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5 Most Epic Hikes from Around the World

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One of the best ways to see some of the wonders of the world is simply to go for a walk. Every nation on the planet prides itself on its own variation of networks of hiking trails, ranging from an easy stroll to an adventurous and physically demanding trek. While there are hoards of hiking trails to take, the question is, which ones offer the most incredible and unique vistas along the path? Also, which paths are the most difficult to walk? The following are considered the top five most epic hiking trails across the globe.

5. Anapurna Base Camp, Nepal

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Considering the fact that Nepal is famous for eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the infamous Mount Everest, it’s really no surprise that this country would be filled with fabulous hiking trails for the avid adventurist. In particular, the Anapurna Base Camp trek is a relentless, almost unforgiving hike that is just as punishing on the way down as it is on the way up. The seemingly endless verticality of this trek will most certainly activate all those little muscles you never knew you had.

Some might say that this particular hike lacks the gentle rolling hills that are more common among amateur hiking trails. However, this hike more than makes up for it with its stunning and unique scenery and features, concluding its characteristic icy, oversized Himalayan peaks that seem to appear at every turn. With the plethora of rice terraces, waterfalls, rivers and forests, you’ll barely notice the mounting muscle aches that you’ll almost certainly experience by the trek’s end. No worries though – there are plenty of rustic guesthouses to offer you a rest spot.

4. Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong

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Hiding behind the hustle and bustle of the bright lights and technologically-advanced features of Hong Kong’s downtown core is a myriad of amazing hiking trails. In fact, turn the corner from the concrete jungle and you’ll find yourself smack in the middle of diverse hiking trails and other natural landscapes that you wouldn’t expect from the autonomous region on the southern coast of China.

Discover the beautiful world of hiking in Hong Kong, including Dragon’s Back, which is Hong Kong’s most famous of all its spectacular hiking treks. The west-to-east hike is an impressive 50 km long, taking you days into some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever lay eyes on. The hike begins at the city’s most famous tourist hot spot – the Peak – which overlooks the architecturally diverse steel and glass buildings and high-rises that Hong Kong is well known for.

At the end of the trek, you’ll find yourself at a part of the island that is littered in quaint beaches and picturesque green hills. After hiking some of the world’s most difficult vertical rises up and down Dragon’s Back and Shek O Peak, you’ll be awarded with a cadence down into Big Wave Bay where countless afternoon hours can be spent chilling out on the beach.

3. The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

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The state of Utah is filled with outdoor activities and adventures thanks to its marvellous landscape and uneven terrain. For those who fancy an adventurous hike, the Narrows is the place to go when in Utah. This trek is among the world’s longest slot canyons, providing hikers with an incredible 16-mile trek through a journey that would be tough to match elsewhere in the world. In fact, the Narrows is one of the premier hikes on the Colorado Plateau.

Rated #5 in the National Geographic ranking of America’s Best 100 Adventure, the Narrows is aptly named because of the 3.6-mile long section of canyon between the end of the Riverside Walk Trail and Big Spring where wall to wall sections are as little as 22 feet apart. This hike is most definitely one of the most unusual and unique one, as much of the hike is done largely in the river, since the river runs canyon wall to canyon wall for about one-third of the route. The water levels change from one season to the next, so it’s a crap-shoot about whether you’ll be wading in shin-deep waters, or have to swim across waist-deep levels.

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