Hiking is my hands-down favorite travel activity. There’s just so much that you can see in this world that’s only accessible by foot, over mountaintops, glaciers, and through canyons and gorges.
Over the past five years, these have been my favorite hikes from all around the world. They range in difficulty and length, though they all have one thing in common: They’re stunning.
From Kyrgyzstan to Patagonia, South Africa, the Swiss Alps, the American Southwest, and so many amazing things in-between, here are a few of the best hiking trails in the world.
Ala Kol Lake, Kyrgyzstan: Moderate (57 km, 35.4 mi)
This gem in Central Asia is the country’s most popular trek, though still flying well under the radar of similarly beautiful treks elsewhere in the world. The trail is blanketed with wild flowers in just about every color, and once you get to the top of the pass, the views in every direction are just magical.
Some parts of the trail are incredibly steep, though overall, no technical know-how is needed and the trail is clearly marked, unless you want to add on extra days in either direction in which case there is no trail.