Would You Take The World’s “Longest Uninterrupted Walk”? Fourteen Thousand Miles Kicks Off 2023’s Year Of Wild Hikes!

Who’s Up For A Good Walk To Kick Off 2023?

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to hike even more than I have in the past few years, and what better way than the world’s longest hike?

Grab some new tennis shoes because I am fascinated by this post by “Interesting Engineering” – what’s thought to be the longest non-stop walk you can take on the planet! 

Yes, It’s 14,000 Miles One Way!

This map shows what is potentially the world’s “longest uninterrupted walk” from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan, Russia. 

According to Google Maps, the walk would take 4,492 hours to complete and includes 187 full days of NON-STOP, 24 HOURS A DAY walking!

For slackers like me, if you walk 3 miles per hour and walk for 10 hours a day, it would take you over 466 days to pull this trip off – that allows some time to see the sights, have some great food and drink along the way, you get the idea!

The world’s longest walk begins in L’Agulhas, South Africa, a gorgeous seaside town at the bottom of the world! They are proud of the fact, as you can see by this sign:

I think I’d have to spend a few days getting to know this area before heading north toward Russia…then, it’s straight up the continent of Africa, into the Middle East while you sort by the southern edge of the Mediterranean, and head into Central Europe…

Check Out The World’s Marble Capital!

If you took a quick detour to the right, you could head to Turkmenistan, home to the world’s largest collection of marble buildings!

Want to see more? Click here to see this unique country:

OK, back on the road again – we still have some walking to do! 

Let’s check the map again:

As you can see, once you get to Russia it appears to be quite the slog to the northeast, lots of walking to go until you reach the town of Magadan:

Welcome To Magadan!

Here is what you’ll find when you arrive in Magadan by the way:

Oh, and what do you pack for the world’s longest walk?

The article says you’d need to carry or obtain a wide range of gear: you’d need to be ready for the desert, the rainforest, extreme cold, as well as “body armor for the sections through anarchic or war-torn regions like South Sudan.” 

Add the dangers of Russia right now and that’s some serious “food for thought” isn’t it?

Oh, and then there’s this: Brilliant Maps notes you’d ascend more than 385,000 feet and descend roughly the same amount, which is like going up and down Everest 13 times!

Well, if I ever did this, it would be to see some of the world’s greatest natural wonders, but for now, I’ll keep to the blissful wonders of the world’s greatest park:

Central Park is an oasis in the middle of worlds “fastest moving city”…where else can you “ramble” in a part of the part named that?

Check out “The Ramble”:

It was all part of my 196 block tour of the park…all part of my “Hitch Hiking” series…see it all here:

As I said, my wife and I have been on a hiking frenzy the past few years, like when we hiked the caldera on the greek island of Santorini:

While 8+ miles doesn’t seem far, it was 94 degrees at the time!

Click here to see where we hiked and how we did:

Alex also thought it would be fun to hike up America’s most dangerous hiking trail:

It was a wild hike, and you can see some of the highlights – and I mean they were “HIGH” – by clicking here:

Yes, many hikes, and on my birthday, a “via ferrata” as well:

Yes, my birthday present was a trip straight up the inside of an “iron path” in Utah!

500+ feet straight up, using iron rungs and suspension bridges…like this one I crossed:

Click here to see more terrifying moments!

So, let’s make 2023 another exciting adventure!

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20 replies

  1. I like walking, but I think I’ll pass on this one! Kudos to anyone who takes on the challenge though.

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  2. Magadan! Mom went there but didn’t walk! 🙂

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  3. That is fascinating! Up and down Mt. Everest 13 times puts it into perspective.

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  4. Yes! I would take this walk and maybe I will.

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  5. it is simply amazing, and what an adventure of a lifetime it would be! if you do it, I’d so look forward to reading your posts!

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  6. I love walking, but preferably ending up back at my house. There could be a lack of comfort stops and places to have dinner along the way, but I would get some good photos for my blog!

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  7. John, I might give those ‘war-torn’ regions a miss! I wonder if anyone has done this walk recently? It would certainly be the journey of a lifetime!
    Best wishes, Pete.


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