Defining the differences between hiking and trekking:
Encounters Nepal, in the course of its operations over the years, has sometimes discovered that visitors tend to be confused in making choices between Hiking & Trekking; in order to give our guests insights into the differences, we now seek to enlighten our guests into a clear understanding on these dissimilar adventure issues that will help you make a decision that suits your wishes to the holidays of a lifetime. Hiking is an outdoor activity of walking in natural environments often on pre-charted paths that are called hiking trails where the terrain is comfortable & in most cases at lower altitudes, while trekking is a longer journey on non-designated paths which could last several days or even more and could be demanding. Trekking usually takes places in areas of great natural beauty, usually in high altitude mountain areas without any means of transport. It is more intense than hiking due to fluctuations in the elevations as you hike the trails.
Hiking is an initial part of trekking and relatively easier than trekking, which still involves going uphill and downhill on rural hilly tracks in areas below 3000 meters. Hiking in Nepal still offer a glimpse of high mountain views, while trekking takes you through the low land village to high Mountain Passes up to almost 5,600 meters.
So ultimately, in a nutshell, you hike your way into a trek as you hike the paths, you come across rural settings with beautiful vistas set in the backdrops of mountains…till you finally get there as you plod on…& you are then into your trek…& on the mountains…so your hike & trek is more or less the same; but gets different once you reach the wild…& that’s when you enter the world of…ENCOUNTERS NEPAL…WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!!