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Into the Wild: Five Bucket List Hikes Around the World

We love a good hike here at Culture Trip – especially when we’re on holiday. There’s no better way to connect with a place than by ambling through it at your own pace, stopping – often quite literally – to smell the roses. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of the greatest hiking destinations around the world, all bookable through Culture Trip.
Alex Allen
13 Apr 2022
1 . Hike the Dana Canyons in Jordan

Going for a hike in the rust-red landscape of Jordan’s Wadi Rum is the closest thing you’ll experience to walking on another planet. So otherworldly is it in fact, that it’s served as the primary filming location for a number of space-based films, from The Martian (2015) to Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker (2019). And this intrepid nine-day adventure puts you right in the heart of it. You’ll spend the night with a local Bedouin family and hike through the red-walled Dana Canyons on the Shaq al Reesh trail. The next day, you can ease your aching muscles with a Dead Sea soak.

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2 . Hike the Tayrona National Park in Colombia
Colombia’s jungle, mountains and Caribbean beaches make it a hiker’s paradise. And this eight-day adventure makes the most of this lush landscape with a day of trekking through the jaw-dropping Tayrona National Park. Tayrona miraculously combines the best of all worlds – tropical rainforest and palm-fringed beaches sit against a backdrop of snowy mountain peaks – and you’ll want to keep an eye out for howler monkeys, iguanas (and, very occasionally, a jaguar) as you make your way through the thick vegetation. You’ll be rewarded with a sea dip at Cabo San Juan at the halfway point, before finishing in Canaveral.
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3 . Hike high-altitude trails and through rice terraces in Nepal

If there’s one place every hiker dreams of taking on, it’s the Himalayas – and our epic 11-day expedition gives you the opportunity to do just that. You’ll start in the high-altitude, high-octane capital of Kathmandu – sling your backpack on and hit the dusty trail up to the hilltop temple complex at Nuwakot and spot proper Himalayan peaks in Sarangkot. It’s after this, however, that things get a bit tougher: a three-hour hike through rice terraces and remote villages will lead you to Naudanda, where you’ll spend the evening rowing out onto the mirror-like Phewa Lake.

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4 . Hike Mae Hong Son and Doi Inthanon National Park in Thailand

With the heat and humidity, a hike in Thailand is rarely a stroll in the park – and our 10-day adventure includes two lengthy hikes to really get your blood pumping. The first is a full-day jungle trek around the hills of Mae Hong Son, where you’ll stomp through lush vegetation and stop to cool off at waterfalls along the way. The second one starts early, with a 4am wake-up to summit the peak of Doi Inthanon, where you’ll watch the sun break through the clouds. Your reward, later that day, is to feed and bathe former working elephants at Chiang Mai’s Elephant Nature Park.

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5 . Hike around the Caucasus mountains in Georgia
Georgia is a hiker’s dream: jagged mountain peaks, remote villages and – while the country still flies under the radar – few crowds. Our nine-day adventure to this fascinating country includes a hike in Lagodekhi National Park, before heading into the Caucasus mountains for the trek up to Gergeti Trinity Church near Stepantsminda. You’ll have sublime views here, including of Mount Kazbegi – which towers over the area from a height of 5,054m (16,581ft). Finish up the trip with a well-deserved soak in the sulphur baths in Tbilisi.
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Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting to this article.