Trekking, Hiking, … Notions you should know

Trekking, Hiking, … Notions you should know

Are we going to do trekking, hiking or hiking?

Trek, is a word that was born in the eighties and originated by mountaineers traveling to the Himalayas or the Andes. With this word, they referred to the long walks that brought them closer to the bases of the mountains that they planned to ascend.

When we do trekking we have different degrees of difficulty to consider. In this way, we can choose routes for beginners or routes that demand more effort and experience.

For example, a low-difficulty route may be a one-day walk on flat terrain. A medium-difficulty hike might include spending a night camping, having some steep slopes, and carrying a relatively heavier backpack to get everything you need. A hike of high difficulty may require previous experience, as well as carrying a tent, sleeping bag, heater, high-calorie food, and even being accompanied by an experienced guide.

Hiking, on the other hand, is a relaxing activity that involves going along marked roads using the traditional communication system such as bridges, trails, trails. The spirit of hiking lies in being able to bring people closer to the natural environment, know heritage and reserves through the use of trails.

Hiking is a specialty of mountaineering that demands more physical effort and that at the same time implies going through places without paths and places where there is no road that can be found in mountains, forests, jungles, coasts, canyons, rivers, caverns, etc. This activity can be combined with camping and is a consistent way of doing ecotourism.

Basic rule:
Do not disturb the environment, the environment or the ecosystem. This means leaving things as you found them, without messing up or modifying the conditions that allow other visitors to enjoy the same as you.

Water bottle, sun blocker, sun hat, sunglasses, walking shoes, aluminum cane, quick drying clothes in several layers, insect repellent, coat. All depending on the place and the climate to visit.

Trekking equipment:

The same as the previous list but optionally you can consider carrying a tent, insulating mattress, sleeping bag, lamp, flashlight, grill, inflatable pillow, gas cooker, pot, frying pan, lighter, can opener, plastic bags, knife, penknife, compass, binoculars, GPS, lighter, notebook, pen, ropes, canteen, food, extra clothing.

The important thing is that you make of your activity something exciting that invites you to return. Around the world, there are a great number of federations and groups of hiking and trekking that organize mountain activities and walks. These activities are regulated by a series of rules of safety, environmental protection and professionalism that allow you to turn your travels around the world even in competition activities. But it is also possible that all you need to walk are your feet and a lot of desire. Discover while you walk!

Francis B. Hayes

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