30 May What are the 3 best hikes in the world?
Living in the Alps may make us a little biased, but we are convinced we have the best hikes in the world, right here in Europe. Why? Because an unforgettable hiking experience is about more than just hiking; it’s about history, culture, centuries old villages, wonderful food and wine, breathtaking scenery and boutique accommodation. Alongside these, Italy, Switzerland and France boast numerous, beautiful trails for all hiking abilities. What more could you ask for? Each country has its own personality, charm and cuisine, and we think crossing borders to enjoy more than one country on your hiking trip is a must.
Here are our top three hiking recommendations in the European Alps:
Zermatt offers some of the best hiking in the world, around the iconic Matterhorn. With cleverly chosen trails which guide you off the beaten track, Zermatt is the perfect base for exploring the many facets of this majestic peak.
Beginning with a hike to the departure point for the Matterhorn summit, you’ll brush shoulders with climbers descending this mighty mountain. A night in a refuge overlooking the twinkling lights of Zermatt should follow: a real experience not to be missed. To access our favourite refuge you will need to cross a glacier, requiring crampons for a short stretch. This challenging hike will work up an appetite and call for a well-deserved spot of luxury back in town, so a hotel with stunning views of the Matterhorn will await you on your descent. At SwisSkiSafari, we consider Zermatt to offer some of the best hiking in the world. It is, indeed, a bucket list-worthy destination.
2. The Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
The terrain between these mighty mountains brings you some of the best, and most unique hiking in the world. We like to start from the Italian side, hiking into Switzerland and France via strategic, scenic routes and jaw-dropping mountain views (think unparalleled photo opportunities). You’ll also cross the largest glacier in Europe on an old Roman road, stop at an Alpine refuge and visit historical villages along the way. June is ideal for this trip as there are no crowds during this time. In fact, even the most well-known Alpine areas are free from people, and you will get to enjoy nature in its entirety.
3. The Haute Route
The Haute Route simply must be included among the list of best hikes in the world, as it is the most exciting hiking trail in the Alps. Most people don’t have time to tackle the whole route which starts in Chamonix and finishes in Zermatt, but taking on stages of the Haute Route that are right for you will give you a real taste of this amazing Alpine wilderness. With one or two nights in a refuge and the rest in luxury accommodation, this can be a truly unforgettable trip. Go for an itinerary that’s tailored to you and your hiking level, along routes that are in good shape and leading to the friendliest, most beautiful huts. Michelin-starred restaurants and well-deserved spa treatments are a dreamy way to round up the experience.
If you need help choosing gear for trips like these you could check out our blog post on “How to choose your boots for trekking in the Alps.”
We hope you agree that these trips include some of the best hikes in the world and should be firmly on your bucket list. Get in touch if you’d like us to plan a personalized, luxury hiking holiday in the Alps for you.
Warm regards from the mountains.