The Difference Between Hiking And Trekking

Whether you’re new to the world of backpacking or a seasoned pro, it’s important to know the difference between hiking and going on a trek. Both offer unique experiences and allow you to get closer to nature—but each has its own set of challenges. Let’s take a look at some key differences between these two activities and explore why they might be right for you!

Hiking Allows You To Take Care Of All Your Needs While On The Trail

Hiking is a form of backpacking that allows you to take care of all your needs while on the trail. It’s usually done in groups and for shorter distances, as opposed to going on a trek, which can last weeks or months. It requires less equipment because hikers usually carry enough food and water to last them just one day or two at most.

Trekking Is A More Approachable Form Of Backpacking Done For Shorter Distance

For one, trekking is a more approachable form of backpacking that is usually done for shorter distances and in groups. Trekkers often have less time to devote to backpacking, so they hike on well-established trails or roads instead of bushwhacking through untamed wilderness.

It can be done by people who don’t have a lot of time to devote to backpacking and don’t want the added challenge of carrying heavy gear over long distances. However, it’s important not to confuse this with day hiking, as trekkers will still need to carry all their gear on their backs.

The Type Of Gear Needed Will Differ Depending On Your Activity

In terms of the gear used, going on a trek requires a backpack and tent or lodge. Hiking can be done with or without a pack, though it’s usually preferable to have one so that you don’t have to carry your things on your back all day long (if possible). The former usually involves more people than hiking does, so the gear needed will differ based on what kind of trip you’re going on

Hiking Is A Great Way To Experience Nature Up Close

Lastly, hiking is a great way to experience nature up close, especially if you’re not able to camp out in one spot for too long. But trekking, on the other hand, involves camping overnight and walking long distances over several days or weeks.

While hiking can still take place in remote areas, it usually doesn’t require as much planning as the other activity does, as hikers typically don’t need any special equipment beyond what they’d normally carry with them on their daily commute and may even stop at shops along the way if they need supplies like water bottles or snacks!

Tips For Beginning Backpackers

The best way to start as a backpacker is to make sure you’re prepared for anything that might happen during your trip. You never know when you’re going to get lost, run out of money, or need medical attention. I’ve traveled all over the world and learned so much along the way. So here are some tips on how to make your first few months in backpacking as smooth as possible.

The More You Pack, The Heavier Your Backpack Is Going To Be

First of all, you want to keep your backpack as light as possible because it will make traveling easier for you and also allow for more room in case anything else comes up during your trip. If there is one thing that you should do, you should pack light.

The less stuff that you have with you on your journey, the better off everyone will be (including yourself). It might seem counterintuitive at first but if you were talking about any other hobby or activity, like fishing or golfing, this would be common sense advice too.

Pack Clothing That Can Be Layered Or Rolled Up Into A Compact Bundle

The first thing to remember is that layers are better than one thick jacket. This means that you need to pack clothing that can be layered over each other or rolled up into a compact bundle. Cotton is also going to be your enemy in this case, and avoid it if possible because it takes up more space than synthetic materials, which tend to be more compressible and thus take up less room in your bag.

One Pair Of Shoes Is All You Need For Backpacking

You’ll want to bring one pair of shoes for your trip as a backpacker, and that’s it. You may be tempted to bring two or three different kinds of shoes (one for hiking, another for going out at night), but this is unnecessary because they will all get dirty.

You can wash them in a river or lake if they get too bad, and just be careful not to let them dry out on their own! If you don’t want to do this yourself every day, buy cheap shoes that you can replace every few months as needed. Or invest in waterproof footwear so that nothing ever gets stained or smelly.

Consider Buying A Sleeping Pad For Camping

When you’re backpacking, sleeping pads are a great way to make sure that your trip is as comfortable as possible. They provide insulation from the ground and help keep you warm during cold nights. Sleeping pads can also be used for camping trips or other outdoor activities like hiking or climbing, as they’re much more affordable than renting one from a hostel or hotel.