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10 unusual walking holidays for 2021

From trekking to the summit of Mount Etna to walking Japan's ancient Kumano Kodo trail, we have plenty of unusual walking holidays to choose from. Here are our top ten walking holidays that are guaranteed to amble beyond the traditional hiking trails next year.
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Madagascar Wilderness Trek

For a walking holiday with a difference, head to the exotic land of Madagascar. Immerse yourself in verdant rainforest, go in search of elusive lemur playing in the dense canopy of Ranomafana National Park and hike in the shadow of granite mountain peaks soaring into powder blue skies in Andringitra National Park.
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Azerbaijan Caucasus Walking

Head to the easternmost edge of Europe to discover wild landscapes and age-old traditions in Azerbaijan. A hike to Xinaliq, the highest inhabited village in Azerbaijan's Caucasus Mountains, will reveal an insight into remote highland life. Have lunch with a local family to learn about their unique language and listen to fascinating tales of yesteryear.
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Sicilian Volcano Hike with Luca Cosma

Feel your heart race as you reach the summit and gingerly peer into the crater of Europe's highest active volcano, Mount Etna. This is just one of three active volcanoes we'll explore on this trip and our specialist volcanology guide, Luca Cosma, enlightens us with his fascinating and in-depth knowledge of the lunar landscape. 
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Walking in Kyrgyzstan

Journey around the vast ethereal shores of Lake Issyk Kul in the shadow of the mighty Tien Shan mountains. The saline waters gently lap the shoreline and, despite the sub-zero air temperatures in winter, they never freeze. From ancient petroglyph rock carvings and the skilled eagle hunters of Djety-Oguz valley to the old Russian military outpost of Karakol city, this is a hiking trip that goes way beyond the typical tourist trails. 
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Walking Albania

Lose yourself amongst the lesser-known trails of Albania's northern Alps where wildflower meadows and fertile valleys sit in the shadow of the towering Accursed Mountains. Feel like you're a world away from life back home as you hike along quiet back roads and through alpine forests, and stop for a picnic lunch to watch hardy local shepherds living off the land and tending to their precious herds.
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Walk Japan - Kumano Kodo Trail

With every step along the ancient pilgrimage trail of Kumano Kodo, feel the stress and worries of modern life melt away as you embrace the Japanese practice of forest bathing in this serene natural world. Giant camphor trees soar towards the sky, and sweeping views of the Hatenashi Mountain Range reveal emerald-green hillsides and silvery clouds of swirling mist hanging in the valleys. 
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Hiking in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Uncover an unspoilt and authentic slice of Central American life in the highlands of Nicaragua. Ascend the distinctive slopes of El Hoyo on foot to enjoy panoramic views over the volcanic Los Maribios mountain range and spot the rippling waters of Lake Managua trembling in the foothills of Masaya's bubbling crater.
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Trekking Ethiopia's Simien Mountains

Trek into the remote Simien Mountains of northern Ethiopia for a walking experience like no other. Keep a look out for native Gelada monkey and Simien fox as you traverse a criss-cross maze of dusty trails, pass rocky plateaus, climb towering peaks and clamber through deep gorges towards the foot of Ethiopia's highest peak, Ras Dashen. 
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Azores Island Hopping

For verdant hillsides, glistening seas, active volcanoes and exotic wildlife, head to the Azores. Start your hike at the top of the 700-metre high ridge of Sao Jorge and descend through the luminous grassy gorge of Caldeira de Cima towards the sapphire-blue waters of the Atlantic. Meander around the rocky coastline above the crashing waves and follow the beautiful hydrangea-lined path to the aquamarine lagoon at Faja dos Cubres. 
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Hiking in the Caucasus

Step back in time as you trek through Georgia's Svaneti region. Grassy meadows cloak the hillsides, and mighty glaciers slide down the valleys toward inky-blue lakes and rivers, while oxen plough the fields. Home to remote indigenous communities, spend the night with a local Svan family in the colourful mountain village of Ushguli to learn about their unique lifestyle and see how they still honour age-old traditions, even today. 
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Not sure where to go next on a walking trip? Browse our full range of Walking and Trekking trips for inspiration. From easy-going walks in Europe to volcano hikes in Central America and mountain treks in Nepal, we've got trips to suit all preferences and abilities.
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