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The world's most popular hikes - and which alternative you can do instead


The world is full of wonderful treks. There are the great classic treks we recommend anyone to do at some point in their lives. Then there are lesser-known treks which offer equally great experiences. So what are the world's most popular hikes and which can you do as an alternative? Read on to find out what treks are the most popular and which are great alternatives.

Peru: Inca Trail - Moonstone Trek

Offering an unrivalled combination of history and dramatic scenery, the ancient Inca Trail winds its way from the powerful Urubamba River, across mountain passes and through cloud forests, passing several crumbling fortresses before reaching the lost city of Machu Picchu. The remote high altitude Moonstone Trek takes in a number of recently discovered Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites and there are practically no other tourists along the route.

Inca Trail Moonstone Trek

Patagonia: Torres del Paine - Fitzroy

There are no views like it on earth - the towering granite pillars of Paine, reflected in the waters of Lago Nordenskjöld. Combine it with the expanse of Glaciar Grey, the azure lakes, the hiking and trekking routes meandering through forests and over mountain passes, the large herds of guanacos and the overwhlemng sense of being in the wilderness, and you begin to understand why Unesco protected Torres del Paine is a must-see for every visitor to Patagonia. Often overlooked and located just outside the homely village of El Chaltén in Argentina, the Fitzroy range offers worldclass hiking and camping amidst some of the most spectacular mountain scenery you will see anywhere in the world.

Torres del Paine Fitzroy

Alps: Tour du Mont Blanc - Haute Route

On the Tour du Mont Blanc,m a 2-week classic trek, you'll enjoy unrivalled views of the Alps and Mont Blanc itself as you cross the borders of Switzerland, Italy and France. Traverse beneath huge glaciers, and meander through beautiful alpine meadows and picture-book villages.

One of the greatest alpine journeys, the Haute Route, stretches from Chamonix in the French Alps to Zermatt, in the Swiss Alps. For experienced trekkers only, this trek will take you off the main trails into the heart of the alps, trekking across glaciers with magnificent mountain backdrops such as the Matterhorn. Combined with a climb of Mont Blanc, this itinerary should more than satisfy the aspiring mountaineer.

Tour du Mont Blanc Haute Route

Spain & Portugal: Camino de Santiago - Portuguese Camino

The Camino de Santiago, or Compostela Trail, has for centuries represented an important pilgrimage route from France, across the Pyrenees and the north of Spain to the tomb of St James in Santiago de Compostela. Considered the most spiritually connected pilgrimage route, the Portuguese Road will take you from the lively city of Porto through small hamlets, past eucalyptus and pine woods, over ancient bridges and through larger market towns to Santiago.

Camino de Santiago Portuguese Camino

Greece: Greek Islands - Northern Greece

The Greek islands offer archaeological treasures, history, culture, dramatic landscapes overlooking an azure coloured sea and, of course, delicious food. Visit beautiful Naxos, before heading to Santorini and Paros enjoying gentle walks thro