Hike vs. trek, the differences March 24, 1999 Share 1 -- SONORA, Calif. -- How can you explain to your clients the difference between a hiking tour and a trek? Here's how Geographic Expeditions here answers that question. On a walking or hiking tour, travelers fly, drive, sail or perhaps take a train between destinations. Over-night accommodations will be comfortable and sometimes quite luxurious. Touring will feature many local hiking excursions.A trek is a backpacking trip without the backpack. Trekkers carry light day packs, while porters and pack animals carry all bags, food, and tents. The trek's support staff also prepare all meals, manage the camp, and generally handle everything but the walking.An "easy" trek will generally stay at altitudes under 10,000 feet and hiking days will less than six hours.A "moderate" trek will involve a little more altitude, but will entail less steepness and altitude gain than a "rigorous" trek, which will usually combine higher altitudes with some long days on the trail.