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Trekkers in Gorbea park, south of Biscay in Basque Country, Spain.

A trek is a long, adventurous journey undertaken on foot in areas where common means of transport are generally not available. Trekking should not be confused with mountaineering. In North America the equivalent is backpacking, while New Zealanders use the word tramping.


The term derived from the Dutch word trek (noun), trekken (verb), (literally meaning to "pull, travel"), became a word in English language in mid 19th century, and means a long arduous journey, typically on foot.[1]

Trekking in the Himalayas[edit]

The Himalayan routes are famous for attracting a large number of trekkers. Typical trekking regions in Nepal are Annapurna, Dolpo, Langtang, Manaslu, Kangchenjunga Mount Everest. Other popular trekking routes in India include Chandra Taal, Gomukh, Hemkund, Kafni Glacier, Kailash-Manasarovar, Kedarnath, Kedartal, Milam Glacier, Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Pindari Glacier, Richenpong, Roopkund, Sar Pass, Satopanth Tal, Saurkundi Pass, and Valley of Flowers.

What do you need?[edit]

Trekking needs a lot of stuff, but your backpack may only weigh 25% of your weight. So think: What do I wanna take with me and what not? A good backpack is essential and also a good rain coat is. Here is a short list of stuff that might be useful: Backpack, rain coat, touchwood, rope, snacks, drinks, tent, pocket knife, boots, whistle (if you are in danger)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Definition of trek from Oxford Dictionaries