52 Best Hikes in the World By Travel Bloggers – Part 1: Africa, Asia, Europe

Hiking is one of the most fulfilling ways to travel. Breathing the fresh air, taking in spectacular scenery and exploring nature using your own two feet is a great way to experience a destination. I wanted to put together a list of the best hikes in the world but to make it work I needed some help!

I’ve asked over 50 top travel bloggers to share their favourite hikes from around the world. They didn’t disappoint! From easy walks to multi-day adventures, they came back with an incredible selection of trails. Part 1 focuses on the best hikes in Europe, Asia and Africa – keep an eye out for Part 2 which will feature the Americas and Oceania. So dust off your hiking shoes and get ready for an adventure!

52 Best Hikes in the World By Travel Bloggers – Part 1: Africa, Asia, Europe


Africa

1. Erta Ale Volcano – Ethiopia – by Mike of 197 Travel Stamps

Length: 12km – Duration: 3 hours – Difficulty: Moderate

The crater of Erta Ale volcano in northern Ethiopia holds one of only five lava lakes in the world. Due to the heat in the Danakil Depression, the hike can only be done after sunset and takes around three hours.

Looking down over the rim of the crater into the boiling and bubbling lava was one of my most memorable travel experiences after visiting over 100 countries. Local guides and drivers are necessary to reach the base camp of the volcano and to find the way to the crater in the darkness of the night.

Erta Ale Volcano - Best hikes in the world

2. Mount Ololokwe – Kenya – by Patrick of German Backpacker

Length: 5.5 km to summit/11km return – Duration: 6-7 hours round trip – Difficulty: Moderate

Hiking Mount Ololokwe in Samburu County is an awesome chance to explore the Kenyan countryside off the typical tourist path. The base of the trail is about 1.5 hours north of Nanyuki and I had to be accompanied by two armed guards to protect me against wild elephants (and hostile tribes…) during the climb. The first 2-3 hours of the hike are quite steep and, therefore, exhausting, but after arriving at the large plateau of the mountain you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view and a lush green landscape. Now, the rest of the trail is relatively flat and from there it’s easy to reach the top! You can camp at the top or get down on the same day, but in this case it’s recommended to stay a night at the lodge at the bottom of the mountain to avoid the journey back to Nanyuki in the dark.

Mount Ololokwe - Best hikes in the world

3. Tsitsa Falls – South Africa – by Jessica of Longest Bus Rides

Length: 1.5-3.5 km – Duration: 1-2 hours – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Cave paintings, a massive waterfall, a sometimes steep and muddy adventurous walk along the gorge wall. A few hikes stood out during my month-long solo road trip around South Africa and Lesotho, and Tsitsa Falls is definitely one of them!

From my rondavel at Tsitsa Falls Backpackers, I headed downstream along the path leading over the edge of the gorge. I found ancient San paintings of animals drawn on the orange rock face, hidden by time. Alone, I continued down the steep grass-covered path, arriving behind the wide falls. The mud wanted to suck off my shoes with every step, so I tiptoed barefoot through the puddles.

Tsitsa Falls - Best hikes in the world

4. Mount Toubkal – Morocco – by Bilyana of Owl Over the World 

Length: Various – Duration: 2-6 days – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Hiking to Mt Toubkal was one of my favourite moments during my 3 weeks Morocco trip itinerary. Although I didn’t make it to the top, the hike was spectacular.

Unfortunately, I was surprised by a bad weather that I was not prepared for and that’s what made me come back to the village and not finish the hike as planned. However, I’m definitely going back to Morocco to conquer Mt Toubkal.

Mount Toubkal - Best hikes in the world

5. Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania – by Jackie of Life of Doing

Length: 37km to 90km – Duration: 5-9 days – Difficulty: Strenuous

Want to hike one of the Seven Summits and the tallest mountain in Africa? Consider the trek on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for your next adventure. All hikers must hire a team, such as guides, cook, and porters, to lead and support the trek. This challenging and strenuous hike takes 5-9 days to complete via 7 possible routes. The distance varies from 23 miles/37km (Umbwe) to 56 miles/90km (Northern Circuit). On Summit Day, hikers start the cold and windy climb at midnight and reach Uhuru Peak (5895 metres/19341 feet) in 6-7 hours. The high altitude and rapid weather changes is challenging for many. However, reaching the top of the mountain, seeing the glaciers and completing one of the toughest hikes is an amazing feeling. Remember to go “pole pole” (“slowly slowly” in Swahili) throughout the journey.

Mount Kilimanjaro - Best hikes in the world

6. Simien Mountains – Ethiopia – by Manouk of Bunch of Backpackers

Length: Various  Duration: 1-4 days  Difficulty: Easy to moderate

The Simien Mountains are located in northern Ethiopia. It is an absolutely majestic place, where hikers can trek past rock pinnacles, waterfalls and gorges. The park is roamed by large groups of gelada monkeys. If you’re lucky, you may spot an Ethiopian wolf or an Ibex. The trekking is fairly easy, but it’s the altitude that causes problems for some travellers as you quickly ascent to 3000+ meters. There are several camps in the park with toilet facilities. You need to bring a local scout (mandatory) to enter the park, which is a way to offer the local families some extra income. It is possible to do a variety of hikes – from day hikes to multi-day treks. Most people do a 3 or 4 day hike, which involves hiking around 4 hours a day.

Simien Mountains - Best hikes in the world

Asia

7. Annapurna Circuit – Nepal – by Natalia of My Trip Hack

Length: 230km-260km (including Tilicho Lake side trek) – Duration: 10-21 days – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most scenic treks in the world – rice fields in Ghermu, monastery roads in Ngawal, snowy peaks at Thorong La, apple gardens in Marpha – there are so many authentic villages on the way and each one has its own specialty! Annapurna Circuit also gives you the chance to experience different climate zones – from tropics at the beginning to the arctic conditions at Thorong la Pass (altitude 5416m).

The Annapurna Circuit was a life-changing experience for me and I highly recommend it to mountain lovers irrespective of your fitness level!

Annapurna Circuit - Best hikes in the world

8. Everest Base Camp – Nepal – by Sarah of A Social Nomad

Length: 110km (depending on route) – Duration: 14+ days – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous due to altitude

The standard Everest Base Camp Trek from Lukla (2,800m), the most dangerous airport in the world to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) takes 14+ Days. Add on a route that includes the glorious Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri (5,483m) and you’ll get off the heavily trafficked path. Don’t miss the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar (5,545m) for stunning views of base camp and Everest.

The hiking isn’t difficult, it’s the altitude that gets you here, so it’s important to build in acclimatisation days – check out the Khumbu Valley with hospitals and schools built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the beautiful monasteries of Tengboche and Pengboche. You’ll walk around 12km a day (more on the walk out, which is easier, as you’re acclimatised and heading down).

Everest Base Camp - Best hikes in the world

9. Mount Rinjani – Indonesia – by Craig of No Real Plan

Duration: 2-4 days – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Hiking Mount Rinjani is simply breathtaking. It is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, and there are stunning views for so much of the hike but especially at the top. At the end of the first day you set up a camp, and then wake up around 2am to trek to the summit, and be at the top for sunrise. No matter what time of year you go, I’d recommend dressing warmly, as I went in July and it was freezing when doing the early morning climb part. The porters carry your tent and food for the duration of the trek, and you’ll be amazed at how many do it flip flops or even bare foot!

Trekking Rinjani is one of my most memorable experiences in Indonesia. It’s not for the feint hearted as so much of the trek is steep, but you’ll be glad you did it when leaving Lombok…even if you are aching for days afterwards!

Mount Rinjani - Best hikes in the world

10. Son Doong Cave – Vietnam – by Mike of Live Travel Teach

Length: 30+ km – Duration: 4-7 days – Difficulty: Strenuous

The hike into Son Doong was an incredible week-long journey through Vietnamese jungles in Phong Nha-ke Bang National Park. With multiple river crossings and all kinds of dangerous obstacles, it’s a good thing you’re only allowed to go with a specially organized tour from Oxalis.  The recently discovered World’s Largest Cave is home to two dolines where the ceiling collapsed eons ago allowing green jungle to grow inside the cave and even generate unique cloud formations!

Son Doong Cave - Best hikes in the world

11. Al Kubtha Trail, Petra – Jordan – by Elena of Passion for Hospitality

Duration: 4 hours – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous depending on weather

There are numerous hiking trails in Petra and a day is not enough if you wish to explore many of its wonders. If you decide to cover at least a good part of Petra, plan to spend at least two days in this breathtaking historical city. One of the highlights is the Al Kubtha Trail where you can see the Treasury from above. To get to the Al Kubtha Trail you must pass the Urn Tomb, Silk Tomb, Corinthian Tomb and Palace Tomb after which you will see a sign that says the Al Kubtha Trail. From here be prepared to climb many stairs for at least a good hour or so. You will eventually reach a sign that reads Best View — and you will be left speechless.

Al Kubtha Trail - Best hikes in the world

12. Dragon’s Back – Hong Kong – by Marianne of Mum On the Move

Length: 8.5km – Duration: 2.5 hours – Difficulty: Moderate

The Dragon’s Back is Hong Kong’s most famous hike. After the initial ascent of around 200m, it is an easy ramble along the undulating spinal ridge of the mountain, which gives the ‘Dragon’s Back’ its name.

The hike is renowned for its amazing views – over beaches and out to sea on one side, and over the mountains to the other. The hike finishes in Big Wave Bay, where you can rehydrate on the beach to the sound of the crashing waves.

Dragon's Back - Best hikes in the world

13. Mount Pulag – Philippines – by Katherine of Tara Lets Anywhere

Length: Various. The 17km Ambangeg Trail takes a day and is ideal for beginners. The Akiki Trail takes 1-2 days and is for more experienced hikers. Vizcaya Trail is the most challenging – Duration: Various – Difficulty: Strenuous due to technicality of trails and extreme cold temperatures

Mount Pulag is almost synonymous with the words “sea of clouds.” Mountaineers trek to the summit of the highest peak in Luzon, Philippines, to witness this natural phenomenon; when the sun breaks through in the morning and casts glorious rays on a sea of clouds, which surrounds the mountain ridges.

It’s not all about reaching the top though. The trail also offers breathtaking views, including dwarf bamboo landscapes, pine forests and the eerie mossy forest, as well as endless grasslands.

Mount Pulag - Best hikes in the world

14. Padar, Komodo National Park – Indonesia – by Vicki of Make Time to See the World

Length: few km – Duration: 1 hour – Difficulty: Moderate

Padar is a relatively short hike in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. From bottom to top it is no more than a few km, but it is the heat, lack of shade and loose soil and rocks which make up the path that increase the level of difficulty. It is often done as part of a day trip from Labuan Bajo and most trips spend a couple of hours on the island. The hike up takes around 30-45 minutes if you have a moderate level of fitness, and the views from the top are absolutely incredible. It’s like something out of Jurassic Park!

Padar - Best hikes in the world

15. Jirisan National Park – South Korea – by Steph of 1AdventureTraveler

Length: 13 km – Duration: 8 hours – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

The journey starts at Jungsalli Hiking Center through a tranquil forest of vivid colors, on uneven boulders. Hike across bridges, with rest stops at amazing waterfalls, then up steep steps to a stunning view. Lunch at Jangtemok Station with a view to the opening up of the forest. Continue to the summit across fossil imprinted boulders, lined with tall grass blowing in the wind. Next is a photo stop by the stone marker at Mt. Cheonwangbong Peak. Journey down the step stone steps, past Temples and Pagodas, then back to the station. Best time to hike Jirisan is in spring and fall.

Jirisan National Park - Best hikes in the world

16. The Valley of Flowers – India – by Somnath of Travel Crusade

Length: 19 km – Duration: 6-8 hours – Difficulty: Moderate

The Valley of Flowers, India is now one of the top rated UNESCO World Heritage sites and one of the best hiking trails in the world. One needs to trek a total distance of around 19 km to reach the hamlet from Govindghat. The entire route offers magnetising views of the Northern Himalayas and the snow capped mountains.

It’s essential to carry the right equipment for the trek to avoid unnecessary issues during the voyage. It would be good to complete the voyage with a group to avoid risks at higher altitudes and other complications. It takes around 15 km to reach a village of Ghangaria from Govindghat. From there hikers climb a stretch of around 4 km through streams and waterfalls. There are flowers of different varieties across the region with wild and dense forests.

The Valley of Flowers - Best hikes in the world

17. Mount Daraitan – Philippines – by Jerny of The Jerny – Travel and Inspirations

Duration: 2.5 – 4 hours to summit – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Mount Daraitan is located in the province of Rizal. Mountaineers and other people say that the difficulty of hiking this mountain is 6/10, and even more difficult when it rained. The best time to climb up this mountain is summer (March-May in the Philippines) early in the morning to witness the sunrise and the mesmerizing sea of clouds as it fades away when the sun is up. What makes this mountain extra special when you are on the summit is that this is the only place you can see the heart-shaped river on the ground. Also, this is where I and my current girlfriend developed our feelings for each other. Maybe because of the heart-shaped river? We don’t know. <3

Mount Daraitan - Best hikes in the world

Europe

18. Tollymore Forest Park – Northern Ireland – by Allan of Live Less Ordinary

Length: 5 km  – Duration: 1 hour – Difficulty: Easy

Tollymore Forest Park sits beneath the backdrop of Northern Ireland’s Mourne mountains and is famous for its scenic landscapes and numerous filming locations of various scenes from the Game of Thrones which are dotted throughout. There are a range of hiking options signalled by different coloured waymarkers, although the ‘River Trail’ would be the ideal beginner option as it follows the Shimna River through conifer and broadleaf woodlands, while crisscrossing at various bridges and stepping stones along the way. Highlights include The Hermitage & Parnell Bridge.

Tollymore Forest Park - Best hikes in the world

19. The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye – Scotland – by Anisa of Two Travelling Texans

Length: 4.5 km – Duration: 2 hours – Difficulty: Moderate

The Old Man of Storr is one of the most popular hikes on the Isle of Skye in Scotland because it is incredibly scenic and not too difficult.   The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that gets its name because it looks like a person from a distance.  Unfortunately, I had to turn around before I finished the hike because the weather took a turn for the worse.  I plan on going back to the Isle of Skye to finish the Old Man of Storr hike.  The Old Man of Storr is located north of Portree in the area known as ‘Trotternish’. The hike starts by the main road that runs from Portree to Staffin.

The Old Man of Storr - Best hikes in the world

20. The Roman Road, Sardinia – Italy – by Claudia of My Adventures Across the World

Length: 5 km – Duration: 8 hours – Difficulty: Moderate

One of the best hikes in the world is the one that follows the old Roman Road that goes from Porto Pino,about one hour’s drive from Cagliari (Sardinia) all the way to Tuerredda, one of the best beaches on the island. The walk eventually gets to Cala Cipolla and from there it follows a coastal trail all the way to Cala Antoniareddu, Pedra Longa and on to Tuerredda beach. Some parts can be quite technical, but the overall walk is not strenuous. The overall hike takes around 8 hours. As there are no shops or kiosks along the way, it is necessary to carry enough food and drinks for the duration of the hike.

The Roman Road - Best hikes in the world

21. Montserrat – Spain – by Jub of Tiki Touring Kiwi

Length: Various – Duration: Saint Jeroni trail takes arouns 2-3 hours – Difficulty: Easy-moderate

Montserrat is a mountain range about one hour from Barcelona, Spain. Rather than one trail, Montserrat is made up of a labyrinth of trails shooting outwards from the village on the mountain range. You could spend 30 minutes hiking to nearby vantage points, or spend all day switching between the different trails as you look for the next epic viewpoint. The walk to Saint Jeroni from the village is the most popular trail and takes a maximum of three hours (easy-moderate).  When you reach Saint Jeroni, you’ll be greeted with panoramic views stretching as far as the eye can see.

Montserrat - Best hikes in the world

22. The Pilgrim Path, Mount Brandon – Ireland – by Marie of Adventures in Family Travel

Length: 8km  – Duration: 4-6 hours round trip – Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Located just 15 minutes from the town of Dingle, it’s the highest peak on the peninsula. The climb is best in the summer months, though accessible year round. The Pilgrim Path is the most popular, deserted even in peak season. It is marked by white crosses, with the peak itself topped by a large cross and the remnants of an old stone building, believed to be the oratory of Saint Brendan. Climb through the clouds accompanied by painted sheep, stumble upon a WWII era plane wreckage, and enjoy being surrounded by breathtaking views of the Atlantic and Ireland’s emerald expanse.

Mount Brandon - Best hikes in the world

23. Caldera Trail from Fira to Oia, Santorini – Greece – by Helena of Just For One Summer

Length: 10 km – Duration: 2-4 hours – Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Hiking the Caldera Trail from Fira to Oia in Santorini is by far the best way to enjoy the striking beauty of this small volcanic island. It starts in Fira, Santorini’s magnificent clifftop capital, and follows the rim of the caldera through the picturesque villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli. It reaches Oia, one of the most beautiful villages in the Mediterranean, some 10 kilometres later. The hike itself is easy with very little elevation and comfortable paths for the most part. However, it can become quite strenuous during the summer with rising temperatures and little shade along the way.

Caldera Trail - Best hikes in the world

24 . Camino de Santiago – Spain – by Sam of Alternative Travellers

Length: 800 km – Duration: 30-40 days – Difficulty: Easy to strenuous

The Camino de Santiago is a multi-day, long-distance trail route through northern Spain that ends in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. While the Camino was traditionally a medieval pilgrimage, today people walk it for a variety of reasons, whether it’s for time to reflect, a spiritual reason, or simply wanting to be in the outdoors. There is no definitive start point and many different routes for getting to Santiago, but the most popular route is the French Way, which starts at the French border. People who start here walk around 800 km/500 miles, taking between 30-40 days. Each day is different, with some days being flat and fairly easy, and others being mountainous and more strenuous.

Head to Alternative Travelers’ Camino de Santiago packing list for tips on what to pack for the Camino.

Camino de Santiago - Best hikes in the world

25 . Kjeragbolten – Norway – by Pierre of Anything Under Our Stars

Length: 12 km + 500 m of climbing  – Duration: 5-6 hours (without the queue to take photos on the boulder) – Difficulty: Strenuous

One of the most popular hikes in the world is the Kjeragbolten Hike in Norway. Though not for the faint of heart, is a combination of walking and climbing up the mountain of Kjerag. Visitors have the option to hire a guide or go on their own.  The mountain, however, has rocks marked with “T” which show trekkers the right way to go. There are also steel chains to hold on to for better leverage in going up. The view on the way up exhibits Norway’s picturesque scenery.Of course the hike wouldn’t be complete without a picture posing on the famous boulder wedged between two rock walls. This adventure is best attempted during the peak of summer in Norway which is June and July.

Kjeragbolten - Best hikes in the world

26 . Calanques National Park – France – by Alexei of Travel Lexx

Length: Various. 11km return trip gives a great overview of the area  – Duration: 3-4 hours – Difficulty: Easy to strenuous due to some areas with via ferrata (cables and ladders)

Calanques National Park, situated  only a few kilometres from Marseille, is a fantastic way to escape the hustle and bustle of France’s second city. A series of natural inlets flanked by high limestone cliffs are the highlight of this beautiful part of the Mediterranean coast. Hiking is one of the best way to explore the area and there are a number of trails for all abilities. The views of the calanques and the impossibly blue sea from the trails are incredible. If you get tired of walking, it’s possible to hire kayaks to explore the inlets or just jump in for a swim!

Calanques National Park - Best hikes in the world


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19 thoughts on “52 Best Hikes in the World By Travel Bloggers – Part 1: Africa, Asia, Europe

  1. Natalia says:

    Some pictures are just breathtaking! Thank you for putting this up, Alexei – I’ve picked a few ideas for myself for the future)

  2. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) says:

    Wow, what a great post and so thankful to be included in this collaboration. All great hikes and I must get busy and start hiking these amazing places. I definitely will pin this for later when planning my next hike. Great job Alexei for putting this together. Awesome photos & hikes by everyone! #feetdotravel
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    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Steph – a pretty incredible list for sure and thank you for contributing too! Loved all the ideas and definitely adding many of these to my bucket list!

  3. Ruth says:

    I loved this post so much! I really like to hike (even though I am not the best hiker in the world). There is so much beauty to see in the world and your post inspires me to keep traveling and discovering. During my travels, I like to mix urban with natural destinations. This year for our big trip we are leaning more towards the outdoors. I am sure it is going to be an awesome trip. #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Ruth – some amazing hikes there and it never fails to amaze you how intrepid and adventurous many people are! Glad you enjoy hiking – you’ll get better with every hike! Awesome to hear that your big trip is going to take in the outdoors more!

  4. Sharon says:

    So many stunning photos! I have a friend who hiked the Camino de Santiago and said it was much tougher than she anticipated. This year she is hiking from Winchester Cathedral to Canterbury Cathedral, which would be a great addition to your list! I would love to do a hike in Ireland — what scenery!
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    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Sharon – those are some great options! I could so easily do more hikes in the UK but I just don’t end up making the time for it! I definitely need to spend more time exploring my own country!

  5. Lisa says:

    When I was younger I didn’t like hiking AT ALL but now that I got older I started to really get into hiking so I’ll make sure to check out some of those hikes in the future 😀

    • Travel Lexx says:

      It’s probably my favourite thing to do when I travel- anything active! I have picked up a TON of great ideas myself!

  6. tracy says:

    What a fantastic idea for a collab post Alexei! I would have added Ingleton Waterfalls trail in Yorkshire in the UK which is a fabulous walk to do! Will look forward to the next instalment!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Yeah I keep meaning to visit Scotland and especially Skye – there is so much natural beauty there! Would be pretty easy to do over a long weekend too!

  7. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    Some seriously amazing hikes here! I would love to do Everest Base Camp, I have a fixation with Everest and mountains in general! Alas climbing mountains isn’t for me otherwise I would have loved to hike Kilimanjaro when I was there. So when you do Rinjani, hop over to Gili Air for a couple of days R&R #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Rinjani would be incredible – really hoping my dates align but not sure there will be time for R&R sadly as my itinerary is already looking pretty packed and I haven’t even spent that much time on it!

  8. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) says:

    Wow…we’ve got some hiking to do! Loved the Pilgrim Path in Ireland, but I think that’s the only one of these we’ve done! I remember when you were in Calanques – we were in Nice at the same time and seriously considered diverting to Marseilles for that. Later, we learned there’s a hike from Nice along the coast all the way to Monaco. That would be epic! Great post, Lexx – thanks for the ideas and inspiration. #feetdotravel
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    • Travel Lexx says:

      I haven’t even been to Ireland! I literally want to do all of these hikes! Wow, I can imagine how amazing it would be to hike from Nice to Monaco!

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