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The Best Countries for Hiking  

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List Rules Upvote 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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New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Māori language, New Zealand Sign Language, English Language

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

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Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Romansh language, French Language, German Language

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

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Canada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
French Language, English Language

Best trails: Great Divide Trail, Bruce Trail

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Iceland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Icelandic Language

Best trails: Glymur, The Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Trek, Landmannalaugar Hike

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Sweden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Swedish Language

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

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Scotland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Scottish English

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

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
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Germany is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
PanagiotisStavropoulos added German Language

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

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France is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
French Language

Best trails: Le Chemin des Rognes, Lac Blanc, GR 20

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Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language, Irish

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

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Spain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

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

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Greece is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
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Best trails: The Menalon Trail, The Viros Gorge, Mount Athos

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Argentina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

Best trails: Fitz Roy Trek, Aconcagua

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United States of America... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking

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

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Andorra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Catalan language

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

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Liechtenstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
German Language

Best trails: Bergdorf Malbun, Fürstensteig, Stausee Kleinsteg

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Principality of Wales is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
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Best trails: Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Snowdon im Blick, Chepstow to Tintern Abbey

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Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Slovak Language

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

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United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
BenNicholson added English Language

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

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Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Luxembourgish language, French Language, German Language

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

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England is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language

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

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Chile is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

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

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Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
pan__Ali added Czech Language

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

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Nepal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Nepali Language

Best trails: Everest Basecamp, Great Himalaya Trail and the Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Peru is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking