In New Zealand we are lucky to have some of the best hiking trails as well as beautiful untouched landscape. But sometimes you want to see something different, explore somewhere new, and this list is full of inspiration of where you can hike around the world.
1. Inca Trail, Peru
One of the most popular hikes in the world and though it may take you through 26 miles of grueling inclines and declines it is worth it for the scenery and of course Machu Picchu. What other trail gives you the chance to explore ruins, jungle and beautiful mountain scenery.
2. Everest Base Camp Trek
Not everyone has it in them to hike Everest's summit but more and more people are taking up the challenge of Everest's base camp. Not only do you get the unique opportunity to experience the culture and the people that make their home at these elevations but also come face to face with the Earth's highest point. The hike takes three weeks to complete and you will traverse valleys and mountains in order to bask in the unique and beautiful scenery.
3. Trek to Petra
Considered one of the best hikes in the Middle East, this trek takes you through gorges, ridges, and rocky terrain. And at the end of it all is the chance to see The Kingdom of Petra, making the 7 day hike across the desert worth it to explore the temples and tombs of this fascinating city.
4. Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile
Ten days of immense scenery along Chile's number one hiking destination lets you experience the real wonders of the South American Continent. This route is hugely popular during the summer months, 800-1000 people are on the trail every day taking in the volcanic peaks, glaciers, and beautiful lakes.
5. Appalachian Trail, Georgia to Maine
One of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, spanning over 14 states, this hike will truly test your trekking skills like no other American trail. The great part though, is that you can brave the entire length of the trail or choose chunks to explore more easily.
6. Kungsleden, Sweden
Also known as The King's Trail, this 275 mile hike traverses untouched European country, and in the winter becomes a ski trail. See the amazing Arctic landscape, open tundra, big glaciers, and brush up against Sweden's highest peak, Mount Kebnekaise.
7. Pacific Crest Trail, California
Trek through 7 National Parks and numerous national forests, state parks, and wilderness areas on this hike. Start your tramp through the hot, dry Mojave Desert and explore along the way the Forester Pass between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks as well as the Cascade Volcanoes in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
8. Kalalau Trail, Hawaii
Although this may not be the longest trail being only 35km long, it is still known for being dangerous as well as spectacular. This coastal hike takes you along steep trails and tropical heat as you trek through amazing jungle, beautiful waterfalls, and explore the mile-long arc of Kalalau Beach.
9. Tour du Mont Blanc, France
Circling Mont Blanc, this is one of the most special hiking experiences as you travel through three different countries and over several mountain passes. Discover the Alps and circumnavigate Mount Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, as well as meadows teeming with blossoms and impressive peaks and glaciers.
10. The Long Range Traverse, Canada
Take the trail less followed as this hike takes you to a land that seems untouched as you use your map and a compass to journey through the wilderness. There are no trails here and makes for an unforgettable experience of exploring Canada's back country and camping with the local moose and caribou. The trail is filled with untouched beauty and every bend reveals another wonder, coastal fjords, granite cliffs tower, and animal paths leading to hidden lakes.
11. Sierra High Route, California
This trail runs parallel to the John Muir Trail and is more challenging but shows off the Best of California's High Sierra. Route-finding skills are required for this hike as part of it will be scrambling over peaks and ridgelines sans trails all while exploring the national parks. Highlights include Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, John Muir Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Devils Postpile National Monument, and Yosemite National Park.
12. Fitz Roy Trek, Argentina
This trek ensures glorious views of Patagonia that cannot be experienced unless you take this trip on Fitz. This hike takes you through Los Glaciares National Park, which is the size of Delaware and gives you views of beech forests, open plains, glaciers, waterfalls, and the iconic Fitz Roy Massif.
13. Cinque Terre National Park
Not only is this trek filled with stunning scenery but also the most iconic Italian villages. This hike takes you along the Italian coast as you travel through five Italian towns filled with gelato coloured houses all pile up along the rocky coastline.
14. Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia
While exploring the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, you'll experience solitude, untouched terrain, and an array of landscapes including highland mountains, rain forest, alpine lakes, and eucalyptus groves. This is also a chance to get up close to Australia's unique wildlife including wombat and Tasmanian devils as you get out to the remote wilderness of Tasmania's Outback.
14. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
A widely popular trek, even though it's at 19,340 feet and Africa's highest peak more and more adventurers are taking up the challenge. With a wide range of climbing routes, most travel with a guided tour to reach the spectacular view above the clouds.