10 Scenic Hikes around the World

Every time we visit a new travel destination, we usually go for a hike or two. After visiting more than 50 countries, we now made a list of 10 scenic hikes around the world, which we think, are worth your time and perhaps your sweat drops. Ready? Let's have a look: 

10 Scenic Hikes around the World

10 Scenic Hikes around the World

1# The Drakensberg Hike, South Africa

There is a scenic hike at the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa which you should really know about - it's called the Blindman's Corner hike. The path takes you first through the misty forest, until it finally opens up, offering amazing views over the spectacular mountains and valleys. The hike is steady, not too steep. 

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - The Drakensberg Hike in South Africa
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - The Drakensberg Hike in South Africa

Duration: 6 hours

Difficulty: medium

2# Ponta do Sao Lourenco, Madeira

One of the most scenic hikes around the world is definitely Ponta do Sao Lourenco at Madeira island, Portugal. It's one of those hikes you will never forget. Hiking along the cliffs, views over the sea.. oh man, it was so beautiful. It can't be described in words. Our recommendation - go in the morning hours since it can get pretty hot out there.

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Madeira
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Madeira

Duration: 3 - 4 h

Difficulty: easy to medium

3# The Gergeti Hike, Georgia

If you find yourself in Stepantsminda in Georgia, make sure to do the epic hike from the village to the Gergeti trinity church. It gives you nice views over the surrounding mountains and the village. You will love it!

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - The Gergeti Church in Stepantsminda
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - The Gergeti Church in Stepantsminda

Duration: 1.5 h

Difficulty: medium

4# Tindstinden, Norway

Are you planning a trip to the Lofoten islands in Norway? Then this hike should make it onto your list. Climb the scenic mountain called Tindstinden - a great alternative to the world-famous Reinebergen hike in the Lofoten. As the latest got dangerous due to falling rocks, Tindstinden is equally beautiful and the views from up there are outstanding. Honestly speaking, this is the best hike we've EVER done. 

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Tindstinden, Lofoten Islands, Norway
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Tindstinden, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Duration: 3 - 4 h

Difficulty: hard

5# Macchu Pichu Hike, Peru

Agua Calientes - here is where the real climbing to Machu Picchu starts. The official door to the Machu Picchu mountain opens at 5 am. and then? 1720 stairs. Yep. Quite hard. But so worth it once you reach the top! Read more about the trip here.

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Machu Picchu
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Machu Picchu

Duration: 1 h 30 min from Agua Calientes or 1- to 4-day hike depends on the tour

Difficulty: hard

6# The 5-Lakes Hike in Zermatt, Switzerland

This is an extremely beautiful hike near Zermatt (South of Switzerland). You will see 5 different mountain lakes, each one special in its colour. To start you hike at Blauherd, you will need to take the cable car from Zermatt to the cable car station called Sunnega. Then take a lift to Blauherd. Find more details here.

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Zermatt, Switzerland
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Zermatt, Switzerland

Duration: 2 h 30 min

Difficulty: easy to medium

7# Lüner Lake, Austria

This unbelievable beautiful Austrian mountain lake with its altitude of 1970 m and right at the border with Switzerland offers a scenic hiking trail you should go for! The colours of the lake are fantastic. A hike everyone should do once.

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Lüner Lake, Austria
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Lüner Lake, Austria

Duration: 1 h to the lake (or take the cable car), another 1 h 30 min around the lake

Difficulty: easy

8# Sapa, Vietnam

We haven't met anyone out there who did the Sapa trekking and wasn't fascinated by it! The beautiful rice fields, lush vegetation, those cultural villages, friendly locals.. something you won't forget that easily. 

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Sapa, Vietnam
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Sapa, Vietnam

Duration: 6 h on day 1; 2 h on day 2

Difficulty: medium to hard

9# Vogar, Slovenia

One of the scenic hikes around the world we simply have to mention is the Vogar trail in Slovenia. Once you reach the top, it's the tranquility and the views over Bohinj lake are two among many facts which make this hike so special. Find more details about this hike here.

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Vogar, Slovenia
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Vogar, Slovenia

Duration: 1h 20 min

Difficulty: medium

10# Vista do Rei, The Azores

Last but not least, the scenic hike in the lovely Azores on the Sao Miguel island is worth a mention too. The highlight of this hike is its spectacular viewpoint over the lakes Lake Verde and Lake Azul! Follow the signs to Lagoa of Canario. A view you will never forget. In the same area there is an abandoned hotel (Monte Palace), open for visitors to go at the very top of this building to enjoy the views.

10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Sete Cidades
10 Scenic Hikes Around the World - Sete Cidades

Duration: 2 h

Difficulty: medium


Travel Insurance

Do you need a travel insurance for your hiking trip? When we go on a hiking adventure, we usually use World Nomads.


What hikes would you add onto this list? Please let us know in the comments below!

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