1 – USA
By far the most geologically diverse country on this list, The United States has many different hikes to choose from. From the Appalachian Trail in the east, the 14ers of Colorado (there are 58 of them!) with breathtaking views, and the National Parks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone that span the country, there is no greater place in the world for variety.
2 – PERU
Home to Machu Picchu, one of the new wonders of the world, Peru is a natural travel destination. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers several routes in varying difficulty but it also connects different areas of the Andes together. With over 18,000km of trail, there are multiple treks to hike.
3 – NEPAL
While Nepal may be famous for Mount Everest, the world’s largest mountain, the Himalayan Mountain Range is more than just one trail. Nepal is a popular trekking destination that has trails for the more experienced visitors, from the Everest Base Camp hike or the Upper Mustang, one of the few remaining Tibetan cultures. Nepal is staple on any journeyman’s list of destinations.
4 – CANADA
Much like its southern neighbors, the USA, Canada boasts vast areas of hiking. The Chilkoot Trail, which cuts through the Yukon and Alaska, is an amazing trek in the warmer months filled with history of the gold rush. The Tonquin Valley hike in the Canadian Rockies hugs the Astoria River and has breathtaking sunrise views of the Rampart Range.
5 – TANZANIA
Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing volcano, is often the highlight of a trip to Tanzania and should be on everyone’s hiking bucket list. Furthermore, Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro are home to some amazing safari hikes and to conservation efforts for protecting wild animals.
6 – NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is filled with many hikes such as the Queen Charlotte Track and the Fox Glacier that showcase the beauty of the islands. The many hiking spots on the two islands are filled with glaciers, waterfalls, and volcanoes. “Freedom walking” as it is called, allows travelers to hike without a guide and with only basic accommodations planned.
7 – ICELAND
Unspoiled by development, Iceland’s many mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, and hot springs are a prime spot for summertime hiking. Because of this, there are few shops and villages in the mountain areas and the weather can be quite temperamental and dangerous. The most popular trail is the Laugavegur trek.