The most popular hiking destinations for 2021

Base on the highest number of bookings for hiking trips in 2021, data from TourRadar shows the following countries are most popular this year.


With its dramatic peaks, lush Amazonian rainforests and white sand coastline, Peru is a dream for nature lovers. One of the most popular trails in the world can be found in Peru — that is, of course, the Inca Trail to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. 

Follow in the footsteps of an ancient pilgrimage to the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, passing through sub-tropical jungle terrain, and scaling the trail’s highest pass — Dead Woman’s Pass — which sits at 4,215 metres above sea level, before reaching the 15th-century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. 

Another popular trek is to Salkantay, the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range, which is part of the Peruvian Andes. It’s the twelfth-highest mountain in Peru, with a total elevation gain of 6,271 metres — making it perfect for avid hikers who are seeking an adrenaline rush.


Nepal is at the top of the list for every avid hiker, many of whom see a trip to Everest Base Camp as the holiday of a lifetime.

A multi-day trek, the hike to Base Camp starts in the town of Lukla and usually takes 11 days to tackle the 130 kilometre round trip to Base Camp, which sits 5,380 metres above sea level in the shadow of magnificent Mount Everest.

Another trip that’s proving to be very popular with travellers booking their 2021 adventures is the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. This trip gives you the opportunity to take in the incredible sights of the Himalayas and experience the best of Nepalese mountain culture.

You’ll get amazing views from the mountains, as well as spectacular vistas of some of the most breathtaking peaks in the range including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchhare.