Hiking is about more than exercise, pleasant scenery or getting from A to B; putting one foot in front of the other for hours, days or even weeks on end creates a special sense of connection to a place.

Lonely Planet’s new book, Epic Hikes of the World, contains 50 of the best routes suggested by our writers. This selection of eight walks from the book should get you in the mood to lace up those boots and hit a trail, wherever you are.

The jagged peaks of the Fitz Roy range surround hikers on the Laguna de los Tres © Olga Danylenko / Shutterstock

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