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The Best Countries for Hiking

Updated June 14, 2019 8.1k votes 794 voters 11.5k 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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    Kenya

    English Language, Swahili Language

    CapitalNairobi

    Founded1963-12-12

    CurrencyKenyan shilling

    Area582650.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Presidential system, Republic

    AnthemEe Mungu Nguvu Yetu

    DivisionsNyanza Province, Western Province, Nairobi Province, Coast Province, Central Province

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

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    Venezuela

    Spanish Language

    CapitalCaracas

    Founded1811-07-05

    CurrencyVenezuelan bolívar

    Area916445.0

    GovernmentSocialist state, Presidential system, Federal republic, Republic, Federation

    AnthemGloria al Bravo Pueblo

    DivisionsFederal Dependencies of Venezuela, Delta Amacuro, Aragua, Barinas, Venezuela

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

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    Hong Kong

    English Language, Chinese language

    Founded1842-08-29

    CurrencyHong Kong dollar

    Area1104.0

    AnthemMarch of the Volunteers

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

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    Mali

    French Language

    CapitalBamako

    Founded1960-09-22

    CurrencyWest African CFA franc

    Area1240000.0

    GovernmentRepublic, Semi-presidential system, Unitary state

    AnthemLe Mali

    DivisionsSégou Region, Mopti Region, Kayes Region, Sikasso Region, Gao Region

    Best trails: Lafiabougou, Arche, Trek País Dogon

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    Scotland

    Scottish English

    CapitalEdinburgh

    Founded0843

    CurrencyUK £

    Area78387.0

    GovernmentDevolution, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemIs There for Honest Poverty, Scotland the Brave, Flower of Scotland, Scots Wha Hae, Highland Cathedral

    DivisionsOrkney

    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

    CapitalStockholm

    Founded1397

    CurrencySwedish krona

    Area449964.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Hereditary monarchy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemDu gamla, Du fria

    DivisionsGotland County, Falköping Municipality, Värmland County, Blekinge County, Norrbotten County

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

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

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    Germany

    German Language

    CapitalBerlin

    Founded1949-05-23

    CurrencyEuro

    Area357021.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Federal republic, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemDeutschlandlied

    DivisionsMunich, Bremen, Haan, Hanover, Hesse

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

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    Republic of Ireland

    English Language, Irish

    CapitalDublin

    Founded1916-04-24

    CurrencyEuro

    Area70273.0

    GovernmentConstitutional republic, Unitary republic, Parliamentary system

    AnthemAmhrán na bhFiann

    DivisionsCounty Wexford, County Kildare, County Sligo, Munster, County Leitrim

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

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    Greece

    Greek Language

    CapitalAthens

    Founded1821-03-25

    CurrencyEuro

    Area131940.0

    GovernmentConstitutional republic, Parliamentary system

    AnthemHymn to Liberty

    DivisionsChios, Phthiotis, Argolis, Pella, Dodecanese Prefecture

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

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    Slovakia

    Slovak Language

    CapitalBratislava

    Founded1918-10-28

    CurrencyEuro

    Area49036.0

    GovernmentParliamentary republic

    AnthemNad Tatrou sa blýska

    DivisionsNitra Region, Žilina Region, Trenčín Region, Bratislava Region, Košice Region

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

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    Chile

    Spanish Language

    CapitalSantiago

    Founded1810-09-18

    CurrencyChilean peso

    Area756096.3

    GovernmentPresidential system, Democratic republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

    AnthemNational Anthem of Chile

    DivisionsSantiago Metropolitan Region, San Felipe de Aconcagua Province, Coquimbo Region, Maule Region, Ranco Province

    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

    CapitalBloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

    Founded1910-05-31

    CurrencySouth African rand

    Area1219912.0

    GovernmentConstitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemNational anthem of South Africa, Die Stem van Suid-Afrika

    DivisionsWestonaria Local Municipality, Western Cape, North West, Gauteng, Limpopo

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

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    Liechtenstein

    German Language

    CapitalVaduz

    Founded1806

    CurrencySwiss franc

    Area160.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemOben am jungen Rhein

    DivisionsPlanken, Triesenberg, Triesen, Mauren, Eschen

    Best trails: Bergdorf Malbun, Fürstensteig, Stausee Kleinsteg

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    Andorra

    Catalan language

    CapitalAndorra la Vella

    CurrencyEuro

    Area468.0

    GovernmentDiarchy, Coregency, Monarchy, Principality, Unitary state

    AnthemEl Gran Carlemany

    DivisionsAndorra la Vella, Canillo, Ordino, La Massana, Encamp

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

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    Sudan

    English Language

    CapitalJuba

    Founded2011-07-09

    CurrencySouth Sudanese pound

    Area619745.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic, Republic

    AnthemSouth Sudan Oyee!

    DivisionsCentral Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Western Equatoria, Jonglei

    Best trails: Nile street, Sabaloka Gorge

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    Czech Republic

    Czech Language

    CapitalPrague

    Founded1993-01-01

    CurrencyCzech koruna

    Area78866.0

    GovernmentParliamentary republic

    AnthemKde domov můj?

    DivisionsPrague, Moravian-Silesian Region, South Moravian Region, Olomouc Region, Karlovy Vary Region

    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

    CapitalAbergwyngregyn, Dolwyddelan

    Founded1216

    GovernmentMonarchy, Principality, Popular monarchy

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

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    New Zealand

    Māori language, New Zealand Sign Language

    CapitalWellington

    Founded1840-02-06

    CurrencyNew Zealand dollar

    Area268680.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemGod Defend New Zealand, God Save the Queen

    DivisionsBay of Plenty, Otago Region, Tasman District, West Coast, Wellington

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

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    England

    English Language

    CapitalLondon

    CurrencyUK £

    Area130395.0

    GovernmentConstitutional monarchy, Constituent country

    DivisionsEast Midlands, South East England, North East England, East of England, Wakefield

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

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    United Kingdom

    English Language

    CapitalLondon

    Founded1801

    CurrencyUK £

    Area243610.0

    GovernmentHereditary monarchy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemGod Save the Queen

    DivisionsMoyle District Council, Antrim, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kent, London Borough of Hillingdon

    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

    CapitalLuxembourg

    Founded1815-06-09

    CurrencyEuro

    Area2586.0

    GovernmentMonarchy, Grand duchy, Democracy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system

    AnthemOns Heemecht

    DivisionsLuxembourg District, Diekirch District, Grevenmacher District

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

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    Uganda

    English Language, Swahili Language

    CapitalKampala

    Founded1962-10-09

    CurrencyUgandan shilling

    Area236040.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic, Democracy

    AnthemOh Uganda, Land of Beauty

    DivisionsMukono District, Soroti District, Pader District, Kitgum District, Kyenjojo

    Best trails: The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Trail, Mount Morungole Climb, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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    Tanzania

    English Language, Swahili Language

    CapitalDodoma

    Founded1961-12-09

    CurrencyTanzanian shilling

    Area945203.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Federal republic, Republic, Constitutional republic

    AnthemMungu ibariki Afrika

    DivisionsDar es Salaam, Ruvuma Region, Rukwa Region, Kondoa, Singida Region

    Best trails: Olmoti Crater, Mount Meru, Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano

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