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    Hiking and trekking have a lot in common. Often the two are interchangeable. When we think of treks, we usually think of athlete-level personnel, well-equipped and ready to go climbing the Himalayas. But it’s not only climbing the world’s highest peaks that is trekking. What is a trek for one person may be a trek for another.

    Whether you call it a hike or a trek, you need to get the specifics right so you can better prepare for the journey ahead. Here we summarize some of the most important differences.

    Are you going on a hike or a trek? Let’s point out the differences!

    Hiking vs Trekking

    Hiking, compared to trekking, is a shorter distance and the trails are usually groomed for hikers, or at least clear paths because they are frequented by hikers. So walking and navigating is easier. Hikers may plan one-day or multi-day trips, but usually make multiple stops at the base.

    Trekking tends to be in the untrained nature that maintains its original appearance. This means encountering harsh weather conditions or harsh natural environments such as high altitudes and steep slopes. These trips are longer than hiking, camping every night, hiking all day, and don’t stop until you reach your destination.


    Conditions: Long, easy walking routes through beautiful, picturesque natural scenery. It can be challenging, with some area hiking trails having varying levels of difficulty.

    Duration: 5-7 hours per day, lasting one or several days.

    Distance: 3 to 50 kilometers (2 to 30 miles), with routes of varying difficulty levels.

    What to bring: For single-day hikes, carry a small bag with water, food, and snacks.If you are staying overnight or longer, bring a larger backpack with more heavy clothing, food, water or a tent or sleeping bag.And bring something that keep you warm in the night.Then Ocoopa Union 2s hand warmer would be your helper now,it can produces a massive heat output run time of 8+ hours on low, this rechargeable hand warmer will deliver comfortable warmth to you in a flash.

    Moreover,the hand warmer has an internal memory that allows memorizing the last selected temperature so as to have it reactivated with that setting. Providing you uninterrupted warmth and always be ready for any adventure in the hiking trip.

    If you set up a camping base and head out from the base, you can choose a backpack with a small bag. This way you only need to carry the essentials instead of having to carry all your luggage all the time.

    How big should the backpack be:

    For a day or so of travel, you need a 15-20 liter backpack that is lightweight, has a lot of compartments, and is easy to access.

    For overnight hikes, use a well-ventilated 25-35 liter pack with extra support through the padded hipbelt.

    For a multi-day trip, a backpack of 40-50 liters is required, with enough capacity to hold camping equipment and a stove. Read our guide on how to choose a backpack to choose the right one for your journey.


    Conditions: A challenging journey that may take you through rough terrain, severe weather, steep grades, and even low oxygen at high altitudes. Unlike most hikes, treks usually take place in the backcountry rather than a developed trail. Trekking is an adventure that probably requires training for you.

    Duration: Treks can last anywhere from a week to several weeks. You camp along the road until you reach your destination (of course, you can end earlier if the conditions are too severe).

    Distance: Between 50 and 1000 km (30 and 600 miles). For example, a round-trip trek to a camping base in the Nepalese Alps is about 130 kilometers (80 miles) and can last up to 14 days. On some treks, you may walk about 10 kilometers (6 miles) per day.

    What to bring: You’ll be out in the wild, so it’s important to bring the right equipment for the specific location and conditions you’re going to. Snowy locations may require ice axes, while desert environments will require additional water. Most treks will require the same essentials: water, food, cooking equipment, tents, sleeping bags, clothing, medication, trekking poles, compass, satellite communicator (because you will be far from human civilization).

    How big should the backpack be:

    Aim for a 60-85 liter backpack with enough room to store all the food and clothing you need, as well as cooking utensils, tents, sleeping bags, etc. It should be light, well ventilated, and have a padded waistband to reduce the proportion of the weight on the back.

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