What is the Difference Between Hiking and Trekking?

There seems to be a common misconception of what is hiking and what is trekking, so today we wanted to share with you what the difference is and why it’s important to know this. Knowing the difference means you can ensure you are equipped with the right gear and have a successful trip. 



Hiking is typically a leisure activity which is done through walking on well-made trails or man-made roads. This activity can be challenging at times but is considered an easier option as far as walking goes. The aim of hiking is to enjoy nature and scenic routes, whether that is exploring a forest or climbing a small hill. 

Usually, hikes are a one-day activity that does not require as much planning or equipment. This is because it’s usually a set trail that you must stick to. Hiking is generally easier to do as you can pace yourself during the activity, meaning you can go as slowly or as quickly as you like, there is no ultimate thing you are trying to achieve in the activity. 

To ensure you are comfortable and protected from all weather conditions, we would recommend using our Tread Comfort and Tread Light socks. Both of these products provide support and comfort at the right points of your feet, to ensure you can keep walking for longer. They also work well on summer hikes, with our COOLMAX® Technology it will keep your feet dry and have good circulation around the foot. 



Trekking is considered a longer and harder hike; it is usually undertaken in mountainous areas or in places where means of transport are generally not available. Trekking is more vigorous than hiking and usually has a purpose to achieve or reach a certain goal, this may include time or distance.  

This activity typically requires equipment, whether that is camping gear, first aid or survival kits, as it is usually conducted for one or more days. Although trekking shares the idea of enjoying nature and looking at scenic views, this activity has some sort of purpose to challenge and meet specific points for the walker. 

To achieve ultimate performance, we would recommend that you try our Tread Endurance socks. The socks are gently elasticated to keep them in place and have meshed areas to increase airflow to the feet. They also have padding in key pressure zones and use a blend of Merino wool, nylon and polypropylene to ensure they keep fresh and dry, provide comfort, as well as keep you warm in the cold and cool when it’s hot, to deliver the ultimate performance. 


Whatever activity you decide to do, both should be appreciated and understood especially when it comes down to the gear you are wearing. Let us know what you think in the comments below or by contacting us through social media: 

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