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The Best Countries for Hiking

Updated June 14, 2019 7.9k votes 796 voters 11.6k views48 items

List RulesUpvote the country that has the best terrain, mountains or hills to go for a leisurely hike

This is a ranked list of the best countries for hiking as voted on by men and women. These places include some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the world such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, and South Africa. These are all some of the top places to go hiking in the world. This list answers the question, “what are the best countries in the world to go hiking?” Whether you are looking for beautiful mountain ranges, gorgeous bodies of water, or luscious greenery, these places offer all the lovely landscapes you could ever wish to trek upon. Many countries in Europe offer vast hiking routes while other countries just offer gorgeous open landscapes to tread upon. Each of these best countries for hiking offer distinct features as well. Those seeking the thrill of being one with the land and discovering new countries by foot might want to venture to far off lands like Bhutan. Excellent hiking can also be had in North America in the United States and Canada as well.  Whether looking for an extreme activity or a leisurely stroll these ranked places offer great hiking in every part of the world. As a traveler looking for the world’s best hiking you might ask yourself, “Where are best spots to hike around the world?”. Well here we have compiled a list of the very best places for this activity.

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    Switzerland

    Romansh language, French Language

    Best trails: Eiger Trail, Jaunbach gorge, Zermatt Lakes Trail and Hardergrat

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    Kenya

    English Language, Swahili Language

    Best trails: Ngong Hills, Nairobi Safari Walk, Chyulu Hills

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    Venezuela

    Spanish Language

    Best tarils: Salto Agua Fria, Cerro La Copa, Ventana del Cielo

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    Hong Kong

    English Language, Chinese language

    Best trails: Dragon's Back Ridge, Lamma Island, MacLehose

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    Mali

    French Language

    Best trails: Lafiabougou, Arche, Trek País Dogon

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    Scotland

    Scottish English

    Best trails: Old Man of Hoy, Stac Pollaidh, Muckle Flugga

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    Best trails: Half Dome, Angel's Landing, Devils Garden Trail, Franconia Ridge Loop

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    Sweden

    Swedish Language

    Best trails: Kungsleden (King’s Trail), Pilgrimsleden (Pilgrim Trail), Utvandrarleden (Emigrant Trail)

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    Germany

    German Language

    Best trails: Herzogstand to Heimgarten, Painter's Way, Partnachklamm

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    Republic of Ireland

    English Language, Irish

    Best trails: The Causeway Coast Way, Divis Ridge Trail, Glendalough

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    Best trails: Overland Track, Larapinta Trail, Great Ocean Walk

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    Greece

    Greek Language

    Best trails: The Menalon Trail, The Viros Gorge, Mount Athos

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    Spain

    Spanish Language

    Best trails: Ruta del Cares, Peñalara, Camino de Santiago

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    Slovakia

    Slovak Language

    Best trails: Peak Velky Rozsutec, Loop hike in Velka Fatra mountains, High Tatras

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    Chile

    Spanish Language

    Best trails: The W Circuit of Torres del Paine National Park, Grey Glacier, Embalse El Yeso

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    South Africa

    Northern Sotho language, Zulu Language

    Best trails: Otter Trail, Amathole Trail, Giant’s Cup Trail and Garden Route

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    Liechtenstein

    German Language

    Best trails: Bergdorf Malbun, Fürstensteig, Stausee Kleinsteg

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    Andorra

    Catalan language

    Best trails: Vall de Rialb - Estany Blau, Els Pessons, Pic de la Serrera

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    Sudan

    English Language

    Best trails: Nile street, Sabaloka Gorge

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    Czech Republic

    Czech Language

    Best trails: Edmundsklamm Loop from Schöna, Elbquelle (symbolisch) Loop from Špindlerův Mlýn, Tal der Eger Loop from Loket

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    Wales

    Welsh Language

    Best trails: Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Snowdon im Blick, Chepstow to Tintern Abbey

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    New Zealand

    Māori language, New Zealand Sign Language

    Best trails: Queen Charlotte Track, Te Araroa Trail, and Milford Track

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    England

    English Language

    Best trails: Lairig Ghru, South Downs Way, South West Coast Path

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    United Kingdom

    English Language

    Best trails: West Highland Way in Scotland, Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands

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    Luxembourg

    Luxembourgish language, French Language

    Best trails: Mullerthal Trail Route 2, Escapardenne Lee Trail, Dream loop

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