.
This hike is tough. It’s steep with some sections that are closer to climbing than hiking. The humidity also plays a role, so have good footwear and take plenty of water. You can reflect in your accomplishment with a meal at the waterfront restaurant back at sea level.
TIP – If you don’t want to hike all the way from Paraty Mirim then it is also possible to get a boat from the jetty around the peninsula to the beach where the trail starts. Read more about my adventures here.
EL MORADO HANGING GLACIER – CHILE
Chile is full of natural wonders, but the ones in the central area often get overlooked by much more famous San Pedro de Atacama in the north and Torres del Paine in the south.
If you’re staying in Santiago (most likely where your trip to Chile will start), you’ll have plenty of options for a day hike! Head to Cajón del Maipo, to the south-east of the Chilean capital, and pick your favorite.
Mine is one off the beaten track, where you won’t run into many people: El Morado hanging glacier (not the same as Monumento El Morado, which is on the other side of the same valley, and it’s also really nice).
This one not only has a stunning reward at the end, but the whole way is also beautiful. The level of difficulty is moderate, but even if you’re not too fit, if you take it slow, you’ll manage. It’s perfect for a day trip, with about 10 km return trip.
The only downside is that it can’t be reached by public transportation, so you’ll have to drive to Valle de las Arenas and from then start walking. The hike is not signaled, but it’s easy to navigate.
Follow the path to a little stream, cross it, and continue hiking until you reach a river. You have to cross this one too. But don’t worry, it’s fairly easy. From here you start to go up a hill next to the river. It’s the hardest part of the route, but it’s absolutely worth it.
At the top, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of a rare hanging glacier at 3256 meters in the middle of the Andes. I’d recommend starting early in the morning if you’re staying in Santiago’s city center because it’ll take you about 2-3 hours to reach the parking lot where the path begins.
Ideally, bring walking sticks, water, sunscreen, some warm clothes (near the glacier it gets cold), and a camera -you won’t want to miss all the photo opportunities. Find out more about my travel adventures here.
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Canada – Panorama Ridge, British Columbia
Canada, particularly western Canada, is full of some of the most fantastic hikes anywhere in the world. There are the Canadian Rockies in Alberta to the Coastal Mountains in British Columbia. Living in Vancouver, BC you’re surrounded by mountain views and getting out on the trails is super easy!
The Panorama Ridge hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park near Whistler offers one of the most incredible mountain views and has picturesque views for the majority of the hike too.
It takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive from downtown Vancouver to the Panorama Ridge trailhead. Parking is limited and fills up quickly in summer. You ideally want to be there before 8 am to grab a spot or you may end up having to add 4km extra to your hike by parking further away!
Hiking Panorama Ridge can be done as a day hike or over the course of the weekend. It’s best done from mid-July to mid-October when the snow has mostly gone and there’s more daylight.
There’s no cost involved unless you decide to camp. In this case, it costs $10 per person per night plus $6 per tent pad.
At around 30km long depending on whether you stop by at Garibaldi Lake on the way up or back down, it’s a strenuous hike with around 1,520m of elevation gain and takes between 8-11 hours to complete.
The Panorama Ridge trail starts of difficult with several kilometers of steep switchbacks before easing off as you walk through the meadows (take bear spray with you as bears are frequently seen here!), and gets steep again as you climb up to the ridge.
However, it’s definitely worth it for the 360-degree views. There are glaciers, lakes, and mountains as far as the eye can see!
Canada – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada is known for its epic coastal views. When visiting Cape Breton, a drive along the infamous Cabot Trail must be on your bucket list.
Not only will Nova Scotia win you over with its charming coastal towns, friendly people, and delicious seafood, there are lots of gorgeous hikes within Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Perhaps most famous is the iconic Skyline Trail, which boasts some of the most epic views of the beautiful winding roads of the Cabot Trail. The skyline trail is located within Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
How to get there and cost:
Cape Breton Island is accessible from either the Halifax or Sydney, Nova Scotia airports, and renting a car is recommended for exploring the island. The cost of a daily admission is $7.80 or $15.70 for a family but I would absolutely recommend an annual pass if you are planning to explore Canada’s national parks further on your trip.
The skyline trail is a very easy hiking trail that can be accomplished by even beginner hikers. The total length of a return trip is 6km. We took a toddler on our hike and were even able to use a stroller for most of the trails.
The hike consists of 3 km of gravel paths that lead up to the final 1km which consists of the amazing coastal views. The total time to complete the hike is approximately 2-3 hours depending on your pace.
The trail is popular at sunset when many hikers pack a picnic lunch and watch the sunset off the coast.
During the months of May-September, you may even catch sight of the pilot whales in the Atlantic ocean of the coast of Cape Breton Island. Definitely add the Skyline trail to your bucket list hikes, the view will not disappoint!
Arizona, U.S.A – Havasu Falls
The Havasu Falls trail is one of the most famous hikes in Arizona USA. The waterfalls became famous due to social media and its colorful turquoise blue water contrasted against bright orange canyons. It is a unique, stunning spot that many people around the world are clamoring to experience.
How to get there and costs:
Due to its popularity, it has become challenging to see this waterfall. A small number of reservations and costly permits are offered every year in February.
The permit costs at least $300 a night and they usually sell out within a few hours of going on sale.
Traveling to the one of a kind oasis is more difficult than what most people would think. Contrary to what most people believe, the Havasupai Waterfalls are not part of the Grand Canyon National Park.
The Havasupai Tribe owns the land in Supai, Arizona. The trailhead is 4 1/2 hours from Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix), and 3 hours and 40 minutes from the Grand Canyon.
A minimum reservation of 3 nights near the falls is required. An extended stay is required due to the 10-mile hike to arrive at the camp.
The hike is not strenuous, so I would consider it moderate, mainly due to the length. A good number of people attempting this hike have never backpacked before either, so it can be a difficult first-time experience. The hike takes about 4 hours one way to complete.
Norway – Trolltunga
Norway has no shortage of incredible views but the one that seems to have captured the attention of Instagram-focused adventurers is Trolltunga. It’s not just a fun hike with a range of views along the way – it also has the ultimate photo payoff!
Trolltunga means ‘troll tongue’ and it’s easy to see how this hike gets its name when you reach the destination. A long piece of rock reaches out from the top of the cliff, as if a mountain is poking out its tongue at the world. Beneath this ledge is a drop of about 700 metres through nothing but air.
It’s this exact location that many (most, to be fair) hikers have come for – to take a photo standing on this ledge, looking as though they’re caught in a precarious and stunning moment. It is scary to walk out onto the rock, but I can tell you from experience that it’s much wider and sturdier than it looks.
How to get there and cost:
It is free to hike Trolltunga in Norway but getting to the starting point can be a bit tricky (and may add unwanted expenses).
It starts from a town called Skjeggedal and the easiest way to get there is by renting a car. By public transport, you need to get a bus from Odda to Tyssedal. From there, you may be able to continue on the bus (depending on when you go) or you need to hitchhike or catch a taxi.
The hike is 22 kilometers round trip and the fastest you can do it is about 7 hours. Most people will go slower than that – plus you need to account for the time spent at the rock, resting or photographing.
While it is not a technically-difficult hike, there are quite a few steep inclines and unpathed stretches that make it quite challenging.
There are no facilities along the way although some people do camp overnight and the weather can change suddenly and dramatically so you need to be prepared for the worst.
This is certainly a dramatic hike with stunning views along the way, plus an iconic final photo opportunity. It’s become more popular in recent years but it’s still challenging and remote enough that it also comes with a great sense of adventure.
Poland – Rysy, Tatra Mountains
Rysy is the tallest peak in Poland – it reaches 2499 meters. It forms part of High Tatras a breathtaking mountain range which belongs to Tatra mountains. They are the highest and most famous mountains in Poland and Slovakia.
Poland and Slovakia are perfect countries for travelers looking for inexpensive adventure trips. Relatively low prices, well-developed tourist infrastructure, and beautiful views make those two countries must-visit for all intrepid travelers.
Actually, Rysy is not just one peak. It is, in fact, a mountain massif which consists of three peaks. The highest reaching 2503 meters belongs to Slovakia (as well as the lowest Rysy peak which reaches 2473 meters).
Rysy trail is very popular among hikers, especially in the summer, when there is no snow and the day is long. Hikers like this trek for a few reasons: it is the highest mountain in Poland, it is one of the most beautiful trails in the High Tatras, and the trail starts at the most popular place in the area – Morskie Oko lake.
How to get there:
Getting to Morskie Oko from Zakopane tourist resort is very easy – there are many buses going from the centre to Palenica Bialczanska trailhead.
There is also a vast parking lot if you travel by car. From Palenica Bialczanska we hike for about 2 hours on an asphalt road and after getting to Morskie Oko lake the real fun begins.
The Rysy trek is scenic – impressive granite rocks soar towards the sky. Hikers also admire two post-glacial lakes on their way – the already mentioned Morskie Oko and Czarny Staw Pod Rysami. Both are awe-inspiring and a perfect place to catch a breath before the further climb.
Be aware, Rysy hike is not suitable for beginners because:
– Trail is long and gets very steep after we pass the second lake. There is a lot of height difference to hike. Hiking to Rysy from the parking lot takes about 6-7 hours (this does not include climbing down). Good physical condition is necessary.
– There are chains to facilitate the hike. Also, Rysy is not appropriate for hikers with the fear of height as we need to face significant exposure in higher parts.
– It tends to get crowded on weekends and in the summer. It not only reduces the pleasure of admiring Tatra landscape but also makes hiking more difficult.
That said, it’s an amazing hike with some of the best views in the world and definitely worth it!
Georgia – Kazbegi to Gergeti Trinity
Georgia (the country) is renowned for its epic landscapes and mountain vistas. Throughout the ages, Georgians have always had a knack for choosing the best vantage points to build their houses of worship – the country is plastered with churches perched atop high hills and monasteries hidden in clandestine caves.
If you want to drink in epic views of the Greater Caucasus mountains, one of the best free and easy hikes you can do in Georgia takes you from the town of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) to the iconic Gergeti Trinity Church.
Kazbegi is located in northern Georgia, close to the Russian border, about 3 hours by road from the capital, Tbilisi. It’s main church, Gergeti Trinity, sits high above the town and has become a poster child for tourism in the country.
Many people choose to visit the church in a 4WD. But it’s also possible to hike up from the town. You don’t need a guide, and you can cover the track in a couple of hours. The terrain is easy enough to walk in sneakers.
There are a number of different paths leading up the mountain – some are steep, others meandering. The most pleasant route is a gentle trail that follows a stream.
When I took this route in May, I had the path all to myself. Spring is the perfect time to go when the wildflowers are coming into bloom. The trail is usually closed in winter due to snowfall.
At the top, hikers are rewarded with a view of the church silhouetted against the snow-capped Caucasus mountains. You can then visit the church and walk around the perimeter to take in the different vantages before making your descent back into town via the steeper path.
Or if you’re an avid hiker (and you have the right gear with you), continue on to Gergeti Glacier for more epic views. – Emily from Wander-lush.org
Switzerland – Aletsch Glacier
The UNESCO World Heritage site, the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland, is the longest glacier in the Alps with a length of over 14 miles.
The huge glacier is slowly retreating but currently covers over 31 square miles in the stunning Valais canton. There are over 300 kilometers of hikes in this area – most of which provide jaw-dropping views of the glacier – so you will be spoilt for choice as to which walk to choose.
You can travel all the way up to the glacier viewpoints and high altitude hikes by the Bettmerhorn or Moosfluh cable car or another option is to exit at a changeover station such as Betten and hike the remainder of the way to the glacier.
Alternatively, stay in the local area and access countless walks from your doorstep! We stayed in the beautiful car-free village of Bettmeralp.
One of our favorite hikes was a walk from our accommodation which followed the ridgeline overlooking the magnificent glacier.
How to get there:
To start, we hiked steadily uphill from the center of Bettmeralp to Moosfluh stopping at pretty Lake Blausee en route. The sweeping views of grazing cows against a mountainous backdrop were postcard perfect!
The paths are rocky, well maintained and well signposted but there was no shade on the entire hike. We eventually met the ridge line and continued to hike along the ridge with the Aletsch Glacier laid out below us.
The views were breathtaking. The Aletsch Glacier is an incredible sight, a myriad of colors carving its way through sheer green covered mountains. Each bend in the path brings new views to stop you in your tracks.
We started our descent shortly before the Bettmerhorn cable car and zig-zagged our way down the mountainside back to Bettmeralp, pausing for a cooling swim in the idyllic Lake Bettmersee.
It is a long but technically easy walk though it was a challenging and exhilarating hike for our three children!
Montenegro – Kotor, St. John´s Fortress
While Montenegro is still a more or less hidden gem, Kotor – located in the northeast of Montenegro – surely is well known.
Kotor is all over Instagram and with the amazing views from St. John´s Fortress, overlooking the old town of Kotor and the Bay of Kotor, it is not really a surprise. Montenegro is a small country in the Balkans – bordering Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Albania.
The country offers breathtaking scenery – and is probably one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Kotor might be its most famous destination and here are some of the best things to do there.
While many people arrive via a cruise ship and stay only for a few hours, my tip is to stay in Kotor at least for one full day (or even longer and then do a few day trips from there).
But whether you are in Kotor for a few hours or longer – hiking up to St. John´s Fortress is a must.
There are different ways to get up st. John´s Fortress – both include climbing some stairs but one includes a lot of stairs.
How to get to St. John´s Fortress:
If you hike the unofficial trail, the Ladder of Kotor, you do not have to pay an entrance fee and can start your hike outside the city walls (and it starts from the Old Power Station).
This hike takes a bit longer (back and forth it zigzags up the mountain) but has fewer stairs and thus is better for those who do not like to climb that many stairs.
Once you reach a little window (about 20-40 minutes hiking) you have to climb through it (nothing illegal here) and then you are at the official hiking path.
From there you have to climb some stairs (another 15-30 minutes) to reach the St. John’s Fortress and to enjoy the amazing views of the Bay of Kotor.
You can also do the whole hike via the official hiking trail – be prepared to climb more than 1,300 stairs though.
The hiking path is definitely more busy and crowded and you have to pay an entrance fee of 8€ (free if you start before 8 am or after 8 pm).
This trail starts in the old town (behind the Church of St. Mary) and you have great views basically from the beginning.
So, whether path you choose for the start- it is surely worth it and you will be rewarded with amazing views!
Portugal – The Fishermen’s Trail
Portugal is an amazing country for both outdoor enthusiasts and culture lovers. There are many reasons to love Portugal:
It’s relatively cheap compared to the other European countries, it has good weather, people here are very friendly, food is delicious and there are so many things to do and to see that you can come here over and over and every time discover something new.
The Fishermen’s Trail is a part of the Rota Vicentina route network in the south of Portugal, it crosses Alentejo and Algarve regions and has spectacular views.
This part of Portugal is famous for beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise blue water, and an abundance of wildlife. Despite its popularity among the tourists the area of the Vicentina Natural park is well-preserved; no signs of over-tourism, no big hotels or resorts, tar roads, etc.
The Fishermen’s Trail is a 4-day hike along the coast, the route literally follows the coastline offering fantastic views from the cliffs, unspoiled beaches, hundreds of nesting storks, sand dunes and flower fields along the trail.
Spring is definitely the best time to hike this route; the weather is great, it’s warm but not too hot yet, it’s not too busy and there are thousands of wildflowers all over the area.
The total distance of the trek is 76 km. It’s not a very challenging route; daily distances are quite moderate between 16 km and 22 km but walking on sand with a backpack makes you pretty tired.
How to get there and cost:
The route starts in a small beach town of Porto Covo, it’s easy to get there from Lisbon; there are several daily buses from Sete Rios bus station, the journey takes about 2 hours, ticket costs 15€.
The Fishermen’s Trail can be done on different budgets between 20€ to 40€ per person, depending on what kind of accommodation you choose (camping, hostels or hotels) and if you cook your own food or eat in local restaurants.
The scenery on the route is truly breathtaking, it’s an ideal holiday trail for those who like hiking, beach and the sea.
france – GR20 in corsica
Corsica is unique in nature, as its history and isolation in the Mediterranean have formulated a cuisine, culture, music, and language individual to the island.
This stunning part of Europe is home to some of the best beaches and mountain trekking in the world, and Corsica is well-known for the GR20, which is considered the toughest long-distance trek in Europe.
The GR20 stretches the entirety of the island’s mountain range, and its difficulty level should not be underestimated – over a 16 day time period, hikers traverse 112 miles (180 kilometers) and over 40,000 feet (12,000 meters) of elevation gain and loss through pine forests, alpine meadows, glistening streams, and rocky outcrops.
While the physical difficulty of the trek is high, and hikers should also be comfortable with ledge exposure and heights, the incredible views and experience of comradery with other trekkers is unforgettable.
Most people hike the route from North to South, getting the tougher part of the hike out of the way before continuing on South, so flying into Calvi, just next to the trailhead, or the main city of Bastia, is the easiest for access.
A bumpy two-hour train ride from Bastia can bring travelers to the start of the trail in Calenzana, where they can stay overnight (and even enjoy a day at Calvi’s clear-blue water beaches) before starting out.
Breaking the trek into two sections, North and South, makes traversing at least part of the trail easier for those unable to spend a full 16 days in the mountains. If staying at designated huts with some trail-purchased meals, total travel and trekking costs will be approximately €500 for the duration of the hike; as hut dinner meals cost around €20, this can significantly increase the cost if meals are not packed in and largely accounted for.
June to October is the best time to visit, as snow can linger in the high mountains well into the summer season.
Don’t forget to take time exploring the beaches at Porto Vecchio for a relaxing swim, or even touring the vineyards of Northern Corsica on horseback, to truly experience the other beautiful regions of Corsica!
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Australia – Kim’s Lookout Loop Trail, Lord Howe Island
One of the best hikes I’ve ever done with epic views is Kim’s Lookout Loop trail in Australia.
First, you’ll take a short flight from Sydney or Port Macquarie on Australia’s East Coast and head east for about 600 km to the spectacular sub-tropical island paradise of tiny Lord Howe Island.
Several hundred photos later, the welcome tour provided by your accommodation host will be over – which will likely confirm that yes, you really ARE in paradise!
Magnificent beaches, soaring cliffs, ancient forests, rugged mountains, an astonishing coastline AND world’s southernmost coral reef, highest volcanic rock stack and (almost) rarest bird – it’ll come as no surprise to learn that the island is World Heritage listed.
Make the most of the scenic hiking trails and water-based sports like snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and diving while you’re there.
Don’t miss the boat tours around the island and out to that amazing rock stack (Balls Pyramid), or pie night at the golf club either. Yes, it’s pretty easy to spend a week on Lord Howe Island, especially when you factor in relaxation time as well!
The free 7km round trip hike to Kim’s Lookout isn’t the island’s most difficult trail and doesn’t climb to its highest point, but it’s got the best view of the distinctive twin peaks of Mounts Gower and Lidgbird at the island’s southern end.
It’s also a great vantage point over Mt Eliza and North Beach at the northern end, the Admiralty Islands to the east – and an almost TOO great view of the cliffs sweeping WAY down to the sea directly below.
The hike is rated Moderate to Difficult because of steep sections, rocky and uneven path, and sheer cliff drops so a reasonable level of fitness is required. It’s totally worth it, so get out there and check it out for yourself!
New Zealand – Roy’s Peak
If you’re looking to go on epic hikes, meet some amazing people, discover the Maori culture, hunt down Lord of the Ring locations, and see more sheep than you thought possible, add New Zealand to your bucket list.
Some may argue that it’s too far but done right, New Zealand will become your favorite country… just like it did for us!
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and love to hike, you’ll love everything New Zealand has to offer. Needless to say that the natural landscape in New Zealand left us completely speechless… as did our hike up Roy’s Peak.
Regardless, this trek will remain one of our favorites. The views you get during this hike will make the 1,578-meter climb well worth it.
How to get there and cost:
Roy’s Peak is located a few kilometers away from Wanaka. The best way to get to the site is by driving there. To be honest, the best way to get around New Zealand is to drive or to hitch-hike. Although there are buses that run across the country, the landscape is so beautiful that you’ll want to stop every two minutes to snap a pic.
Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque cities. Nestled in the mountains, surrounded by huge lakes, you barely need to hike to admire its beauty.
But getting up Roy’s Peak will get you a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountains, its many lakes, and even a few sheep along the way.
It’s free to hike the trail, and parts of it pass through private property used mainly for grazing sheep. They do however accept donations to keep the trail clean and well-maintained.
When you hike up Roy’s Peak, you should know that you’re in for a long day, depending on how active and healthy you are.
Expect the hike to take from 5 to 6 hours up and down. Pack a good amount of water and lunch (snacks always help). This will probably be the best lunch-with-a-view you’ll get.
Make sure you start early enough so you don’t climb in the scorching heat. There’s no shade on the trail, and you’ll be hiking up and down the same path. Although the trail is well-maintained, expect to get quite dusty as you’ll be walking on a dirt road.
Also, be sure you head all the way up the mountain. Many people stop at the lookout that’s about 30 minutes before you get to the top. The extra few meters are what makes the view even more impressive.
Either way, the views you’ll get out on this trail are well worth every moment of the steep climb and the sun blazing down on you! On your way down, don’t forget to give a few words of encouragement to those making their way up! Read about more of our adventures here.
I hope this post has inspired you to get out there and see some of the most epic views around the world!
I’ve added about 10 new countries to my bucket list so I can do some of these best hikes in the world and witness those mind-blowing views for myself!
I’m not the best hiker and I’m always the slowest but the challenging journey only makes the rewarding view that much better.
Which country was the most surprising to you? Where do you want to go now?
Let me know in the comments below!
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