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          “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

― John Muir,

    Hiking is an amazing activity that a traveller can do, which brings out the weaknesses and happiness in them. Whether you are trekking along the country side or hiking the epic trails in Himalayas, you will feel ever more connected with the nature. Every year millions of travellers hike the planet, battling with the harsh environment, tough terrain or the altitude, they make tremendous efforts to reach the destination, it may take couple of hours to months to crack down the trails, but at the end the results are really spectacular.  Hiking is an amazing experience, one that can transform your life and attitude.

Here are some of the epic trails in the world, deeply connected with our culture and past that really demands the extreme human endurance, passion and patience.


1.Mount Kailash Pilgrimage trail, Tibet

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Mount Kailash is a place to visit in Tibet, is one of the holiest places of Hindus, this magnificent mountain is a sacred place for 4 more religions such as Buddhists, Jains and Ayyavazhi.  Set in the spiritual landscape of natural beauty the mountain is 22,028 feet high and thousands of travellers visit this incredible tourist spot every year.  Mount Kailash is situated in an isolated part of the Tibet autonomous region of China. It is an absolutely wonderful experience to travel to Mount Kailash as the road is blessed with beautiful landscapes, blue skies and seeing the mountain from far away is a great bliss. The Manasarowar Lake and Monster Lake are the famous places to see on the way to Mount Kailash. The trek can take up to 6 days but the original trek starts from a trails starts from Darchen, a small town. About 30 minute drive from Darchen lies the place called Yamadwar the starting point of the trekking, from here the travellers must walk or they can ride on horses.  The trekking trail is known as Kora and it is 32 miles long. Even though the spiritual travellers includes the major portion of the people who visit this magnificent mountain, but it is also best for normal adventure seekers.

Best time to visit

April to September

Duration of trek

Length of the Kora trail 32 miles, can take up to to 6 days. 



2. Israel National Trail, Israel

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Israel National trail or INT is one of the longest hiking trails in the world, which crosses the entire Israel.  This magnificent trail is blessed with some of the best places to visit in Israel as it covers the whole country.  This trekking trail is best for long-distance hikers with high endurance level due to the fact that, the path has a length of 1000 kilometres and it can take up to 60 days to complete the trekking.  The climate is harsh as it can go as high as 100°F, but the trail is full of amazing desert landscapes, ancient history and rich culture.  The hiking trail passes through the Sea of Galilee, f River Jordan, Mediterranean beaches north of Tel Aviv and the southern terminus ends in the resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea. INT is rich in wildlife as well, which includes the Nubian Ibex, a wild goat, hyrax deer, fox, hyenas, wolves, camel and few poisonous animals such as Israeli Mole Viper and the Death-stalker scorpion.  The trail is divided into 12 sections, travellers can either choose to cover it one by one in short trips or cover it in a single stretch.

Best time to visits

 February to May

Duration of the trek

Distance: 1000 kilometres, can take up to  6-8 weeks, 


3. North Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa.

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Located in the Royal Natal National Park of South Africa, the Drakensberg Mountains is one of the most beautiful places to visit in South Africa.  It is the highest mountain range in South Africa with a height of 3428 meters. Every year thousands of travellers come here to hike this trails, which is among the top ten walks in the world.   This amazing landscape is in the list of UNESCO heritage site and it is rich in flora and fauna.  The highest peaks of the mountain gives the dramatic views of the valleys. The major places to see during the hiking includes the rock paintings in the caves of Rat hole cave and Cannibal caves, apart from that the travellers can also see the magical uKhahlamba (barriers of spear) and the mighty Tugela falls the second highest waterfall, which has a height of 3110 feet. The trek starts from the Northern side of Drakensberg and it can take up to 9 days to cover the whole trek. The hiking strenuous so the travellers must be really prepared for the trek.


Best time to visit

March to May

Duration of the trek 

9 days 


 It is not good to hike alone or camp in remote places. 

4. Cinque Terre, Sentiero Azzuro, Italy

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Cinque Terre is beautiful place to see in Italy, it is one of the famous tourist spots in Europe. Cinque Terre is a line of medieval seaside villages located on the coast of Italian Riviera, in the \Liguria region of Italy to the west of the city of La Spezia. Cinque Terre has five villages such as Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, the five villages and the hillside park are called Cinque Terre National Park and it is listed in UNESCO World Heritage site. The magnificent villages of the Cinque Terre is home to the famous Blue Trail, also called as Trail No.2.  Cinque Terre is a pedestrian paradise, the seven miles long hiking trail is blessed with postcard perfect landscapes and colourful homes, making it one of the beautiful hiking trails in the world.  The Blue Trail passes through the rocky Ligurian coastline, amazing vineyards that produces the Cinque Terre white wine and the bright houses that are stacked on top of each other in the blue background of sea and sky.  There are other alternative routes that offer adventurous trekking experience, this trail is best for romantic travellers and families with kids.

Best time to visit 

The spring and early fall is best, it gets crowded during summer. Worst time is during August.

Duration of the trek

7 miles, can cover the distance in one day.

5. Yoshida Trail in Mount Fuji, Japan

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Mount Fuji is one of the best places to visit in Japan, every year thousands of travellers visit Japan to conquer the mighty Fuji Mountain that still shows its anger ever now and then.  Mount Fuji, UNESCO World Heritage Site has a height of 12,389 feet, the highest mountain in Japan, best known for its difficult hiking trails. This holy mountain is one of the most climbed mountains in the world, an icon of Japan located on the Honshu Island this active volcano has a hiking trails that are so difficult to conquer.  Even though the Mount Fiji has various trekking trail is Yoshida Trail.  It is one of the worst trails in the world, but that doesn’t stop the travellers from exploring the summit.  Even though it is a difficult trek, but once you reach the top the view is amazing.  Most of its trails are packed with travellers, but Gotem ba Trail is less crowded, this 10 miles trail has 4723 vertical feet climb, which requires immense endurance.

Best time to visit

June to September

Duration of the trek

8 miles, can take up to 2 days to cover the trail.


6. Santa Cruz Trek, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

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Most of the travellers must have heard about the famous Inca trail, but Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Peru has a trail known as Santa Cruz Trek, which is one of the best trekking routes in the world.  Cordillera Blanca has 33 peaks with a height of 5500 meters, which makes it one of the most concentrated collections of summits in the Western Hemisphere.  Huascaran is the highest mountain in the region with a height of 22,205 feet, covered in white snow this mountains put on a magnificent display.  Even though there are various trekking trails, Santa Cruz is the best way to experience the sheer beauty of Cordillera Blanca. The Santa Cruz trail passes through beautiful valleys, waterfalls and thick forest, which gives an insight into the unique wildlife that inhabits the mountain. These White Mountains are home to the famous Condor vultures. The Santa Cruz trail has always remained under the shadow of the magnificent Inca trail, but compared to the crowded Inca trail the 30 mile long Santa Cruz trail is less crowded and gives a peace of mind to the trekkers. One added benefit of the Santa Cruz trail is that travellers do not have to book in advance to visit this place but to visit the ancient Inca trail booking must be made in advance.   Even though it is a 30 miles trek once you reach the top of the mountains the view is breath-taking.

Best time to visit

April to September

Duration of trek

50 km, it can take up to 4 days to cover the trail


Always use the help of a guide  


7. Hayduke Trail, Utah and Arizona

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This trekking trail is not for the faint hearted as the trail stretches over 800 miles and passes through two states namely Utah and Arizona.  Hayduke Trail traverse through some of the most jagged and spectacular landscapes on planet and the trail extremely challenging. Hayduke Trail has 14 sections and it passes through 6 national parks such as Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef,

Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, which makes it an amazing trail.  Apart from that this amazing trekking route traverse through Grand Staircase-Escalante National

Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and numerous National Forests, BLM Districts, Primitive Areas, Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas. Mount Ellen in the Henry mountain has a height of 11,420 feet is the highest peak on this trail, the famous Grand Canyon is the part of this trail where the height plunges down to 1800 feet.

Best time to visit

Spring and fall are best, avoid summer and winter.

Duration of trek

800 miles can take up to 4 months to complete.

Travelers can explore the 14 sections separately.


8.  Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass, Iceland

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The breath-taking but tough trail of Laugavegurinn is the most famous trekking trail in Iceland. The 55 kilometre hiking trail connect two nature reserves namely Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk Frozen rivers, snow fields, volcanic terrain, colourful mountains, hot springs and lakes make it one of the most beautiful and exciting trails on Earth. The final stage of hiking from Fimmvörðuháls to Skógar passes through various waterfalls and ends up in the 200 foot high waterfall of Skógafoss, an amazing waterfall. The maximum altitude of hike is 3600 feet and the weather is extreme and the terrain is tough so be prepared for a tough hike.

Best time to visit

The Laugavegurinn opens late in June and closes in early September.

Duration of trek

55 kilometres, it can take up to 4-5 days to cover the whole trail.


9. Continental Divide Trail, USA. 

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Continental Divide Trail or CDT is located in the United States of America, a scenic trail that has a total length of 5000 km and passes through five American states such as Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.  Apart from that, the CDT passes through national parks such as Yellowstone National Parks, Rocky Mountain and Glacier, which makes it a unique trail in the world. This thru-hike trail has 2268 miles of completed trails, which makes the 70% of the trail and the rest of 832 trails are not routed.

Best time to visit

This trail requires flexibility due to weather, but most of the travellers start from New Mexico in the spring and reach the Canadian border before the fall.

Duration of the trek

5000 kilometres, Spring- Fall


 10. Bibbulmun Track, Australia

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Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s greatest long distance hiking trails, which stretches over 1000 kilometres. The Bibbulmun Track has divided into 58 sections, it starts from Kalamunda in the Perth hills and passes through scenic landscape of the south west of Western Australia. This epic trail is only for walkers, there are 49 shelters along the trail and the way has been clearly marked by the Waugal trail markers.  The trekking trail begins from the forest of Marri and Jarrah located 45 minutes away from Kalamunda, but remember you have to walk from Kalamunda to reach the mouth of the trail. The Bibbulmun Track provides extensive range of experiences, from a leisure walk to enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural environment, to a mammoth two months adventure. Travellers who walk every step of the way can be registered as end-to-enders. Camping out in the open increases the excitement of this trail. Bibbulmun Track is blessed with wild animals and plants, some of these animals are poisonous and dangerous, so care must be taken to deal with the animals.

Best time to visit

September- November

Duration of the trek

1003 kilometres, it can take up to two months to cover the whole trail.


11. GR20, Corsica, France

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GR20 is a 180 kilometre long trek, it is known as one of the toughest hiking trails in Europe. The trail includes 180 kilometres crossing Corsica's steepling spine,  Nineteen thousand metres of ascent and descent, 15 days walking for a minimum of six hours a day , makes it l one of the hardest hiking routes in  Europe.  This trail requires correct level of fitness and climbing techniques.  The trail has two sections namely, Northern part and Southern part. The northern part is the most difficult and beautiful part because of the steep and rocky paths, it starts in Calenzana and stops in Vizzavona.  The southern part begins from Vizzavona to Conca and it is easier, but less amazing compared to northern part, except the Coscione plateau. Cirque de la solitude is the most dramatic and dangerous part of this trail, where the hikers must face a 300 meter vertical descent, if the travellers are not careful it can become deadly.


Best time to visit

 Late June and early September, July or August is crowded.

Duration of the trek

180 kilometres and it can take up to 15 days to reach the end of the trail.


12. Great Himalaya Trail, Nepal

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Great Himalaya Trail is the holy grail of trekking, stretching over 1700 km this trail really needs time and endurance.  This epic trail explores various countries such as India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan.  Travellers must trek for 157 days to complete the trail, it traverse through eight of the world's 14 peaks over 8,000m, including Everest, and cross passes reaching up to 6,000m, climbing a total of 150,000m, which makes it one of the most  amazing trails in the world.  Just like the unforgiving Mount Everest GHT also put forward tough challenges to the hikers.  The ascending and descending the high passes, including the Sherpani Pass 20,128 feet, West Col 20,154 feet and Amphu Laptsa Pass 19,193 feet, between Everest and Makalu is really a tough nut to crack. The enchanting beauty of the landscape combined with amazing wildlife, which includes endangered snow leopard, herds of blue sheep, yaks in the peaks, takins and red pandas in the forest makes it the real holy grail of trekking trails.

Best time to visit

Weather is a big problem in GHT, October and April

Duration of the trek

1700 km, it can take anywhere between 157 days to 162 days to complete the trail.


13. International Appalachian Trail

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International Appalachian Trail is 3058 km long trail that passes through U.S., Canada, Greenland, Scotland, Spain and Morocco. This epic trail was proposed by Richard Anderson in 1994, which connects the prehistoric mountain range that was part of the super-continent of Pangea.

Best time to visit


Duration of the trek

3058 kilometres, the duration of the trek is not confirmed.


14.  The Snowman Trek, Bhutan

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The Snowman Trail stretches over 200 miles and it will take at least 25 days to complete this tough trail.  The Snowman trail is one of the higest altitude treks due to the fact that the trail passed through  six mountains over 7000 metres (23,100 ft. ) which the trek passes beneath and crossing nine passes over 4500m (15,850 ft. ).  This trek is really challenging as the weather is highly unpredictable and altitude can make the hikers sick, that is the reason only half of the travellers are able to finish the trek.  Even though it is one of the toughest treks in the world, but whoever undertakes it will be rewarded with incredible experience. The trek passes through some of the remote valleys of Bhutan, pristine landscapes, fascinating Buddhist culture and incredible wildlife makes it a memorable trekking.

Best time to visit

October and April

Duration of the trek

200 miles, it can take 25- 30 days to cover the whole trail.


Are you ready for your next hiking trip? If not, you better get ready.   


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