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30 Best Treks in the World - For Beginners, Enthusiast and Advanced Trekkers

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So finally you have decided to set the ball rolling and move beyond your country to find out the best treks in the world and seek solace on trails in an unknown territory? Well! You have taken a right decision. For enthusiasts, hiking is more than a travel activity or an adventurous sport. It is a great workout that allows you to breathe fresh air, explore yourself, detoxify from the noxious technology that plagues your lifestyle, and learn important lessons of life.

Apart from physical and mental preparedness, hiking in a foreign country requires detailed planning and preparation. Although these journeys are priceless, they will stretch you to your limits. But the reward is an incredible and indescribable experience and few important takeaways for life. And to make you experience out of the world hiking trails, we have curated a list of treks in the world based on the grade, elevation and best time to visit.

What is grade rating?

Well, we’ve curated our trekking list based on the grade.

Grade 1 (Easy)- 3,000 ft to 8000 ft above sea level
Grade 2 (Intermediate)- 5,000 ft to 10,000 ft above sea level
Grade 3 (Strenuous)- 11,000 ft to 16,000 ft above sea level
Grade 4 (Expert)- above 18,000 ft above sea level

Best Treks in the World for Beginners

1. Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Elevation- 3,766 ft
Difficulty- Grade 1
Best time to visit- April to October

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Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Know as the best trek in the world, the Routeburn track offers you an experience away from the chaotic world. The hiking trails pass through the National Parks, Fiordland National Park & Mount Aspiring National Park and you get an amazing glimpse of scenic mountains, waterfalls, valleys and picturesque landscape will make your trek awestruck. It takes 3 days to complete the trek and you can camp at the Lake Mackenzie and Routeburn Falls hut.

2. The Camino de Santiago, Spain

Elevation- 800 ft to 5, 000 ft
Difficulty- Grade 1
Best time to visit- April to September

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The Camino de Santiago, Spain

The Camino de Santiago is traditional pilgrim route and is considered as one of the best treks in the world. Solely because the trek gives a view of unspoiled nature and is also UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complete hiking trail is 800 km and it takes 4-5 weeks to complete the route. There are various routes to complete the trek but Camino Frances route is most preferred for its spectacular view and easy walk.

3. Via Alpina, Europe

Difficulty- Grade 1
Best time to visit- June to October

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Via Alpina Source

What more can a hiker desire than hiking in the gorgeous country around the world? Via Alpina is probably the longest and most stunning hiking trails in the world. Though the trek is not technically difficult, it takes around 4-6 months to properly complete the entire trek.

You can alter your trekking plans and complete it in different phases. The Via Alpina spans about 3100 miles and stretches along seven countries – Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, and France. You can experience the real pleasure of Europe trip amidst the placid Alps.

Livingit Tip-
Be well versed with the signposts and markings. For instance, White-Red-White marking is for mountain hiking trail.

4. Kungsleden, Sweden

Elevation- 6,926 ft
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- June to September

Kungsleden, Sweden

Kungsleden, also known as the King’s Trail, stretches more than 250 miles and is a hiker’s dream destination. It is Sweden’s longest and most picturesque hiking trail. Beautiful and undulating mountainous landscapes, foaming rivers, and bubbling rivulet are a treat for the eyes which is why it tops the list of best treks in the world!

There are multiple entries and exit points so one can choose the duration and difficulty level according to his/her ability. The trail is fully equipped with huts and cabins between Abisko and Kvikkjokk (as this is the most visited area) for hikers who wish to stay for a day or two.

Livingit Tip-
Wind chill can be a vital feature of your trip. Therefore, wind and rain gear are essential items in the backpack.

5. Sunshine Coast Trail, British Columbia, Canada

Difficulty- Grade 1
Best time to visit- May to September

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Sunshine Coast Trail, British Columbia Source

Want to get closer to nature? Then enjoy a trek to Sunshine Coastal Trail which is Canada’s longest hut to hut trail. The complete trail from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay is 180 km long. From stunning coastlines, landscapes to magnificent mountains, lush green forests this is definitely one of the best treks in the world.

Livingit Tip-
Since it is a coastal trail and the weather is unpredictable, ensure to carry rain gear and tent.

Also Read: Best Hikes in Glacier National Parks

6. Mount Hood, United States

Elevation- 11, 239 ft
Difficulty- Beginners
Best time to visit- June to August

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Mount Hood, United States

Mount Hood is the second most climbed volcano peak in the world (first being Mount Fuji) and also the best treks in the world. Owing to its remarkable backdrop and varying difficulty level, it is popular among all types of hikers – beginners, family, and seasoned. Backpackers can choose from a half-day trek to multiday trips depending on the duration of their vacation or level of endurance.

Livingit Tip-
It is recommended for the rookies to climb on weekdays when traffic is low.

7. Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand

Elevation- 6,132 ft approx
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- October to April

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Tongariro Northern Circuit Source

What makes the hiking trails of New Zealand the best treks in the world? It is the trek experience that takes you in midst of wild forest, emerald lakes, volcanoes and the view from the top of the summit is exhilarating. Hikers find a tranquility on reaching the top of the summit.

8. Larapinta Trail, Australia

Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- May to August

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Larapinta Trail Source

This 139-mile long trail is Australia’s most stunning trekking experience and definitely charts the list of best treks in the world. Though this is a newly discovered trail but is quickly emerging as one of the most favorite trails among all variety of hikers. The trail is easy but the sight is amazing. It takes a minimum of 15 days to complete the hike. The trail has a remarkable variety of flora, fauna, and mesmerizing features.

Livingit Tip-
Campfires are not allowed. Hikers can use fuel stoves or free gas stoves available at Simpsons Gap and Redbank Gorge.

9. Maclehose Trail, Hong Kong

Elevation- 3, 080 ft approx
Difficulty- Grade 1
Best time to visit- October and February

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Maclehose Trail, Hong Kong

The Maclehose Trail is a 63-mile country park hiking trail. It has ten sections each covering around 6 miles. This is an underrated hiking paradise and one of the best treks in the world. You will witness one of nature’s best work of art – magnificent geological sites and breath-taking beaches. This hiking trail is famous among nature lovers, earth-science fanatics, photographers, and hikers.

Livingit Tip-
Make sure you cook or make a fire in the designated area. Avoid the hiking trails during the rainy season.

10. The Narrows, United States

Elevation- 13,828 ft
Difficulty- Grade 3
Best time to visit- March to September

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The Narrows, United States

As the name suggests, it is a narrow gorge with steep red walls. Spread over 16 miles it is the most favored mountain climbing spots in the Zion National Park. The Narrows is one of the world’s best canyon hikes. You can customize this hike according to your trekking ability. This hiking trail is different from others as it comprises trekking in Virgin River. Therefore, most of the trek takes place in the water. So be ready to get wet. The swimming and wading make the trek fun during summer.

Livingit Tip-
You can also explore the canyon on a bicycle or an open-air tram. You must pay a visit to the Emerald pool.

Check out: Hiking Trails in Zion National Park

Best Treks in The World For Intermediate

The treks mentioned below are for trekkers who have hiking experience and are in good shape, physically.

11. Inca Trail, Peru

Elevation- 13,828 ft
Difficulty- Grade 3
Best time to visit- May to September

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Inca Trail, Peru

Want a breathtaking experience while hiking trails? Then trek on the Inca Trail which is one of the most famous trails in South America. Inca trail is 33 km long and leads to Machu Picchu which is the archaeological site in Peru. It’s the surreal view of the mountains blanketed with dense clouds that would make the trekking a blissful experience.

12. Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia

Elevation- 13, 440 ft
Difficulty- Grade 3
Best time to visit- October to March

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Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia

If you want the best mountain climbing experience then trek on the Mt. Kinabalu which is the World Heritage site. It is one of the highest mountains of Malaysia and it takes two days to reach the peak of the mountain. Do take your camera with you as you would get to see rich, unique flora and fauna.

Livingit Tip-
To avoid altitude sickness, it is advised to rest at a hotel or camp before the climb.

13. Mount Fuji, Japan

Elevation- 12, 390 ft
Difficulty- Grade 3
Best time to visit-

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Mount Fuji, Japan

Before becoming a hiking destination, Mount Fuji was considered a holy mountain by the locals. Unlike other destinations, this is a crowded trek with vendors selling snacks and drinks. Apart from being a soul-enriching experience, it is a great trek to test your vigor and stamina for climbing mountains.

This 3,776-meter volcano peak takes eight to nine hours to summit. Alternatively, hikers can also opt to stay overnight for the outstanding sunrise experience.

Livingit Tip-
Carry warm water and clothes. Make sure your backpack is waterproof and the items are packed in separate vinyl bags.

Check out: How to Prevent Blisters While Hiking

14. Tour Du Mont Blanc, Europe

Elevation- 13,000 approx (highest peak)
Difficulty- Grade 2 and 3
Best time to visit – June to September
 

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Tour Du Mont Blanc, Europe

Want to know what makes this one of the best treks in the world? Then it’s the 170 km adorned with awestruck valleys, magical sunset, majestic glaciers that would make the entire strenuous ascent and descent hiking remarkable. The trek takes about 10 days and you not only get closer to nature but even to the European culture.

Livingit Tip-
Since the hiking trails is an amalgam of ascent and descent traverse it is ideal for intermediate and expert hikers.

15. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Elevation- 19, 340 ft
Difficulty- Grade 4
Best time to visit- January to March and June to October

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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is a week-long hike to the Africa’s highest peak and dormant volcano, Uhuru. This Tanzanian climb is 16100 feet above the sea level and trekkers can witness five different and scenic ecosystems covering approximately 35 miles. The difficulty level of the trek varies from low to medium.

Owing to its low ascent and descent, it is one of the most popular hiking destinations among beginners. There are eight different routes to climb this summit, out of which Marangu is the easiest climb and Machame is the most scenic of all.

Livingit Tip-
Buy a good pair of boots with insoles. Pack light, but make sure you are equipped for all weather conditions.

16. Appalachian Trail, USA

Elevation- 6, 643 ft (highest peak)
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- March to August

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Appalachian Trail, USA

Want to explore the eastern US through mountain climbing? Then visit the Appalachian Trail that covers 14 states from Maine to Georgia through rich forests, valleys, lakes. As it is impossible to cover all the trails, hikers generally opt for section treks. The highest point is Clingmans Dome 6,643 feet above sea level and is perfect for intermediate hikers.

17. Torres Del Paine, Chile

Elevation- 9,000 ft approx
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- November to mid-March

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Torres Del Paine, Chile

If you are a hiker who loves exploring unspoiled hikes then you must visit Torres Del Paine which is definitely one of the best treks in the world. It is the perfect trek for mountain climbing and you can get a visual treat of valleys, peaks. Since the trails are easy to travel you wouldn’t require heavy gears and perfect for moderate hikers.

18. Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Elevation- 7,641 ft
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- April to October

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Mount Bromo, Indonesia

This active volcanic mountain is a beauty on Earth and is definitely on the list of best treks in the world. From Cemoro Lawang mountain, the walk to the volcanic point is just 45 minutes and the hiking trails are easy to trek. The best thing about this trek is that you will get an out of the world experience. Hikers who have visited the Mount Bromo find serenity and recommend viewing the sunrise from the summit.

Livingit Tip- As Mount Bromo is an active volcanic mountain, we suggest you check the Indonesian Center for Volcanology before planning for a hike.

Also Read: 7 Destinations for Trekking in the Himalayas

19. Santa Cruz, Peru

Elevation- 15,580 ft
Difficulty- Grade 3
Best time to visit- April to September
 

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Santa Cruz

Hikers across the world call this as one of the best treks in the world and indeed the 50 km hiking trail is a sheer bliss to the eyes. The summit is at an altitude of 4,750 meters and is a perfect trail for intermediate hikers. The journey from the Peruvian town of Huaraz to Cashapampa is splendid, from snow clad mountains, pristine lakes, lagoons, eagles, majestic peaks you get a glimpse of everything. In fact, you wouldn’t want to come back from the trek.

20. Pico De Orizaba, Mexico

Elevation- 18, 490 ft
Difficulty- Grade 4

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Pico De Orizaba, Mexico

This snow-clad mountain, also known as Citlaltepetl, is the highest volcanic peak in Mexico. The snow trail picks up at around 4900 to 5000 meters from the foot of the mountain. Pico De Orizaba gives the hiker a chilling experience of climbing a glacier. It is a great way to introduce yourself to altitude hiking in bone-chilling temperatures. You need to acclimatize yourself before climbing this 18, 490 ft charming mountain.

Livingit Tip-
Carry your skiing gears, ice axe, and glacier travel kit.

21. Sandakphu, India/Nepal

Elevation- 11, 930 ft
Difficulty- Grade 3

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Sandakphu, India/Nepal

Sandakphu is a wonderland for novice hikers. Located at an altitude of 3636 meters, it is a hot favorite among hiking enthusiasts all over the world. This peak not only provides a view of the four highest peaks in the world – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu, but also is a joy walk through forests of blooming rhododendrons, magnolias, and orchids.

You will get to see different colors and different views in different seasons. Thus, hikers do not get bored of hiking in this bedazzling hiking destination.

Livingit Tip-
Stay well hydrated as there is a gradual increase in the altitude. Do not forget to carry your passport while hiking.

Best Treks in The World For Experts

22. Snowman Trek, Bhutan

Elevation- 16, 896 ft approx
Difficulty- Grade 4
Best time to visit- April and October

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The Snowman Trek

This is considered as the most difficult yet best trek in the world. The Snowman Trek is 321 km long and takes about 20 days to complete the summit. Since the camps are 4,000 meters above the sea level with unpredictable weather conditions and altitude sickness the trek can be extremely challenging. While hiking you would witness the unspoiled villages of Thanza, Laya where you can get guides to help you trek further challenging terrains. Each peak leading to the summit is more than 7,000 meters so be well prepared for the challenging trek in Bhutan.

23. Chadar Trek, Himalayas

Elevation- 11, 123 ft
Difficulty- Grade 3
Best time to visit- January to March

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Chadar Trek

Standing tall at 11,000 feet above the sea level Chadar trek is one of the toughest treks in the world. Chadar Trek is a thrilling trek on the frozen river of Zanskar that takes about 8 days to complete it. Since you would have to trek on the frozen river, the trek is highly unpredictable. Trekkers sleep in caves at a temperature of -1 degree Celsius and this trek is definitely not for faint hearts. Carry instant noodles, extra warm clothes, tents, ice picks for comfortable trekking.

Check out: Chadar Trek: The Frozen River Trek in Ladakh

24. West Coast Trail -Vancouver Island, New Zealand

Elevation- 1,046 ft
Difficulty- Grade 1
Best time to visit- May to September

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West Coast Trail, NZ Source

Stretched for 86 miles, the West Coast Trail is a treat for expert hikers. The entire hiking trail is challenging, yet the spectacular view and experience make it interesting. The trek is an amalgam of wooden bridges, edgy slopes that turn slippery due to the weather conditions. Also to add the difficulty level, hikers have to deal with predators such as bears, wolves, wild cats and others.

Livingit Tip-
Only 52 hikers are allowed on a daily basis and July and August are the peak season of hiking.

25. The Grand Randonnée 20, France

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G20 trails Source

Elevation- 7,000 ft approx
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- June to September

It has various routes but the route 20 is considered one of the hardest hiking trails in Europe. The hiking trail is 180 km long making it one of the longest trail of Europe. The mountain climbing takes around 15 days and has highest peaks and cliffs like Monte d’Oro, Monte Incudine, Aiguilles de Bavella and much more. Make sure you carry proper hiking gears as the traverse is slippery, rugged, steep and edgy.

26. Mt Huashan, China

Elevation- 7,087 ft approx
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- March to November

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Mt Huashan, China Source

Considered as death trail mountains of China, the Mt Huashan is not only challenging but a rewarding experience for hikers. It is one of the best treks in the world as it gives you a mix of picturesque mountains and nerve-racking hiking trails. The trail is a wooden walkway whose one end is bolted to the mountain and the other end is open to the 3280 ft drop!

Check out: Hiking Food Ideas

27. The Maze, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Elevation- 3,700 to 7,200 feet
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- March to November

Hikers who love challenges during their treks would love the mind numbing Maze of the Canyonlands National Park. From dead ends, steep cliffs to heat and scarce water this hiking trails are not for weak hearts. It is best to have guidebooks, maps to complete the challenging terrain else you might be lost in the maze!
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The Maze, USA

Livingit Tip-
These hiking trails are not for beginners due to the least accessibility and it can take 2-3 days for rescuers to help you if you are stuck in the Maze!

28. Pikes Peak, Colorado, US

Elevation- 14, 110 ft approx
Difficulty- Grade 3
Best time to visit- March to May and September to October

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Pikes Peak, US

This is one of the highest peaks of the Front Range in North America and is the most visited summit in Colorado Springs which makes is one of the best treks in the world. Ranging at 4, 200 meters above the sea level, hiking trail to the Pikes Peak is beautiful, safe and from the top you can view reservoirs, the Garden of Gods, Manitou Springs, and even Denver’s tall stories.

29. Kalalau Trail – Kauai, Hawaii

Elevation- 5,000 ft
Difficulty- Grade 2
Best time to visit- May to October

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Kalalau Trail.

Though this trek is of Grade 2 difficulty, it is the weather condition and challenging pathway that makes the hiking trails only for experts. If you want adrenaline rush during hiking the trails then look no further than Kalalau Trail. You would be surprised to know that the trail is the only accessible land of the NaPali Coast and is perfect for expert hikers as the trail gives a raw experience. From narrow pathways, fragile rocks to high beach waves you would have to cross all to reach the destination. However, the mesmeric greenery and waterfalls will make it worthwhile.

Livingit Tip- As there are no facilities around, it is best to carry water, first aid, and food.

30. El Camino Del Rey, Spain

Elevation- 350 ft
Difficulty- Grade 1
Best time to visit- May to September

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El Camino Del Rey, Spain

El Camino Del Rey also was known as The King’s Little Pathway is a short hike but is sure to give spine-chilling experience. Since it is an age old walkway, the concrete, steel rails have collapsed leaving nothing but iron supports that help you to walk the trails and situated 328 feet above the sea level you can imagine how dangerous the experience would be. One of the best trek in the world along with the most dangerous hiking trails. If you have the thrilling spirit you, then we recommend you to go for it!

Livingit Tip-
It is not the height that makes this trek super challenging, but it is the dangerous trails that give a test to your endurance and balance.

Read: Best Hikes in America to Put on Your Bucket List

This list comprises only 30 best treks in the world, and as you complete each of them one by one, your passion for more will only grow stronger and stronger. As the Norwegians say, “Only one who wanders finds a new path.” A start with any of these destinations will open a Pandora’s Box of opportunities and bequeath you with memories to cherish forever.

Life is a never-ending learning experience and so is hiking. Explore the beautiful trails around the world and in the process discover and rediscover yourself. With every hiking trails, mountain climbing, you will grow into a new and better individual. Get set on a journey where the wifi is weak and where technology does not stand a chance to impregnate your divine exposure to the self and interactions with nature in her unadulterated form with distractions of triviality. Go live your adventure and do not forget to share your favorite hiking destination and experience.

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