Summertime is perfect for hiking but there are a number of incredible hikes to complete, during other times of the year, that are worthy of being on your bucket list. From Iceland to Canada, Peru to Nepal, here are five amazing hikes to do in your lifetime. Get that bucket list ready!
West Coast Trail
Where: Canada (Vancouver Island)
Distance: 47 miles
Average Time: 5-7 days
The West Coast Trail is one of the best ways to explore the West Coast. Taking you through the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island in Canada’s British Columbia, the trail is a part of the Pacific Rim National Park and is often considered as one of the world’s most popular hiking trails. Explore waterfalls, lush forests, bogs, beaches, and more as the trail highlights the area’s extremely rugged terrain. If you’re planning on tackling this hike, be sure to make a reservation here.
Distance: 26 miles
Average Time: Around 4 days
The Inca Trail leads to one of the most mesmerizing destinations in the world: Machu Picchu. While incredibly popular, it’s not without its trials as it takes you through jungles, ancient ruins, and beautiful mountain ranges for some grueling inclines and declines. If the Inca Trail is a bit too intense for you, the Ancasocha Trail is a great alternative, clocking in at 19 miles and is considered to be less challenging.
Laugavegurinn & Fimmvörduháls Pass
Distance: 50 miles
Average Time: Roughly 4 days
Iceland already boasts a fascinating landscape but this stunning hike takes you through volcanoes, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, valleys, and more. The country’s diverse terrain makes Laugavegurinn and Fimmvörduháls Pass a breathtaking and memorable adventure.
Where: United States (Georgia to Maine)
Distance: 2,180 miles
Average Time: 5-7 months
You’ve probably heard of the Appalachian Trail. This incredibly strenuous hike is considered to be the longest hiking-only trail in the world. Taking you through 14 states, it’s one that allows you to truly explore what America has to offer as you explore the Appalachian Mountains, Bear Mountain State Park, and many other points of interest.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Distance: 70 miles
Average Time: 16 days
Don’t let its 70 mile distance fool you—the Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most arduous hikes in the world, as well as being one of the most popular hikes in the world. In addition to summiting at the earth’s highest point, hikers also get to experience the local culture of the people who live on the mountain.
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