If you're seeking a transformative experience by hiking ancient paths, check out some of of the best pilgrimages to hike around the world

Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) is the most well-known pilgrimage. Stretching across northern Spain, there are various routes to hike

The Kumano Kodo is a network of pilgrimage trails on the Kii Peninsula in Japan, leading to ancient Shinto & Buddhist sites

Via Francigena is 1200 mile ancient pilgrimage route from Rome, Italy to Canterbury, England, passing through 3 countries

Another route in Japan, the Shikoku pilgrimage is a 1200 km circuit of 88 temples and visiting many sacred sites along the way

Mount Kailash is a sacred mountain to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon. Set in the Himalayas of Tibet, thousands circle the base of this mountain every year

St. Olav's Way follows in the footsteps of Norway's patron saint, a 643 km route from Oslo to Trondheim, ending at Nidaros cathedral

The Caminho da Fé, in Brazil, is a Catholic pilgrimage from Águas da Prata to Aparecida, spanning more than 600 km