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Top 10 bucket list hikes around the world

Home may be where the heart is, but everywhere else is where the soul is. If you Do What Moves You and your soul longs for the great outdoors, these top 10 trails from all around the world are must-sees. From Peru to Sweden to our own backyard, put these hikes on your bucket list and #beSwift along the way.

1. Inca Trail

Inca trail

Location: Peru
Distance: 26 miles
Time: 4 days
Best time to go: May to September

One of the most popular hikes in the world, the Inca Trail takes you through 26 miles of grueling inclines and declines. You get a chance to explore ruins, jungle, and beautiful mountain scenery, and of course, end the hike at Machu Picchu.

2. Appalachian Trail

Appalachin Trail

Location: Georgia to Maine, United States
Distance: 2,180 miles
Time: 5-7 months
Best time to go: Year-round

This hike is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world and is not an easy feat. It takes you through 14 states and takes careful planning and execution if you want to do it one go. However, at least 2 million people are said to do at least a one day-hike on the trail each year. So even if you can’t commit to to the full trail, the A.T. is too beautiful and too close not to explore.

3. Kilimanjaro


Location: Tanzania, Africa
Distance: roughly 35 miles
Time: 7+ days
Best time to go: January, February or September

At 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and a top contender of many hikers’ bucket lists. With a wide range of climbing routes, most travel with a guided tour to reach the spectacular view above the clouds.

4. Kungsleden


Location: Sweden
Distance: 65 miles
Time: 3-5 days
Best time to go: August to early September

Kungsleden, or “The King’s Trail,” is a 275-mile traverse, but it’s easy to get a glimpse of this amazing landscape with a shorter hike too. See the amazing Arctic landscape, open tundra, big glaciers, and brush up against Sweden’s highest peak, Mount Kebnekaise.

5. Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest base camp

Location: Nepal
Distance: 70 miles
Time: 16 days
Best time to go: March to May, September to November

In addition to being the highest point on Earth, the Everest Base Camp Trek is becoming extremely popular because of the opportunity to experience the people and culture that makes their home at these elevations. 

6. Snowman Trek

Snowman trek

Location: Bhutan
Distance: 200+ miles
Time: 25+ days
Best time to go: April or October

Some say that this is the hardest trail on the planet, and many are unable to finish because unpredictable weather in the high Himalaya. Traversing 11 passes, most of which are more than 16,000 feet, you can only do this hike with a guided tour and is at the top of most hikers’ bucket lists.

7. Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike

Grand Canyon

Location: Arizona, United States
Distance: 44 miles
Time: 4-6 days
Best time to go: March to May, September to November

This hike gives you an in-depth look at on of Earth’s greatest features. Not only does it help you appreciate it’s vastness physically, the views and scenery that you get by being up close and personal with it will be more rewarding than any view point you’ll get by a quick stop.

8. Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

Location: California, Oregon, and Washington, United States
Distance: 2,650 miles
Time: 6-7 months
Best time to go: April to October

Trek through seven national parks and numerous national forests, state parks and wilderness areas on this hike. Along the way, you will experience the Mojave Desert and also reach heights of over 13,000 feet. 

9. The Torres del Paine “W” Circuit

Torres del Paine National Park

Location: Patagonia, Chile
Distance: 37 miles
Time: 4-6 days
Best time to go: Between October and April

The popular route that follows the letter “W” takes you through the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. You get a chance to see volcanic peaks, glaciers and beautiful lakes. If you’re up for an extra challenge, try the longer “O” circuit that encompasses the “W.”

10. Yosemite Grand Traverse

Half Dome

Location: California, United States
Distance: 60 miles
Time: 6-7 days
Best time to go: Mid-July to mid-September

This trek takes you through some of the best of Yosemite National Park, part of the John Muir Trail and the Cathedral Range. You hike through waterfalls, granite basins, sprawling meadows and even ascend Half Dome via the Cable Route.

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Esther of Local Adventurer
August 18, 2016 10:22 PM

Thanks so much for sharing our link!! 🙂 Hoping we can all check these off our bucket lists ASAP.

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