Top 10 best long distance hikes in the world
Long-distance trails inspire conflicting tales of solitude and camaraderie, of deserted riverbeds and mountain plateaus, of pleasure and pain.
The idea of walking thousands of miles is itself hardly believable. Perhaps that's what makes these adventures so memorable.
In this article you will find 10 of the HexaTrek team's favourite trails
Top 5 best long distance hikes in Europe
Va Sentiero (Italy)
Between 2019 and 2021, the Va' Sentiero expedition explored and documented the entire trail on foot to create a digital guide available to all, with maps, tracks, technical and cultural information, photos, videos....
4 young Italians have worked hard to revive this trail, a crossing of the whole of Italy, 7850 km for 350,000 m of vertical drop
See the website
Via Alpina (Alps)
If you swear by the Alps, then this trail is for you!
The Via Alpina is a network of 5 hiking routes through the eight countries of the Alps, more than 5000 km and 342 stages
Most of the 5 different routes, identified by colour codes, are in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France. You will also pass through Liechtenstein, Germany and Monaco.
See the map of the route
Jordan Trail (Jordan)
The Jordan Trail is a long-distance hiking trail in Jordan that links Jordan from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south. It offers 40 days of hiking over 675 kilometres and passes through 75 villages and towns along the way.
In the greenest part of Jordan, the hills and canyons are full of ruins of many ancient civilizations.
Hot springs, huge ancient olive trees, caves, mysterious prehistoric structures, Roman cities and pioneering community tourism villages are just some of the attractions of this trail.
Website and mobile application available
The Via Dinarica is a mega trail that stretches from Albania to Slovenia. Most of the trail runs diagonally from south-east to north-west. The Bosnia-Herzegovina section is perhaps the sexiest of all. The mountains here offer superb hiking with dozens of challenging routes that start as low as 200m and climb to rugged karst peaks well over 2,200m.
To the north lies the remote valley of the Blidinje Nature Park, where hikers, cyclists and skiers come together to pay homage to the wonders of nature. This is truly the 'Wild West' of Herzegovina.
Read more about the Via Dinarica
Transcaucassian trail (Georgia)
The homepage of their website has the merit of being clear "We are building a world class hiking trail through the Caucasus, Join us".
Following the Greater and Lesser Caucasus, this trail connects about 20 national parks and protected areas in the region.
Bordering Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the region known as the Caucasus, South Caucasus or Transcaucasus is one of the most biologically, culturally and linguistically diverse regions in the world, yet few have had the opportunity to explore it.
The TCT has been in active development since 2015, and the momentum of the movement is growing rapidly.
Much of the trail is already walkable!
For more information click here