Have you ever wondered what a long and uninterrupted walk would feel like? A distance of 22,387 km, which is claimed to be the longest walking distance possible, starts from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan, Russia. If you decide to start a walking journey on this trail, it will take 587 days (if walked 8 hours a day) or 194 days of continuous walking.
Illustrating it on Google Maps in 2019 by the Reddit user cbz3000, this trail is equivalent to 13 round trips up and down Mount Everest. You will cross 16 countries, including Botswana, Zambia, South Sudan, Sudan, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Turkey and Georgia, meaning six time zones, covering the journey consisting of several seasons and weathers.
Starting from Cape Town in South Africa, you will reach Russia, passing through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Romania and Belarus. Beginning your journey from the coastal village of L’Agulhas and cutting through South Africa, the uninterrupted trail passes a few dangerous locations with high crime rates. When you reach Zimbabwe, the trail becomes exciting and challenging because of its varied and complex terrain.
Your next stops are Mozambique and Zambia. A stretched hike will take you to Uganda where you will cross national parks. Next up, you will arrive in South Sudan, which is considered one of the most dangerous countries of the world due to the armed conflict, robberies and other crimes taking place in certain areas. If you move ahead, you will enter Sudan and as you keep walking forward you will enter the Sahara Desert. Crossing the Desert is tougher, as there is no functional road that connects Sudan and Egypt. The stretch then leads you to Egypt. The trail first enters Jordan, then takes you through Israel and Syria, which is witnessing a civil war. Once you cross Syria, you will be walking through Turkey and Georgia. Once you exit from Georgia, you will enter your destination country Russia, which is in the grip of a harsh Siberian winter. Keep walking through Russia, you’ll finally reach Magadan.
Though long-distance walkers like George Meegan, Steven Newman and Dave Kunst have set remarkable examples by trudging across the world, there is no individual who has traversed on foot via this route as of now.