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Grades

Our Grades are there to help you assess whether the trek is suitable for you. It is NOT an exact science as fitness levels are subjective. There is an expectation that you are in good health and active.
We have personally completed our products and therefore have experience of them; if needed, please ask for advice. There is an expectation


Grade-Leisurely
Leisurely

Aimed at trips with no planned trekking in the itinerary but it does include walking throughout the day, ie Tours and Festivals. This includes walking to/from sites such as Monasteries and similar and often involves lots of steps. This also includes the Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, a stiff 2hrs uphill walk to reach it.

  • Walking Times: Expect to be active for most of the day.
  • Altitude: Up to approx 3000m.
  • Terrain: Solid underfoot conditions (paths, etc..), possibly with a lot of steps. The Tiger’s Nest includes a significant ascent on a non paved path.

Examples: Tours/Festivals

Grade-General
General

Aimed at active people who exercise regularly; no previous experience necessary.

  • Walking Times: Expect to trek up to 6 hours per day with rest stops, occasionally longer, for up to 7 days.
  • Altitude: Up to approx 4000m
  • Terrain: Well travelled trails containing some or all of the following: uneven paths, snow patches, some significant ascent/descent.

Examples: Sahara Desert, shorter Annapurna treks.

Grade-Moderate
Moderate

Aimed at active people who exercise regularly and are used to hill walking. Some previous experience of mountain trekking advantageous but not essential.

  • Walking Times: Expect to trek up to 7 hours per day with rest stops; occasionally longer for up to 14 days.
  • Altitude: Up to approx 5500m.
  • Terrain: Well travelled trails and may include: uneven paths, rocky sections, scree, snow patches, morrain, some significant ascent/descent.

Examples: Everest Base Camp, Morocco 3 Peaks.

Grade-Challenging
Challenging

Aimed at active hill walkers who exercise regularly. Good level of fitness required and a degree of robustness.

  • Walking Times: Expect to trek up to 8 hours per day with rest stops; occasionally longer for up to 21 days.
  • Altitude: Up to approx 6000m.
  • Terrain: Well travelled trails and may include: high altitude passes potentially covered in snow, uneven paths, rocky sections, scree, snow patches, morrain, some significant ascent/descent, significant number of nights sleeping at higher altitudes. Terrain more remote at times.

Examples: Everest High Passes, Annapurna Circuit, Kilimanjaro, Markha Valley, Huayhuash Circuit.

Grade-Tough
Tough

Aimed at very active hill walkers who exercise regularly. High level of fitness and endurance required and a good degree of robustness. Experienced only for what are our toughest tests.

  • Walking Times: Expect to trek up to 10 hours per day with rest stops; occasionally longer for up to 21 days.
  • Altitude: Up to approx 6500m.
  • Terrain: Well travelled trails in general and may include: unmarked trails, high altitude glacial terrain and peaks, the use of fixed ropes and climbing safety equipment, uneven paths, rocky sections, scree, snow patches, morrain, some significant ascent/descent, significant number of nights sleeping at higher altitudes. Terrain more remote at times. This section also includes our Arctic Challenge on a glacier and therefore winter camping.

Examples: Trekking Peaks, Arctic Challenge