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The world’s best multi day hikes: an introduction

A couple of years ago I wrote this article with the 10 best multi day hikes in the world. It has been online for almost six years now and up until now, it’s one of my most read articles. By now I have moved around the world quite a bit more and added a few more great hikes to the list.
 
So here is my top 24 of the best multi day treks in the world that everyone should make. All hiked and experienced, mostly in full and sometimes in parts only by yours truly. Some I hiked even more than once. Enjoy this article with the best multiday hikes in the world.
 
I’ve decided to mention the treks by region so the order below is definitely not the order in which they are my favorite. However … if you continue reading you will find out which one is my absolute favorite trek in the world!
 
Note that I wrote this article for the first time in 2014 and fully updated it in February 2020
 
Hiking the Overland Track Tasmania
 

The best multi day hikes in Europe

I did most of the multiday hikes in the Netherlands (my homecountry) and in Europe. When I started hiking in 2004, I had never thought that there would be so many hiking trails in Europe. Although I have done countless trips in the Netherlands, I have not mentioned them all, but only two of my favorites. The list would otherwise be endless as you can easily walk all your life in Europe and not hit a trail twice. Here are my favorite hikes in Europe:
 

Pieterpad, The Netherlands

I walked various long distance hikes in The Netherlands 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 I did, in a couple of years. The parts near Limburg and Salland were definitely my favorites!
 
Duration: about 26 days
Length: 492 km
Difficulty: easy
Best time of the the year to hike it: year round
Departs from: you can start walking anywhere
Where to get supplies: in nearly every village you will walk through
 
pieterpad-bord
 

Krijtlandpad, The Netherlands

My other favorite hike in the Netherlands is the Krijtlandpad in the province of South Limburg. I walked this 90-kilometer trek on two weekends and I thought it was a wonderful trip to practice for more serious work in alpine terrain. The rolling landscapes, marl plateau and the charming Limburg villages really made it a perfect hike in my own country.
 
Duration: approx. 6 days
Length: 90 km
Difficulty: easy
Departure: Maastricht or Vaals
Where to get supplies: in Maastricht, Vaals, Eupen and Gulpen
 
krijtlandpad the netherlands
 

Lee Trail, Luxemburg

The Lee Trail in Luxembourg is one of the best 3 day hikes that makes the calves burn considerably and is certainly not suitable for unexperienced hikers. I recently hiked the Lee Trail with a full pack and I can tell you that it was pretty tough for someone who lives in a flat country. The trail runs from Ettelbrück to Kautenbach and a train connects the beginning with the end. On the way you can camp or sleep in hotels and the altitude gain per day varies between 500 and 800 meters. One of the best views you have from the Gringlee (473 m.) Deep into the valley, at the end of day 1 just before the descent. Although the trail is not very technical, there are some steep parts in it that require the necessary effort and attention.
   
Duration: 3 days
Length: 53 km
Difficulty: medium
Departure: Ettelbrück or Kautenbach
Where to get supplies: only in Ettelbrück
 
The best multi day hikes in the world: The Lee Trail in Luxemburg
 

Mullerthal Trail, Luxembourg

A more famous multi-day hiking tour in Luxembourg is the Mullerthal Trail. This trail is in my opinion one of the most beautiful trails in Europe and offers the necessary challenge for both novice and more advanced hikers. It consists of 6 stages in 3 loops that are all between 15 and 25 kilometers. The Mullerthal is also called the Switzerland of Luxembourg (or Little Switzerland) and is made by bizarre rock formations, splashing streams and deep fairytale like forests.
   
Duration: 6 days
Length: 112 km
Difficulty: medium
Departure: From Echternach, Mullerthal or Larochette
Where to get supplies: in Echternach or Larochette
 
Read more:
Hiking the Mullerthal Trail in Luxembourg
 
hiking the Müllerthal Trail
 

Berliner Höhenweg, Austria

WOW! That was the feeling I got when I hiked the first day of the Berliner Höhenweg in Austria. I steadily hiked up to my first overnight stay and within a couple of hours I was 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
Best time of the the year to hike it: July, August, early September
Departs from: Finkenberg (near Mayrhofen)
Where to get supplies: you can buy meals in the mountain huts
 
berliner hohenweg
 

Alpe Adria Trail – Austria, Slovenia and Italy

According to National Geographic, the Alpe Adria Trail is one of the most beautiful long-distance walks in Europe. This 750 kilometer long trek is a gem among the multiday treks in Europe and still relatively unknown, so you will not come across many hikers. The trail starts at the foot of the Grossglockner (Alpe) and ends at the Adriatic Sea (Adria) and takes you through Carinthia in Austria, Italy and Slovenia. I hiked three sections in Austria and one section in Slovenia. It’s good to know that you can walk from hotel to hotel, there are only a few mountain huts on the way and camping is limited.
   
Duration: 43 days
Length: 750 km
Gravity: medium
Departure: Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, Carinthia
 
Want to read more? Then check this page with all my Alpe Adria Trail blogs.
 
best daypacks for women
 

Rothaarsteig, Germany

Lets move on to Germany, where they might actually have the most multi day hikes in Europe. I hiked countless of them (mostly part of it because they are often hundreds of kilometers) and one of my favorites is the Rothaarsteig. This is just a few hours’ drive from the Netherlands in the Rothaargebirge, of which the more often called Sauerland is a part. I have walked about two-thirds of the trail in the past, I hope to do the rest in the future. The trail combines busy places like Willingen but also quiet villages that are almost empty.
 
Duration: approx. 12 days
Length: 155 km
Difficulty: medium
Departure: Brilon
Where to buy supplies: possible in the larger towns along the way
 
The best multi day hikes in the world: The Rothaarsteig in Germany
 

Albsteig Schwarzwald

Very recently (May 2019) I walked two-thirds of the Albsteig Schwarzwald in the Black Forest. What a special hike this is! This medium-length hiking trail leads you through the hills of the southern German landscape along waterfalls, over narrow mountain paths and crystal clear lakes. In the spring you can still have a chance of snow at Feldberg, the winter sports resort of southern Germany. There was still snow when I got to the summit mid-May.
   
Duration: 7 days
Length: 83 km
Gravity: medium
Departure: Albbruck
Where to buy supplies: en route in Görwihl and St. Blasien
 
Also read:
Hiking in the Black Forest in Germany
 
The best multi day hikes in Europe: Albsteig Schwarzwald
 

Laugavegur, Iceland

Time to move onto the more northerly destinations, my favorite places in the world. Just a 3-hour flight from mainland Europe you will find an unprecedented wilderness in the area that is also called “land of fire and ice”. I’m of course talking about Iceland, undoubtedly known for the recent volcanic eruptions. The Laugavegur is located in the southern interior of Iceland: a beautiful 3- to 4-day hike. The hike starts at the rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar and takes you over high peaks and deep valleys to the green Thórsmörk, overlooking the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Along the way you will come across hot springs, glaciers and wild swirling rivers. I think that, even though I did this trip about 10 years ago, it is still the most beautiful hikethat I have ever done. I’ve returned to Iceland many times ever since and would love to hike this trail again one day.
 
Duration: 3-4 days
Distance: 55 km
Difficulty: medium, in poor weather strenuous
Best time of the the year to hike it: July and August
Departs from: from Landmannalaugar, which can be reached by bus from Reykjavík
Where to get supplies: only in Landmannalaugar or Thórsmörk
 
Want to read more?
Hiking the Laugavegur in Iceland: a day to day description
Adventure and solo hiking in Landmannalaugar, Iceland
 
laugavegur ijsland
 

Kungsleden, Sweden

Last summer I hiked various sections of the Kungsleden (the King’s Trail) in Sweden with my partner. This legendary trek in Sweden is 425 kilometers long and takes you through Lapland, from Abisko National Park in the north to Hemavan in the south. The upper part is the best accessible and therefore also the busiest. We therefore walked two different sections from the south: Hemavan – Ammarnäs (tip: get dropped off by helicopter!) and Kvikjokk – Saltoluokta. You also have to cross a number of lakes on this last leg, possibly by rowing boat. The great thing about the Kungsleden is that you can camp anywhere, this ensures that you stay overnight at particularly beautiful locations. I can’t wait to ever walk the rest of this hike hopefully this summer again.
   
Duration: approx. 30 days
Length: 425 km
Difficulty: medium
Departure: Abisko (north) or Hemavan (south), possibly half way in Kvikkjokk or Saltoluokta
   
Read more about the Kungsleden section from Ammarnäs to Hemavan here and also check the video below:
 

 

Aurlandsdalen, Norway

There are plenty of multi day hikes in Norway and Aurlandsdalen is one of the lesser known ones. This two-day hike takes you through what’s also called ‘the Grand Canyon of Norway’ and is quite different from the fjord hikes that are usually mentioned when you talk about hiking in Norway. Because I was traveling early in the season, I only walked day two of this trail, from Østerbø to Vassbygdi.
 
Duration: 2 days
Length: 40 km
Difficulty: medium
Departure: Geiteryggen
Where to buy supplies: none
 
best hikes in europe: aurlandsdalen
 

Glen Affric, Scotland

An unknown and not too heavy two-day trek that you can make in Scotland is this to Glen Affric Youth Hostel. This inn is at least a four-hour walk from civilization and is a great base for a trip through one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland. This two-day walk is part of The Affric Kintail Way and the Great Glen Way. Book your overnight stay in advance, the hostel is always fully booked. There are several approach routes, I parked in Morvich and walked up and down from here to the hostel.
   
Duration: 2 days
Length: 30 km
Gravity: medium
Departure: Morvich
Where to buy supplies: limited at the hostel
 
Also read: the best hikes in Scotland
 
Glen Affric a great 2 day hike
 

Most beautiful multi day hikes in Asia

To be honest, I am not a huge Asia fan. At least, it is not on my number 1 list of must-sees. Except Nepal, because Nepal is really a great place for a multi day hike. I have traveled to Asia six times in recent years and made a trek five times, three of which I share in this article. Here they are:
 

Mount Rinjani, Indonesia

Mount Rinjani is an active volcano on Lombok that you can climb with a guide. Due to the earthquake in 2018, the trek is currently partially closed, but recently the summit tour opened again and the route to the top was possible again. I walked a three-day version myself: from Sembalun to the crater rim, via the summit to Senaru Rim and from the Rim back to Senaru. This hike is certainly one of the toughest I have ever walked (especially day two) and it is certainly not for the unfit ones.
   
Duration: 2 or 3 days
Length: depending on the opening possibilities
Difficulty: hard
Departure: Sembalun
Where to buy supplies: guides carry your food (independent trekking is prohibited!)
   
I often receive questions about which organization I went with: I booked with Rinjani Trekking Club, one of the most reliable organizations.
 
Read more:
Climbing Mount Rinjani: from hell to heaven and back
 
climbing mount rinjani
 

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo, Nepal

Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is definitely high on the list, but just the one that will lead you through Gokyo. This version will take you about 3-4 days longer than the regular Mount Everest Base Camp trek, 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: demanding, mostly because of the altitude
Best time of the the year to hike it: October, November, March and April
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?
Things that nobody tells you about hiking to Everest Base Camp
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
 
mount everest base camp trek best multi day hikes in the world
 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Nepal

The other Base Camp trek in Nepal that I did is Annapurna Base Camp trek, or Annapurna Sanctuary. This trek is considerably shorter than EBC and a good multi-day walk in the Himalayas for beginners. You walk through the famous Poon Hill in about a week to Annapurna Base Camp, where I spent the night. Due to hard winters I’m unsure if it’s currently possible to spend the night in Annapurna Base Camp at the moment, or if you’ll have to stay in Machhapuchare Base Camp a few hours away, but once booking you will be advised about the best options.
   
Duration: 7-10 days
Spring: approx. 110 km (depending on the final route)
Difficulty: medium
Departure: from Pokhara
Provisioning: everything you need is available in teahouses en route
 
Also read:
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp: all you need to know
Which trek to choose: Annapurna Base Camp or Everest Base Camp
 
everest base camp trek or annapurna base camp trek
 

The most beautiful multi-day hikes in South America

South America is big. Very big! I did several multi-day hikes there and in this section of the most beautiful multi-day hikes in the world I share three different hikes in three countries with you!
 

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 my first ever big trek and I 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, I can say NO WAY!
 
Duration: 4 days
Length: 43 km
Difficulty: medium – strenuous beause of the altitude
Best time of the the year to hike it: May until October
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?
 
Hiking the Ince Trail in Peru
 

5. W-trek, Torres del Paine, Chile

This was a trek I have some bad memories from. My former partner and me 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, it’s one of the best 5 day hiking trails in the world for sure! Note: you MUST book the huts and campsites well ahead as this trail has become incredibly popular over the past years and accommodation sells out fast each season.
 
Duration: 4-5 days
Length: 70 km
Difficulty: easy-medium
Best time of the the year to hike it: November until April
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
 
best multi-day treks in the world
 

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
Best time of the the year to hike it: December until March
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
 
best multi-day hikes

refugio otto meiling
 

The best multi-day hikes in Oceania

I’ll end this article with Australia and my most favorite country in the world: New Zealand. The latter is really the ultimate destination when you enjoy hiking (or tramping as they call it there) and I have therefore selected four different hikes for you. Plus one in Tasmania, also a top hiking destination!
 

The Overland Track, Tasmania

The Overland Track in Tasmania is one of the most famous multi day hiking trails in Australia. It has become rather famous as it has been raved about by Cheryl Staryed and guess what… I had poor weather nearly every day! There’s obviously nothing you can do about that but it does influence your opinion about the track. Still I had an awesome time and I would not have want to have missed it. If you are ever in Tasmania, make sure to make this trek a priority! It’s by far one of the best week long hikes in the world!
 
Duration: 6 days
Length: 65 km
Difficulty: medium
Best time of the the year to hike it: November until April
Departs from: Cradle Mountain National Park
Where to get supplies: you will carry everything yourself
 
Want to read more?
Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania, a complete guide
The best hikes in Tasmania
 
The Overland Track walk in Tasmania
 

The Routeburn Track, New Zealand

The most beautiful multi-day trek in New Zealand is without a doubt the Routeburn Track. I did it twice, for the first time in 2011 and most recently in 2018. You take three days to hike it, from the mountainous Mount Aspiring National Park to the wet and green Fiordland National Park. It is a highly sought-after trek that is normally fully booked almost a year in advance, so making reservations in time is a must. You can do this on the Department of Conservation website.
   
Duration: 3 days
Length: 32 km
Weight: medium
Departure: from Queenstown or The Divide
Provisioning: none, you take everything yourself
 
Read more:
The Routeburn Track from day to day
 
Routeburn Flats
 

Kepler Track, New Zealand

Out of the ten Great Walks in New Zealand, I have walked six. It’s hard to decide which was the best because all of them I 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 days
Length: 60 km
Difficulty: day 1-2 medium, day 3-4 easy
Best time of the the year to hike it: November until April
Departs from: Te Anau
Where to get supplies: you bring all your food
 
Want to read more?
Hiking the Kepler Track in New Zealand
The ultimate New Zealand itinerary for outdoor fans
The best hikes in New Zealand
 
hiking the kepler track
 

Angelus Hut hike, New Zealand

For those who want to escape the business of the Great Walks and want to hike a relatively unknown but demanding trek, I can recommend the hike to Angelus Hut. This two or three tramping track through Nelson Lakes National Park is a real adventure that takes you over boulder fields, along deep cliffs and above bright blue lakes. The Angelus Hut must be booked in advance, but not a year in advance like the previously mentioned treks.
   
Duration: 2 or 3 days
Length: 26 km (2 days) or slightly longer when you walk through Bushline Hut
Difficulty: demanding
Departure: from St. Arnaud
Provisioning: only in St. Arnaud (very limited) or else from Nelson
  
Read more:
Angelus Hut hike: the most beautiful mountain hut in New Zealand
 
angelus hut hike
 

Greenstone Caples Track, New Zealand

And last but not least: another unknown hike in New Zealand: the Greenstone & Caples Track. This quiet trail is located one valley south of the Routeburn Track and is therefore a great alternative if it is fully booked. The cabins are not bookable (“first come, first serve”) and when I walked it turned out that it was not necessary because the trail is not hiked a lot. You can also connect it to the Routeburn Track or other hiking trails in the same region.
   
Duration: 4 days
Length: 59 km
Difficulty: medium
Departure: Greenstone Road End
Provisioning: limited in Glenorchy, otherwise in Queenstown, not along the way
   
Read more:
Trekking on the Greenstone Caples Track in New Zealand
 

Conclusion

So, that’s my list of 24 top multi day hikes in the world. Looking back at it, I have done some seriously good hiking over the past years. Many haven’t even made the list. How do you like our list of best multi day hikes? Which one should we go on next? I hope that you enjoyed our list of best trekkings in the world and feel free to drop your questions and comments below!
 

31 Comments

    • anto

      Ahh yes I’d love to do the PCT one day. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll definitely check out your blog. The USA is amazing for hiking!

  • Toccara

    Wow, girl… you have been on some amazing adventures!! I love hiking, but tend to stick to shorter day hikes. Though some of these might just encourage me to get in shape and get out there! The views look absolutely spectacular. I definitely need to get back to Iceland to do some more exploring. The Laugavegur Hike sounds like something worth training for!

  • Megan

    I haven’t done a multi-day hike in a really long time but these definitely inspire me to look at planning one. I especially would like to try the Kepler Track, New Zealand hike. Thanks for sharing.

  • Grey World Nomads

    Hey, you won’t believe it but the only place I’ve been is … in Pieterbuuren! And I didn’t do the Modder-hike nor any other but lots of doggie-walks 😉

  • Carly

    Inca Trail and Everest Base Camp are on my hiking list. I hope to climb Kilimanjaro next year as well! Great list, gonna look more into the NZ one too.

  • Tamara

    Wow, stunning photos! I’ve really been wanting to explore Argentina and Chile…not sure if you’ve been to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, but there are some fantastic hikes there too!

    • anto

      Yeah we were there long ago and did some awesome hikes. Had quite poor weather though, so about time for us to head back 🙂

  • Aileen Adalid

    Ok you guys are amazing for accomplishing some of these hikes! I’ve been getting more and more into hikes lately and I’ve surely bookmarked this one now 😉

  • Lieurene

    These are amazing! All your pictures definitely convinced me to want to try these. I normally day hikes but I would love to try multi-day hikes and trekking since that will be a fun experience and it would be great to be able to appreciate more of the scenery.

    • anto

      Thanks Lieurene! It’s a great experience especially because multi-day hikes generally take you further than a dayhike. I hope you will get to try one some day!

  • Pamela

    I’m looking for easy to moderate multi day treks that are “supported” with huts or porters or pack animals. I am 63 and can no longer carry a backpack full of camping gear but love getting out and especially away from people. We just completed Poon Hill trek in Nepal and even though it is rated “easy” that was my limit for altitude gain. It was tough but I loved it but need to find other treks that are not as taxing. Still want to get out there, just need a lower level of activity.
    Thank you. Appreciate your knowledge and suggestions. I live in Alaska so desire wilderness.

    • anto

      You could look into Kungsleden in Sweden but they don’t do porters or pack animals. It is a bit of a wilderness experience, but not nearly as wild as Alaska. Plus you’d need to carry everything yourself, although most huts have cooking facilities and you can purchase food along the way. In Europe there’s nothing like this at all and same for the Americas as well as Oceania (Austrlia / New Zealand) as far as I know. There’s the Routeburn Track that can be done organized but I heard it’s super expensive … maybe South America but I know the altitude is gigantic there. Alternatively, probably a super easy one near Kathmandu?

  • Agustina

    Great article! I’ve walked two of this trails and I’m certainly taking note of the rest for the future.
    One tip that might interest you regarding Tronador: there’s an alternative three day walk (that is still self guided).
    On your second day you start descending but halfway through towards pampa linda you deviate and climb back up to the Agostino Roca refuge (or Paso de las Nubes) which Is located on a different face of the mountain. Spend the night there (it has a great view and it is common to see condors) and the third day descend towards Laguna Frías where you can catch a boat back towards Bariloche. It’s a neat alternativa and I thought I might share.

    • anto

      Ahh that’s good to know as I really hope to go back to Tronador one day – I had a blast around there and there seemed to many more trails to explore. Thanks so much for sharing, really appreciated, cheers!

  • Sopaka Karunasundera

    Grand Canyon is not on your list?
    Also try to come to Sri Lanka. There are pretty decent hikes in King Adam’s Peak during off season.

    • anto

      So I’ve heard it’s awesome, I’d love to go one day! And nope, I didn’t do an overnight trek in the Grand Canyon, that’s why it’s not on the list … it was lovely though but I just did a dayhike!

  • Josy A

    Woooow! What a truly epic post! I am so, so impressed by how many amazing multi day hikes you have done! We mostly go on day hikes, but I am keen to try for longer adventures this summer. I guess I’ll see how it goes!

  • Holly

    Loved this article! I am moving to NZ this summer and have bookmarked this page for then 🙂
    Have you ever done/considered the Camino de Santiago in Spain?

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