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What is the difference between hiking and mountaineering

Usually hiking is the easiest of the two activities. Normally, hiking takes place on marked paths the whole year round. The difficulty of routes ranges from easy to difficult.

Hiking tours are usually one-day experiences and take place in the mountainous areas such as for example the Alps (Julian, Carnic etc.), in the foothills (Porezen hill, Nanos hill etc.) or along routes in the plains (the Soča valley and the Vipava valley).

Most hiking tours are measured according to the number of hours of walking. Typically, the routes begin and end at the same spot. Sometimes, it is a circle tour but usually the hikers return to the starting point.

Mountaineering is more difficult than hiking. It is technically a very demanding method of walking and climbing which enables you to reach the highest mountain peaks. Oftentimes, the destinations are the highest mountains of countries or European and the worlds mountain ranges.

Demanding mountaineering tours can last from a few days up to an entire month or more. Participants need to be experienced and in a good psychophysical condition. One needs a larger quantity of equipment than in the case of hiking. An adequate training is necessary as well as good knowledge of the climbing equipment.

A mountaineer needs to be familiar with the use of crampons and an ice hook. Many times, glaciers with large cracks need to be safely overcome in order to reach the mountain top. The weather changes in mountain heights can be fast and extreme. Mountaineering and alpinism include higher risks compared to trekking or hiking due to the occurrence of situations which cannot be prevented.

But if you are daring enough and prepared to conquer high mountain peaks, then mountaineering can be the right challenge to bring you out of your everyday comfort.

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