Lonely Planet names world’s most epic hikes

From Kilimanjaro to the Skyline Trail, the publisher has selected the 50 best trips for active travellers

There truly isn’t a better way to explore foreign countries, as well as the surroundings of your own home, than hiking. Strolling around the hills and countryside with your backpack on can take you away from your daily office life like no other activity.

Cape Town – South Africa

“As the hike circles  Lion’s Head, you get a never-changing view of the city, the coast, the port and Table Mountain,” — Shutterstock Lonely Planet names world’s most epic hikes
“As the hike circles Lion’s Head, you get a never-changing view of the city, the coast, the port and Table Mountain” – Shutterstock

The world offers an uncountable number of locations where you can just walk around meeting almost no one the whole day. Lonely Planet has now selected 50 the most epic of them in a new publication with 150 further suggestions.

“From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic,” Lonely Planet describes the newly published guidebook.

Whether you are a skilled climber or just a newbie, the guide has you covered. The hiking trails are listed according to its difficulty, based on duration, accessibility and overall local conditions.

Skyline Trail – Alberta, Canada

Skyline Trail in Alberta’s Jasper National Park is one of the most appreciated hiking spots not only in Canada — Shutterstock Lonely Planet names world’s most epic hikes
Skyline Trail in Alberta’s Jasper National Park is one of the most appreciated hiking spots, and not only in Canada – Shutterstock

The guidebook also comes up with recommendations on the best time of year to attempt each trail, as well as specification about directions, accommodations and where to find the best food.

From Africa, the book suggests the iconic tours such as the climb to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or a trail over all the Three Peaks above Cape Town in one day.

“As the hike circles Lion’s Head, you get a never-changing view of the city, the coast, the port and Table Mountain,” the guide describes the South African route.  

Skyline Trail in Alberta’s Jasper National Park is one of the most appreciated hiking spots not only in Canada, but in the whole continent. At 44 kilometres long, much of the hike is actually located above the treeline which gives you a skyline feeling.

Lake District – United Kingdom

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In Europe, walk through the Lake District in the United Kingdom – Duncan Andison / Shutterstock.com

Angel’s Landing in Utah’s Zion National Park and a trail over the Concepción volcano in Nicaragua are places North America has to offer.

If you feel like walking over the mountains of Europe, Lonely Planet suggests you to either try the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of Saint James, or the walk through the Lake District in the United Kingdom and a hike through the Alpine Pass Route in Switzerland.

Another outstanding pilgrimage lies no the Japanese island of Shikoku. The trail connects 88 Buddhist temples associated with a monk called Kukai and belongs to the longer routes the guide has to offer. The standard walking distance is approximately 1,200 kilometres, which can take up to 60 days.

Shikoku pilgrimage – Japan 

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The standard walking distance of Shikoku pilgrimage is approximately 1,200 kilometres, which can take up to 60 days – Sarin Kunthong / Shutterstock

The publisher also highlights the Great Wall of China and the walk through the Markha Valley in India as other perks of Asia.

Sydney’s Seven Bridges Walk in Australia, New Zealand’s Routeburn Track and the Kokoda Track are the best trails from Oceania featured in the book.