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15 Long-Distance Hikes of Less than One Month

So far, I’ve done about thirty day hikes in Australia and the U.S. combined, and one long-distance hike in England. It’s fair to say that, besides cycling, hiking is my favorite outdoor activity.

As I’m sitting on this chair amid a snowy Vermont landscape, my mind wanders and I daydream about new adventures, beckoning mountains and distant landscapes. I just finished the excellent book ‘The Last Englishman‘, in which Keith Foskett recounts his 2,650-mile hiking adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail. Seriously, it’s a fantastic adventure book.

Although I probably will never attempt a walk of such a distance, there are several others – fifteen to be precise – that I do consider walking at some point.

The long-distance hikes below range from a couple of days to maximum one month, which is the most practical and realistic time frame for me personally. Just to clarify before you start reading: I consider a hike to be long-distance if it requires more than one full day to complete.

15 Long-Distance Hikes that Take Less than One Month

Africa

Kilimanjaro Summit

Location: Tanzania
Distance: 30-55 miles (45-85 km)
Time: 6-9 days
Features: Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, elephants and giraffes, savannah and snow

Kilimanjaro hike

Asia

Annapurna Circuit

Location: Nepal
Distance: 100-145 miles (160-230 km)
Time: 17-21 days
Features: Teahouses, local people, the Himalayas, hot springs, yaks and mountain passes

Annapurna Circuit

Everest Base Camp

Location: Nepal
Distance: 38 miles (62 km)
Time: 10-14 days
Features: Sherpa culture, monasteries, Mount Everest and the Himalayas

Everest Base Camp


Europe

Camino de Santiago

Location: Spain
Distance: 500 miles (800 km)
Time: 30-35 days
Features: Pilgrim hostels, the towns of Pamplona, Burgos and Leon, sunflower fields and, of course, Santiago de Compostela itself

Camino de Santiago

Laugavegur Trek

Location: Iceland
Distance: 34 miles (55 km)
Time: 4 days
Features: Large glaciers, thundering waterfalls, thermal pools, colorful mountains and volcanic ash

Laugavegur Trek

Tour du Mont Blanc

Location: France, Italy and Switzerland
Distance: 105 miles (170 km)
Time: 10 days
Features: Mont Blanc, alpine fields, valleys and peaks, and three countries

Tour du Mont Blanc

West Highland Way

Location: Scotland
Distance: 96 miles (155 km)
Time: 7 days
Features: Glasgow, Loch Lomond, the Highlands, glens and moors, and Ben Nevis

West Highland Way

Kungsleden

Location: Sweden
Distance: 270 miles (440 km)
Time: 25 days
Features: Swedish Lapland, expansive landscapes, mountains, majestic valleys, the midnight sun and Arctic wilderness

Kungsleden

North America

John Muir Trail

Location: California, USA
Distance: 211 miles (340 km)
Time: 20-25 days
Features: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Mount Whitney, wildlife, Sequoia National Park, King’s Canyon National Park and, last but not least, Yosemite National Park

John Muir Trail

Presidential Traverse

Location: New Hampshire, USA
Distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Time: 2-3 days
Features: Ten summits in the White Mountains, tough weather, barren landscapes and jaw-dropping views

Long-Distance Hikes: the Presidential Traverse

Long Trail

Location: Vermont, USA
Distance: 273 miles (440 km)
Time: 25-30 days
Features: The Green Mountains, America’s oldest long-distance trail, mountain huts and wilderness

Long-Distance Hikes: Long Trail, Vermont

Oceania

Milford Track

Location: New Zealand
Distance: 33 miles (54 km)
Time: 4 days
Features: Lush rainforest, waterfalls, rugged mountain peaks, glacier valleys and Milford Sound

Milford Track

Overland Track

Location: Tasmania, Australia
Distance: 40 miles (65 km)
Time: 6 days
Features: Cradle Mountain, moorlands, eucalypt forests, Tasmanian wilderness and Lake St Clair

Overland Track

South America

Inca Trail

Location: Peru
Distance: 26 miles (42 km)
Time: 4 days
Features: The breathtaking Andes Mountains, old Inca paths, magnificent vistas and sunrise over Machu Picchu

Inca Trail

Torres del Paine Circuit

Location: Chile
Distance: 75 miles (120 km)
Time: 8-10 days
Features: Glaciers, towering granite mountains, still lakes, Patagonia, wildflowers and the occasional puma

Torres del Paine


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15 Long-Distance Hikes of Less Than One Month

Have you ever done any of these long-distance hikes of less than one month? Are there some that you’d like to add to this list?


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11 thoughts on “15 Long-Distance Hikes of Less than One Month

  • The Presidential Traverse is new to me. I’ve done many listed and plan to add the Lycian Way in Turkey next year.

  • We’re going to walk the Camino de Santiago in April/May!

  • I’ve done a few long distance paths in England and one in Iceland – they’re a wonderful way to see any country. Next on my list is the Hadrian’s Wall Path but I’m also very tempted by the Camino de Santiago.

    • Yeah, I think the Camino de Santiago is next on my list, or the Presidential Traverse. I did the Hadrian’s Wall Path a couple of year ago and absolutely loved it. 🙂

  • New Zealand is an amazing place to hike, glad you’ve visited Milford Sound – one of the many picturesque spots in New Zealand. I wrote a free ebook called New Zealand’s Best Walking Trails: 9 Great Walks & The Best Time To Walk Them about the other renowned walks in New Zealand 🙂

  • NZ is overrated and the people are rude and unfriendly. I would never visit again!

    • You’re honestly the first person ever to tell me that New Zealanders are unfriendly. Why do you think New Zealand is overrated? I’d love to hear your thoughts behind that claim.

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