8.150 kilometers on foot:  On old pilgrimage routes from Graz to Mecca


Fact about the way
Countries: 12
Languages: 10
Kilometers to go: 8150 km
Kilometers a day: 30
Duration: about 270 days
Start: 25th July 2014
Arriving: March 2015
Number of shoes: 6 pairs
Weight to carry: 14 kg
Walking speed: 4 km/h
Steps per km: 1132

Cities on the way
Austria: Graz → Slovenia: Maribor → Croatia: Zagreb →  Bosnia: Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Trebinje → Montenegro: Podgorica, Ulcinj → Albania: Shkoder → Macedonia: Skopje → Bulgaria: Sofia, Somoko, Plovdiv → Turkey: Edirne, Lüleburgaz, Büyükckmece, Istanbul, Karasu, Ergeli, Sinop, Bafra, Samsun, Ordu, Trabzon, Erzurum, Agri → Iran: Tabriz, Teheran, Qom, Isfahan → United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia: Medina, Mecca

The Route

I started on July 25, in Graz. My current project will lead me to Mecca. It is a distance of more than 8.000 kilometres. I want to walk about 30 kilometres per day, so the whole journey will take me about 270 days.

I will walk from Austria to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, United Arab Emirates to, finally, Saudi Arabia. Due to the political situation in the area, the route had to be planned several times and I am not sure if further cahnges will be necessary.

The Reason Why

Last year my sister  has told me, that she had breast cancer, I told her, that I will make a pilgrimage for her with the condition that she has to follow my way on the guides which I use, as the way from Austria to Santiago (Spain), is well described in guides which I bought. When I was on the way, I was always in contact with her so she knew where I was.

When I arrived back home, she told me, that when her pain was on high level, she took the guide and followed me on the way, till she forgot the pain. So I helped her in some painful moments.

On the way I made an offering (Nithir): If my sister will turn to be healthy again and if I will arrive safely in Spain, I will walk to Mecca.  Now it’s time to fulfill the promises made!

>> German Version

>> Arabic Version

12 Responses to Route

  1. rudolf steinkellner says:

    Alles Gute und an guatn Weg!!


  2. Eva says:

    Lieber Ali! ich wünsche der alles Gute auf Deinem Hatsch!
    …..und was wirds das nächste Mal: 1x cinesische Mauer und wieder zurück?
    du freust Dich sicher auf einen Schilerol, wennst wieder da bist?


  3. Martin says:

    Alles Gute auf deinem weiteren Weg 🙂
    lg Martin


  4. Alexander Behrendt says:

    Ich wünsche dir alles gute und hoffe, dass du auf deinem Weg von allen erdenklich guten Menschen begleitet wirst. Ich würde mich freuen, aber erst nach deiner Reise, mit dir über ein tolles Projekt sprechen zu können. Jetzt genieße aber erst einmal die Erfahrungen auf deiner Hadsch!



  5. Laura says:

    Ich bin beeindruckt! Alles Gute für deinen Weg und viele tolle Erfahrungen!


  6. Hermann Rodtmann says:

    Hallo Ali ,liebe Grüße von Deinem Pilgerfreund Hermann ,Bin frisch vom Camino de Madrid zurück.
    Habe viel für Dich und Deinen Weg gebetet
    buen Camino


    • Joni says:

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  7. iempower says:

    Buen camino … ich verfolg Dich mal online für das eigene Vorhaben 🙂


  8. Rahim kamyab says:

    I hope see you again in Tabriz.Have a good journey ❤


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  10. Randi says:

    Superb inortmafion here, ol’e chap; keep burning the midnight oil.


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