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The top 10 hiking trails around the world

Immersing myself in Nature is one of the best ways I have found to ground myself, come to grips with difficult moments in my life and find perspective and quietness when chaos is all around.

Contemplating Nature is also one of the best ways to become humble again. Against such grandness and beauty I realize I am very small, yet part of a much bigger magical world.

I love hiking.

As a sport it keeps me healthy and in shape.

As a meditation technique it gives me peace of mind and keeps me sane.

As a habit it teaches me perseverance, endurance and humility.

Here is a list of 10 amazing hiking trails from around the world. In truth my hiking is not that intensive but the trails are so incredible that contemplating them will bring you in a state of inner peace.

01 – The Inca Trail of Peru – South America

Inca Trail Peru

Photo by m24instudio. Inca Trail Peru.
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This trail leads all the way to Machu Picchu. Along the way you will see the ruins of Patallacta, the Incan tambo of Runkuraqay, and a view of Sayaqmarka. The trail combines idyllic mountain scenery and a subtropical jungle with lakes, rivers and Inca paving stones, tunnels and ruins.

02 – Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro at sunset

Photo by Roman Boed. Mount Kilimanjaro at Sunset.
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Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive volcano and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. There are six options for hiking about it. Depending on the route you choose the difficulty and distance varies. On your trek you may encounter wild animals such as elephants, buffalos and other big game. Whatever the path, this hiking adventure is an amazing experience.

03 – Annapurna Circuit – Nepal

Anapurna Circuit Nepal

Photo by Didi. Anapurna Circuit Nepal.
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The Annapurna Circuit passes through four regions. The first and last regions consist of great subtropical valleys and terraced farming; while in the Manang and Mustang regions the hike takes you to higher elevations and colder climes. This trek passes through the world’s deepest gorge and crosses Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites.

04 – West Coast Trail – Canada

West Coast Trail

Photo by H2O Alchemist. West Coast Trail.
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The West Coast Trail is 121 km (75 miles) long and part of the Pacific Rim National Park. This trail is mostly know for the very diverse range of ecosystems you will find along its way, from forests to beaches, and waterfalls to bogs. The trail is rough at times, and you will be required to cross a few areas by boat, bridge, and even fallen logs. Spotting wild animals such as bears, wolves and cougars are not uncommon on this trek.

05 – Monte Fitzroy – South-America

Monte Fitz Roy

Photo by Juan. Monte Fitz Roy, El Chalten.
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Monte Fitzroy is located in Los Glaciares National Park. There are a number of routes to choose from but the majority of treks are around 60 kilometers (40 miles). Along the way you will see lakes, mountains, glaciers, spires, and of course, the awesome Monte Fitzroy. When sunset hits a stunning and beautiful tinge of red and orange will appear.

06 – John Muir Trail – USA

John Muir Trail

Photo by wetwebwork. John Muir Trail.
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John Muir was a naturalist, author, and advocate of wilderness preservation in the US. He did many great things during his lifetime, including saving a number of well-known areas, including the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park. The trail that was named after him starts in Yosemite National Park. This 346 kilometers (215 mile) leads to the highest peak in the continental US: Mount Whitney, which stands at 4327 meters (14,196 feet). Expect to see forests, glaciers, mountains, fields, lakes and even wild animals along the hike.

07 – Mount Everest Base Camp – Nepal

Mount Everest

Photo by Joe Hastings. Mount Everest.
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The scenery on this cold trail in Nepal consists of mountain peaks lost to the clouds above, while wildflowers and homes are scattered about below. Even the less experienced or non-adrenaline-prone hikers amongst us can enjoy this trek as most routes can be done with stops, food and shelter along the way. But remember the cold and the high altitudes.

08 – Torres del Paine – Chile

Torres del Paine

Photo by Matthew Roth. Torres del Paine.
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Torres del Paine is actually a National Park located in the Patagonia region of Chile. On this trek, you will see fields of wildflowers, beautiful panoramas, mountains, valleys, and glacial views as far as the eye can see. Andean Condors, guanacos, and foxes are among the many animals that can be seen throughout the park and trail.

09 – Tour du Mont Blanc – France

Mont Blanc

Photo by Tom Fahy. Grandes Jorasses from Mont Blanc II.
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This is one of the most popular trails in Europe; passing through France, Italy and Switzerland. It goes around the Mont Blanc Massif and is about 170 kilometers (106 miles). The trail offers several options for hiking—different paths are available for those who want more of a challenge and for those who want to take it easy.

10 – The Appalachian Trail – USA

Appalachian trail

Photo by Charlie Kellogg. Appalachian trail.
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The Appalachian Trail spans 3,505 kilometers (2,178 miles) from the state of Georgia all the way up to Maine. There are many breaks throughout the trail, so if you only want to go several miles instead of the whole grueling trek, you can. Throughout your journey on the trail, you will take over 5 million steps, cross through 14 states, and see 8 National Forests and 6 National Parks.

If you decide to go out on any of these amazing hikes or any others on the planet, I would love to hear about it!
And remember wherever you go only leave footprints and only take photographs.