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Captured Beauty: Top Trails and Peaks that Shutterbugs Can’t Resist

 

Adventure enthusiasts and travel photographers have a new bucket list to chase, thanks to the latest research from leading tour operator, Explore Worldwide.

Delving deep into a colossal dataset from over 500 walking locations, the company has unveiled the most photographed trails and peaks on our planet.

To find which destinations are tagged the most in pictures of trails, hiking and walking tour experts at Explore Worldwide recorded the number of results returned when [location + walking trail] or [location + hiking trail] is searched for on Shutterstock and Unsplash platforms. Those results were then compared for over 414 countries, regions, cities, states, 63 mountain ranges and 33 walking trails – over 500 locations in total. The places which returned the highest number of stock image library results were named as the most picturesque trails. Data sources: shutterstock.com, unsplash.com. All data is correct as of July 2023.

Topping the chart as the most captured trail by photographers is the GR20 trail in Corsica. The mesmerizing Everest Base Camp Trek follows suit, with the iconic Westweg trail in Germany’s Black Forest holding the third spot. 

Top 10 Most Photographed Walking Trails

 

Rank

Name

Location

Country

Continent

Photo Count

1

GR20

Corsica

France

Europe

45,187

2

Everest Base Camp Trek

Himalayas

Nepal

Asia

13,711

3

The Westweg

Black Forest

Germany

Europe

13,105

4

Camino de Santiago

Northern Spain

Spain

Europe

10,738

5

Inca Trail

Andes

Peru

South America

10,170

6

Appalachian Trail

Eastern United States

United States

North America

9,754

7

The Jordan Trail

Jordan

Jordan

Asia

9,343

8

West Coast Trail

Vancouver Island

Canada

North America

8,700

9

Laugavegur Trail

Iceland

Iceland

Europe

5,992

10

The Lycian Way

Turkey

Turkey

Asia

5,945

 

When it comes to mountain ranges, Europe firmly dominates the rankings. The Alps, with its vast expanse across several countries, stands proud as the most photographed mountain range. North America’s Rockies and Europe’s Dolomites follow, celebrating nature in all its grandeur.

Top 10 Most Photographed Mountain Ranges

 

Rank

Mountain Range Name

Country

Continent

Photo Count

1

The Alps

Multiple Countries

Europe

856,670

2

The Rockies

Multiple Countries

North America

441,681

3

The Dolomites

Italy

Europe

174,422

4

The Himalayas

Multiple Countries

Asia

158,606

5

The Carpathians

Multiple Countries

Europe

142,714

6

The Caucasus

Multiple Countries

Europe, Asia

108,124

7

The Tatra Mountains

Slovakia, Poland

Europe

85,401

8

The Andes

Multiple Countries

South America

78,176

9

The Scandinavian Mountains

Norway, Sweden

Europe

48,789

10

The Pyrenees

Multiple Countries

Europe

37,473

 

Australia, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, also found its gems spotlighted. The Great Ocean Walk, renowned for its panoramic views of wild nature and big skies, is the continent’s most photographed trail. It’s followed by the challenging Overland Track in Tasmania and the extensive Larapinta Trail.

The 3  Most Photographed Trails in Australia

 

Rank

Route Name

Location

Photo Count

1

Great Ocean Walk

Victoria

3,418

2

Overland Track

Tasmania

621

4

Larapinta Trail

West MacDonnell Ranges

318

 

Michael Edwards, Managing Director at Explore Worldwide, commented on the findings: “Unveiling the world’s most photographed trails and mountain ranges is an exciting endeavor. We hope this list not only awakens the spirit of adventure in enthusiasts but also showcases the beauty our planet has to offer.”

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