Hiking is a hobby that comes in many forms, from short day hikes to those that take you up to the summit of a mountain. The seven hikes in this gallery are walks of a lifetime. They include some of the planet’s most epic thru-hikes, that is, long-distance trails completed in their entirety. Some of these hikes take weeks, while others require months or even a year to complete. For anyone with a love of nature, boundless ambition and a good chunk of time at their disposal, these hikes are for you and your bucket list.
Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.