The picture-perfect view makes the hike worth it. This is what you will feel when you hike along these breathtaking hiking destinations around the world.
Hiking is a great cardio workout, too. Walking in the great outdoors also helps to lower your risk of heart disease, increase your bone density, improve your mood, and much more!
Some of these hiking trails can be completed in as little as one day, and some are designed to be finished over the course of a few days, so you can fit in a trip whenever you have vacation time. Here are some of the hiking destinations with the most beautiful views.
Laugavegur trail, Iceland
Europe is bursting with trails to be discovered, but some of the best can be found in Iceland. The Laugavegur trail in Iceland is perfect if you want to experience a mixture of bubbling hot springs, glaciers, and lava fields. It can be completed in around four days and you will cover approximately 54 kilometers. The best time to go is between July and September, as this is when you are more likely to experience bright summer days. If you find yourself wanting more when you reach the end, you can carry onto the Fimmvörðuháls trail, which will see you end up at the famous Skógafoss waterfall.
The Alps, Austria
If you haven’t yet hiked in the Alps, then Austria is the perfect destination. The Berliner Höhenweg is an 80-kilometer trail you can attempt, which will test your stamina to the max. However, it is marked well by signposts and has plenty of sights to see along the way, such as the Berliner Hütte. You will cover three summits in total and reach an altitude of 3500 meters.
Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand
New Zealand is on a lot of people’s bucket lists, and for good reason; its diverse scenery is simply breathtaking. There is also something to do for everyone, whether you are a water sports enthusiast or a history buff. But for those looking for a hiking adventure, the Tongariro Crossing is where you want to be. This is a one-day hike that some consider to be the best in New Zealand. You will cover 19.4 kilometers, with difficulty levels varying throughout the trail. Tongariro Crossing is made up of volcanoes, hot springs, lakes, and craters – it truly is a sight to behold. The best time to go is between November and April.
You may have heard of the most famous places to hike in the world, such as the Grand Canyon or the Andes, but they are not the only adventures the world has to offer. When you are looking for somewhere to hike, don’t dismiss Asia! There are plenty of places to choose from in Asia that are just as stunning, such as Taipei, home to some of Taiwan’s best hiking trails. You can climb Elephant Mountain in as little as 40 minutes, and take in the view of the city’s skyline. You may also go on an adventure at Qixing Mountain, the highest peak in Taipei. This particular hike will take around four hours and covers over 5 kilometers. Because temperatures rarely go below 57°F, or 14°C, you will likely want to choose sandals instead of shoes or boots to save your feet from sweating!
Leh, Ladakh’s capital alone, is at an altitude of 3,500 meters, and its peaks are even higher. Ladakh is blessed with desert mountains and landscapes that turn white during winter, though some remain majestically snowcapped throughout the year. Just a stroll around Leh and a drive around Ladakh will take you to picture-perfect sights, but Ladakh’s many hiking trails, especially the trail on Chadar’s frozen lake, will take you deep into an even greater adventure.
Cordillera Mountains, Philippines
From mountains blanketed in fog and mossy forests to perfectly carved rice terraces and waterfalls, the mountain range of Cordillera in northern Philippines has picturesque sights that will take your breath away.
Explore the grassland, dwarf trees, and see the sunrise amid a sea of clouds in Mt. Pulag, the Philippines’ second highest peak. Ascend Mt. Kupapey to see a view of Maligcong Rice Terraces before seeing the terraces up close. These are just some of the trekking adventures the Cordillera region has to offer.
Rwenzori Mountains, Congo
One of Africa’s hidden gems is the Rwenzori Mountains, otherwise known as the Mountains of the Moon. This mountain range is one of the most breathtaking sites in Africa, and the highest peak reaches 5,109 meters. Because it is 60 kilometers wide and 120 kilometers long, you will probably want to try the mini-hike trail that connects Bundibugyo with Fort Portal in Uganda. This covers around 3000 meters and takes you through isolated mountain villages, where you will meet Bakonzo people and make your way through forests and vegetation. You would be best off getting a guide for this trail.
The world is indeed full of wonderful hiking destinations just waiting to be explored!