We have graded each trip/trek based on the level of terrain, length of walks, and climate. Trips/Treks graded easy and moderate would be suitable for almost anyone with a lust for adventure while treks graded challenging and/or strenuous require a certain amount of experience and physical health. Our trekking trips are designed to be accessible to all who are in good health and enjoy the outdoors, but fitness levels are important and you should consider carefully which trip is right for you.
Experience is not necessary for taking part in an easy trip/trek, anyone fit and healthy enough to walk for 4-6 hours a day can manage easy trips/treks. These trips/treks only involve lower altitudes with daily ascents of around 300-600m on generally good weather, well-maintained paths, and with easy access to local amenities.
You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500m with daily ascends of around 400-700m. You will also be facing high-altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.
In challenging trips/treks, you are likely to walk for 6-8 hours, cross steep hilly terrain, and occasional high passes with daily ascend and descend of around 500-1000m. You are likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days where you might be facing high-altitude air with low levels of oxygen and only basic facilities on some nights. Previous trekking experience, physical fitness, and positive attitude are therefore essential.
You will be walking for 6-8 hours per day or longer at a very high altitude with a tough daily ascend and descend of around 500-1000m. Strenuous treks also involve remote, wild environments with extreme weather at times and availability of only a few facilities, perhaps for extended periods. You will also be trekking on minor trails and difficult terrain including snow or scrambling sections and are therefore required to have a high level of physical fitness along with the optimal level of experience and a positive attitude.