Nassbodensee, a shallow lake in the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, Alpe Adria Trail, Austria © Rudolf Abraham

Hiking – River Deep, Mountain High

Some favourite trails of an outdoor writer

There are few places I’d rather be than on a mountain. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to hike in various parts of the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Balkans, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and other parts of Europe – as well as trekking in the mountains of Eastern Turkey, Iran, the Tien Shan, the Karakoram, Ladakh and Patagonia. However it is the mountains of Central and Southeast Europe which I have come to know best, through numerous hiking trips into some of the wilder corners of Albania, Austria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Slovenia. As a travel and outdoor writer I’ve written hiking guides to several of these, including some unforgettable long-distance trails.

Click on the following pages for more information on two of my favourite long-distance hiking routes, the Alpe Adria Trail and Peaks of the Balkans Trail.

Alpe Adria Trail

Hiking 750km through Austria, Slovenia & Italy

Nockberge, Alpe Adria Trail, Austria © Rudolf Abraham

Peaks of the Balkans

Hiking 192km through Montenegro, Albania & Kosovo

Prokletije mountains, Peaks of the Balkans Trail, Montenegro © Rudolf Abraham

To view images from the mountains of Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and beyond, click here.