Unforgettable trails around the world

Heading out on a thrilling adventure, traversing breathtaking landscapes, and immersing oneself in nature’s wonders are dreams shared by many outdoor enthusiasts. I’ve been on plenty of hikes, ranging from day hikes to multi-day treks, that will always remain in my memory. Let’s explore some of the most unforgettable trails around the world, where hikers can discover the beauty of diverse terrains, experience unique cultures, and create memories that last a lifetime. Get ready to be inspired and add these extraordinary trails to your bucket list!

The Inca Trail – Peru

The Inca Trail
Darren Edwards – The Inca Trail

Step back in time and follow the footsteps of the ancient Incas on the legendary Inca Trail in Peru. This iconic trek takes you through the majestic Andes, revealing ancient ruins, mystical cloud forests, and awe-inspiring vistas. The pinnacle of this journey is reaching the enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The Camino de Santiago – Spain

Camino de Santiago
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For those seeking a transformative pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago in Spain is an unparalleled experience. This historic trail, also known as the Way of St. James, offers several routes leading to the magnificent Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. As you walk in the footsteps of countless pilgrims, you’ll encounter charming villages, breathtaking landscapes, and a profound sense of spirituality.

The Appalachian Trail – United States

Appalachian Trail
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Stretching over 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) across the eastern United States, the Appalachian Trail is a mecca for long-distance hikers. This epic journey takes you through 14 states, encompassing diverse ecosystems, stunning vistas, and encounters with local wildlife. Whether you opt for a short section or tackle the entire trail, the Appalachian Trail promises unforgettable adventures and a deep connection with nature.

The Overland Track – Australia

The Overland Track
Darren Edwards – The The Overland Track

Escape to the pristine wilderness of Tasmania and embark on the unforgettable Overland Track. This 40-mile (65-kilometer) trek winds its way through ancient rainforests, past glistening lakes, and over rugged mountain ranges. Along the way, you’ll encounter unique flora and fauna, including the iconic wombats and wallabies, while reveling in the untouched beauty of the Australian landscape.

The Annapurna Circuit – Nepal

Annapurna Circuit
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Nestled in the Himalayas, the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is a trekker’s paradise. This challenging and visually stunning trail takes you through lush valleys, remote villages, and high mountain passes, offering panoramic views of the towering Annapurna range. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, witness ancient traditions, and conquer Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 17,769 feet (5,416 meters).

The Milford Track – New Zealand

Milford Track
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Venture into the heart of Fiordland National Park in New Zealand and discover the enchanting Milford Track. Known as the “finest walk in the world,” this 33.5-mile (53.5-kilometer) trail showcases cascading waterfalls, ancient forests, and dramatic fjords. As you navigate through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll be captivated by the natural splendor that inspired poets and adventurers alike.

Unforgettable trails beckon adventurous souls, offering extraordinary experiences and the chance to connect with nature and diverse cultures. Whether you embark on the historic paths of the Inca Trail and Camino de Santiago or explore the remote wilderness of the Appalachian Trail and Overland Track, these trails provide unique opportunities for personal growth, exploration, and lifelong memories. So lace up your hiking boots, pack your backpack, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey along these remarkable trails around the world.

13 thoughts on “Unforgettable trails around the world”

  1. I’ve done a couple of these. Planning to complete the Walkers Haute Route in the Swiss Alps in 2024. That looks like an amazing adventure.

  2. So far highlights have been the Overland Track and Three Capes in Tassie, and the Kumano Kodo in Japan.

    Next up, Mardi Himal in Nepal.

  3. Te Araroa, AAWT, Heysen Trail, Bibbulmun Track, Overland Track, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, Larapinta Trail, Great South West Walk, Great Ocean Walk, Wilsons Prom Southern Circuit, Grampians Peaks Trail, Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, and a few multi day pub crawls in Ireland and the UK.
    Hoping there will be more, but waiting to see how the broken ankle heals.

    • Jacinta Helen No wonder you broke your ankle. That’s a lol of excellent hikes. Or maybe it was the pub crawls that did it?

  4. Salkantay, Inca Trail, Kintyre Way, Ireland Way, wainwrights Coast to Coast, Camino de compostella, via de la Plata, Bibbulmun, Cape to Cape, Camino del Norte, Tour du Mont Blanc, The Overland Trail, Great South West Walk, Great Ocean Walk. My favourites would be Wainwrights Coast to Coast & The great South West Walk.

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