Backpacking vs Hiking: Is There A Difference?

Self-sufficient and surviving in a natural environment. Just you and your pack going for a long hike.

Backpacking, hiking, or even trekking are terms that are often confused and can mean different things to different people.

What is hiking?

Hiking is walking in nature, often in mountainous terrain. It can be on footpaths, nature trails, or bushwacking across wide-open pathless areas.

So many mountainous areas are only still only accessible on foot. Hiking is a chance to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time!

What is backpacking?

Backpacking as a term has been hi-jacked by gap year students. It means going abroad on a shoestring with just a pack or suitcase, clutching a Lonely Planet guide.


National trails have become targets for thru-hikers in North America – people who attempt to complete an entire trail, end to end hiking, in one go.

What Is Trekking?

Instead of backpacking with true self-sufficiency, these trekkers are carrying small packs with just a sleeping bag and lightweight clothes.

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