The BEST 20 Hikes of 2021

Presenting our round-up of the 20 best hikes for 2021! Put together by the travel experts at MT Sobek, this list includes the best hikes from around the world like Tanzania Climb and Summit Kilimanjaro, Chile & Argentina Ultimate Patagonia Hiking, and the classic high-altitude hardcore trekking adventures of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca and Nepal’s Everest Base Camp. Feel like something a little more “out there”? Check out our one-of-a-kind Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor Hike or India’s Kanchenjunga Ridge Trekking trips. Whether you’re looking to explore a new wilderness trail or follow ancient paths through hillside villages, all of these hikes are guaranteed to thrill and impress.

The mountains are calling – which hike will you do next?

1. 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 spectacular alpine scenery, through the otherworldly landscape of the Great Barranco Valley, before making your summit bid to Uhuru Peak a.k.a. the “roof of Africa” at 19,340 feet. 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

Climb Summit Kilimanjaro Trekking Tanzania

2. Yosemite Grand Traverse Hiking

Explore legendary high points and awesome granite scenery of the Sierra Nevada as you trek and camp through Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Wilderness. Hike the high country to majestic Cathedral Lakes in Tuolumne Meadows. Along the way walk sections of the John Muir Trail and cap the trip with a summit hike to Cloud’s Rest.

Total Days: 8 // Activity Level: 4

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California Yosemite Hiking Grand Traverse John Muir Trail Stars

3. Cusco and Machu Picchu Trek

Our popular “Inn-to-Inn” itinerary follows the legendary Salkantay route. Experience Peru’s most famous sites and enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek with the comfort of well-appointed lodges. Selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime.”

Total Days: 10 // Activity Level: 4

Peru Machu Picchu Citadel Trek Huayna Picchu

4. Everest Base Camp Trek

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.” 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

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Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

5. Ultimate Patagonia Hiking in Chile & Argentina

Enjoy the “best of” Patagonia hikes! Follow Ascencio Valley to majestic slopes below Torres del Paine, hike the famous “W” trek beneath the jagged Cuernos del Paine massif, and discover the French Valley—all incredible feats! Cross into Argentina and take in spectacular vistas of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy rising above the Southern Patagonian Ice Field while exploring Los Glaciares National Park.

Total Days: 14 // Activity Level: 4

Argentina Fitz Roy Patagonia Chile Hiking

6. 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. 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

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France Switzerland Italy Mont Blanc Chamonix Mer de Glace

7. K2 Base Camp Trek China

Join this ultimate adventure to K2 Advance Base Camp (ABC) at 16,929 feet elevation with pro mountain guide Sergio Fitch Watkins. Start your journey in Kashgar, follow the Silk Road past orange deserts and towering peaks, then head out on your challenging but incredibly rewarding 14-day trek in the remote mountain and glacial terrain of the Karakorum range. Truly epic.

Total Days: 21 // Activity Level: 5

China K2 Base Camp Trek Sergio Fitch Watkins

8. National Parks of Utah Multi-Adventure

Get up close and personal with all five of Utah’s national parks! Expect desert solitude, cobalt blue skies, technicolor sunsets. Explore the geologic wonderland of Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion. Take a day off of hiking in Canyonlands (shh, we won’t tell) to float the legendary Colorado River. At night, pamper yourself in comfortable lodges.

Total Days: 8 // Activity Level: 3

Utah National Parks Bryce Hiking Slot Canyon

9. Best of the Dolomites Hiking – Italy

The monumental beauty of Italy’s Dolomites mountain region simply dazzles. Pass glacial lakes and high alpine meadows while making new friends with its most famous peaks: Schlern, Sella, Drei Zinnen (Tre Cime de Lavaredo), and Marmolada. Enjoy picnic lunches at charming rifugi with stunning views, and unwind back at comfortable hotels. If we had to pick one word to describe this trip, it would be “delicious”!

Total Days: 8 // Activity Level: 4

Italy Austria Dolomites Hiking Tre Cime

10. Japan’s Kyoto to Tokyo Walking

Journey through time on the historic Nakasendo trail, walk undulating forest paths through misty landscapes of the Kiso Valley, and enjoy the serenity of the route as it winds its way past rice fields through picturesque villages. Wrap up your tour in ultra-modern Tokyo.

Total Days: 11 // Activity Level: 3

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Japan Kyoto Tokyo Hiking Walking Nakasendo

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

Morocco Atlas Mountains Hiking Oasis

12. India Sikkim: Kanchenjunga Ridge Trek
Discover Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain! Trek through dense pine forests and blooming rhododendrons, passing prayer flags, yak herders and local Sherpa villages. A remote route, this trail to Kanchenjunga’s ridge does not see many other trekkers. This exploratory adventure takes intrepid travelers to less-visited parts of Sikkim and Nepal, staying true to MT Sobek’s heritage. A “new classic.”

Total Days: 20 // Activity Level: 5

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India Kanchenjunga Ridge Trekking

13. New Zealand South Island Hiking

New Zealand in one word? Glorious. With its fjords, glaciers, mountains, lakes, rivers, and tracks that crisscross it all, the rugged South Island is an intrepid hiker’s dream come true. Explore Abel Tasman, Paparoa, Nelson Lakes, and Fiordland National Parks, to Franz Josef Glacier, and Milford Sound. Visit the remote, beautiful Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area by helicopter. Soothe your muscles soaking in hot pools and sample world-class wines along the way.

Total Days: 13 // Activity Level: 3

New Zealand South Island Hiking Milford Fjordland Nelson

14. Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor Trek

Begin your journey in Tajikistan following established silk routes and visiting lush valley villages. Cross into Afghanistan to embark on one of the most spectacular high altitude treks on “the roof of the world” along the 185-mile-long Wakhan Corridor. A remote and otherworldly place, peopled by locals unaffected by modern life, this is a land that is difficult to get to, but impossible to forget.

Total Days: 22 // Activity Level: 5

Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor Trekking Tajikistan Silk Road

15. Norway’s Natural Wonders Hiking

There’s nothing quite like seeing the best of Norway on foot and immersed in its landscapes. Cruise through the country’s deep fjords, hike majestic mountains and breathtaking national parks, and explore the Lofoten Islands. This trip shows you Norway’s natural magic at every turn, from waterfalls to the midnight sun.

Total Days: 11 // Activity Level: 3

Norway Hiking Lofoten Islands Oslo Bergen Fjords

16. Cordillera Blanca Trek – Peru

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. 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

Peru Cordillera Blanca Trekking

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

Total Days: 14 // Activity Level: 5

Bhutan Chomalhari Trekking

18. Village to Village Hiking in the French and Swiss Alps

Experience this unforgettable hiking trilogy of the Alps which will inspire and challenge seasoned hikers. Tackle the legendary Eiger Trail at the foot of the Eiger’s notorious north face, which has challenged mountaineers for over a century. Traverse canyon trails to discover imposing views of the iconic Matterhorn, and complete your tour in charming Chamonix at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc.

Total Days: 10 // Activity Level: 3

France Switzerland Alps Hiking Matterhorn Eiger Jungfrau Trilogy

19. Ethiopia’s Simien Mountain Hiking

Join us in UNESCO-listed Simien Mountain National Park for an epic lodge-to-lodge hike along rugged escarpments and through deep valleys — a land home to endemic wildlife such as the Walia ibex, Gelada baboon, and Simien fox. Discover Ethiopia’s ancient past as a “cradle of humanity” and marvel at Gondar’s castles and Lalibela’s hand-carved rock churches. Named a “best vacation for adventure seekers” in 2019 by Forbes!

Total Days: 10 // Activity Level: 3

Ethiopia Simien Mountains Hiking

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

Total Days: 9 // Activity Level: 3

Scotland Hiking Hebrides Cairngorms Ben Nevis

Interested in any of these hikes—or feeling inspired to start another adventure? Click on any of the titles or pictures above or email our regional specialists.