[dropcap size=big]F[/dropcap]or many people, their idea of a dream holiday comes in the form of a luxurious beach side resort on a tropical island. However, for those who seek thrills and adventure, there is nothing worse than sunbathing by the ocean.
You may have considered tackling Mount Kilimanjaro, the Himalayas or Everest, but there are a huge range of options just waiting to be explored. So, if you prefer active holidays and want to experience some of the world’s most incredible views, buy your hiking footwear and equipment, then explore these bucket list worthy best remote hikes and treks in the world.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
If you are looking for a serious challenge, look no further than the Appalachian trail. This North American route travels from Georgia to Maine, measures more than 2,000 miles and crosses through a mind blowing 14 states.
The trail largely consists of forests and rugged terrain, but you could venture off route and explore cities and towns in each state.
THE LAUGAVEGURINN AND FIMMVORDUHALS PASS
These two adjoining Icelandic treks may only cover around 50 miles, but they offer an unbeatable variety of views and terrain. If you take this hike you will witness volcanic landscapes, colourful lichen-covered mountains, glaciers and even hot springs.
When you come to the end of the route, marvel at the beautiful 60 metre high Skogafoss waterfall.
THE INCA TRAIL
This 26 mile route has become increasingly popular with travellers over the last few years, with many hoping to see the ancient mountain top settlement of Machu Picchu.
While many are now choosing to travel to the site via train, hiking this route is a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Along the way you will cross jungles, ruins and enjoy breathtaking scenery. However, it is worth noting that this route can become very busy, so you could consider the alternative Ancascocha Trail or Lares Valley Hike.
THE PAYS DOGON ROUTE
You may never have heard of this Mali trek, but you will definitely want to add it to your bucket list.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the West African region of Dogon is famed for its rich history and natural beauty. Also known as the ‘the land of the Dogon people’, this hike offers ancient cliff-top settlements with intricate carvings and masks.
THE TOUR DU MONT BLANC
A list of the greatest hikes would not be complete without one of Europe’s most incredible trails. The Tour du Mont Blanc long distance trek is more than 100 miles and passes through France, Italy and Switzerland.
It also promises breath taking scenery with some of the highest mountains in the Alps and enormous glaciers. If you feel truly adventurous, pitch a tent, or you can stay in the many villages dotted along the route.