Distance: 26 miles
Time: 4 Days
Best Time to Go: May to September
One of the most popular hikes in the world, the Inca Trail takes you through 26 miles of grueling inclines and declines. You get a chance to explore ruins, jungle, and beautiful mountain scenery, and of course, end the hike at Machu Picchu. This hike combines beautiful scenery and an incredible experience to be around the awe inspiring ruins.
Location: Georgia to Maine, US
Distance: 2,180 miles
Time: 5-7 months
Best Time to Go: Year round
This hike is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world and is not an easy feat. It takes you through 14 states, beginning in Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It takes careful planning and execution if you want to do it! The path is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, and managed by the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads and farms.
Distance: 65 miles
Time: 3-5 days
Best Time to Go: August to Early September
Kungsleden, or “The King’s Trail,” is a 275-mile traverse, but get a glimpse of this amazing landscape with a shorter hike. See the amazing Arctic landscape, open tundra, big glaciers, and brush up against Sweden’s highest peak, Mount Kebnekaise.
Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike
Location: Arizona, United States
Distance: 44 miles
Time: 4-6 days
Best Time to Go: March to May, September to November
This hike gives you an in-depth look at on of Earth’s greatest features. Not only does it help you appreciate it’s vastness physically, the views and scenery that you get by being up close and personal with it will be more rewarding than any view point you’ll get by a quick stop.
Yosemite Grand Traverse
Location: California, United States
Distance: 60 miles
Time: 6-7 day
Best Time to Go: Mid-July to Mid-September
This trek takes you through some of the best of Yosemite National Park, part of the John Muir Trail, and the Cathedral Range. You hike through waterfalls, granite basins, sprawling meadows, and you even ascend Half Dome via the Cable Route.
The Long Range Traverse
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Distance: 25 miles
Time: 3-6 days
Best Time to Go: July to September
Less of a trail, and more of a frolic through the Gros Morne National Park, this hike takes you to a land that seems untouched. You will trek over tundra and explore hidden lakes, and you may even share campsites with moose, caribou, or black bears.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Distance: 70 miles
Time: 16 days
Best Time to Go: March to May
This trek is becoming popular as you get the opportunity to experience the people and culture that makes their home at these elevations. You also get to be face-to-face with the highest point on Earth.
Trek to Petra
Distance: roughly 50 miles
Time: 5-9 Days
Best Time to Go: October to April
Considered one of the best hikes in the Middle East, this trek takes you through gorges, ridges, and rocky terrain. You end this epic hike exploring the temples and tombs of this fascinating city. A visit to Petra is an experience every one should experience in their lifetime.
Fitz Roy Trek
Location: Patagonia, Argentina
Distance: 36 miles
Time: 4-7 days
Best Time to Go: February to April
Although you need to travel to the end of the earth to get here, it is worth every mile! This takes you through Los Glaciares National Park, which by the way is the size of Delaware, and gives you views of beech forests, open plains, glaciers, waterfalls, and the iconic Fitz Roy Massif.
Sierra High Route
Location: California, United States
Distance: 195 miles
Time: Around 13 days
Best Time to Go: Summer or Early Fall
Keeping you between 9,000 and 11,500 feet, most of this hike runs parallel to the John Muir Trail but gives you more scenery and solitude. The scenery is out of this world and the photo opportunities are everywhere.