Travel The Best Countries for Hiking  

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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

2
190 72
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

3
173 67
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

4
161 61
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

5
169 69
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)

6
149 65
Germany is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
PanagiotisStavropoulos added German Language

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

7
137 58
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Scottish English

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

8
145 66
Australia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking

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

9
122 53
Spain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

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

10
122 55
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

11
120 58
France is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
French Language

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

12
123 61
Greece is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
PanagiotisStavropoulos added Greek Language

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

13
169 103
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking

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

14
98 51
Liechtenstein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
German Language

Best trails: Bergdorf Malbun, Fürstensteig, Stausee Kleinsteg

15
99 52
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

16
97 52
Argentina is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

Best trails: Fitz Roy Trek, Aconcagua

17
101 57
Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Slovak Language

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

18
97 54
United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
93 52
Principality of Wales is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
dazter added Welsh Language

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

20
91 51
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

21
106 64
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

22
96 58
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
84 53
Peru is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

Best trails: Machu Picchu, Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz

24
125 90
Italy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Italian Language

Best trails: Sentiero Azzurro, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Alta Via

25
74 46
Chile is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
75 48
Russia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
юлия-остапенко added Russian Language

Best trails: Mount Elbrus, Northern Urals, Vottvovaara

27
151 119
Nepal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Nepali Language

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

28
82 59
Kazakhstan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Kazakh Language, Russian Language

Best trails: Almatinskiy Terrenkur, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Left Talgar Gorge

29
67 50
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

Best trails: Iztaccihuatl, Iztaccihuatl, Los Picachos

30
64 49
South Africa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Northern Sotho language, Zulu Language, Afrikaans Language

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

31
56 48
Kenya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language, Swahili Language

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

32
67 60
Monaco is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
French Language

Best trails:  The Heritage Trees Trail, Sentier du Littoral de Cap d'Ail

33
58 52
Hong Kong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language, Chinese language

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

34
51 45
Mali is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
French Language

Best trails: Lafiabougou, Arche, Trek País Dogon

35
51 45
Tanzania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language, Swahili Language

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

36
52 47
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

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

37
50 45
Uganda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language, Swahili Language

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

38
47 54
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Dzongkha Language

Best trails: Druk Path Trek, Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek, Jomolhari Loop

39
4 5
Iran is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
sogol added Persian Language

Best trails: Tâlysh Mountains, Alam Kuh and Takhte Soleymân, Zard Kuh

40
42 53
Malaysia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Malaysian language

Best trails: Bukit Tabur, Pine Tree Trail, Gunung Kinabalu

41
10 14
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Ozturk Yalcin added Turkish Language

Best trails: Lycian Trail, Uludağ Mountain, Cappadocia

42
36 49
Papua New Guinea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Hiri Motu language, English Language, Tok Pisin Language

Best trails: Kokoda Trail, Mt Giluwe, Mt Wilhelm

43
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Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Persian Language, Russian Language, Tajik Language

Best trails: Istaravshan Walk, Khidorjiv to Yeal, Peak Estonia

44
36 60
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language

Best trails: Nile street, Sabaloka Gorge

45
35 61
Morocco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Arabic Language, Berber languages

Best trails: Mount Toubkal, Mount Toubkal, Paradise Valley

46
38 67
Jordan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Arabic Language

Best trails: Wadi Mujib, Dana Biosphere Reserve, The Jordan Trail

47
39 100
India is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language, Hindi Language

Best trails: Roopkund, Hemkund and Valley of Flowers, Zanskar Frozen River

48
36 112
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Urdu Language, English Language

Best trails: Margalla Hills, Dunga Gali-Ayubia Track, Miranjani