Top 10 of best multi-day hikes in the world!

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10 Years of hiking and the 10 best multi-day hikes in the world

A couple of years ago I wrote a Dutch article with the best multi-day hikes in the world. It has been online for almost two years now and up until now, it’s one of our most read Dutch articles. By now we have moved around the world quite a bit and added a few more great hikes to the list. So I updated it, translated it into English and also made sure it’s a top 10, as a top 5 wouldn’t be enough. Here is our top 10 of the best multi-day hikes in the world!
 

1. Laugavegur, Iceland

The absolute number one on our list is the Laugavegur Hike in Iceland. It’s a very popular trek and maybe not very original, but it’s incredibly scenic and that’s why we love it so much. Martijn hiked it four times, I just once. While you are reading this, I’m probably in Landmannalaugar again. Just because it’s so incredibly stunning. The crowds? I will leave them behind. The cold? You can dress up for that. The experience? One to never forget! The best part of the hike? Hmm, difficult question but most likely the ryolite mountains around Landmannalaugar. Or maybe the Eyjafjallajökull volcano near Thórsmörk? I can’t pick just one part, but I can guarantee that it’s special.
 
Duration: 3-4 days
Distance: 55 km
Difficulty: medium, in poor weather strenuous
Departs from: from Landmannalaugar, which can be reached by bus from Reykjavik
Where to get supplies: only in Landmannalaugar or Thórsmörk
 
Want to read more?
Hiking the Laugavegur in Iceland: a day to day description
Glacier hike on the Sólheimjökull in Iceland
 
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laugavegur ijsland
 

2. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo, Nepal

Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is definitely our number two on the list, but only the one that will lead you through Gokyo. This version will take you about 3-4 days longer than the regular trek to EBC, but it’s well worth it, so make sure you have enough time. Not only will you sleep under the wings of Cho Oyu but also you can see the famous emerald colored Gokyo Lakes and you can climb Gokyo Ri, in case the weather allows it. The climb across Cho La Pass is difficult and not for the faint hearted but trust me, when I can do it, you can!
 
Duration: 15 days
Length: 220 km
Difficulty: strenuous, mostly because of the altitude
Departs from: from Lukla, you will fly here from Kathmandu
Where to get supplies: in tea houses along the way you can buy anything you may need
 
Want to read more?
Nepal: a head filled with emotions, to Everest Base Camp and back
Everest Base Camp trek: the movie
How to survive to flight to Lukla, your starting point of EBC trek
 
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3. Kepler Track, New Zealand

Out of the nine Great Walks in New Zealand, we walked five. It’s hard to decide which was the best because all five we did were stunning, yet the Kepler Track was the most memorable. Why? Day two is a ridge walk that leads you across the peaks of the Kepler Mountains with the most stunning 360 degree panoramas. Even though you are just a one day walk away from the rest of the world, it feels like there is no end to the views and that you are really far away from any means of civilization. Tip: you must book all huts ahead because it’s a very popular trek.
 
Duration: 4 dagen
Length: 60 km
Difficulty: day 1-2 medium, day 3-4 easy
Departs from: Te Anau
Where to get supplies: you bring all your food
 
Want to read more?
The ultimate New Zealand itinerary for outdoor fans
The best hikes in New Zealand
 
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hiking the kepler track
 

4. Berliner Höhenweg, Austria

WOW! That was the feeling I got when I hiked the first day of the Berliner Höhenweg in Austria. We steadily hiked up to our first overnight stay and within a couple of hours we were right in the heart of the Zillertaler Alps. From here onwards the hike is just stunning. You take old cattle trails which can be extremely narrow, the drop offs are big and so there is no space for fear of heights. It’s incredibly gorgeous though, you will love the glaciers and the mountain peaks surrounding you! It’s an alpine hike exactly the way an alpine hike should be!
 
Duration: between 2-7 days
Length: 70 km
Difficulty: strenuous
Departs from: Finkenberg (near Mayrhofen)
Where to get supplies: you can buy meals in the mountain huts
 
Want to read more?
Unfortunately we have not yet written blogs about this trek but feel free to get in touch or leave a comment in case you have any questions!
 
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berliner hohenweg
 

5. W-trek, Torres del Paine, Chile

This was a trek we have some bad memories from. We both got sick and once we got out of the park, I got a message that I needed to call home immediately. The trek is stunning though and when I recently wrote a post about it, I recalled the pure beauty of this part of Patagonia. In five days you hike from spectacular rock formations to lakes filled with icebergs and across scary swing bridges. If you ever make it to this part of the world, make sure to do the W-trek!
 
Duration: 4-5 days
Length: 70 km
Difficulty: easy-medium
Departs from: Torres del Paine NP
Where to get supplies: you can buy meals in the refugios or bring your own in case you are camping
 
Want to read more?
All you want to know about hiking the W-trek in Patagonia
Travel tips for Torres del Paine National Park
 
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6. Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Our second Great Walk in this list is the Routeburn Track in New Zealand. This hike is one day shorter than the Kepler Track but offers the hiker a little more variety. You start hiking in the mountainous Mount Aspiring National Park and you gradually make your way over to the lush and green Fiordland National Park. We were lucky as we had gorgeous weather on the whole trek, which definitely makes it easy to fall in love with this place. As with the Kepler, you must book your overnights in the huts well in advance!
 
Duration: 3 dagen
Length: 32 km
Difficulty: medium
Departs from: Queenstown or The Divide
Where to get supplies: you bring your own food
 
Want to read more?
Hiking the Routeburn Track in New Zealand
The best hikes in New Zealand
 
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7. Pieterpad, The Netherlands

Of course we can’t make a list without at least one Dutch hike. We walked various long distance hikes here but the Pieterpad (Path of St. Peter) is the best one you can do. There is a lot of variety in the landscape and it’s easy to hike from town to town, so you can either do it in one go or like we did, in a couple of years. The parts near Limburg and Salland were definitely our favorites! wat ons betreft!
 
Duration: about 26 days
Length: 492 km
Difficulty: easy
Departs from: you can start walking anywhere
Where to get supplies: in nearly every village you will walk through
 
We have not yet written any posts about this walk but feel free to get in touch in case you want to know more!
 
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pieterpad-bord
 

8. The Overland Track, Tasmania

There it is, the Overland Track in Tasmania which we hiked most recent. It has become rather famous as it has been raved about by Cheryl Staryed and guess what… we had poor weather nearly every day! Nothing you can do about that but it does influence your opnion about the track. Still we had an awesome time and we would not have want to have missed it. If you are ever in Tasmania, make sure to make this trek a priority!
 
Duration: 6 days
Length: 65 km
Difficulty: medium
Departs from: Cradle Mountain National Park
Where to get supplies: you will carry everything yourself
 
Want to read more?
The best hikes in Tasmania
 
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9. The Inca Trail, Peru

It’s crowded yet it’s one of those things you will have to do when in Peru: hike the Inca Trail. It was our first ever big trek and we loved every bit of it. The moment you arrive at the Sun Gate and see the sun rise over Machu Picchu is one I will never forget. If anyone ever tells you not to do it and that alternative tours are better, we can say NO WAY!
 
Duration: 4 days
Length: 43 km
Difficulty: medium – strenuous beause of the altitude
Departs from: Ollyantaytambo or Cusco
Where to get supplies: meals are included, you will have to bring your own snacks
 
Want to read more?
The road to Machu Picchu
The Inca Trail – can you do it?
 
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mooiste meerdaagse trektochten ter wereld
 

10. Cerro Tronador, Argentina

This isn’t really a multi-day trek but because the final destination is just super stunning, I wanted to add it to the list anyway. You will be trekking to Refugio Otto Meiling, located in the area around Cerro Tronador in Argentinean Patagonia. It’s not a very hard trek and the way up is the same as the way down but man, it’s so gorgeous. Especially when you get above the tree line and you are surrounded by glaciers! When the last rays of sun light up the ice at night, you know for sure you have reached a very special place!
 
Duration: 2 days
Length: 28 km
Difficulty: medium
Departs from: by bus from Bariloche or from Pampa Linda if you have your own vehicle
Where to get supplies: you can eat in the refugio
 
Want to read more?
Hiking to Refugio Otto Meiling
Patagonia Roadtrip: the way to Pampa Linda and the Black Glacier
 
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refugio otto meiling
 
So, that’s our list of 10 best multi-day hikes in the world. We have done some seriously good hiking over the past years. Many haven’t even made the list, I could have easily made a top 20 but unfortunately, that will have to wait until some other time. How do you like our list of best multi-day hikes? Which one should we go on next?
 
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