The United Kingdom has glorious hikes aplenty, but for some of the best walks in the world you’re going to have to head overseas. There are a few we’d include from home, but they already feature in plenty of our other articles - like our best UK long distance walks. So, from the Swiss Alps to the canyons of Utah, here are some of our favourite hikes around the world.
This is a long, but gradual ascent which is advised for mid to high level hikers. It is a striking route which will take you through one spectacular view after the other, even during cloudy weather. The generally well pathed route does feature some tougher sections, but will treat you to idyllic flowering meadows and traditional Swiss chalets, before reaching the dramatic, world renowned peaks of the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Monch. The stunning views are what make it one of the best hikes in the world.
The Inca trail isn’t one for the faint of heart, the 26-mile hike of winding inclines and declines also puts you at 13,828 ft altitude, which in and of itself increases the output of exercise considerably. The trail takes you to one of the 7th wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.
The 15th century citadel of the Inca people is a sight of awe and wonder. While you can reach the ancient site via train or bus, the Inca Trail is going to give you an unforgettable experience and take you back to a time long before our modern day travel, on the mountain stairway of those who built it.
If you want to visit Machu Picchu while on this trail, be sure to book and to check when it's open. Over decades, heavy tourism has caused damage to the site so tourism is controlled to ensure it can be enjoyed for many decades to come.
Gather your fellowship and head to Mordor, or at least where the Lord of the Rings series’ famous landscape was filmed. The volcanic area will treat you to a geologist’s dreamland of rocks, craters, mineral lakes and the iconic Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom), alongside Mount Tongariro and Mt Taranaki. New Zealand is a country full of wonderful hikes, but this is one of its most visually fascinating, often being crowned the king of the Kiwi hikes. It definitely makes our list of the best hikes in the world.
Don’t let the words 'base camp' fool you: this is still a magnificent sight and challenge no matter how high you climb. Mount Everest and Chomolungma provide scenery that is arguably unbeatable at any other mountain range in the world. Probably the ultimate bucket list for any hiker, even treading foot on Everest is going to be one for the memory banks. Jagged, snowy mountain tops and rugged passes disappear into the sky in this maze of rock, snow and beauty. If you're looking for a mountain hike, this is without doubt one of the best.
Like much of the USA’s desert valleys, Horseshoe Canyon offers deep ridges and cliffsides that will make your jaw drop. Here, the red-rock canyons are the highlight, with the ancient and mysterious Great Gallery – a 2000 year old series of alien-like humanoid figures painted by Native Americans. Horseshoe Canyon gives you a slice of the American desert and a window into its native history.
It might not have the same fame as the Grand Canyon, but it's incredible landscape still makes it one of the best hikes in the world.