Bucket List Hikes Around the World

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Hiking is one of our greatest passions and favorite ways to explore a new place. 

We’ve had the privilege of experiencing some pretty epic, bucket list-worthy hikes around the world and have created detailed guides to help you do the same!

Not sure where to start...

If you’re a hiking enthusiast like us, here are some more trails around the world to add to your bucket list! 

And the good news is we’ve got guides to all of them!

Before you go: Recommended Reading

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Bucket list hiking guides

Havasu Falls Camping Guide for 2024

Camping at Havasupai is one of the most memorable parts of this bucket list backpacking trip. However, there are some essential things you should know about how the campground is laid out, what to pack, and how to find the best campsite, all of which you’ll find in this Havasu...

Best Time to Visit Havasu Falls: Our Top Pick + When to AVOID

One of the most important things about planning your backpacking trip to Havasupai is choosing the right time of year. We’ve rounded up the best time to visit Havasu Falls as well as what to expect during each month so you know how to prepare.

How to Get a Havasu Falls Permit in 2024 (instructions & tips)

Snagging a competitive Havasu Falls permit can seem complicated. However, with these step-by-step instructions as well as some sneaky insider tips, you’ll have the best chance of grabbing a permit in 2024 for your dream Havasupai backpacking trip!

Essential Havasupai Packing List: Don’t Forget These Things!

This is the ultimate Havasupai packing list that has been curated for this specific backpacking trip. We’ve included all the essentials to bring, what to leave at home, the lowdown on food at Havasupai, as well as insider packing tips.

Havasupai in 2024: Everything You Need to Know (+ what NOT to do)

Hiking to Havasu Falls Arizona is one of the best backpacking trips in North America, if not the world. There’s a lot that goes into planning a trip to Havasupai, so we’ve created the ultimate guide that covers everything you need to know about this hike, what to pack, and...

Havasu Falls Hike: All Your Questions Answered + Essential Tips

Havasupai is one of the most magical places in the USA, but hiking there requires a bit of preparation. We’re sharing exactly what to expect, things to pack, and tips for your Havasu Falls hike that’ll make the experience even better!

Hiking in Sierra Norte Oaxaca: Visiting the Pueblos Mancomunados

Hiking to the Pueblos Mancomunados in Sierra Norte, Oaxaca, Mexico is a unique experience to see a different side of Mexico most travelers don’t get to see. The trek involves visiting the indigenous villages and an overnight stay in a cozy cabin in the mountains. This guide walks you through...

Kumano Kodo Trail: How to Hike Japan’s Pilgrimage Route On Your Own

One of the best places to go hiking in Japan is on the Kumano Kodo Trail. Quite literally, off the beaten path, this destination is a historic pilgrimage trail that has been trekked for thousands of years. Hiking the Kumano Kodo was a highlight of our time in Japan, and...

Hiking Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala: What to Know + Insider Tips

Watching Volcan Fuego erupt is one of the highlights of any Central America trip. Hikers will make their way to the base of Guatemala’s most famous volcano and will climb the adjacent (and dormant!) Volcan Acatenango for an unforgettable overnight experience. This article has everything you need to know to...

Routeburn Track: Hiking Guide + Local Tips

The Routeburn Track is one of the most diverse and beautiful hiking trails in New Zealand. As one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, it is important you are properly prepared before hitting the trail. In this article you’ll learn how to book your hike, important packing tips, and other essential...

20 Incredible New Zealand Hikes + Local Tips

Hiking in New Zealand was one of the major highlights of our trip, and we think it will be one of your best memories, too. This article is packed with some of the most incredible New Zealand hikes, plus lots of tips and advice (from a local!) so you’ll be...

Glymur Waterfall: ULTIMATE Hiking Guide + Tips

Iceland has thousands of waterfalls, yet few pack the punch of Glymur Waterfall, the country’s second-tallest. It’s not quite as accessible as others, but well worth the effort. This guide details everything you need to know to reach one of Iceland’s most stunning cascades!

The Blue Trail Cinque Terre Hike: Guide + Tips

The unforgettable Sentiero Azzurro, or Blue Trail, in Cinque Terre weaves through dramatic coastal panoramas and colorful stacked villages. To help you navigate this unique trail system, this guide details everything you should know about the Cinque Terre hike.

Hiking the Path of the Gods: Guide + Tips

Perched high above the shimmering Tyrrhenian Sea, hiking the Path of the Gods is one of the best (and most scenic) adventures on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. This guide covers the various planning logistics as well as what to expect on the trail.

Kalalau Trail Hike: Backpacking Kauai’s Napali Coast

This info-packed guide to the Kalalau Trail has everything you need. Find insider tips, what to pack, & transportation info all in one place.

Tongariro Crossing: Guide to New Zealand’s Best Day Hike

Vivid crater lakes, dramatic valleys, and snow-capped peaks await you along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Known as the “World’s Greatest Day Hike”, this trail was a highlight during our trip to New Zealand, and this guide will cover everything you need to do it!

The Old Man of Storr: Scotland’s Most Popular Hike

You’ve probably heard of the Old Man of Storr walk — it’s one of the most popular hikes in Scotland, and for good reason! We put together this guide with everything you need to know about how to do this iconic hike yourself and what to expect.

Arthur’s Seat: Edinburgh’s Best Hike

Looking out over Edinburgh from the summit of Arthur’s Seat, it’s hard to believe you’re just a stones throw from the city center. Find out exactly how to do this popular hike, what you should know before you go and tips for the trail in this super detailed guide to...

Isle of Skye Fairy Pools: ULTIMATE Hiking Guide (+ Tips!)

Exploring Scotland’s Isle of Skye Fairy Pools is an unforgettable, almost magical experience. We put together this guide with all you need to know about visiting the stunning natural wonder in Skye. 

Devil’s Pulpit: Scotland’s Most Mysterious Hike

Home to the famed Devil’s Pulpit rock formation, this unique and mysterious hike known as Finnich Glen is something you have to see to believe. We’ll show you exactly how to get to the hidden footpath leading down into the canyon, plus what to expect.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike: Ultimate Guide

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Follow along as we describe how to book your Inca Trail tour, what to expect on the trail, and what you should pack for your trek.

Wadi Mujib Canyon Hike: A Can’t-Miss Adventure in Jordan

Wadi Mujib Canyon combines breathtaking scenery with heart-pumping adventure. Hiking this canyon, which culminates at a waterfall, will easily be one of the highlights of your trip to Jordan! This article outlines all the details so you can explore Wadi Mujib on your own. 

Colca Canyon Peru Trekking Guide

The Colca Canyon is located in southern Peru and is the second deepest canyon in the world. Here's everything you need to know to do the Colca Canyon trek, either on your own or with a guided tour.

Laugavegur Trail: Iceland Hiking Guide

We’ve called on a fellow travel blogger and hiking enthusiast to go over everything you need to know to hike the Laugavegur trail, one of Iceland’s most difficult, yet rewarding, multi-day treks. From planning your route to budgeting for your trip and a day-to-day trail breakdown, this article has you...

15 Beautiful Iceland Hikes

We’ve done quite a bit of trekking around this jaw-dropping country and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Iceland hikes to share with you. This article includes plenty of photos and details to help you plan your experience hiking in Iceland and know exactly what to expect.

Fimmvörðuháls Hike: Guide to Iceland’s Best Day Hike

Arguably one of the best day hikes in Iceland, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about hiking the Fimmvörðuháls trail, including our play-by-play of what to expect along the way, how to get back to the trailhead, and what essential items you’ll need to pack.

Hiking Las Vegas: The Best Trails Near Sin City

Leave The Strip behind and discover hiking Las Vegas — one of the best activities that Sin City has to offer. In this article, I’ve narrowed down some of my favorite scenic hikes near Las Vegas, organized by region and ranked for difficulty with an estimated time for completion. I’ve...

Kawah Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike + Blue Flame

Volcano + acidic lake + blue flame combination makes the Ijen Crater hike a bucket list experience that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Seriously, there isn’t anywhere in the world quite like it. We’re sharing tips about our Kawah Ijen Crater sunrise hike and how you can do it...

10 Best Hikes in Yosemite National Park

The best way to take in the sights at Yosemite is lacing up your hiking boots and hitting the trail. An avid hiker rounds up some of her favorites in this handy guide to the best hikes in Yosemite National Park.

Mohare Danda Trekking Guide: 5-Day Annapurna Trek

If you’re looking for a hike that is off the beaten path in Nepal, the Mohare Danda Trek is a great option. This 5-day trek through the Annapurna Region brings you through picturesque villages, fruit orchards, and remote farms. You’ll spend the nights in teahouses and homestays, and it’s likely...

7 Best Desert Hikes in Southern California

There’s beauty in every corner of California. The downside is millions of people travel there to see this beauty, but most of them stick to the national parks. If you want to spend a day out in nature away from the crowds, here is a list of the best desert...

Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek & Homestay in Myanmar

Hiking from Kalaw to Inle Lake was one of the highlights of our 2-week trip to Myanmar. We were able to get out of the touristy areas, see the countryside and observe how people really live. This trek and homestay in the heart of Myanmar was an amazing way to...

Ultimate Guide to Trekking Everest Base Camp Independently

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is an experience of a lifetime, and getting there is easier than you think. If hiking to EBC is on your bucket list, we’ve got everything you need to make this dream a reality (even if you’re not rich or a world class athlete!). We've...

Perfect Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

This 16-day itinerary will bring you to Everest Base Camp, across the infamous Cho La Pass, and to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes. Follow this DIY route for EBC that you can hike on your own. No need for a guide, we got everything you need for a self guided trek...

Everest Base Camp Trek Video Diaries

Follow along and watch our videos of our trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes. We hiked independently without a guide or porter and describe what life is like on the trail. Watch as we pass through the villages, encounter yaks, battle sickness, hike through challenging routes and reach...

Photographic Journey to Everest Base Camp

Stories are great, but sometimes pictures speak louder. This photo diary documents our entire trek to Everest Base Camp. Take a peek into what life is like on the EBC trail. Come along for the ride!

Stories from 5,000 Meters: To Everest Base Camp and Back

Ever wonder what it's like to trek in the high altitude Himalayas? Come along with us as we describe each step of the journey to Everest Base Camp. We'll tell you what was going through out heads on the trail and our feeling about the Everest Base Camp trek.

Valle de Cocora: Hiking in the Clouds

Though hiking the Valle de Cocora was one of the things I was most looking forward to in Colombia, nothing could have prepared me for just how beautiful it would be.