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Hiking or Trekking?

What is the difference between hiking and trekking?

Often used as synonyms, hikingand trekking are sports that have many aspects in common, but also some precise differences. To better understand its meaning, let’s start with the linguistic definition.

hiking or trekking?

“Hiking” is the English word that comes from the verb “to hike”, used for the activity of hiking meant as “the practice of excursions”, especially for tourist purposes. This refers to outdoor hikes (“hike”) in the woods, trails and hills in a single day, without overnight stays.

“Trekking”, on the other hand, comes from the English verb “to trek”, meaning “to make a long journey”; it is the sport based on walking, and refers to long walks that also involve overnight stays, in a tent or shelter, and embrace a time span of several days.

A matter of time

The difference between hiking and trekking, therefore, is basically the length of the hike: if you plan a multi-stage trail, with your backpack, and one or more overnight stays to discover the beauty of a place more deeply or to make new experiences, you will go trekking.

It will instead be hiking the excursion of a few hours or a whole day to be able to immerse yourself in nature and get away from the daily routine.

The praise of slowness

Beyond the difference between hiking and trekking, however, walking in nature, the basic element that unites the two activities, is a great way to stay outdoors, discover new places and rediscover a slow and quiet tourism, full of benefits for body and mind. Walking along the paths of a forest, a park, a lake, letting yourself be enveloped by colours, scents and sounds, and regaining direct contact with the environment, is the best way to regain your rhythm: a real therapy for our body and for our emotional health.

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