What Are The Differences Between Hiking and Trekking?
What is Hiking?
According to the technical definition, hiking is a recreational activity you can plan in a short amount of time. When I think of hiking, I think of a 1-day adventure.
A hike can be anywhere from 1 miles up to whatever you are comfortable hiking in a shorter amount of time. In my opinion, once you pull out sleeping materials you are no longer in the hiking zone.
What is Trekking?
Even though the definition states trekking is arduous, it does not have to be difficult. A trek can last anywhere from 2 days to 200 years. If you are on a multi-day expedition, it is considered to be a trek.
Typically half day to full day
Hikes range from easy to strenuous
Man-made sign posts
Fewer necessities to bring along
Man-made roads and trails
Great for beginners
You can pack enough water
Two or more days
Trekking is more intense
Few to no sign posts
More materials necessary
Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually challenging
Variety of terrain and/or transportation
A step up in difficulty from hiking
You must plan ahead for water consumption