Hiking requires prolonged effort across hilly and steep terrain. The choice of food must, as such, take into account energy expenditure, the fight against fatigue and cold and sometimes high-altitude symptoms.
Meals over the day must be balanced and provide enough calories to meet the requirements which can be up to 2000 - 3000 kcal over a day's hiking. The variety of the meals is also important to stimulate appetite which is negatively affected with altitude.
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