20 Best Hikes for 2023

By: Heather Howard

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January 2, 2023 | Adventure Experts

Are you looking for some great new hikes to try in 2023? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’ll be exploring all the best trails and hiking adventures for the year ahead, as chosen by the adventure travel experts at MT Sobek. Across the globe, from Patagonia to Portugal, this includes hikes for all levels and interests. Whether you’re looking for an easier village-to-village hike or an ultimate challenge trek, we’ve got you covered. So let’s get started and check out some of the best hikes for 2023! 

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1. Ultimate Patagonia Hiking in Chile & Argentina

Enjoy a comprehensive “best of” Patagonia adventure! Combine 40 miles on Chile’s W circuit in Torres del Paine with Argentina’s majestic Los Glaciares National Park. See Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy rise spectacularly above the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and enjoy a breathtakingly scenic hiking experience.

Man hiking in Patagonia in front of a blue lake and mountains

Spend nights in comfortable hotels and remote mountain lodges. Our top pick for 2023!

Total Days: 14 // Activity Level: 4

2. Alps Tour du Mont Blanc Hiking

One of our favorite trips and a “must-do” for every hiker, this classic circuit of the Mont Blanc massif includes three nights in Chamonix.

Man hiking on the in the Alps on the Tour du Mont Blanc trail

Combining strenuous hikes with genuine alpine hospitality and comfortable alpine hotels, AFAR says: “MT Sobek ups the ante with its Tour du Mont Blanc experience, one of the adventure travel company’s most popular trips for over 40 years.”

Total Days: 12 // Activity Level: 4

3. John Muir Trail Southbound to Mt Whitney

Explore the high Sierra Nevada on this exclusive trekking adventure that travels the southern 212 miles of the John Muir Trail, from Lake Florence to Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet.

Hikers on the John Muir Trail Southbound

With an expert guiding team leading the way (and with mule support for your gear), you’ll enjoy one of the top ten hiking routes on the planet. After hiking the southern section of the trail, be motivated to return and attempt the northern section.

Total Days: 17 // Activity Level: 5

4. Peru’s Cordillera Blanca Trek

Explore the extraordinary beauty of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world. Trek past turquoise lakes, hidden waterfalls, and striking snow-dusted pinnacles linked by isolated valleys.

Man hiking in Peru, beautiful lake and snow capped peaks in the background

Challenging? No doubt, but a fantastic triumph for those whose hearts can be found at the planet’s most impressive heights.

Total Days: 13 // Activity Level: 5

5. Spain El Camino de Santiago

For over a thousand years, the faithful have hiked the Camino de Santiago trail across northern Spain.

Hiker in Spain on the El Camino de Santiago route

Whether you’re on a spiritual journey or just want to enjoy the thrill of walking this famous pilgrimage path, take off along its most popular route, the Camino Frances—the French Way, which begins in France and ends in stunning Santiago de Compostela.

Total Days: 11 // Activity Level: 4

6. Everest Base Camp

Sometimes it’s both the journey and the destination. Nothing short of a true quest, trekking in the Himalaya is a lifelong dream for many avid hikers, especially the pilgrimage to its greatest mountain: Mount Everest, known locally as Chomolungma, the “Mother Goddess of the Snows.”

Colorful Tibetan prayer flags with snow capped Himalayan Mountains in the background

With over 50 years of experience leading the pack in Nepal, MT Sobek is the best company to get you to Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet elevation.

Total Days: 19 // Activity Level: 5

7. Tajikistan Fann Mountain Trek

Tajikistan’s Fann Mountains are one of Central Asia’s top hiking locations, but few people know it!

Man hiking in the Tajikistan Fann Mountain range with a crystal clear river and snowy mountains in the background

The Fanns, part of the western Pamir-Alaya massif, include around 100 peaks, some of which rise beyond 16,000 feet. Cross passes to marvel at picturesque glacier lakes like Alouddin, Kulikalon, and Iskanderkul, camp out under the stars, and experience warm Tajik hospitality.

Total Days: 13 // Activity Level: 4

8. England Coast to Coast

Traverse England by foot on this classic hiking adventure, including the most spectacular stages of Alfred Wainwright’s epic “Coast to Coast” trail.

Man hiking beautiful grassy, green mountain in England

Journeying from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, you’ll cross three national parks: the Lake District, featuring England’s highest mountains; the rolling green hills and river valleys of the Yorkshire Dales; and the dramatic landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Total Days: 10 // Activity Level: 4

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9. Bhutan’s Chomolhari Trek

This memorable, classic trek is one of our few ultimate high-altitude challenges. Set in the kingdom of Bhutan, experience local Buddhist culture with visits to its famous dzongs (citadels) and monasteries, like the “Tiger’s Nest” and “The Temple of the White Dove.”

Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan on the side of a mountain with colorful prayer flag in the foreground.

Hike past glacial lakes, prayer flags, and yak herders for views of snow-capped Mount Chomolhari, the holiest mountain for the Bhutanese.

Total Days: 14 // Activity Level: 5

10. Portugal Historic Villages Hiking

This lesser-known but popular hiking adventure charts an enchanting course through Portugal’s gorgeous countryside. As you travel along Roman roads and historic paths, you will explore a region filled with medieval castles and hilltop settlements.

Charming historic village in Portugal nestled in a mountainside.

Discover Sortelha with its walled fortress and Monsanto, where homes are jammed between enormous stones. Then check out a tangle of hiking routes in the rugged Serra da Estrela Natural Park. 

Total Days: 8 // Activity Level: 3

11. Peru Inca Trail Trek

Embark on one of the world’s most famous hiking routes, the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Experience history coming to life as you traverse stone pathways through lush valleys, foggy forests, and across Andes mountain passes.

People hiking on the Peru Inca Trail

Along the way, see history come to life as pass impressive Inca ruins before arriving at the Inti Punku, also known as the Sun Gate, and getting a memorable first look at South America’s most impressive ancient monument!

Total Days: 9 // Activity Level: 4

12. Jordan Passage to Petra Trekking

Jordan is a perfect example of the charm of the Middle East, with gorgeous desert scenery and amazing ancient sites! Discover the country’s attractions and lesser-known desert routes as you trek in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, visit Wadi Rum, and follow Bedouin trails across the Sharah Mountains.

Canyon view of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

You can also enjoy a well-earned float in the Dead Sea and marvel at the ancient city of Petra. 

Days: 12 // Activity Level: 4

13. Climb & Summit Kilimanjaro

Take the route less traveled up one of the world’s most epic mountains! Beginning in the forested slopes of Mount Meru at 6,400 feet, ascend through the spectacular Great Barranco Valley before making your summit bid to Uhuru Peak a.k.a. the “Roof of Africa” at 19,340 feet.

Group of elated hikers at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

MT Sobek was the first company to lead commercial treks up Kilimanjaro in 1974 and with our seasoned guides has a 98% summit success rate.

Total Days: 10 // Activity Level: 5

14. Japan Kumano Kodo Walking

Join us on a unique tour that contrasts urban Japan with peaceful paths on the Kii peninsula. Spend the five days in between hiking along the Kumano Kodo, an ancient network of pilgrimage trails, which has been recognized by UNESCO.

Japanese people walking on a pilgrimage trail in Japan.

Enjoy the breathtaking landscape, see holy sites, stay in ryokan inns, eat local cuisine prepared, and unwind in natural hot springs after a day on the trail.

Total Days: 8 // Activity Level: 3

15. Alps Eiger to Matterhorn Trek

Trek across the Swiss Alps on a breathtaking route that connects the Matterhorn (14,692′) in Zermatt to the alpine wonders of the Eiger (13,015′) in Grindelwald.

Hikers on a beautiful, expansive vista in the Swiss Alps.

This beautiful trip of contrasts travels via Oberland, the “Land Above,” and the Valais. Experience the Bernese and Pennine Alps while lodging in the charming towns of Mürren, Kandersteg, and Bundalp. This a great option for those looking for a classic Swiss hiking experience.

Total Days: 8 // Activity Level: 4

16. Morocco’s High Atlas Mountain Hiking

Hike Morocco’s majestic High Atlas range, camping in comfortable mobile camps in the mountains.

Beautiful view of Berber village in Morocco with High Atlas Mountains in the background.

Climb formidable Mount M’goun, Morocco’s second highest peak at 13,356′ feet, and discover lush green oases among the orange hills and valleys, age-old kasbahs, and traditional Berber villages. One of our most intriguing itineraries for travelers on a budget.

Total Days: 9 // Activity Level: 4

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17. Pakistan K2 Base Camp Trek

Straddling the border between Pakistan and China, K2 stands at 28,251 feet, making it the second tallest mountain in the world. Looming over the western Himalayas in the Karakoram Range, it has been described as a formidable peak of ice, rock, and sky – rising up to touch the heavens.

View of beautiful snowy Karakoram Range peaks in Pakistan with hikers in the foreground.

On this, our most strenuous trek, you’ll goal is K2 Base Camp at 16,732 feet. 

Total Days: 21 // Activity Level: 5+

18. Scotland Western Isles Hiking

Check out Scotland’s wildest, most beautiful, and far-flung corners. Experience elemental wildness in the Outer Hebrides and the gorgeous, windswept terrain of Cairngorms National Park on this exclusive itinerary full of heart-pumping, jaw-dropping hikes.

Group of hikers in a beautiful, grassy valley with mountains in the background in Scotland.

You may even get to meet Scotland’s only herd of reindeer!

Total Days: 9 // Activity Level: 3

19. New Zealand South Island Hiking

The mountainous South Island of New Zealand is a trekker’s paradise with its beautiful fjords, glaciers, mountains, lakes, and rivers.

Two hikers on a trail with rugged, snowy mountains in the background in New Zealand.

Hike portions of four Great Walks in Abel Tasman, Paparoa, Nelson Lakes, and Fiordland National Parks. Experience Maori culture, cruise Milford Sound on an exhilarating jetboat safari, and relax in soothing hot springs.

Total Days: 10 // Activity Level: 3

20. Slovenia’s Julian Alps Hiking

Experience Slovenia’s spectacular mountain vistas on this one-of-a-kind journey. This challenging hike explores the alpine splendor of western Slovenia, including the majestic Julian Alps, the blue Soca River, and the fairytale castle on Lake Bled.

Bled Castle on a cliff overlooking beautiful blue Bled lake with Slovenia's Julian Alps in the background.

Sleep in comfortable hotels with spa services, and indulge in delectable food and sumptuous wines along the way. 

Total Days: 10 // Activity Level: 4