Trip Grades

Every trip organized by us has been given a grade based on the expected level of difficulty in order to help you select a suitable trip. We have five levels of grading for our trips: Easy, Moderate, Demanding, Strenuous and Challenging.

EASY: (*)

  • Suitability: most people in good health.
  • Walking times: transport by private vehicle with driver to various places of interest then sightseeing on foot at each location.
  • Altitude: usually less than 3,000m.
  • Terrain: sightseeing in cities and some optional day walks on well-travelled trails.
  • Remoteness: hotel and road based tour.
MODERATE: (**)
  • Suitability: a good choice for most hill walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.
  • Walking times: average 5 to 7 hours walking per day for up to 14 days usually with some rest days included.
  • Altitude: up to 5,000m.
  • Terrain: for most of time following well-travelled trails, there will be daily ascent and descent.
  • Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as lodge accommodation and cell / mobile phone reception.

DEMANDING: (***)

  • Suitability: a good choice for most hill walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.
  • Walking times: average 5 to 7 hours walking per day for up to 14 days usually with some rest days included.
  • Altitude: up to 5,500m.
  • Terrain: for most of time following well-travelled trails, there will be daily ascent and descent.
  • Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as lodge accommodation and cell/ mobile phone reception.
STRENUOUS: (****)
  • Suitability:  a good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required.
  • Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 10 hours) for up to 14 days with some rest days included.
  • Altitude:  up to 5,500m.
  • Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent.
  • Remoteness: often in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.
CHALLENGING (*****)
  • Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.
  • Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 11 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.
  • Altitude: up to 6,500m.
  • Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.
  • Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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