Some of the world’s most treasured, remote landscapes can’t be seen by helicopters, cars or even mountain bikes. These sacred places, like Ciudad Perdida, Everest’s Base Camp and the top of Huayna Picchu, can only be reached on two feet. Although these climbs are open to the public, they’re definitely not a walk in a park. Described as gut-wrenching, adrenaline-pumping and severely-challenging even for the fittest, most experienced hikers, every winded breath makes the view from the top and every near-teary eyed step fighting the incline worth it.
Overland Track, Australia
One of the most famed bush hikes in Australia, the Overland Track has earned a rightful place on the world’s radar. Totaling 40 miles, this rocky and rugged climb takes you through Tasmania’s varying landscape, from Cradle Valley to Lake St. Claire. The four to six day hike takes you past some of the most beautiful scenery in the country where you’ll see gushing waterfalls, deep valleys (either green and lush or cold and snow-packed) and jaw-dropping summits. The main peak is Mt. Ossa, which reaches an astonishing height of over 5,300 feet (and is the highest point in Tasmania). The best time to go is November – April, where the weather is milder and longer days provide more daylight.