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5 Thru-hikes to Explore Throughout the Middle East, Canada, and South America

The Middle East, Canada, and South America are all beautiful places to thru-hike! Our 5 hiking guides provide a diverse array of beautiful hikes.

Stephanie Stuehler      Trails      05/12/2021

Stephanie Stuehler

Trails

05/12/2021

The Middle East

Israel National Trail

1. Israel National Trail

The Israel National Trail crosses the entire country of Israel. The trail begins at Kibbutz Dan, near the Lebanese border in the northernmost region of the country, and extends to Eilat at the southernmost tip of Israel on the Red Sea. The INT traverses a wide variety of ecosystems ranging from stunning desert craters, expansive beaches, to lush coniferous forests.

Explore the Israel National Trail

2. Jordan Trail

Travel through desert history, culture, and stunning landscapes on the Jordan Trail. The Jordan Trail is a rugged and historic route that crosses the entire country of Jordan. It runs along parts of ancient trading routes and intersects with the King’s Highway that stretched from Egypt to Aqaba and then north to Damascus, and is said to have been travelled by many ancient people, including such historic figures as Jesus, Moses, and Muhammad. The Jordan Trail stretches from the Fertile Crescent in the North to the edge of the Arabian Desert and the Red Sea in the South. The trail travels through a multitude of villages, allowing hikers to experience rich culture, natural beauty, and vivid history. The project is supported by numerous groups, including volunteers, Bedouin tribes, and local hiking enthusiasts.

Explore the Jordan Trail

Canada

3. Great Divide Trail

The Great Divide Trail traverses the Continental Divide between Alberta and British Columbia as its unsigned route wanders the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies for more than 1100 km (680 mi). As one of the most challenging and breathtaking long-distance trails in the world, the Great Divide Trail offers a wilderness experience through some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. It is an unforgettable adventure for any thru-hiker, backpacker, or day-hiker to take on.

Explore the Great Divide Trail

4. International Appalachian Trail

The International Appalachian Trail (IAT) began in 1994 with the goal of creating a walking trail that followed the Appalachian Mountains from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Cap Gaspe, Quebec. Since then the IAT has grown to over 5000mi/8000km in length and include trails in 13 countries on three continents around the North Atlantic. Our IAT Guide includes the three original sections of the trail: Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec.

Explore the International Appalachian Trail

South America

5. Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine includes the “O” and “W” routes of Torres del Paine National Park in the heart of Chilean Patagonia. Known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs cleaving from glaciers, and golden grasslands full of rare wildlife; this trail is a world-class experience.

Explore the Torres del Paine

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Photo courtesy of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association

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As the makers of Guthook Guides, Bikepacking Guides, and Cyclewayz, we help you navigate the most popular trails around the world on your smartphone. Our hiking guides and biking guides work completely offline. Let Guthook guide your next adventure!

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About the Author

Stephanie Stuehler

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland Stephanie longed to one day see the Rockies. Upon receiving her Bachelors in Fine Arts with a track in graphic design she and her Frenchie, Nugget, decided to drive 1,677 miles, sight unseen to colorful, Colorado. She was left speechless (and winded) from her first hike in Idaho Springs. Steph has a huge passion for design and all things style. In her free time she enjoys working out or hiking in Boulder! Colorado is Stephanie’s happy place.