What Is the Longest Walkable Distance on Earth?

If you ever hit a some-fraction-of-your-life crisis and decide you want to walk across the planet for a while, then have we got the trail for you! It’s the longest walkable distance between two points on Earth, and the sightseeing through the numerous countries and multiple continents it involves will no doubt be spectacular. Also, you’ll probably never make it to the finish line ’cause there will be a lot of things trying to kill you.

In the video above (via Laughing Squid), YouTuber RealLifeLore shows the longest walkable distance between two points on Earth, barring any patches of water that could require some kind of craft. RealLifeLore, who gives “[a]nswers to questions that you’ve never asked,” notes that he arrived at his estimation for longest walkable distance using Google Maps, albeit with manual tweaks to the route in order to bypass the aforementioned impassable-by-foot bodies of agua.

But how long is this longest-ever walkable distance across Earth’s surface? Well, it’s just — insert Ron Popeil voice — 14,334 miles! Wow! It’s hard to put that mondo 14,334-mile figure into context, but RealLifeLore notes in the video that it’s equivalent to the distance from the bottom to the top of Mt. Everest multiplied 14 times. It’s also more than half of Earth’s total 24,901-mile circumference. In terms of time, Jules Winnfield-ers taking on the journey would be looking at about 194 days of continuous non-stop walking. At a normal pace (about 12.5 miles/day), it would take more than three years.


But it’s not really the journey’s distance that’s daunting. The real problems come from animals, the climate, and sadly, other people. You’ll have to walk through Zimbabwe, for example, which is home to the Black Mamba, one of the deadliest snakes on the planet. In Uganda, you’ll be traveling through a country with the highest number of recorded cases of malaria in the world. When you enter South Sudan, you’ll be moving through the third-most dangerous country in the world. Further north, you’ll have to cross the Sahara, which can reach temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit. And if you make it through all of that, you’ll still have to travel through other countries and climates, including war-torn Syria and Russia’s winter, which can bring temperatures down to -38 degrees Fahrenheit.

We wish good luck to anybody who dares to take on this journey. Also, can we put our names on your stuff so we can divvy it up after you don’t come back? Let us know how you’d like your will executed in the comments below!

Featured Image: RealLifeLore

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