Following Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides of the World (2016) and Epic Drives of the World (2017), the travel company has now released Epic Hikes of the World, uncovering adventures on foot for avid hikers.

Epic Hikes of the World showcases first-person narratives involving 50 of the world’s most spectacular hikes, selected by Lonely Planet’s pool of travel writers – from one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long treks, pacing through valleys and across international borders. At the end of each story, Lonely Planet has curated other suggestions for adventurous hikers. Featured Australian hikes include Sydney’s Seven Bridges (27 kilometres), The Great South West Walk (250 kilometres), Tasmania’s Three Capes Track (46 kilometres), Victoria’s Feathertop to Bogong Traverse (77 kilometres) and Indiana Jones and the Gold Coast (54 kilometres).

Covering almost every corner of the globe, Epic Hikes of the World features classics like the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA, the “W” Trek in Patagonia and several of New Zealand’s Great Walks, plus unexpected choices like a family hike in the French Pyrenees, empty stretches of the Great Wall of China and wildlife encounters on Zambian walking safari. Readers will also discover the invigorating hiking experiences on offer in the planet’s great cities, from the history and architecture along the Thames in London to the skyline trails of Hong Kong.

Epic Hikes of the World includes practical information on the best time of year to hike, how to get there, where to stay and what to eat. All hikes are coded according to difficulty, taking into account their duration, local conditions and possible inaccessibility. Full of beautiful photos and illustrated maps, Epic Hikes of the World offers hiking options for every experience level.

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