How to calculate the duration of a hike?
A decisive factor in tour planning is time planning. To create a realistic schedule, you need to be able to estimate how much distance you can cover in a certain amount of time. Formulas for calculating walking time help you to estimate the time required. These formulas are based on empirical values, which are then set as a norm.
Here is a ground rule for distances that the average hiker can cover in one hour:
- 300 metres of altitude uphill
- 500 metres of altitude downhill
- 4 kilometres horizontally
If you would like to use this standard as a guide, you can calculate the walking time for your planned tour. The walking time calculator also takes into account changes to the above-mentioned assessment basis, e.g. if you take short breaks: https://www.wanderndeluxe.de/en/calculate-hiking-time-distance-altitude/
When hiking with children, the walking time is longer, depending on the age of the child. You can follow the rule of thumb: walking time with children = 1.5 x normal walking time for adults.
When planning your hike, you should consider that rest and meal breaks are added to the pure walking time. It is also advisable to always plan a time buffer, because not every hiker follows the “set” walking pace and not every hike goes as planned. With time reserves, you can also react to sudden changes in the weather.