There are countless hiking trails around the world, ranging from coastal treks, European pilgrimages, rocky summits, and lush forests. There really are so many trails that there will certainly be something out there for everyone, including those who don’t think they like spending so much time outdoors. Here are some of the most impressive and enjoyable hiking trails around the globe.
Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
This 11 miles hike is absolutely gorgeous, as it trails along the Na Pali Coast of Kauai. With 300 foot waterfalls, two gorgeous sandy beaches, Hanakapiai, there is so much to see in this unique hiking trail. Due to some heavy flooding in 2018, there have been some changes and now hiking more than two miles does require a permit, but it is well worth the effort.
Camino Primitivo, Camino de Santiago
This 9th century route takes you right to the Shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela, following the trail that original pilgrim Alfonso II os Asturias took. The 15 day hike doesn’t get many of the yearly Camino hikers, perhaps because it crosses the 8000 foot Cantabrian Mountains. However, the payoff of this challenge are the incredible sights you’ll witness of the peaks of Picos de Europa and the 3rd century World Heritage sit of Lugo, which is a city surrounded by a fully intact Roman wall.
Paine Circuit, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
This 80 mile loop around the Patagonian wilderness is lesser known than its counterparts Las Horquetas Circuit or the Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island. However, this is the best trail to take to avoid crowds. There are gorgeous sights along the way. If you want a nice break from the trail for a bit, you can stay at Tierra Patagonia, a luxury hotel practically hidden in the surrounding steppe.
Tour du Mont Blanc – Switzerland, Italy, France
Hike through not one, not two, but three incredible countries while sampling the local foods from Italy, France, and Switzerland while trekking around the 15,781 foot Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe. There are several starting points, varied trail route options, and even public transportation even needed.
Three Capes Track, Tasmania, Australia
The Three Capes Track on the Tasman Peninsula is absolutely incredible. About a 90 minute drive from capital city Hobart, this 32 mile (64 round trip) trek starts with an hour boat ride from Port Arthur Historic Site. If you enjoy guides trips, you can take the Three Capes Lodge Walk which includes lodge accommodation, meals, and roundtrip transfers from Hobart.