6. Indian Himalayas, India
If you are looking for isolation from the rest of the world, then the Indian side of the Himalayas might just be your thing. Only hard-core hikers venture this extremely challenging walk. You can choose to follow ancient trade routes along the mountain tops, or visit ancient monasteries in Ladakh or Little Tibet. Just keep in mind that it takes a lifetime to master the Himalayas, so do not expect to do it on a single hike.
7. Kungsleden, Sweden
The weak-hearted have no business on the legendary King’s Trail. On this 275 miles long traverse, you will enjoy the beauty of the Arctic Circle, glaciers, birch forests, and open tundra. Brush up against Mount Kebnekaise, the highest peak in Sweden.
8. Snowman Trek, Bhutan
By many, this is the most challenging route in the world, and you are lucky if you manage to finish it. The reason? Unpredictable weather in this part of the world. The trek traverses six mountains and crosses nine passes, most of which are at 16,000 feet or higher. It can only be done with a guided tour.
9. Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass, Iceland
Hiking through lava fields, lichen-covered rocks, and glaciers will give you the answer to the question why this is Iceland’s most popular hiking trek. It packs more amazing views in its 50 miles than most longer hikes do.
10. Mountains of the Moon, Uganda
Elephants at 16,000 feet? No way. Actually, it is ‘yes way’ here at the Ruwenzori Range. The peaks, looming on the Uganda-Congo border, make up the highest range in Africa. The hike through mind-bending forests of giant tree-groundsel and lobelias can take three to five days, depending on how strong your spirit is.
Have you ever been hiking? Which trails are on your bucket list?
This article was contributed by Kate Flannery. You can contact her on Facebook.