Hiking is the best way of exploring and appreciating nature in all its glory. Asia boasts of a significant number of hiking routes, and many among them are the best hiking trails in the world. Asia can be an exceptional destination for a hiking enthusiast.
Check out our list of 15 best hikes in Asia.
15. Lantau Peak – Hong Kong
Distance: 6.68 km
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Best season: All year round
Lantau Peak is the second highest peak in Hong Kong. Providing an outstanding view of Lantau Island, The South China Sea, and the meadows, it is hard not being astounded. Most hikers go up here to view the sunrise and sunset, and to enjoy the view of the trail and the environment. Start your hike from Pak Kung Au. You can get to Pak Kung Au by a local bus or a taxi from Tung Chung.
The hiking is very steep upwards for the first 4 km. Soon after that, you will notice several ridges and the 3 consecutive false summits. The last and the highest among them is Lantau Peak.
14. Mount Pulag – Philippines
Duration: There are mainly 4 routes you can take. Each route has its own duration of travel:
- Mt Pulag Ambangeg Trail – 4 days with 3 days hiking
- Mt. Pulag Akiki Trail – 5 days with 3 days hiking
- Eddet Trail – 3 days with 1-day hiking
- Mt. Pulag Tawangan Trail – 3 days with 1-day hiking
Best season: November – March
With an elevation of 2,992 meters above the sea-level, Mount Pulag is among the highest mountains in Hong Kong. This hiking spot lies in the Mt Pulag National Park. This National Park is famous for its vivid sea of clouds. You can get the best view of the clouds during the sunrise.
Spare 2 days for this hike to witness the Sea of Clouds during sunrise. Baguio is an essential stop for adventurers wanting to view sunrise at Mt. Pulag. You will have plenty of accommodation to choose from in Baguio City.
13. Sapa – Vietnam
Distance: 38 km from Sapa
Duration: 1 day to hike. But spend 3 days at least to fully enjoy the place.
Best Season: September to November or March to June
This place is world famous for the magnificent view of the rice paddy terraces. Plan a hiking trip in the harvesting season of September to November. You can take a walk in the mountain market and observe the rice fields.
Local farmers work on these fields during the harvesting season, making the field shine with golden colors. It is better to hire one of the locals to give you a quick tour around the Sapa Valley. You can stay in the homestays for an authentic experience of Sapa. Spend a few days to really understand the village life of Sapa and enjoy its unique culture.
12. Koh Phi Phi View Point – Thailand
Distance: 1.4 km with an elevation of 173 meters
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Best season: Spring (March to June)
Hiking to this viewpoint is one of the best things to do in Koh Phi Phi. The best view of the island is just a half-an-hour hike away.
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint is one of the highest points on the island. At an elevation of only 186 meters, it is easy for anyone to hike to the point. Well-paved steep stairway is the most common way to reach the viewpoint. The hand-painted wooden signs on the way will make it easy for you to find your way to the top. Sunset is one of the best times to hike here.
11. Mount Hallasan – South Korea
Distance | Duration: There are 4 routes to reach mount Hallasan.
- Gwaneumsa Trail – 8.7 km with an estimated 8 to 10 hours (2-way trip)
- Seongpanak Trail – 9.6 km with an estimated time of 8 to 9 hours (2-way trip)
- Eorimok Trail – 4.7 km and the estimated time is 2 to 3 hours (one way)
- Yeongsil Trail – 3.7 km with estimated time 2 hours (one way)
Best season: Spring season (March to June) and Autumn (September to December)
Mount Hallasan is South Korea’s highest mountain with an elevation of 1,950 meters. Considered an active volcano, it hasn’t erupted in the last 5,000 years and there is a debate on whether to call it a dormant volcano.
One of the most popular hikes in South Korea, this hiking provides a spectacular view of all of Jeju island. The crater lake is another attraction of this hike. On a clear day, you can also get a view of Hallasan’s distinctive volcanic crater peak.
10. Tiger Leaping Gorge – China
Distance: 26 km
Duration: 9 hours for experienced hiker but extend it for at least 2 days
Best Season: March to May
Located in China’s Yunnan province, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the famous hikes in Asia. Pretty much a straightforward trail, the hike is not too difficult. Many complete the trail in one single day. But if you really want to appreciate the place and its originality, take 2 -3 days for hiking.
You can get a dramatic peak of the Jinsha River and the Dragon Snow Mountain. The trail will take you through the terraced farmlands bordered with limestone ridges. Tiger Leaping Gorge is a rewarding trek for experienced and beginner hikers alike.
9. Chadar Trek, Ladakh – India
Distance: 62 km
Duration: 9 days
Best season: January to Mid February
Lying across the frozen river Zanskar, Chadar trek is one of the popular winter treks in India. ‘Chadar’ is a Hindi word for a blanket. In this case, it refers to the blanket of ice over the river. Chadar trek introduces you to the unique charm of the frozen terrains and Himalayas. This route connects Padum to Ladakh via Zanskar.
The highlight of this trek is the walk on the frozen layer of water at -30 degrees Celcius.
Nevertheless, this trekking is only possible from the month of January to February. Other times of the year, the region remains closed due to heavy snowfall. Just make sure you are ready with very warm clothes for this trek.
8. Langtang – Gosaikunda, Nepal
Distance: 94 km
Duration: 8 days
Best season: February – June and September – November
Take this hike if you want to introduce yourself to the picturesque Himalayas and the unique Buddhist culture of Nepal. Langtang trek takes you through the Langtang National Park amidst rare and diverse flora and fauna.
The trail goes through enchanting rhododendron and bamboo forests across roaring waterfalls, with frequent views of stunning bright mountains.
Gosaikunda is a local pilgrimage site at the elevation of 4460 meters. Experience the delightful view of magnificent lakes here.
As this hiking route is quite difficult, it sees very few tourists, so you can enjoy some peace and tranquility here.
7. Mount Kinabalu – Malaysia
Distance: 8.72 km from the trailhead
Duration: 2 days
Best season: February to April
An enchanting view of Malaysia’s highest mountain Mount Kinabalu awaits you at 4,095 meters. The landscapes are mesmerizing, with a range of rainforest and sub-alpine vegetation around the summit. Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenes of the unique pinnacles.
This hike with rich biodiversity and challenging terrain offers a unique experience for the hikers. This place also holds religious significance for the Malay people.
Challenge yourself to a demanding climb of this mountain. Conquer this mountain and witness the dazzling sunrise from the top of Malaysia.
6. Chomolhari – Bhutan
Distance: 80 km from the trailhead
Duration: 10 days
Best season: March to June and October to November.
If you’re a seasoned hiker and love high altitude hiking, Chomolhari offers one of the best scenic views from the height of 4,950 meters. You will get to experience natural diversity first-hand, through deep meadows and vegetation as the hiking altitude furthers from 2,500 meters to 4,950 meters.
Experience the local lifestyle and indulge in rural surroundings. The locals are welcoming, and helpful, making your hike memorable. You will notice that most of the households have yaks as the main domestic animal.
You can wander around in the grasslands, cross glacial rivers, savor the spectacular view of Thimpu valley and Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountain. Blend in the rich culture of Bhutan and enjoy the natural vistas of the country that is also known as ‘The Kingdom of Happiness’.
It is recommended that you take precautions for altitude sickness as it may cause nausea, discomfort, and headaches.
5. Druk Path – Bhutan
Distance: 11 km
Duration: 7 days
Best season: March to June and September to November
It is one of the finest treks in Bhutan. Druk Path connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu. This path passes through magnificent blue pine forests, high ridges, and crystal clear lakes. Druk path also has the ancient monuments and buildings of Bhutan.
The hike also offers a glimpse of lhakhangs (monastries), Dzongs (fortresses) and local villages along with a jaw-dropping view of Mount Jumolhari and Mount Gangkar Puensum.
4. Rara lake – Nepal
Duration: 10 days
Best season: September to November
Rara is the largest lake of Nepal situated in the Far Western region of Nepal. Rara, also known as ‘Queen of Lakes’ is one of the least visited places in Nepal. It probably also is the most stunning lake in Nepal.
This trek takes you to the cultural and scenic adventure in a very remote part of Nepal. Rara lake is centered in the Rara National Park which is home to much diverse flora and fauna.
You can enjoy a peaceful time around the iconic Rara Lake surrounded by wilderness and distant mountain scenery.
3. Annapurna Circuit – Nepal
Distance: 230 km
Duration: 21 days
Best season: March to May and October to November.
This is one of the most famous trekking circuits in the world. The hike offers a delightful trekking experience around the entirety of the beautiful Annapurna Range of Nepal.
This route takes you through the variety of terrains complemented with mountain scene and religious exploration.
Make your way up to the Thorong La Pass at the height of 5,416 meters. This epic hike will take you across Kali Gandaki gorge, Tilicho Lake, Rupse waterfall before finally landing in the desert-like terrain of Manang-Mustang.
2. Mount Fuji – Japan
Distance and Duration: There are 4 trails to reach Mt. Fuji:
- Yoshida Trail – 2.3 km with an estimated 11 hours duration (ascent and descent)
- Subashiri Trail – 2 km with an estimated 13 hours duration (ascent and descent)
- Gotemba Trail – 1.4 km with an estimated 16 hours duration (ascent and descent)
- Fujinomiya Trail – 2.4 km with an estimated 11 hours duration (ascent and descent)
Best season: July to mid-September ( July 20 to the end of August is a very busy period )
Japan’s proud possession – Mt. Fuji stands at a height of 3,776 meters. One of the most famous hiking destinations in the world, this course presents a life-long memory to its visitors.The mountain looks as appealing from a distance as it looks from close. The top of Fuji offers you a 360-degree panorama of the Fujinomiya valley below.
Take precautions for altitude sickness while hiking your way up Mt. Fuji. Take your time and ascend gradually. The trails are well-marked and organized with mountain huts, and there are medical centers at different places along the trail. It will take you 2 days to ascend and return back, including a night stay at one of the mountain huts.
The trail to the summit is quite short and easy to climb. And good news for climbers, you don’t need to pay any fee to climb Mt. Fuji.
1. Everest Base Camp – Nepal
Distance: 130 km
Duration: 15 days
Best season: March to May and October to November.
Plan an amazing hiking trip to one of the most famous trekking destinations. This is a world-renowned destination and a part of the world’s tallest mountain – Mt. Everest (8848 meters).
Experience the local and unique Sherpa culture along your way up to the base camp. Advance your way up to the height of 5,600 meters at Kala Patthar. Bask in the awe-inspiring sight of the world’s tallest mountain standing right in front of you.
- 15. Lantau Peak – Hong Kong
- 14. Mount Pulag – Philippines
- 13. Sapa – Vietnam
- 12. Koh Phi Phi View Point – Thailand
- 11. Mount Hallasan – South Korea
- 10. Tiger Leaping Gorge – China
- 9. Chadar Trek, Ladakh – India
- 8. Langtang – Gosaikunda, Nepal
- 7. Mount Kinabalu – Malaysia
- 6. Chomolhari – Bhutan
- 5. Druk Path – Bhutan
- 4. Rara lake – Nepal
- 3. Annapurna Circuit – Nepal
- 2. Mount Fuji – Japan
- 1. Everest Base Camp – Nepal