Guided walking tours of 80 trails, 38 countries and 6 continents. The book has chapters with titles like The Way of the Pilgrim and To Walk in Wilderness. Hikes include Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan, The Milford Track in New Zealand and the Lost Coast Trail in the US. Each hike contains information on history, culture and environment. Lots of gorgeous photos too.
— Sarah Knight
A hiker's dream bucket list is embodied in this lavishly illustrated celebration of more than eighty of the world's most iconic trails. Celebrating the most important, popular, and diverse hiking trails in the world, this book invites readers to take a walking tour through the planet's natural wonders. Divided into six sections, the book groups trails by theme: pilgrimages, historic hikes, mountain hikes, wilderness trails, trails through diverse environments, and long-distance trails. From Mount Kenya to subarctic hikes in Scandinavia, and from exotic hikes in the Himalayas to more familiar trails in the United States and Canada, this book invites readers to explore the history, environment, and cultures of the world on foot. Each featured trail has its own section, with a map and photo gallery focusing on what makes it one of the most magnificent hiking trails anywhere in the world. Included are detailed descriptions and trail highlights. This book is perfect for anyone interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, or the myriad ways that walking through a landscape is an intimate exploration of its soul.
About the Author
Karen Berger has hiked more than 17,000 miles all over the world, including thru-hikes of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails, and is the author of twelve books on hiking, including Rizzoli's award-winning America's Great Hiking Trails. Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and writer who frequently contributes to the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Outside. The American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience.