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How Many Calories are Burned by Hiking?


Last modified 4th December 2015

Welcome to the hiking section of DietandFitnessToday and the associated calories burned and weight lost. Here we present a list of 4 activities based on the general description of hiking and the calories burnt for a typical man and woman.

These hiking activities range from the highest calorie burn from 'hunting, hiking with hunting gear' which burns 409 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'hiking or walking at a normal pace through fields and hillsides' which has the lowest calorie burn of 228 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).

To help you find the information you need, we first focus on the most common hiking activities. This is followed by the activities with the highest, lowest and average burnt calories per minute and per hour

We also cover the predicted weight loss from hiking, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©

For backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of hiking activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 336 Calories. In one hour the same activity will burn 672 Calories.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for hiking, the calculator we use to determine the calories burnt depends on the intensity, duration and your body weight. At the bottom of the article we have a variety of different intensities which can be personalized based on your weight and the duration of the activities, using our free calculator.

Calorie Score and Calorie Rank for Hiking

At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.

The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different hiking activities, where 100% is the maximum calorie burn which we estimate from running at a pace of 4 minutes per mile which is a world class speed for running for 30 mins.

The calorie rank is the rank of the activity compared with all other 800 activities in our database to give an indication of the percentage of activities which have a higher or lower calorie burn. A rank of 1 means it is the highest ranking activity in terms or calorie burn and a rank of 100 means it is the activity with the lowest carlorie burn compared with all other activities.

Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical hiking Activity

As we have previously mentioned Backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack is a moderate and typical level of intensity for hiking and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by hiking. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 336 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 288 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack is 11 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 10 Calories per minute.

Calories Per Hour

The calories lost in one hour is 672 calories for a typical man, and 577 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 9 minutes of the activity backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack and to burn 100 calories with the same hiking activity for a typical female would take 10 minutes.

Score and Rank

Backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack has a Calorie Burned Score© of 31.8 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 31.8 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 51 out of 100 ie it is in the top 51 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 149 activities that have a higher calorie burn than backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack -

  • basketball, wheelchair
  • boxing, sparring
  • digging, spading, filling garden, composting, vigorous effort
  • farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn)
  • general dancing (e.g., disco, folk, Irish step dancing, line dancing, polka, contra, country)

Comparison with Inactivity

30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means Backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack burns 8.4 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 7.8 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 336 calories burnt by an average man backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack is equivalent to 0.6 Big Macs, 1.2 snickers bar, 2.8 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 1.1 cheeseburgers, 1.2 slices of pizza or 0.9 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 288 calories is equivalent to 0.5 Big Macs, 1.0 snickers bar, 2.4 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 1.0 cheeseburgers, 1.0 slices of pizza or 0.7 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Hiking

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity hiking? Taking this example of backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.05 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.04 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 5 weeks for a man and 6 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

The same 4 sessions per week of backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 2 weeks for a man and 3 weeks for a woman.

Hiking Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by hunting, hiking with hunting gear. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 409 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 351 Calories.

This activity of hunting, hiking with hunting gear has a Calories Burned Score© of 39.4 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 39.4 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 40 out of 100 ie it is in the top 40 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 80 activities that have a higher calorie burn than hunting, hiking with hunting gear

Hiking Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The hiking activity with the lowest calories burnt is hiking or walking at a normal pace through fields and hillsides, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 228 Calories, and for an average woman burns 196 Calories.

This activity of hiking or walking at a normal pace through fields and hillsides has a Calories Burned Score© of 20.5 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 20.5 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 69 out of 100 ie it is in the top 69 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 296 activities that have a higher calorie burn than hiking or walking at a normal pace through fields and hillsides

Average Calories Burned by Hiking

Based on the the list of 4 hiking activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 308 Calories for 30 minutes of hiking. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 264 Calories for 30 minutes of hiking.

Hiking for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of hiking for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
hunting, hiking with hunting gear - calories  Male=409 kcal, Female=351 kcal.
backpacking, hiking or organized walking with a daypack - calories  Male=336 kcal, Female=288 kcal.
hiking, cross country (Taylor Code 040) - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
hiking or walking at a normal pace through fields and hillsides - calories  Male=228 kcal, Female=196 kcal.

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Calories Burned Activities


  aerobics
  at work
  badminton
  baseball
  ballet
  ballroom dancing
  basketball
  boxing
  biking
  canoeing
  climbing
  cleaning
  cricket
  cross country skiing
  crossfit
  cycling
  dancing
  exercise
  elliptical
  fishing
  football
  fencing
  gardening
  golf
  gymnastics
  hiking
  horse riding
  housework
  ice skating
  jogging
  judo
  karate
  kayaking
  kick boxing
  pilates
  rodeo sports
  rollerblading
  ropejumping
  rowing
  rugby
  running
  resting
  sailing
  shopping
  sitting
  skating
  skiing
  sleeping
  soccer
  softball
  spinning
  sports
  standing
  step aerobics
  swimming
  tae kwan do
  tennis
  treadmill
  volleyball
  walking
  water polo
  weight lifting
  yoga
  zumba

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