When hiking, you walk in nature along marked paths, called hiking trails. Hikes usually last a full day, without the overnight stay, but there are also those during the night. There are four types of hiking: Mountain Hiking, Nature Hiking, Fast Hiking and Snow Hiking. Trekking, on the other hand, takes a longer period: you walk for several days, even months, and in areas where there are often no means of transport. Unlike the hiking trails, the trekking paths have not been beaten because you are walking in unexplored places. Here too there are different types: Mountain Trekking (in the mountains), Backpacking (the trip with the backpacker) and Desert Trekking (in the desert of course). Compared to hiking, trekking is far more intense.
Hiking and Trekking trails
The idea of taking a walk in the countryside for pleasure developed in the eighteenth century, thanks to the new way of seeing nature and approaching it. In the past, in fact, the act of walking referred in general to the poor people who moved on foot and also to wandering.
Benefits of trekking and hiking
Time spent outdoors is a great remedy for health problems.
5 tips for getting started with hiking
The same applies to clothing as well. It makes no sense, as you can imagine, to choose breathable garments for a mountain route and heavy garments for a warm climate. And, as far as the backpack is concerned, the trekking backpack is certainly more spacious than the hiking backpack to take everything you need to face a path of several days in self-sufficiency. Don't forget a headlamp, water supplies calibrated according to their duration, a first aid kit, a topographical map and a compass for orientation. Be careful though: don't start to buy a thousand things straightaway with excitement but stop for a moment and consider the duration of the route, the altitude you want to reach, the climate and the planned season.