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
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