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 8 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 Andrew Bain
  • Book 8: Lonely Plante's 1000 Ultimate Experiences by Lonely Planet

World's TOP 10 Treks

Rank Country Name of the Trek / Hike /Circuit Publication Score
Book1 Book2 Book3 Book4 Book5 Book6 Book7 Book8
1 Chile Torres del Paine Trek, Patagonia 5 4 3 4 2 3 4 25 (7/8)
2 Perú Inca Trail 5 4 4 2 3 5 23 (6/8)
3 France-Italy-Switzerland Haute Route 5 3 4 2 3 5 22 (6/8)
3 Tanzania Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek 5 4 4 4 2 3 22 (6/8)
5 Nepal Everest Base Camp 5 4 4 5 18 (4/8)
5 New Zealand Routeburn track, Fiordland-Mount Aspiring Nationals Parks, South Island 4 4 3 2 5 18 (5/8)
7 Nepal Annapurna Area,(Annapurna circuit, Kopra Ridge) 5 4 3 2 3 17 (5/8)
8 India Zanskar river, Ladakh 3 4 4 3 2,5 16,5 (5/8)
9 Pakistan Baltoro glacier / Concordia 4 3 2 1,5 5 15,5 (5/8)
10 Pakistan Snow Lake/Biafo-Hispar/Lupke La Region 3 4 4 2 1,5 14,5 (5/8)

World's TOP 40 Treks

Rank Country Name of the Trek / Hike /Circuit Publication Score
Book1 Book2 Book3 Book4 Book5 Book6 Book7 Book8
11 New Zealand Milford Trek 5 4 2 3 14 (4/8)
12 USA Rim-to-Rim of the Grand Canyon 5 2 3 2 12 (4/8)
13 Australia The Overland Track, Tasmania 3 2 1,5 5 11,5 (4/8)
13 South Georgia Shackleton crossing, South georgia 4 2 1,5 4 11,5 (4/8)
15 Australia The Larapinta trail, West MacDonnell Range 3 3 4 10 (3/8)
15 France Grande Randonnee 20, Parc naturel regional de la Corse, Corsica 3 2 5 10 (3/8)
17 USA Kalalau trail, Kauai, Hawai 4 2 3 9 (3/8)
17 Canada West Coast trail 4 2 3 9 (3/8)
17 Spain El Camino de Santiago 4 2 3 9 (3/8)
17 Morocco Tichka to Toubkal, Atlas Mountains 3 4 2 9 (3/8)
21 Argentina Mount Fitzroy, El Chalten, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Patagonia 4 4 8 (2/8)
22 Nepal Kangchendzonga Himal 3 4 7 (2/8)
22 Tibet The Mount Kailas Circuit 4 3 7 (2/8)
22 New Guinea Kokuda trail. 3 4 7 (2/8)
22 USA The Narrows, Zion Nat Park, Colorado, Utah 2 5 7 (2/8)
22 South Africa Kruger Wilderness Trails 3 4 7 (2/8)
22 Uganda The Ruwenzori 4 3 7 (2/8)
28 USA Continental Divide trail, Rockies 4 2 6 (2/8)
28 Sweden Kungsleden 4 2 6 (2/8)
28 Scotland West Highland way 4 2 6 (2/8)
28 Greece North Pindos Mountains 4 2 6 (2/8)
28 SoutH Africa Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal 4 2 6 (2/8)
33 Bhutan The Snowman Trek (Lunana Trek), Himalaya 3 1,5 1,3 5,8 (3/8)
34 India Singalila to kangchendzonga,Singalila National Park, Sikkim Himalaya 3 2,5 5,5 (2/8)
35 Bhutan A tiger´s lair (Paro Taktsang) & a sacred peak 4 1,3 5,3 (2/8)
36 USA The Appalachian trail, Georgia to Main 3 2 5 (2/8)
36 Venezuela Trekking to Angel falls, Canaima national Park 2 3 5 (2/8)
36 Perú Huayhuash circuit, Cordillera Huayhuash 3 2 5 (2/8)
36 Perú Alpamayo circuit, Cordillera Blanca 3 2 5 (2/8)
36 Ethiopia Semien Mountains, Semien National Park 2 3 5 (2/8)
41 Bhutan The Chomolhari trek 2 1,5 1,3 4,8 (3/8)
42 USA Jhon Muir Trail 2 2 4 (2/8)

Honorable Mention (mentioned once)

Rank Country Name of the Trek / Hike /Circuit Publication Score
Book1 Book2 Book3 Book4 Book5 Book6 Book7 Book8
Birmania Kachin Tribal Village Trek 5 5 (1/8)
Europe Tour de Mont Blanc 5 5 (1/8)
Mali Bandiagara, Pays Dogón 5 5 (1/8)
Nepal Inner Dolpo 4 4 (1/8)
Mongolia Kharkhiraa & Turgen, Altai 4 4 (1/8)
New Zealand Kepler Trek, Fiordland Nat park 4 4 (1/8)
New Zealand Aoraki to Arthurs pass, Aoraki Nat Park - Arthurs pass Nat Park, Central Southern Alps 4 4 (1/8)
Australia Thobsborne trail, Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland 4 4 (1/8)
USA Evolution Loop, Kings Canyon Nat Park, Sierra Nevada, California 4 4 (1/8)
USA Highline trail, Wyoming Rockies 4 4 (1/8)
USA Sawtooth traverse, Idaho Rockies 4 4 (1/8)
USA Alaska on foot, Anchorage area, Alaska 4 4 (1/8)
USA Llama-Trekking in Escalante Canyon, Utah 4 4 (1/8)
Canada The Rockwall trail 4 4 (1/8)
France Tour de la vanoise glacier, Parc Nat de la Vanoise 4 4 (1/8)
Spain Ways of St James, Pyrenees 4 4 (1/8)
Spain Picos de Europa, Cantabrian Mountains 4 4 (1/8)
Greece Across the spine of Crete 4 4 (1/8)
Italia The Dolomites Traverse 4 4 (1/8)
Kazakhstan Foothills of the Tian Shan 4 4 (1/8)
México Copper Canyon 4 4 (1/8)
Chile Exploradores valley, Aysen, Patagonia 4 4 (1/8)
Panamá The Darien Gap 4 4 (1/8)
Argentina The Northwest Frontier 4 4 (1/8)
Tanzania Walking Safari in Serengeti Nat Park 4 4 (1/8)
Turkey Kackar of the pontic Alps, black sea 4 4 (1/8)
Nepal Dhaulagiri circuit, Himalaya 3 3 (1/8)
Nepal Manaslu circuit, Larkya Himal 3 3 (1/8)
Nepal Kopra Ridge, Annapurna - Dhaulagiri 3 3 (1/8)
Nepal-Tibet Jumla to Mount Kailas, Himalaya 3 3 (1/8)
India Valleys of flowers, Joshimath, Himalaya 3 3 (1/8)
China Tiger Leaping Gorge 3 3 (1/8)
China Huan Shan, Shaanxi 3 3 (1/8)
Japan The 88 temple circuit 3 3 (1/8)
Japan Hokkaido, Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido 3 3 (1/8)
Japan Hike in Japans North Alps 3 3 (1/8)
Kyrgystan Central Tian Shan, Tian Shan Range 3 3 (1/8)
Iran Damavand 3 3 (1/8)
Thailand Hill-Tribe Trek in Northern Thailand 3 3 (1/8)
Turkey The Lycian way 3 3 (1/8)
Vietnam Fanispan, Vietnam 3 3 (1/8)
Israel The Israel National trail 3 3 (1/8)
New Zealand Tongaviro Mountains, North Island 3 3 (1/8)
Australia Eden to Mallacoota, Wilderness Coast 3 3 (1/8)
Canada The Trans Canada Trail 3 3 (1/8)
Scotland Bag Some Munros 3 3 (1/8)
France-Spain Pyrenean Haute Route, Pyrenees 3 3 (1/8)
Italia Alta Via 2, Dolomitas, South Tyrol 3 3 (1/8)
Greece Mt Olympus 3 3 (1/8)
England The South West Coast path 3 3 (1/8)
England Peak District 3 3 (1/8)
Ireland Croagh Patrick 3 3 (1/8)
Bulgaria Rila Mountains 3 3 (1/8)
Bolivia Illampu circuit, Cordillera Real 3 3 (1/8)
Tanzania Selous Game Preserve 3 3 (1/8)
Kenia Chogoria & summit circuit routes, Mount Kenia Nat Park 3 3 (1/8)
Namibia Fish River Canyon 3 3 (1/8)
SoutH Africa Otter & Tsitsikamma trails, Southern cape 3 3 (1/8)
Turkey The Lycian Way, Lycia 3 3 (1/8)
South Africa The Hoerikwaggo Trail 3 3 (1/8)
India Rajasthan, Rajasthan 2 2 (1/8)
India Coorg, western Ghat Mountains, Karnataka 2 2 (1/8)
China Xishuangbanna, Yunnan 2 2 (1/8)
Japan Walking the Nakasendo, Kyoto to Tokyo 2 2 (1/8)
Tajikistan Mountain Climbing in Estern Tajukistan, Pamir Mountains 2 2 (1/8)
Malasya Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo 2 2 (1/8)
Australia Fraser Island Wildlife, Queensland 2 2 (1/8)
USA Chesler Park, UTAH 2 2 (1/8)
USA Maroon Bells circuit, Colorado 2 2 (1/8)
USA Buckskin Gulch, Utah 2 2 (1/8)
USA The Wonderland trail, Mount Rainier Nat Park, Washington 2 2 (1/8)
USA Diablo Lake to Lake Chelan, Ross Lake Nat Recreation Area, Washington 2 2 (1/8)
USA White Mountain Traverse 2 2 (1/8)
USA McGonagall pass, Denali, Alaska 2 2 (1/8)
USA Glacier National Park, Montana 2 2 (1/8)
USA Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington 2 2 (1/8)
USA Pacific Crest trail 2 2 (1/8)
USA Climbing Mauna Loa, Hawai 2 2 (1/8)
USA Isle Royale National Park 2 2 (1/8)
USA Colorado´s Fourteeners, Rockys Mountains, Colorado, USA 2 2 (1/8)
USA Hiking Half Dome, Yosemite, California 2 2 (1/8)
USA Trekking the Grand Teton, Grand Teton National Park 2 2 (1/8)
Canada Gros Morne, Canada 2 2 (1/8)
UK Across the Llýn, Wales 2 2 (1/8)
England Hadrian´s wall 2 2 (1/8)
England The North Devon Coast, Braunton-Lynmouth 2 2 (1/8)
England England from coast to coast 2 2 (1/8)
Ireland The Kerry Way, Iveragh Peninsula 2 2 (1/8)
France The Cévennes 2 2 (1/8)
Russia Lake Baikal 2 2 (1/8)
Jamaica The Cockpit Country, Albert Town 2 2 (1/8)
Romania-Ukranine The Carpathians 2 2 (1/8)
Perú Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazon 2 2 (1/8)
Mexico The Copper Canyon, El Fuerte 2 2 (1/8)
Brazil Serra do mar, Paraná 2 2 (1/8)
Panamá Cordillera Talamanca 2 2 (1/8)
Nicaragua The Masaya and Maderas volcanoes 2 2 (1/8)
Namibia The Skeleton Coast 2 2 (1/8)
Uganda / Congo The Rwenzori Mountains, Rwenzori National Park / Des Virunga Nat Park 2 2 (1/8)