Destination: Caucasus Mountains
Length: 1,864 mi (3000 km)
Features: off-the-beaten path, historic relics and sites
Always dreamed of building a hiking trail? Now is your chance to join the passionate group of people bringing the Transcaucasian Trail to life.
While the full trail is not yet ready to be hiked, there are parts of it in Armenia and Georgia ready to be explored!
Follow in the footsteps of historic peoples, and learn about the famous Silk Road along the way. The region is famous as the birthplace of wine and having over 40 indigenous languages are spoken across the region!
The trail traverses the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains, which can only mean an abundance of awe-inspiring views at your fingertips. Head over to be one of the first!
Destination: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Length: 484 mi (780 km)
Features: pilgrimage, many possiblwe paths, easy
If you’re looking to simply disconnect from the chaos of the modern world and reunite with nature and yourself - Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is perfect. There are many different paths leading to the Santiago de Compostela and you can choose the length, difficulty, and scenery of your hike based on your needs and capabilities. The most popular is the French Way, starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
Walking any chosen Camino trail should be easily attainable for anyone who is determined. There are plenty of accommodation options and restaurants along the way, camping is also available for those seeking solitude and remoteness.
Camino de Santiago was first discovered in the 9th century when remains of St. James’ were found in Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrimage was most popular in 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries, although it declined in popularity later on. In the modern day, thousands of tourists are tempted to embark upon the pilgrimage solely because of the solitude and peace they find along the way.
Destination: Lhasa, Tibet
Length: 49 mi (80km)
Features: the first monastery in Tibet, high altitude, wildlife
This hike will take you from Ganden monastery, founded in the 15th century, to Samye, the first Buddhist temple. The hike is just as historical as it is spiritual. Samye Temple is a top destination for the Buddhists of Tibet, who hike thousands of miles to reach this sacred location.
During the hike, you’ll deepen your knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, along with the culture and religion of the area. You’ll hike across snow-capped mountain passes, verdant alpine meadows, and around turquoise-blue holy lakes, where you’ll meet the nomads who live at high altitudes. At the end, you’ll be rewarded by views of the oldest known Tibetan temple, standing solemnly in the surrounding barren desert.
While the trek might not be technically demanding, you shouldn’t underestimate it. You start your journey at 13,940 feet (4180m) above sea level and your body will need to acclimatize prior to ascending further. Halfway through the trek, you’ll reach the highest point - 17,224ft (5250m) above sea level, after which you’ll start descending towards your goal - Samye Monastery at 11,600ft (3540m). Previous hiking and camping experience at high altitude is necessary if you wish to go there by yourself. Otherwise, we recommend hiring a guide.