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So when does a walk become a trek?

Most treks tend to be longer, and perhaps more challenging than the average walk. A trek may be more of a journey, maybe from one part of a country to another, or even through several countries, sometimes taking you days, even weeks to complete. Obviously you will need to carry more on a multi-day trip than you would on a normal day-walk. Paddy Dillon has some excellent hints and tips on how to keep your load to a minimum. He managed to get everything for a backpacking trip on the GR20 into a 35 litre pack!! Click to get the vital know-how.

A long trek will mean organising accommodation or other places to stop along the way. This may include youth hostels and B & B’s, campsites or maybe wild camping.

If the thought of carrying all your gear in a backpack doesn’t appeal to you, there are several companies who transfer your baggage between your overnight stops, for example Sherpa van.

Many overseas trekking opportunities offer exciting routes, some longer than others, all with beautiful scenery along the way. Some venture to the world’s highest peaks, so it’s crucial to plan and prepare for these expeditions, especially those travelling to remote or high altitude areas where Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine may come in handy.

(Photo by Kev Reynolds from 'Everest: A Trekker's Guide')

Useful websites: (Offers general information on trekking in Nepal as well as giving you links to articles on recent events in Nepal and links to news sites. Gives you information on walking tips and pages on the best mountains walk up in the Himalayas.) (Provides current medical information on the prevention, recognition and treatment of altitude sickness, as well as other health issues affecting travellers of high mountainous regions.   (With over 800 members the backpackers club gives vital information about backpacking and simple techniques to trekking with all you need on your back.) (Suppliers for outdoor equipment, with articles on walking and camping for all the family.) (A family run business that provides specialist trekking and hiking equipment and clothing. They provide full support and training programs and recommend the best equipment for your trekking needs for hire.) (Founded in 1988 offering walking, cycling and discovery holidays across the world with reviews and lists of amenities.) (Offers provisions of memorable recreational activities through Cordillera Blanca and the Huayhuash Mountain ranges. Founded by a tour guide it gives you information about trekking in Peru as well as getting a tour around it.)

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