From the mountains of the Alps to the canyons of the American Southwest, these are some of the world’s most stunning hiking destinations.
Hiking is a wonderful way to explore new cultures, experience nature and enjoy the great outdoors. But it’s also a sport that demands serious training and preparation. Whether you’re just starting out or have been a long-time hiker, this guide will help you find the best trails for your next trip.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: The Roof of Africa
As the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro is a popular destination for trekking challenge-seekers. It takes a skilled climber to conquer the summit, but it’s well worth it for the views from the top. The trek can be completed in a day or over a few days, but the best option is to join a guided tour that will take you through all the necessary safety and planning procedures.
Pays Dogon, Cameroon: This remote region in the central highlands of Central Africa is home to some of the last wild tigers in the region, and there’s plenty of wildlife on the trails too. A multi-day trek with Inside Asia will take you to the foot of the Pays Dogon and into its cloud forests, with overnight stays in bamboo huts along the way.
Argentina: Lake District on the Western Wedge of Patagonia
This pristine region in northwest Argentine Patagonia is a prime spot for epic hiking. The scenery is incredible – picture-perfect glacial lakes, imposing peaks and lush forests can all be found here. There are a wide range of walks from short, scenic routes to longer, more challenging routes that require the use of crampons and ice axes.
The Reserva Faunistica Peninsula Valdes, Brazil: A visit to the southern coast of this Brazilian wilderness is an opportunity to see whales, elephant seals and guanacos, plus hundreds of other species of marine life. With 400km (250mi) of coastline and a number of hiking trails to choose from, this area is the perfect place for those seeking a memorable nature-based holiday.
Dominica: Self-proclaimed ‘Nature Island’
The Caribbean island of Dominica has long been regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations for hiking, and its trails are no exception. The Waitukubuli National Trail is a 114km route that takes in coastal villages, rainforests, waterfalls and jungle vistas.
Kungsleden, Sweden: ‘The King’s Trail’
This 275-mile circuit in Swedish Lapland is a highlight of any trekker’s career. It’s one of the most challenging in the world, but don’t let that put you off – there are shorter trails and a number of accommodation options to make it as manageable as possible.
South Africa: The Wild Coast
The untamed Wild Coast of South Africa is home to some of the continent’s most secluded hiking spots, with a range of trails traversing distinctive mountain peaks, rolling deserts and emerald forests. You can hike from lion-stalked bushveld and high mountains to the sands of the Indian Ocean, with a range of hiking huts and campsites conveniently positioned along the way.