• The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen) from Rifugio Locatelli, Dolomites of Italy
  • Oshinkoshin Falls, Shiretoko World Heritage area, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Mount Fitzroy as seen from the hike to Pliegue Tumbado, Patagonia, Argentina

World Heritage Sites

with Mountain Hiking Holidays

The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage is an international agreement that has been signed by more than 150 nations to date. It was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1972. Through the identification of sites whose extraordinary values warrant their protection and preservation, the Convention seeks to encourage international cooperation to conserve the world’s heritage for all humanity.

As of December 2016, there are 1,052 sites that have been “inscribed” on the World Heritage List. 814 of them are cultural sites; 203 are natural sites; 35 are “mixed properties.” World Heritage Sites have been identified in 165 “states parties.” For a complete list of World Heritage Sites, visit UNESCO’s World Heritage website.

Following are some of the World Heritage Sites that are visited on our trips.

Los Glaciares
ARGENTINA
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981
Featured on our Best Hikes in Patagonia trip.

« Monte Fitzroy catches the morning light in Los Glaciares National Park.

The Dolomites
ITALY
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009
Featured on our Best Hikes in the Dolomites and Best Hikes in the Dolomites II trips.

« The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen) from Paternsattel.

Pyrénées – Mont Perdu
FRANCE AND SPAIN
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997
Featured on our Hiking the Pyrenees trip.

« Enjoying the view of the Brèche de Roland in the heart of the Pyrénées-Mont Perdu World Heritage Site.

Shiretoko
JAPAN
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005
Featured on our Hokkaido Trails trip.

« Oshinkoshin Falls near Utoro on the Shiretoko Peninsula.

Bryggen
NORWAY
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979
Featured on our Hiking Fjord Norway trip.

« The wooden warehouses on the wharf (“bryggen”) in Bergen recall the days of the Hanseatic League.

West Norwegian Fjords (Nærøyfjord)
NORWAY
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005
Featured on our Hiking Fjord Norway trip.

« A tree-framed view of the lovely Nærøyfjord from Beitelen. (Photo by Stephen Zimmermann)

Boyana Church
BULGARIA
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979
Featured on our Mountains of Bulgaria trip.

« An architectural detail from the exterior of the Boyana Church; the real gems are the frescoes inside!

Pirin National Park
BULGARIA
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983
Featured on our Mountains of Bulgaria trip.

« Icebergs float in Popovo Lake in the Pirin National Park.

Rila Monastery
BULGARIA
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983
Featured on our Mountains of Bulgaria trip.

« The church at Rila Monastery seen from the multi-storied arcades that ring the monastery compound.

Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
SWITZERLAND
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2001
Featured on our Hiking the Swiss Alps trip.

« Seen from near Männlichen, the summit of the Jungfrau rises into the clouds.

Skellig Michael
IRELAND
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996
Featured on our Hiking Western Ireland trip.

« The “beehive huts” of the monastic complex atop Skelling Michael.

Meteora
GREECE
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988
Featured on our Hiking Northern Greece trip.

« Monastery of St. Barbara Roussanou.

Great Wall of China
CHINA
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987
Featured on our Hiking the Great Wall trip.

« Hikers on the Great Wall.

Laurisilva of Madeira
PORTUGAL
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999
Featured on our Azores and Madeira trips.

« The lush greenery of the laurisilva forest, Madeira Nature Park.

Historic Centre of Sighisoara
ROMANIA
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999
Featured on our Mountains of Romania trip.

« The thirteenth century Sighisoara clock tower.

Olympic National Park
UNITED STATES
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981
Featured on our Hiking the Olympic Mountains trip.

« Mount Angeles, Olympic Mountains.

Photos on this page are by John Osaki (© All Rights Reserved) except as otherwise credited.

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