Hiking around the world provides insight into the vast and stunning variety of landscapes that can be explored around the globe. From coastal climbs to walks that span entire countries, the world is filled with hikes that even beginners can accomplish. Whether you have a few days to complete a hike or many months, there are plenty of easy hikes located on almost every continent of the world. Here are 8 amazing intermediate hiking trails around the world that range from a few days long to many months and span over many different countries, continents, and landscapes.
1. Mount Kilimanjaro
Location: Tanzania, Africa
Distance: 35 miles
Time: 7 or more days
Best Time to Visit: January – February, September
Located in Tanzania in Eastern Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most popular mountains to hike around the world. While it does not compare to the vast beauty of Mount Everest in Nepal, Kilimanjaro provides views of the incredible surrounding landscapes of the wild country of Tanzania. The mountain is the continents highest peak, reaching 19,340 feet. To reach Kilimanjaro, it is possible to fly directly into the Kilimanjaro airport and travel by bus or shuttle to Moshi or Arusha and begin the hike from there. To reach the peak, you must hike for 7-10 days, depending on your capabilities. Many visitors choose to reach the peak with a guide. While it is possible to reach the top without a guide, it is safer and easier to travel to the peak with the help of a guide. The views from the top often reach far beyond the clouds, ensuring you feel on top of the world after your week long climb.
2. Mont Blanc
Location: France, Italy, and Switzerland
Distance: 105 miles
Time: 10 or more days
Best Time to Visit: July – Mid September
Mont Blanc is one of the most popular hikes to complete in Europe. The impressive mountain peak is located on the border of France, Italy, and Switzerland. The mountain range is located in the Alps and the TMB trek takes 10 or more days, depending on how quickly you hike the trail. The best time to visit and trek Mont Blanc is from July to September, before the cold winter hits, which brings plenty of snow along with it. Perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the hike is the chance to trek through 3 different countries, along glacial valleys, small mountain passes, and through green meadows. To reach Mont Blanc, it is possible to take a train to multiple starting points along the borders of France, Switzerland, and Italy.
3. Torres Del Paine W Trek
Location: Patagonia, Chile
Distance: 37 miles
Time: 4 or more days
Best Time to Visit: October – April
The Torres Del Paine “W” Trek is a popular hike through the breathtaking region of Patagonia in southern Chile. Hiking through the Torres del Paine National Park, the “W” trek takes you through some of the most magical landscapes in the world. The “W” trek is a lot shorter than the “O” trek, however it takes you through many of the same landscapes including past volcanic peaks, glaciers, and stunning crystal clear lakes. While many people choose to hike between October and April to avoid the Chilean winter, there are way less people on the trails from May to September. The trek is much shorter than many of the other ones on this list, where the “W” trek only takes 4 to 7 days. To reach the beginning of the trek, take a bus or shuttle to Puerto Natales. From here, it is possible to begin the hike.
4. Inca Trail
Distance: 26 miles
Time: 4 days
Best Time to Visit: May – September
The Inca Trail is one of the most rewarding hikes anywhere in the world. Also one of the most popular, the Inca Trail takes you through 26 miles of intense inclines, with a few downhill parts. Once you reach the end of the hike, you are rewarded with the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. You can explore many parts of the jungle, ruins, and landscapes along the way. The hike to Machu Picchu takes 4 days and must be completed with a guide. Guides also often bring horses and other guides to help people with their luggage and food. The best time to hike the Inca trail is from May to September, where you can avoid the rainy season. To reach the Inca Trail, take a flight to Cusco where a bus will transport you to the beginning of the hike. If you want to trek a lesser known path to Machu Picchu, try the Ancascocha Trail which is only 19 miles, however the inclines are much steeper, taking 5-6 days for most people. Another popular trek is the Lares Valley hike, which is 20 miles and takes 4 days, with an additional day to trek on to Machu Picchu.
5. Pacific Crest Trail
Location: California, Oregon, and Washington, United States
Distance: 2,650 miles
Time: 6 or more months
Best Time to Visit: April – October
The Pacific Crest Trail hike seems to become more popular each year. The hike takes you through 7 national parks and past tons of forests, state parks, and stunning landscapes. Known as the PCT, the trail takes you through different climates including the warmer Mojave Desert and up high to cold peaks of over 13,000 feet. The trek takes between 6 and 12 months depending on how quickly you hike. The hike unbelievably takes you up the entire coastline of the western USA, through California, Oregon, and Washington, where you complete the hike on the Vancouver border crossing. To begin the hike, you can either start on the border of Vancouver or near the border of Mexico in the south. It is important to begin the hike in April to avoid the intense heat in the south and try and complete it before the dead of winter in the north!
6. Trek to Petra
Distance: 50 miles
Time: 5 or more days
Best Time to Visit: October – April
There are not many hikes that are easily accessible in the middle east, however the trek to Petra is one of the most popular and beautiful in the area. The trek to Petra takes you through rocky terrain, past unimaginable landscapes and ruins, and along ridges and the edge of gorges. Much like the Inca Trail, the hike to Petra is rewarded with exploring ancient temples and tombs located in the stunning city of Petra. The hike takes between 5 and 10 days, depending on how quickly you can complete it. To begin the trek, you must travel to Wadi Musa, where the trek begins and the city of Petra lies just outside.
7. Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike
Location: Arizona, United States
Distance: 44 miles
Time: 4 or more days
Best Time to Visit: March – May, September – November
Arguably one of the most fascinating landscapes in the United States, the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike takes you 44 miles through the stunning Grand Canyon, located in Arizona. The Rim to Rim Hike takes you past some of the most incredible features the Grand Canyon has to offer. The views and scenery allow you to see the vastness of the canyon and explore many of the parts that most people don’t get to see when the visit the Grand Canyon for a day. To get to the Grand Canyon, it is possible to fly, take a helicopter, or take a bus or shuttle to the entrance, where you can begin the enjoyable hike.
8. Scottish National Way
Distance: 470 miles
Time: 5 or more weeks
Best Time to Visit: April & May
A relatively new hike that only recently opened in 2012, the Scottish National Way is a 470 mile long hike that takes you from the south of Scotland to the north. The trail is the first that takes you across the entire country of Scotland, from beginning to end. The Scottish National Way takes over one month to complete and is best done in April and May when the rains subside and the warm summer heat has yet to kick in. The Scottish National Way can be reached by beginning on the border town of Kirk Yetholm. It should be noted that the hike becomes more difficult as you reach the north, where there are many more mountains and colder temperatures. The Scottish National Way is an incredible hike that takes you past stunning green pastures, mountainous regions, valleys, glens, lochs, and at times past the sea.