Difference walking and hiking
“A long walk or walking tour”-Oxford Dictionaries
“walk a long distance,especially across country or in the woods”
“To go on an extended walk for pleasure or exercise”
“Hiking is an outdoor activity which consists of walking in natural environments, often in mountainous or other scenic terrain. People often hike on hiking trails.
Hiking refers to walking outdoors on a trail for recreational purposes. A day hike refers to a hike that can be completed in a single day, not requiring an overnight camp. Multi-day hikes with camping are referred to as backpacking. Hikers generally carry water, food, and a map in a backpack”- Wikidedia
Trekking: The main difference between hiking and trekking is that hiking is mainly a leisure activity which is done by walking on well-made trails and man-made roads. However, trekking is more rigorous, and a more challenging activity. It tests one’s physical ability, endurance, and even their mental or psychological capacity (Quora)
If hiking is defined as “a long walk for pleasure”, when does a walk become a hike ?
Is it walking on a path in the bush or wearing special boots or carrying a big backpack? Is it spending nights out in the wilderness with little protection? Not necessarily.
Walks can be taken nearly anywhere. A walk does not involve camping overnight or any equipment beyond comfortable shoes and a water bottle. But a walk can be anything from a short stroll down the street to a 20 km on a trail. A walk can be strenuous and include challenging terrain.
So what is the difference walking/ hiking ? It seems that hiking and walking often are the same thing, and the best outdoors people have difficulty in drawing the line of when a walk becomes a hike.
We prefer to refer to our tour package as walking holidays, because the quality of accommodation is way beyond multi-day backpacking (associated with hiking). You will also have clear route instructions and it is not required to carry a big backpack.