Articles worth reading
Kedarnath Yatra To Resume By 1st October, 2013

Kedarnath Yatra To Resume By 1st October, 2013

access_time September 26, 2013

Uttarakhand is slowly limping back to normalcy. Though much remains to be done, part of the effort involves restoring pilgrim...

Ramzan Food Crawl In Mumbai: 7 Places You Must Visit!

Ramzan Food Crawl In Mumbai: 7 Places You Must Visit!

access_time June 15, 2016

You know it’s Ramzan when some of Mumbai’s most ignored streets transform into a culinary fair of sorts for meat...

Every Journey Begins With Two Words, “Let’s Go!”

Every Journey Begins With Two Words, “Let’s Go!”

access_time September 3, 2015

Join GYD Season 2 winner Arvind Passey as he takes you on a visual journey across enchanting Jordan Yes, I...

Dream Trails: The World’s 10 Most Incredible Hikes

Dream Trails: The World’s 10 Most Incredible Hikes

access_time November 18, 2016 chat_bubble_outline 0 comments 2068 views

Dreaming about taking off on an exhilarating hike, one that will take your adrenaline to a whole new level? If yes, then check out our round-up of the world’s 10 best trails, inspired by National Geographic.

Get ready, pack and hike!

#1 Tour du Mont Blanc

France, Italy and Switzerland

“No matter how you choose to do it, it is an adventure of a lifetime!” -Topher Gaylord

Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular long-distance trails in Europe

Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular long-distance trails in Europe

Why go here

This is said to be one of the most special hiking experiences in the world. You get to explore the dramatic landscapes of three different countries — France, Italy and Switzerland — and witness Europe’s most spectacular glaciers, all in one hike.

When to go

Summer is the best time to start out on this trek.

Recommended by

Topher Gaylord, Ultrarunner and former president of Mountain Hardwear

#2 Sierra High Route

California

“The High Sierra is the most majestic and rugged mountain range in the Lower 48.” – Andrew Skurka

Sierra High Route is considered to be one of the hardest hikes in America; National Geographic

Sierra High Route is considered to be one of the hardest hikes in America; National Geographic

Why go here

It may not be the most remarkable route for trekkers, but it definitely is worth every step. Very few are able to complete the trek in one attempt, it usually takes separate trips on its five segments. But the effort and time you put in is more than rewarding.

When to go

Summers or early fall are the best time for this hike.

Recommended by

Andrew Skurka, Long-Distance Hiking Champ, Guide and Writer

#3 Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass

 Iceland

“This 50-mile trail is stunning in every respect, and packs in more variety in 50 miles than most trails offer in 500.” -Jennifer Pharr Davis

The trail through Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass is simply wondrous!

The trail through Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass is simply wondrous!

Why go here

In the first seven miles itself, you get to witness 20 cascading waterfalls. Not just that, there are stunning valleys, glaciers and volcanoes that ensure breathtaking views along the Laugavegurinn trail.

Moreover, the landscape is believed to have inspired many of J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptions of Middle Earth in the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit series.

When to go

Interested in pursuing this beautiful trail? Summertime is the best season for this route.

Recommended by

Jennifer Pharr Davis, Long-Distance Hiker and Author

#4 Te Araroa Trail

New Zealand

“New Zealand is famous for its diverse landscapes, and the Te Araroa links up close to 2,000 miles of coastal sand, alpine ridges, and jungle bushwhacks traversing through national parks, rural farmland, and past volcanoes.” -Dan Ransom

Nature's wealth resides here, at Te Araroa Trail!; National Geographic

Nature’s wealth resides here, at Te Araroa Trail!; National Geographic

Why go here

If you are looking for a melange of experiences, then this trail is for you! From coastal sands to rolling farmland, this hike will captivate you with its array of striking views.

When to go

The months between October and April are the best time to travel along this trail.

Recommended by

Dan Ransom, Filmmaker

#5 Caribou Tracks, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Alaska

“The trail I dream of walking? Any caribou trail in the Gates of the Arctic National Park or Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can hear their clicking ankles on the tundra, and I imagine walking behind them in silence in that vast expanse of wilderness.” -Terry Tempest Williams

Every step ahead will lead you deeper into the wilderness!; National Geographic

Every step ahead will lead you deeper into the wilderness!; National Geographic

Why go here

Hugely diverse with clear rivers, splendid peaks and beautiful vistas, the trail can’t be any more appealing. There are less than 900 travellers per year, so you are more likely to catch a glimpse of an Arctic wolf than other people!

When to go

Spring and fall are the best seasons to experience the beauty of this trail.

Recommended by

Terry Tempest Williams, Author and Environmental Activist

#6 Everest Base Camp Trek

Nepal

I went 10 years ago for the 40th anniversary of the climb with Gombu [Nawang Gombu Sherpa who summated with Whittaker in 1963] and our families. That is when my son Leif decided he wanted to climb it. Who knows, I might wander up there again. -Jim Whittaker

Everest Base Camp trail will have your heart racing!

Everest Base Camp trail will have your heart racing!

Why go here

Who wouldn’t want to see the highest point on planet Earth? From unbeatable views to the hospitable people, the trail to the Everest Base Camp is simply wondrous.

When to go

The best time to climb up to the base of the world’s highest mountain is in spring.

Recommended by

Jim Whittaker, Mountaineer

(Click here to know more about- Everest Base Camp trek)

#7 Snowman Trek

Bhutan

“I have been obsessed with Bhutan since I read a National Geographic article when I was ten. I kept writing the king, volunteering for anything, including teaching basketball, since I knew he was a fan. I finally paid to go for the first time in 1988. Bhutan still feels remote.” -Sally McCoy

Snowman trek- An enounter with adventure!; National Geographic

Snowman trek- An enounter with adventure!; National Geographic

Why go here

This splendid trail is ranked as one of the most challenging high altitude treks, but proves to be an incredible experience for those who take up the task and complete it. Bestowed with a dramatic landscape, coupled with wonderful people and an enchanting Buddhist culture, the strenuous journey through Bhutan make for a memorable one!

When to go

April and October are the months that are most favoured when it comes the Snowman Trek.

Recommended by

Sally McCoy, CEO of CamelBak and Conservation Alliance Board Member

#8 Kings Peak

Utah

“Hard to say if it is the best trail I have ever hiked, but it’s certainly a classic that I enjoy doing every few years — Kings Peak via Henry’s Fork to Gunsight Pass to Anderson Pass, with a scramble along the ridge to the summit.” -Peter Metcalf

Trek the Kings Peak and camp amidst the scenic vistas!; National Geographic

Trek the Kings Peak and camp amidst the scenic vistas!; National Geographic

Why go here

Utah is a magnificent country with alpine meadows, beautiful lakes and ponds, and an unrivalled terrain. Also, it has a myriad of splendid camping spots.

When to go

The best time to embark on this trail is in September.

Recommended by

Peter Metcalf, CEO of Black Diamond Equipment, Climber and Activist

#9 Overland Track in Tasmania

Australia

“The trail is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Plus, it’s in Tasmania! I’ve always wanted to go there.” -Cheryl Strayed

All things wild; that is Overland Track in Tasmania!

All things wild; that is Overland Track in Tasmania!

Who go here

The Overland Track in Tasmania is a soul-stirring one! It is home to a menagerie of wildlife such as the platypus, wombat and the largest carnivorous marsupial on the planet – the Tasmanian devil. It also has a breathtakingly diverse terrain, from highland mountains to rain forest to eucalyptus groves, which guarantees an amazing experience.

When to go

The period between October 1 and May 31 (based on reservations) is the best time to go on this track.

Recommended by

Cheryl Strayed, Author

#10 The Ancascocha Trail

Peru

“The Ancascocha Trail in the Peruvian Andes is a spectacular trail that remains off the beaten path even given its close proximity to the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.” -Erik Weihenmayer

The Ancascocha Trail is beautiful, arduous, and off the beaten path!; National Geographic

The Ancascocha Trail is beautiful, arduous, and off the beaten path!; National Geographic

Why go here

Though the Ancascocha Trek is an arduous one, it is equally rewarding. The trail goes through villages like Chillipahua and its namesake Ancascocha at 12,795 feet. Trekkers will cross high mountain passes with the highest point being the Huayanay Pass (14,925 ft), which offers scenic views of the tall 20,551-feet mountain Apu Salkantay.

When to go

Spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) are the best times to try this trek.

Recommended by

Erik Weihenmayer, Blind Adventurer and Mountaineer

Do you wish to trek too? Write to adventure@trip360.com or call us at 1800 123 6898

folder_openAssigned tags

About author

Khushboo Sikawat

Lost in the books of CA, Khushboo always wondered how it would be like to travel and write for a living; for after all, she wasn't a number person. Finally, she decided to make her dream a reality! A travel writer now, she finds adventure in exploring new places and encountering different cultures. Apart from that, she also loves binge-watching animated films and reading books :D You can follow her on Instagram @BeingBoo

View more articles

No Comments

comment No comments yet

You can be first to leave a comment

Leave a comment

info_outline

Your data is safe with us!

We promise not to share your email address with anyone.