Are hiking and trekking different activities?

Whilst walking is a more relaxing activity that can be done at your own pace, trekking is often done on more difficult terrain and is much more strenuous. Although walking is enjoyable and simple for everyone to enjoy, trekking should be done only be those that are fit and healthy and you'll need more experience to trek on harder routes. Walking is often done through valleys and hills, and across the countryside. People mostly trek in mountainous or jungle areas where their surroundings are more wild and there are fewer home comforts available.

Trekking and walking are both strenuous activities that let you see the best landscapes and nature that a country has to offer. However, many people don't know the difference between walking and trekking, and this can make planning holidays difficult.

Trekking can be a wonderful activity to see the sites in a more challenging way. Reaching the end of your trek will give you a sense of pride and fulfilment far more than that of a walk, and the views you'll see will stay with you for your whole life.

Top places to go on a trekking holiday

French Alps: The French Alps are some of the most snow-laden and beautiful surroundings in Europe. However, this also makes for a challenging trek up to their summits, including the dominating mass of Mont Blanc. If you're intending to go on a challenging trek, you should take out comprehensive trekking travel insurance that will ensure you're covered in the event of injury.

The Balkans: The Balkans, such as Albania and Macedonia, are home to a variety of challenging landscapes and lots of difficult terrain, as well as some of the best peaks in Eastern Europe.

Patagonia: Patagonia is a great place to experience the magic of trekking over ice caps outside of Antarctica. This area between the Andes is home to famous glaciers and glacial lagoons, active volcanoes and breath-taking lakes.

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