Discover the World's Most Beautiful and Remote Hiking Trails

Discover the World's Most Beautiful and Remote Hiking Trails
Simien Mountains. Courtesy of Trip Savvy

Rich Report takes you to some of the world's most remote corners, from the Arctic Circle to an ancient trade route in Nepal.

It is hard to break the cycle of chasing your next goal when you live in a hustle society. But, when we travel, we try to find quiet moments to appreciate the world around us and all it has to offer. You can do this by hiking the world's most beautiful and remote hiking trails, coming face-to-face with nature.

Traveling slowly is the way to see the world. With the innocent eyes of someone eager to be surprised, we explore mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, cliffs, beaches, monuments, towns, and much more at our own pace, either alone or with company.

The Arctic Circle, Greenland

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It's hard to beat the Arctic Circle trail if you are seeking solitude and nature. Greenland is the largest non-continental island in the world, yet there are only about 57,000 people living there, making it Earth's least densely populated nation.

In addition to being one of the most remote and least visited trails in the world, the Arctic Circle route crosses the land of a hundred lakes.

There are glaciers, snow-covered mountains, and great white plains within a distance of 25 to 30 miles of the Arctic Circle line. Despite its beauty, the region is also remarkably solitary, and you are likely to experience these marvels on your own – or at the very least with your own group.

There have only been 1,500 people to complete the route annually in recent years, making it one of the most beautiful places to walk away from home.

Hornstrandir Peninsula, Iceland

In Iceland, there are few people and the harsh environment shapes every aspect of life. In the western fjords, this is particularly true. The wild beaches and huge valleys are home to birds, sheep, arctic foxes, and marine animals that aren't bothered by humans at all.

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It is only by foot that you can visit Hornstrandir's mountains, fjords, meadows covered with grass and moss, and dramatic cliffs.

There is a 42-mile circular route connecting Hesteyri and Kögur that is the best way to do that. At Kögur, the last stop of the trail, the campsite comes with breathtaking ocean views. In the small towns that line the trail, houses huddle together for protection from the wind.

When you want to explore nature in near solitude, this is the ideal Icelandic route.

The Upper Mustang, Nepal

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There are a number of hikes and mountaineering paths in Nepal that hikers and mountaineers will enjoy exploring. To many people, Nepal is primarily known as a trekking destination, but there are other parts of the country that hikers and mountaineers will enjoy exploring as well.

Up until 2008, Upper Mustang was an independent kingdom, so you can find a unique introduction to Nepali life on the trails of the region. Today, it's a republic within Nepal, and you can experience the heart of this region profoundly influenced by both Nepalese and Tibetan culture over the course of a week or two walking the length of its 114-mile trail.

The trail follows an ancient trade route long used by salt and spice merchants between Tibet and India, and is dotted with Buddhist monasteries, caves, and magnificent mountains.

The Lut Desert, Iran

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It is possible for you to walk in Marco Polo's footsteps in this fascinating, little-known region of eastern Iran. In 2005, NASA recorded a surface temperature of around 71 degrees Celsius in the Lut Desert, also known as Dasht-e Lut. Travelers today will experience once one of the hottest spots on our planet.

A remarkable variety of geological formations can be seen along the Lut Desert route. These include salt plains, meteorite fields, and enormous natural sandcastles called kaluts.

Approximately 120 miles of the route are for experienced trekkers only.

The Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

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Walking trails along Africa's untamed and pure natural wonders are undoubtedly some of the best in the world.

With its topography and flora and fauna, Ethiopia is an unusual African country. As well as being one of the few African countries never colonized by a foreign power (though it was occupied by Italy for five years), it has towering mountains and natural contrasts.

Throughout the year, the landscapes here can range from extremely arid to lush and lushly green, depending on the time of year. The giant lobelias (an exotic plant that grows on African alpine peaks), the gelada monkeys, and Abyssinian goats are highlights in every season. The park's peaks tower over 13,000 feet, and the fields near it have been farmed by the same peoples for millennia.

A chance to hear their stories and learn about their lives will arise from sharing some injera, a fine bread made from fermented flour that is the center of most Ethiopian meals.

Dientes de Navarino, Chile

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As the southernmost such trail in the world, the Dientes de Navarino travels through the Tierra del Fuego region in Chilean Patagonia and passes through the southernmost part of that region. This circuit has irregular terrain, so hikers must be in good health in order to complete it.

Patagonia's sweeping plains, home to flora and fauna unique to the region, are worth the effort, however, since you can admire glaciers, alpine lakes, and fascinating rock formations. Additionally, hikers can see the famous Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams (Chile) and Ushuaia (Argentina), Nassau Bay, the Wollaston Islands, and the legendary Cape Horn in this part of the world.

The Lycian Way, Turkey

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Lycian Way, located in southwestern Turkey, is one of the world's most beautiful and historic hiking trails. It stretches for about 300 miles and passes through Mugla and Antalya provinces. Founder Kate Clow, a British resident of Turkey who had fallen in love with this region and its history, laid out the path in 1999.

You can find ancient tombs and other archaeological sites associated with the Lycian people by following the red-and-white trail markers for the Lycian Way - brave merchants, sailors, and soldiers who lived independently of the Greeks, Persians, and Romans for centuries. A number of prominent Greek and Roman sites are also located in the area.

The trail boasts a history spanning over two millennia and is set amidst a breathtaking natural landscape.

A plethora of magnificent locations beckon to be discovered, including immaculate beaches like Ölüdeniz, picturesque swimming spots such as the Blue Lagoon, and captivating towns like Fethiye, Kaş, and Çirali, all surrounded by Mediterranean forests, towering cliffs, and lofty peaks. Whether you traverse the length of this renowned trail, you are guaranteed to be greeted with a warm reception at every turn.

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