Hiking requires prolonged effort across hilly and steep terrain. The choice of food must take into consideration energy expenditure, the fight against fatigue, against the cold and sometimes, the symptoms of high altitude.
Daytime meals must be balanced and provide adequate calories to satisfy requirements which could be as much as 2000 – 3000 kcal for a day of hiking. The variety of meals also plays an important role in stimulating the appetite which could be disrupted with the altitude.
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