Best Treks / Hikes of the World, top 100

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Criteria

Our selection criterion is: The best trek is that which is most listed in books covering the greatest treks in the world.

Development

We have selected the best 7 books (in our opinion) that gather the greatest treks in the world (we will include 2 more). We assigned a score to every trek in each publication basing ourselves on a series of variables, one of the most important being the amount of treks the book covers (a trek that is in a book covering 10 treks is awarded a higher score than another in a book covering 50).

Our selection of books is the following:

  • Book 1: A Journey along the World's Great Treks by Jeff Salvage and Kirk Markus
  • Book 2: Classic Hikes of the World: 23 Breathtaking Treks by Peter Potterfield
  • Book 3: Top Treks of the World by Steve Razzetti
  • Book 4: The World's Great Adventure Treks by Jack Jackson
  • Book 5: Outside Adventure Travel: Trekking by Outside Magazine
  • Book 6: Ultimate Adventures a Rough guide to Adventure Travel by The Rough Guides
  • Book 7: A Year of Adventures by Lonely Planet/Andrew Bain

World's TOP 10 Treks

Rank Country Name of the Trek / Hike /Circuit Publication Score
Book1 Book2 Book3 Book4 Book5 Book6 Book7
1 Tanzania Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek 5 4 4 4 2 3 22
2 Chile Torres del Paine Trek, Patagonia 5 4 3 4 2 3 21
3 Perú Inca Trail 5 4 4 2 3 18
4 Nepal Annapurna Area,(Annapurna circuit, Kopra Ridge) 5 4 3 2 3 17
5 France-Italy-Switzerland Haute Route 5 3 4 2 3 17
6 Pakistan Snow Lake/Biafo-Hispar/Lupke La Region 3 4 4 2 1,5 14,5
7 India Zanskar river, Ladakh 3 4 4 3 14
8 New Zealand Milford Trek 5 4 2 3 14
9 Nepal Everest Base Camp 5 4 4 13
10 New Zealand Routeburn track, Fiordland-Mount Aspiring Nationals Parks, South Island 4 4 3 2 13

World's TOP 40 Treks

Rank Country Name of the Trek / Hike /Circuit Publication Score
Book1 Book2 Book3 Book4 Book5 Book6 Book7
11 USA Rim-to-Rim of the Grand Canyon 5 2 3 2 12
12 Pakistan Baltoro glacier / Concordia 4 3 2 1,5 10,5
13 USA Kalalau trail, Kauai, Hawai 4 2 3 9
14 Canada West Coast trail 4 2 3 9
15 Spain El Camino de Santiago 4 2 3 9
16 Morocco Tichka to Toubkal, Atlas Mountains 3 4 2 9
17 Argentina Mount Fitzroy, El Chalten, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Patagonia 4 4 8
18 South Georgia Shackleton crossing, South georgia 4 2 1,5 7,5
19 Nepal Kangchendzonga Himal 3 4 7
20 Tibet The Mount Kailas Circuit 4 3 7
21 Uganda The Ruwenzori 4 3 7
22 Australia The Overland Track, Tasmania 3 2 1,5 6,5
23 Australia The Larapinta trail, West MacDonnell Range 3 3 6
24 USA Continental Divide trail, Rockies 4 2 6
25 Sweden Kungsleden 4 2 6
26 Scotland West Highland way 4 2 6
27 Greece North Pindos Mountains 4 2 6
28 SoutH Africa Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal 4 2 6
29 USA The Appalachian trail, Georgia to Main 3 2 5
30 France Grande Randonnee 20, Parc naturel regional de la Corse, Corsica 3 2 5
31 France Grande Randonnee 20, Parc naturel regional de la Corse, Corsica 3 2 5
32 Venezuela Trekking to Angel falls, Canaima national Park 2 3 5
33 Perú Huayhuash circuit, Cordillera Huayhuash 3 2 5
34 Perú Alpamayo circuit, Cordillera Blanca 3 2 5
35 Ethiopia Semien Mountains, Semien National Park 2 3 5
36 Bhutan The Snowman Trek (Lunana Trek), Himalaya 3 1,5 4,5
37 USA Jhon Muir Trail 2 2 4
38 Bhutan The Chomolhari trek 2 1,5 3,5

Other Treks (mentioned once)

Rank Country Name of the Trek / Hike /Circuit Publication Score
Book1 Book2 Book3 Book4 Book5 Book6 Book7
Birmania Kachin Tribal Village Trek 5 5
Europe Tour de Mont Blanc 5 5
Nepal Inner Dolpo 4 4
Bhutan A tiger´s lair (Paro Taktsang) & a sacred peak 4 4
Mongolia Kharkhiraa & Turgen, Altai 4 4
New Zealand Kepler Trek, Fiordland Nat park 4 4
New Zealand Aoraki to Arthurs pass, Aoraki Nat Park - Arthurs pass Nat Park, Central Southern Alps 4 4
Australia Thobsborne trail, Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland 4 4
USA Evolution Loop, Kings Canyon Nat Park, Sierra Nevada, California 4 4
USA Highline trail, Wyoming Rockies 4 4
USA Sawtooth traverse, Idaho Rockies 4 4
USA Alaska on foot, Anchorage area, Alaska 4 4
USA Llama-Trekking in Escalante Canyon, Utah 4 4
Canada The Rockwall trail 4 4
France Tour de la vanoise glacier, Parc Nat de la Vanoise 4 4
Spain Ways of St James, Pyrenees 4 4
Spain Picos de Europa, Cantabrian Mountains 4 4
Greece Across the spine of Crete 4 4
Italia The Dolomites Traverse 4 4
Kazakhstan Foothills of the Tian Shan 4 4
México Copper Canyon 4 4
Chile Exploradores valley, Aysen, Patagonia 4 4
Panamá The Darien Gap 4 4
Turkey Kackar of the pontic Alps, black sea 4 4
Nepal Dhaulagiri circuit, Himalaya 3 3
Nepal-Tibet Jumla to Mount Kailas, Himalaya 3 3
India Singalila to kangchendzonga,Singalila National Park, Sikkim Himalaya 3 3
India Valleys of flowers, Joshimath, Himalaya 3 3
China Tiger Leaping Gorge 3 3
China Huan Shan, Shaanxi 3 3
Japan The 88 temple circuit 3 3
Japan Hokkaido, Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido 3 3
Japan Hike in Japans North Alps 3 3
Kyrgystan Central Tian Shan, Tian Shan Range 3 3
Iran Damavand 3 3
Thailand Hill-Tribe Trek in Northern Thailand 3 3
Turkey The Lycian way 3 3
Vietnam Fanispan, Vietnam 3 3
Israel The Israel National trail 3 3
New Zealand Tongaviro Mountains, North Island 3 3
Australia Eden to Mallacoota, Wilderness Coast 3 3
New Guinea Kokoda trail. 3 3
Canada The Trans Canada Trail 3 3
Scotland Bag Some Munros 3 3
France-Spain Pyrenean Haute Route, Pyrenees 3 3
Italia Alta Via 2, Dolomitas, South Tyrol 3 3
Greece Mt Olympus 3 3
England The South West Coast path 3 3
England Peak District 3 3
Ireland Croagh Patrick 3 3
Bulgaria Rila Mountains 3 3
Bolivia Illampu circuit, Cordillera Real 3 3
Tanzania Selous Game Preserve 3 3
Kenia Chogoria & summit circuit routes, Mount Kenia Nat Park 3 3
Namibia Fish River Canyon 3 3
SoutH Africa Otter & Tsitsikamma trails, Southern cape 3 3
Turkey The Lycian Way, Lycia 3 3
South Africa Kruger Wilderness Trails 3 3
South Africa The Hoerikwaggo Trail 3 3
India Rajasthan, Rajasthan 2 2
India Coorg, western Ghat Mountains, Karnataka 2 2
China Xishuangbanna, Yunnan 2 2
Japan Walking the Nakasendo, Kyoto to Tokyo 2 2
Tajikistan Mountain Climbing in Estern Tajukistan, Pamir Mountains 2 2
Malasya Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo 2 2
Australia Fraser Island Wildlife, Queensland 2 2
USA Chesler Park, UTAH 2 2
USA Maroon Bells circuit, Colorado 2 2
USA Buckskin Gulch, Utah 2 2
USA The Wonderland trail, Mount Rainier Nat Park, Washington 2 2
USA Diablo Lake to Lake Chelan, Ross Lake Nat Recreation Area, Washington 2 2
USA White Mountain Traverse 2 2
USA McGonagall pass, Denali, Alaska 2 2
USA Glacier National Park, Montana 2 2
USA Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington 2 2
USA Pacific Crest trail 2 2
USA Zion Narrows, Plateau, Colorado, Utah 2 2
USA Climbing Mauna Loa, Hawai 2 2
USA Isle Royale National Park 2 2
USA Colorado´s Fourteeners, Rockys Mountains, Colorado, USA 2 2
USA Hiking Half Dome, Yosemite, California 2 2
USA Trekking the Grand Teton, Grand Teton National Park 2 2
Canada Gros Morne, Canada 2 2
UK Across the Llýn, Wales 2 2
England Hadrian´s wall 2 2
England The North Devon Coast, Braunton-Lynmouth 2 2
England England from coast to coast 2 2
Ireland The Kerry Way, Iveragh Peninsula 2 2
France The Cévennes 2 2
Russia Lake Baikal 2 2
Jamaica The Cockpit Country, Albert Town 2 2
Romania-Ukranine The Carpathians 2 2
Perú Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazon 2 2
Mexico The Copper Canyon, El Fuerte 2 2
Brazil Serra do mar, Paraná 2 2
Panamá Cordillera Talamanca 2 2
Nicaragua The Masaya and Maderas volcanoes 2 2
Namibia The Skeleton Coast 2 2
Uganda / Congo The Rwenzori Mountains, Rwenzori National Park / Des Virunga Nat Park 2 2
Uganda / Congo Trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains, Rwenzori National Park / Des Virunga Nat Park, Uganda / Congo 2 2