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Anyone done the Hippie Trail?

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1. Posted by clny (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

I was in Chapters the other day and ran into this girl and we got to talking about travelling and I told her that ever since I watched Lord of the Rings I've wanted to just strap a backpack on and walk somewhere and she told me about the Hippie Trail that goes from the south of England or something down to about India.

I've been searching for stuff about it on the internet but what I mostly get is just stuff about it in the historical sense stories from the hippies who did it and stuff, and I was just wondering if anyone has heard of it? Is it an actual trail kind of thing that people still do? I think walking across Europe would be great fun.

Any help on this would be awesome.
Thanks guys!

2. Posted by lwk198 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Was a trail that people made in the 60's through hitch-hiking, or beat-up vw vans, etc. Not an actual trail as such - everyone chooses their own route, but most went through Iran, Pakistan + Afghanistan, so I wouldn't advice it!!

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Never heard of it.
But i suppose the final destination is bound to be Goa.


4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

but most went through Iran, Pakistan + Afghanistan, so I wouldn't advice it!!

Actually, TP member wouterr did part of the so-called hippie trail one or two years back. She went from Turkey through Iran and Pakistan to India.

Having gone 2000+ km from Shiraz in Iran to Istanbul overland this August myself, I am convinced that it is possible and reasonably safe to take the hippie trail, with a small detour to avoid Afghanistan. Walking ar biking is not recommended though, as you would run the risk of a kidnapping or getting mugged in unsafe areas. Buses are readily available and very cheap in Iran, though. Through parts of Eastern Europe and from Central Turkey on I would recommend taking bus and train.

BTW, one of my friends was born in India. Her parents took the tour in the early 80's and she grew up in India until her parents decided that it was better that she attend German school and returned to Germany.