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Thru-Hiking Calorie and Food Weight Calculator

Calculate how many calories you will burn on your hiking trip and plan how much food you will need to bring on your trip using our Calorie & Food Weight Calculator.

Paul Bodnar      Educational       9/24/2020
Paul Bodnar
Educational
9/24/2020

How much food should you take on your next hike? It depends…

The number of calories you will consume on a hike depends on many factors. We narrowed the variables down to five essential components: the number of backpacking days, your body weight, average number of hours hiking (not including breaks), the hours you sleep, and the fat content of the food you eat. By using the Calorie & Food Weight Calculator below, you should get a good idea of how much food you need for your next backpacking adventure.

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The inside of the Timberline Lodge Buffet on the PCT in Oregon.

A lake reflects a nearby wildflower meadow and trees.
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Showers Lake Vista, Tahoe Rim Trail
Photo courtesy of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association
A lake reflects a nearby wildflower meadow and trees.
Showers Lake Vista, Tahoe Rim Trail
Photo courtesy of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Trail guides that get you to places you’ve dreamed of.

As the makers of Guthook Guides, Bikepacking Guides, and Cyclewayz, we help you navigate the most popular trails around the world on your smartphone. Our hiking guides and biking guides work completely offline. Let Guthook guide your next adventure!

Download our popular hiking and biking guides!
About the Author
A man wearing an Arizona Trail baseball cap stands in a field in front of a mountain.

Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.