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Peter Potterfield, in his book Classic Hikes of the World covers the world’s best hiking routes across seven continents, making this a bible for intrepid trekkers. He tells us his picks for the world's 15 best hikes, including Patagonia, Tasmania, Newfoundland, and Petra.

Each chapter contains invaluable advice, both for novices and seasonal trekkers, including level of difficulty, both in physical effort and psychological challenge; details on trail conditions and recommended seasons; notes on potential hazards or difficulties; detailed route descriptions; maps of all hiking routes; and resources for information, staging, accommodation and transportation.

1. Kungsleden, Sweden

kungsleden sweden hike trailCredits: dilettantiquity


2. Grand Canyon Hike, Arizona

morning in grand canyon arizona

Credits: Scott Taylor

3. Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

everest base camp trek nepal

Credits:Frank Kehren

4. Fitz Roy Trek, Patagonia, Argentina

fitz roy trek patagonia argentina

Credits:Liam Quinn

5. Petra Through the Back Door, Jordan

petra through the back door jordan

Credits: Federico Maccagni

6. Grindelwald, Switzerland

grindelwald switzerland

 Credits: Robbie Shade

7. Yosemite Grand Traverse, California, United States

yosemite grand traverse california united states


8. Chilkoot Trail, Alaska and Yukon Territory, U.S. and Canada

chilkoot trail


9. Tonquin Valley, Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada

tonquin valley canadian rockies alberta canada

Credits: Dan Dwyer

10. Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

bay of fires tasmania australia

Credits: Mark Wassell

11. Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland, Canada

long range traverse newfoundland canada

Credits: eliudrosales

12. Queen Charlotte Track

queen charlotte track

Credits: Keith Miller

13. Mountains of the Moon, Uganda

mountains of the moon uganda

Credits: Marc Soller


14. Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, United States

kalalau trail

Credits: Kevin Schraer

15. Croagh Patrick, Ireland

croagh patrick ireland

Credits: schwa021

For more information, bye his best-selling book Classic Hikes of the World or the resent one Classic Hikes of North America.

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Last modified on 06 Jun 2015