Have you ever dreamed of going for a hike and just being surrounded by nature for hours or even days on end, no sign of other human life around at all?
With our planet now home to around 7.6 billion people it can seem pretty hard to find your own slice of the earth to enjoy all on your own.
If though you really do crave that kind of alone feeling, a space just for you and your thoughts, then we’ve selected five of the most remote places to go walking.
These places can be a real challenge to reach, really hard work to walk alone and much more challenging than you’d ever realise, but the sense of aloneness and peace would be quite incredible and definitely worth the effort.
1.Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is home to a vast amount of beautiful wildlife with around 90% of of all plant and animal species endemic to the country. The island was isolated from the rest of the world for 88 million years which explains the incredible and unique wildlife that it holds within its beautiful and unspoilt countryside.
The Avenue of Baobabs is a striking group of Baobabs trees lining a dirt road between Morondava and and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region of Western Madagascar.
Unlike a tree you’ll find anywhere else in the world these trees are special. If you go in the day time you may not find yourself alone, but venture there in the dark, ready for sunrise and not only will you be treated to a truly stunning location to see the sun come up, but you’ll likely be alone in your thoughts, having the whole avenue to yourself. This is one of the remote places to go walking that you really won’t forget in a hurry.
2.Upper Mustang, Nepal
Nepal is a magical country set along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountains, landlocked between India and Tibet. This small country is known for its mountain peaks and has ten of the highest peaks in world, including Mount Everest.
It is no wonder then that it would be one of the most remote places to go walking on the earth.
Mustang is an isolated area within the Nepalese Himalayas and Upper Mustang was actually a demilitarised zone up until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world. The valleys are arid and dry with colourful rock formations and with only around 700 trekkers there per year you can expect plenty of peace and tranquility.
3.Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
The Tuamotus Islands are a chain of around 80 islands and beautiful atolls that really have to be seen to be believed. Located in the Pacific Ocean it covers an area the size of Western Europe.
These islands have a real sense of being off the grid and are stunningly beautiful. There are too many walks to even begin trying to explain but think of nature at its finest, surrounded by unspoilt coral reefs that are abundant with sea life. The waters are as blue as you can imagine and the sand is like powder.
It does bring to mind an idea of a romantic destination and of course you will find plenty of honeymooners enjoying these islands, but they certainly offer beautiful, remote places to go walking that for those who love island life and sensational beaches will really provide a little piece of paradise some seriously remote places to go walking.
Easter Island has always held quite a mystical and magical feel for those who have or haven’t visited. The mystery of the stone figures, known as Moai, remain to this day and the island is really like nowhere else on this earth.
Rapa Nui National Park is a protected Chilian area on the island housing the 887 stone figures and is a World Heritage Site meaning you will be hit with a hefty entrance fee, but it really is worth every penny.
The island is 2075km from the nearest land mass and has rocky shores, green pastures and many wildflowers, volcanic hills and barren landscape. There is a real sense of being a million miles away from the rest of the world on Easter Island which is what makes it such a remote place to go walking. There is serene feel to the island that you’ll really only understand if you pay Easter Island a visit.
5.Duntulm Castle, Isle of Skye
As far as remote places to go walking go, this is quite something. Perhaps not the usual spot to visit if you take a trip to the Isle of Skye, but the peace and solitude of the area will amaze you.
The view of the ruin of Duntulm Castle is dramatic, standing on a sheer cliff edge looking across to the Isle of Lewis in the distance.
What remains of the castle now are outer walls and a small tower which once stood four storeys high. There is a rectangular house in one corner that looks as though it could collapse at any moment, this is a real ruin of a castle that sends the imagination into overdrive about what this place could have been like in the distant past.
There is a sort of eerie atmosphere around the ruins and looking out to sea, that almost sends a shiver down your spine when you’re there alone. It’s a thought provoking spot that is as beautiful as it is mysterious.
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