23 of the world's best hiking trails (2023)

Editor's Note — Monthly Ticket is a CNN Travel series that spotlights some of the most fascinating topics in the travel world. In July, we're hitting the trails to explore the world's greatest hikes.

(CNN) — From a multi-day trek tracing the routes of a Japanese poet, to a classic clamber in the Argentinian Lake District, there are thousands of incredible trails that allow us to get up close to nature.

Walking boots and waterproof coats at the ready -- here are 23 of the best hiking trails in the world.

1. Pennine Way, United Kingdom

Stretching 268 miles from the Derbyshire Peak District to the Scottish Borders, the Pennine Way is the United Kingdom's most famous long distance path.

The entire walk takes around three weeks, passing over wild moorland east of Manchester and through the picture postcard Yorkshire Dales, before crossing the ancient border of Hadrian's Wall and on toward Scotland.

One for outdoor fanatics, camping enthusiasts and anyone who can handle the vagaries of great British weather.

2. Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Camino de Santiago route was highly traveled during the Middle Ages.

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Rather than following a single path, the Camino, also known as the Way of St. James, is actually a series of different pilgrimage routes, all ending at the shrine of the apostle St. James in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

The most popular modern route follows a line across northern Spain from the French Pyrenees.

While some choose to stay at monasteries along the way, plenty of operators offer hotel stays and luggage transfers.

Pura Aventura has a 12-day trip that passes through Galicia, staying in boutique inns, with bags sent ahead each day.

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3. Appalachian Trail, United States

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The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine.

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Extending for 2,200 miles, the Appalachian Trail is billed as the longest hiking-only footpath in the world.

It runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, passing through some of the most remote country in the United States.

That means it's an undertaking, either for those with endless vacation allowance, or walkers looking to do a small chunk of a classic route.

Well-marked paths and campsites mean it can be tackled alone. But those keen on comfort can use companies like Go Shenandoah, which offers pre-booked lodge accommodation and packed lunches in the spectacular Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, home to some of the best scenery on the trail.

4. The Basho Wayfarer, Japan

This trail follows the route taken by haiku poet Matsuo Basho 1689.


Japan boasts numerous ancient trails, connecting temples and cities. This self-guided trip follows a route taken by the poet Matsuo Basho over 300 years ago.

The six-day trek starts in Sendai and works its way through the northern Tohoku region, passing through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hiraizumi and along the ancient Dewa Kaido path, with its beech and cherry forests, before heading into the mountains of Natagiri-toge and finishing at the temple of Yamadera.

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Tour operator Walk Japan offers accommodation in traditional ryokan, with access to onsen baths to soothe aching bones after a long day's hiking.

5. Refugio Frey and Cerro Catedral, Argentina

The one-day Refugio Frey hike is one of the most scenic in Bariloche.

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The area around Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District is home to several stunning walks.

But for those with limited time, it's hard to beat the one-day trek to Refugio Frey and Cerro Catedral.

A bus to Villa Catedral drops at the start of a wide, well-marked path, which winds its way into the Andes, passing through woods before emerging above the tree line into a world of spectacular, soaring peaks. Intrepid visitors can stay at Refugio Frey, either in the hut or camping in its grounds.

6. Mount Toubkal, Morocco

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A hike to North Africa's highest peak is a challenging, but rewarding task.

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North Africa's highest peak at 4,167 meters (13,671 feet), a hike to the top of Mount Toubkal isn't for the faint-hearted.

The path upwards rises from the village of Imlil, passing over a dry river bed before rising sharply through the shrine at Sidi Chamharouch and on towards a large mountain hut.

After overnighting here, hikers strap on crampons and set off up the snowfield to the summit, where the Atlas Mountains open out and the views are relentless.

A local guide and muleteers for carrying luggage are a must, with tour operator Much Better Adventures able to arrange both, along with transfers to and from Marrakech.

7. Great Wall of China, Jinshanling section

Walking the Great Wall at the tourist hotspot of Badaling can be a stressful experience, with crowds and hawkers making it almost unbearable.

Jinshanling, situated 87 miles northeast of Beijing, offers the perfect chance to explore a steep, winding and relatively unscathed section of this true Chinese icon.

The route through to the wall at Simatai is closed, but the back and forth trip along this section makes for a strenuous workout, with truly amazing views.

Bear in mind China is currently closed to international leisure tourists, but tours and transfers are still available for those in the country.

8. Dragon's Back, Hong Kong

The Dragon's Back trail is among the best hikes in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong may be known for its towering skyscrapers and narrow streets, but the mainland and islands are dotted with myriad hiking trails, the most famous of which is the Dragon's Back.

Easily reached by bus from downtown Hong Kong, the path begins in a shady tree tunnel on the Shek O Road, before scaling Shek O Peak, with vistas over white sandy beaches, lush hills and tropical islands. The route ends at the beach at Big Wave Bay, its warm waters perfect for a post-hike dip.

9. The Dingle Way, Ireland

Ireland's Dingle Way trail can be completed in around eight days.

Ireland Ways

Stretching 111 miles, The Dingle Way is a circular path that offers the best way to get under the skin of wild County Kerry in Ireland's south west.

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Starting in the town of Tralee, the clockwise path follows narrow roads, known as boreens, taking in the wide sweep of sand at Inch Strand, passing along the clifftops outside Dingle town and heading around the edge of Mount Brandon, the highest peak on the Dingle Peninsula.

A number of tour companies arrange accommodation along the route, which can be tackled over as many as 10 days.

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10. Tergo La Trek, Bhutan

Bhutan's remoteness only adds to the mystique of its walking trails.

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The relative inaccessibility of Bhutan and need for tourist passes means its trails are unspoiled and ripe for exploration. Tergo-La Trek, in the Haa Valley, is one of the country's lesser known routes.

This guided trek from Bhutanese tour operator Blue Poppy rises from 3,500 meters to 4,135 meters, passing through peaceful forest paths and up wild mountain tracks, with views of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world.

Yak herders' camps and distant villages add to the sense of being in another world.

11. Tahoe Rim Trail, United States

The Tahoe Rim Trail spans two US states, California and Nevada.

Tahoe South

A 165-mile loop around the Tahoe Rim Basin, this iconic trail was established in 1981 and is regarded as one of the finest hikes in the United States.

Passing through six counties and four national forests, in land that straddles California and Nevada, the Tahoe Rim Trail is the best way to explore the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges.

Intrepid travelers can pack a tent and get back to nature on an 11-day jaunt, best undertaken between July and September.

12. Armenia and the Silk Road

Armenia's beautiful natural landscapes are best explored on foot.

Walks Worldwide

Easily overlooked, Armenia has some of the best walking trails in Europe.

The 11-day Armenia and the Silk Road trip takes in some of its finest routes, connecting the UNESCO protected monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat, passing over limestone peaks and through verdant forests, with the opportunity to hike in the wild Geghama Mountains and climb to the top of Aragats, the country's tallest mountain.

13. Lechweg Trail, Austria and Germany

The Lechweg Trail follows the Lechweg river from Lechall in Fussen.

Walks Worldwide

Starting in the Bavarian town of Fussen, this nine-day route follows the Lechweg river to its source in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg.

Passing the royal castles of a King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Germany as well as crystal clear lakes, the trail heads through the Tiroler Lech National Park, a protected area with lush meadows, turquoise water and ibex at every turn.

Although the trail is self-guided, Walks Worldwide can arrange accommodation and meals, meaning visitors only need worry about putting on their boots and backpacks each morning.

14. Indus Valley, Himalaya, India

Indus Valley -- one of the most famous treks in Ladakh.

Shakti Himalaya

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While a Himalayan trek is always going to be magical, this remote three-day jaunt in the Indus Valley takes some beating.

The hike, which is an extension of luxury operator Shakti Himalaya's seven-day itinerary to the region, leaves the village of Moncarmo and heads to Matho Phu and Shang Phu.

Phu translates as summer pastures, meaning this lush ground makes for pleasant walking while staring at the surrounding peaks and glaciers.

The trip includes stops at local tea houses, with dome tents pitched each evening for a comfortable night's sleep.

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15. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts many of the world's remaining mountain gorillas.

Sanctuary Retreats Gorilla Forest Camp

Wildlife walks don't come more fascinating than a trip into Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you can get up close and personal with the area's mountain gorilla population.

As part of a wider itinerary, Yellow Zebra Safaris offers walks in which visitors are taken on hikes across the forest to meet habituated gorillas used to the presence of humans.

Groups are typically limited to eight people.

16. West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island

The West Coast Trail was originally named the Dominion Lifesaving Trail.

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Canada's wilderness and sheer scale mean it's blessed with some truly astounding hiking trails.

The classic West Coast Trail covers 47 miles around southern Vancouver Island, with stunning ocean scenery at Bonilla Point and accessible sea caves at Owen Point.

The hike involves scaling ladders, wading through rivers and battling along muddy tracks, but with the bonus of being able to camp out in spectacular open country.

Although self-guided, walkers need to reserve a place on the trail at the start of the year, with spaces severely limited.

17. Percorsi Occitani, Maira Valley, Italy

Percorsi Occitani is positioned in one of the most unspoiled areas of northern Italy.

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A network of ancient pathways through the Cottian Alps, a walk in the Percorsi Occitani is like stepping back in time.

Many locals still speak the Occitan language, while the remoteness of the Maira Valley makes it one of the most unspoiled corners of northern Italy.

Linking hamlets and villages, this nine-day self-guided route scales some of the area's more challenging hills, dipping into green valleys, with stays at traditional mountain refuges.

Luggage transfers and traditional Occitan meals can be arranged by Inn Travel.

18. Lares and Royal Inca Trail, Peru

The Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu is unquestionably one of South America's greatest treks.

It can also feel overrun at times, which is where this excellent alternative comes in.

Lares and Royal Inca Trail, a guided three-day trek in the Lares region, follows an ancient Inca path through Andean forests, up the Huchayccasa pass and through the village of Huacahuasi, with the chance to catch glimpse of soaring Mount Veronica.

Once over, hikers can then catch a train to the Inca Trail, completing the final stretch through the cloud forest and into the famous ruins.

19. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica's rich biodiversity is best explored in the high cloud forests of Monteverde.

The reserve has a series of well-marked paths ideal for those keen on an easy stroll with the chance to see the area's striking bird life and flora up close without having to pack for a multi-day hike. Orchids, ferns and mosses abound, with the chance of seeing a brightly colored quetzal flying high above the trees.

20. The Lycian Way, Turkey

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The Lycian Way overlooks the Turquoise Coast.

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Covering 300 miles around the coast of southern Turkey from Fethiye to Antalya, the Lycian Way gives walkers a chance to explore the former kingdom of Lycia.

Passing through the ancient town of Sidyma and the ghost town of Kaya, the route cleaves to the water, with the chance of a cooling dip after a long day's walk.

Peter Sommer Travels offers an eight-day guided hike along the opening stretch, with the chance to stay on a traditional gulet sail boat each night.

The route is well-marked and can be followed without a guide.

21. The Balkans, Montenegro and Albania

The Balkans' mountains make for a stand out hiking experience.

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While the Alps is renowned for classic European hikes, the Balkans' beautiful mountains make for an excellent alternative for those who'd rather hike away from the crowds.

Kucki Kom, one of Montenegro's most arresting peaks at 2,487 meters, is worth the trip alone, with the scramble to the top rewarded with huge views of the Komovi Mountains.

Those after a longer hike can book onto Ramblers Holidays' 14-day route along Montenegro and Albania's best hiking trails, starting in Kotor and ending in Tirana.

22. Cloud Forest trek, Laos

A challenging trek through the rare cloud forests of northern Laos.

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The remote area of Houaphan in Laos is home to Indochina's last wild tigers. Inside Asia's Cloud Forest Trek gives hikers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures, with the chance to set and monitor camera traps.

This multi-day guided trip to the summit of Phou Louey, Laos' third highest mountain, also includes overnight stays in bamboo huts and time spent watching wildlife at the Poung Nied Salt Lick.

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23. Cape to Cape Track, Western Australia

The Cape to Cape Track stretches over 76 miles of Western Australia's coast.

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Starting at the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste and finishing 76 miles away at the lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin, the most south westerly point in mainland Australia, this track is the ultimate way to see some of the finest scenery in Australia.

Hikers can camp along the route or arrange accommodation via the Friends of the Cape to Cape Track.

The Cape to Cape Track route is well signposted, but guides are available to those who want to learn more about the area and its beaches and forests.

Joe Minihane is a freelance travel writer and editor.


What is the most famous hike in the world? ›


The Inca Trail has been one of the most famous and most popular hiking routes in the world for many years. It leads to the mysterious and ancient site of Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca citadel ruin.

What's the deadliest hike in the world? ›

HuaShan, China

This epic trail to the South Peak of HuaShan, one of China's Five Great Mountains, is often billed as the most dangerous hike in the world, and for good reason.

What is the most difficult trail in the world? ›

Everest Base Camp (EBC)

The Everest Base Camp Trek in the Himalayas in Nepal is one of the most famous and also, the hardest hikes in the world.

What is the hardest trail to hike? ›

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  4. The Skyline Trail to Camp Muir, WA. ...
  5. Half Dome, CA. ...
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  7. The Narrows (Top Down), UT.
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What hike has the most deaths? ›

America's deadliest hike is Mount Ranier in Washington State. It has claimed over 400 deaths. Anything but a “walk in the park,” Mount Ranier features extreme and fast weather changes, avalanches, falling rocks, and an unpredictable volcano. Hypothermia is common, along with broken bones, drowning, and heat stroke.

What is the longest thru hike in the world? ›

The world's longest trail is actually further north though, in Canada. The Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, runs for a rather daunting 14,912 miles (or 24,000km) and is currently the longest hiking trail in the world.

How many people have fallen off Devils Bridge? ›

Accidents and Deaths

Only two deaths have been recorded online from falls on this hike, and (surprisingly?) only one involved a fall from the actual bridge.

Is climbing Machu Picchu hard? ›

What is the Machu Picchu trek difficulty? The difficulty of the Classic Inca Trail is considered to be a moderate level hike. The classic Inca Trail Route is 43 km (26 mi) long and often steep, you will hike over four days at an elevation nearing 13,828 feet (4,215 meters).

What state has the best hiking trails? ›

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  • 8/10 Alaska.
  • 7/10 Montana.
  • 6/10 Arizona.
  • 5/10 Hawaii.
  • 4/10 California.
  • 3/10 Oregon.
  • 2/10 Utah.
  • 1/10 Colorado.
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What is a Class 5 climb? ›

Class 5: Where rock climbing begins in earnest. Climbing involves the use of a rope, belaying, and protection (natural or artificial) to protect the leader from a long fall. Fifth class is further defined by a decimal and letter system – in increasing and difficulty.

What hike has the most elevation gain? ›

The Skyline Trail – aka the Cactus to Clouds Trail – runs about 21.2 miles from Palm Springs to San Jacinto Peak with a hike back to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It sports 10,332 feet of elevation gain.

What is the most famous trail in the US? ›

The US's most famous long-distance trails – the Appalachian, Continental Divide and Pacific Crest – follow mountain ranges running from north to south.

What city has the best hiking trails? ›

City Rankings
Overall Rank (1=Best)CityHiking Access Rank
1Portland, OR5
2Tucson, AZ2
3Phoenix, AZ1
4Colorado Springs, CO3
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What is the longest walk in the world? ›

The longest walkable distance, from Cape Town in South Africa to the port town of Magadan on the eastern side of Russia, is yet to be explored. No human has ever gone on this long a walk. The distance between these two destinations is 22,387 km.

Which national park has the most crime? ›

According to the site's final report, which has been cited by outlets from ABC to the Washington Post, Grand Canyon led the park system with 134 deaths, followed closely by Yosemite (126) and Great Smoky Mountains (92).

How scary is Angels Landing? ›

This five-mile hike in Zion National Park is not recommended for beginners, nor is it recommended for people with a fear of heights or tight spaces. While not necessarily technically challenging, Angel's Landing is a hike where people have lost their lives, and it is one of the most dangerous in the U.S.

Why do they call it Angels Landing? ›

Angels Landing was named a century ago by Frederick Vining Fisher, a Methodist minister so in awe of the massive sandstone cliff that he surmised that only angels might land on it. The name stuck, and the trail was built in the 1920s.

What is the oldest hiking trail in the world? ›

Naukluft Trail: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

The trail itself loops through the ravine-sliced Naukluft Mountains, which demarcate the Namib's eastern edge, and which date back two billion years themselves.

What is the longest trail in USA? ›

The American Discovery Trail is a 6,800-mile route that travels from coast to coast across 15 states and boasts the longest distance of any U.S. trail.

What are the 3 longest trails in the US? ›

The Triple Crown consists of the Big Three National Scenic Trails: The Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Completing the Triple Crown requires about 7,900 miles of hiking through 22 US States.

Why is Devils bridge called Devil's Bridge? ›

History of Devil's Bridge

According to legend, the original bridge over the river earned its name because of an old woman who lost her cow and saw it grazing on the opposite bank. The Devil appeared and promised to build a bridge in exchange for the soul of the first living thing to cross it.

How difficult is Devil's Bridge hike? ›

Devil's Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area. Don't let its name fool you: it's one of the most heavenly sights in an area famous for them. From a trailhead elevation of 4,600 feet, there's a mere 400 foot climb in altitude during this moderately difficult, 1.8-mile roundtrip trek.

How long does it take to do Devil's Bridge? ›

The actual Devil's Bridge Trail is fairly short (about 1.8 miles roundtrip), but you will probably end up walking a longer distance because of the rough roads and the available parking areas. Expect to walk anywhere from 4 to 5.8 miles round-trip and take about 2 to 3 hours to complete the hike.

Has anyone walked the entire Appalachian Trail? ›

Five others reported completing the entire Trail between 1939 and 1946, including a 1939 completion by George W. Outerbridge, who now has a shelter named after him just south of Lehigh Gap, Pennsylvania, on the first stretch of Trail he completed in 1932.

Has anyone thru hiked the Great Trail? ›

This trail boasts very few long-distance hikers. Instead it is populated by day or section hikers, and cyclists doing longer stretches. Notable exceptions to this include Dianne Whelan and Sarah Jackson, two of the Great Trail's few thru-hikers.

Can I make money hiking? ›

It is Possible to Make Money Hiking

While it may seem to good to be true, you can make money while hiking, backpacking and camping. As long as there are people purchasing outdoor gear, and taking on hiking trips there will be companies and groups willing to pay experts for information and content.

Which is more difficult the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest trail? ›

Because of its steep climbs, the AT is considered to be physically more difficult than the PCT or CDT.

Is Half Dome scary? ›

It is completely fine to turn back as this is a genuinely scary section of hiking. It is far worse than anything we've ever seen in a decade of hiking around the world (Angels Landing has nothing on Half Dome). So if you're not sure, just go and see it for yourself!

Can you climb Mt Washington in a day? ›

As an example, 4 hours and 15 minutes is the “book” time for hiking to the summit of Mt. Washington via the Tuckerman Ravine Trail (one way distance of 4.2 miles) and the descent will not be faster. A round trip hike to the summit of Mount Washington via this most popular trail will very likely take more than 8 hours.

When should you not go to Machu Picchu? ›

Machu Picchu in February

Travelers must be prepared for rain, schedule changes due to landslides, or bad weather. February is one of the worst months to visit Machu Picchu. Most trails will be closed, including the Inca Trails, Salkantay Treks, and Choquequirao Treks.

Can a beginner hike Machu Picchu? ›

You do not need to be an expert hiker or have done several multi-day treks in order to complete a 2, 4 or 5+ day trek to Machu Picchu. My advice if you want to trek to Machu Picchu is to spend a few days in Cusco beforehand getting acclimated to the high elevation, and to have a good and tough mindset.

Where do you sleep when hiking Machu Picchu? ›

3: Where do we sleep along the trail? To keep Peru and its ancient trails beautiful, there are set campsites you'll make your way to each night. As mentioned, all of your sleeping gear is supplied and carried to the camps by our team of skilled porters.

What National Park has the best hiking? ›

With over 44,000 combined miles to choose from, consider these national parks ranked best for hiking.
  1. Yosemite, California. ...
  2. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. ...
  3. Yellowstone, Wyoming. ...
  4. Olympic National Park, Washington. ...
  5. Shenandoah, Virginia. ...
  6. Glacier, Montana.
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Where is the best place to hike in the USA? ›

1. Appalachian Trail
  • Arizona. Grand Canyon. ...
  • California. Yosemite National Park. ...
  • California. Big Sur. ...
  • Minnesota. Superior Hiking Trail. ...
  • New Hampshire. White Mountains. ...
  • New York. Bear Mountain. ...
  • Utah. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. FOR SLOT CANYON ADVENTURES.

Who has completed the Triple Crown of hiking? ›

Tyler Lau is the first person of color to thru-hike three major U.S. trails in less than a year. He completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails—known as the Triple Crown—in fewer than 365 days.

What class is Everest? ›

The trek to Everest Base Camp is mostly class 1 intermixed with brief class 2 sections. Some of the route from Camp 2 at the base of theLhotse Face to the South Summit is class 3 but mostly class 2 via the fixed ropes.

What grade is El Capitan? ›

Free-Soloing El Capitan

What is this? The route is graded 5.12d VI, and is by no means an easy climb, even when using a rope and safety gear, which made Honnold's ascent that much more impressive and death defying.

What is the hardest mountain to climb? ›

At 28,251 feet, K2, which straddles the Pakistan-China border, is about two and a half football fields shorter than Everest, but it's widely considered the planet's toughest and most dangerous mountain to climb, earning the nickname “Savage Mountain.” Unlike Everest, it is not possible to “walk” to the top; all sides ...

Which hiking trail is the hardest? ›

Everest Base Camp (EBC) The Everest Base Camp Trek in the Himalayas in Nepal is one of the most famous and also, the hardest hikes in the world. Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,364m is where some of the best mountaineers in the world start their attempt to climb the highest mountain on the planet, Mount Everest.

What is the longest hiking trail in North America answer? ›

The longest hiking-only trail in North America is the Appalachian Trail, spanning 2,200 miles. The longest trail, hiking, biking, etc., is the American Discovery Trail, a 5,057 mile system of trails and roads crossing the continental United States.

What's the longest hike in the world? ›

The Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, runs for a rather daunting 14,912 miles (or 24,000km) and is currently the longest hiking trail in the world. There are also some stunning options elsewhere, travelling through Italy, Japan and even along the coast of England.

What is the famous walk in Europe? ›

The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James, is a series of walks across Europe which all culminate at the Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. Each route takes you through spectacular countryside and scenery, but one of the most popular is the Camino Frances.

How many Triple Crown hikers are there? ›

Only about 400 people total have completed all three of these trails over a lifetime, most of whom take 4-6 months for each hike. I was the first female to complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown and I am the only woman to have completed the Triple Crown trails each 3 times.

How far can you walk on earth? ›

This Is the Longest Walkable Distance on Earth. Got three spare years to make the trek? The suspected longest walking route on Earth is 14,000 miles from South Africa to extreme north Russia. Pilgrimages like the Camino de Santiago or the Appalachian Trail are short by comparison.

Who has done the triple crown of hiking? ›

Fifteen years ago, Heather Anderson came up with a crazy idea–and on November 8 it came true. She just completed over 11,265K (7,000 miles) of hiking in eight months, hiking the Appalachian Trail (3,380K+), Pacific Crest Trail (4,184K+), and Continental Divide Trail (4,828K+) in one calendar year.

Has anyone thru hiked the Great Trail? ›

This trail boasts very few long-distance hikers. Instead it is populated by day or section hikers, and cyclists doing longer stretches. Notable exceptions to this include Dianne Whelan and Sarah Jackson, two of the Great Trail's few thru-hikers.

What are the 10 benefits in hiking? ›

Top 10 benefits of hiking
  • Get fit. Looking for a way to stay active that doesn't involve going to the gym? ...
  • Exercise on your own terms. ...
  • Lower your blood pressure and sugar levels. ...
  • Develop lean legs. ...
  • Strengthen your core. ...
  • Protect your bone density. ...
  • Commune with nature. ...
  • Boost your brain.

What country in Europe has the best hiking? ›

Switzerland historically is one of the greatest hiking countries in Europe, and has been a favourite of the British for many many years. Jungfrau takes the spot as one of our best places to hike in Europe, not just because it's in Switzerland, but because it epitomises Alpine freedom and natural mountain beauty.

How much money do you need to walk the Camino de Santiago? ›

Total Trip Costs

Most pilgrim budgets fall in the $30-60 (€25-50) per day range, meaning a 30-day walk would cost $900-1800 (€750-1500). If you don't already have hiking gear, new gear could easily cost $300-600 (€250-500) if you need to get new footwear, backpack and sleeping bag.

What is the walk in Spain called? ›

Spain's famous pilgrimage trail, El Camino de Santiago, has become one of the most popular walking holidays and spiritual journeys in Europe.

What is the difference between hiking and trekking? ›

Whereas the definition of hiking includes the word “walk”, something typically seen as jovial, easy and pleasant, trekking is defined as a “journey”, which is typically something that is more challenging, requires more effort and that tends to take more than one day.

Who is most popular women's hiker? ›

1. Grandma Gatewood. I would never have started this trip if I had known how tough it was, but I couldn't and wouldn't quit. Emma Rowena Gatewood, aka Grandma Gatewood, was the first woman to solo hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one season.

Which country is famous for mountain climbing? ›

The Matterhorn – Switzerland

The Matterhorn is a world famous peak, situated in the Swiss Alps. Its climb is one of the most popular in the world, as it is the birthplace of mountaineering. Its stunning view from the summit (14,692ft) makes the difficult ascent all worthwhile.


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Birthday: 1996-01-03

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