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The Best Countries for Hiking

Updated June 14, 2019 7.4k votes 784 voters 11.3k 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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    New Zealand
    191
    59

    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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  • 2
    Switzerland
    180
    61

    Switzerland

    Romansh language, French Language

    CapitalBern

    Founded1291

    CurrencySwiss franc

    Area41285.0

    GovernmentFederal republic, Directorial system

    AnthemSwiss Psalm

    DivisionsSeftigen District, Canton of Vaud, Canton of Glarus, Canton of Aargau, Canton of Zurich

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

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  • 3
    Canada
    166
    56

    Canada

    French Language, English Language

    CapitalOttawa

    Founded1867

    CurrencyCanadian dollar

    Area9984670.0

    GovernmentFederal monarchy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemO Canada

    DivisionsAgassiz, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba

    Best trails: Great Divide Trail, Bruce Trail

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  • 4
    Iceland
    147
    55

    Iceland

    Icelandic Language

    CapitalReykjavik

    Founded1904-02-01

    CurrencyIcelandic króna

    Area103001.0

    GovernmentConstitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemLofsöngur

    DivisionsWestfjords, Norðurland vestra, Eastern Region, Iceland, Capital Region

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

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  • 5
    Kenya
    119
    39

    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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  • 6
    Hong Kong
    124
    45

    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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  • 7
    Mali
    108
    37

    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

  • 8
    Scotland
    125
    50

    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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  • 9
    Sweden
    135
    61

    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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  • 10
    United States of America

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

  • 11
    Germany
    123
    62

    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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  • 12
    Australia

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

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  • 13
    Republic of Ireland
    105
    51

    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

  • 14
    Argentina
    86
    42

    Argentina

    Spanish Language

    CapitalBuenos Aires

    Founded1816-07-09

    CurrencyArgentine peso

    Area2780400.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

    AnthemArgentine National Anthem

    DivisionsSan Juan Province, Argentina, Comuna 5, Lihuel Calel department, Maipú Department

    Best trails: Fitz Roy Trek, Aconcagua

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  • 15
    Spain
    95
    51

    Spain

    Spanish Language

    CapitalMadrid

    CurrencyEuro

    Area505992.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemMarcha Real

    DivisionsProvince of Zamora, Province of Segovia, Province of Soria, La Rioja, Province of Valladolid

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

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  • 16
    Slovakia
    84
    47

    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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  • 17
    Greece
    93
    55

    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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  • 18
    Chile
    70
    36

    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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  • 19
    Peru
    74
    40

    Peru

    Spanish Language

    CapitalLima

    Founded1821-07-28

    CurrencyPeruvian nuevo sol

    Area1285216.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

    AnthemNational Anthem of Peru

    DivisionsSan Martín Region, Apurímac Region, Amazonas Region, Moquegua Region, Puno Region

    Best trails: Machu Picchu, Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz

  • 20
    Liechtenstein
    77
    44

    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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  • 21
    Andorra
    76
    43

    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

  • 22
    Wales
    75
    48

    Wales

    Welsh Language

    CapitalAbergwyngregyn, Dolwyddelan

    Founded1216

    GovernmentMonarchy, Principality, Popular monarchy

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

  • 23
    Czech Republic
    77
    50

    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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  • 24
    England
    83
    58

    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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  • 25
    United Kingdom
    79
    55

    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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