A collector of extraordinary experiences, our co-founder Kate Hudson is always dreaming up her next adventure. Naturally, when we asked her where she aspires to visit next, she reeled off a list of once-in-a-lifetime trips, treks and retreats—far too many to mention here—that ignited our own sense of wanderlust. Whittling down Kate’s list, here are 5 epic hikes from around the world that she (and we) would love to experience:
Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass, Iceland
A 50-mile journey through breathtaking volcanic landscapes, immense waterfalls—20 in the first 7 miles—green valleys and glacier views, this hike is undoubtedly one of the world’s most varied. With an average hiking time of 4 days, this trail is best visited in the summer months.
Kate’s Take: I imagine this feeling like you’re walking through another world.
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, USA
A 16-mile day-hike that ends at the top of Yosemite’s granite dome, this route is famous for its breathtaking views of Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall and the Yosemite Valley. Know before you go: the final 400-foot ascent requires a permit as the climb is completed using 2 metal cables.
Kate’s Take: I really love this hike. I hope I get to experience it with my boys when they’re older.
Inca Trail, Peru
The challenging 26-mile hike leading to Machu Picchu is one of the most traveled routes in the world. Passing through snow-capped mountains, lush jungle and beautiful ruins, the 5-day trek ends as you pass through the Sun Gate and witness the ancient city spread out at your feet.
Kate’s Take: Truly a place that I’ve always wanted to experience.
Pacific Crest Trail, USA
By far the most grueling trail on our list, this 2,650-mile hike through 3 states—California, Oregon and Washington—and 7 national parks takes between 6 and 7 months. If you have the time and the stamina, there’s no better way to experience the beauty of America first hand.
Kate’s Take: This appeals to the adventurer in me but is definitely on the “dream” list for now.
Bay of Fires, Australia
Winding along Tasmania’s white sand beaches and stunning turquoise coastline, this 16-mile hike can only be attempted with a special guided trip. The 4-day walk is broken up by overnight stays in comfortable lodges—complete with 3-course meals—for a more luxurious experience.
Kate’s Take: I’d love to make this into an extended walking meditation.