GRADING (Trek Difficulty)
Grade 1 - Easy
Easy trekking, by Himalayan standards
is generally between 900m/3,000ft.
and 2,000m/6,500ft. There are
always plenty of 'ups and downs'
anywhere in the Himalaya and clients
need to be regular walkers to
get full enjoyment from their
experience. It is possible however
to design 'easier' three to four
day treks with perhaps only three
to four hours walking per day
Grade 2 - Moderate
Moderate trekking 900m/3,000ft.
and 3,000m/10,000ft. but possibly
involving side trips to higher
Grade 3 - Difficult
Reasonably demanding trekking
at altitudes up to 4,000m/13,000ft.
with side trips to higher elevations.
Some treks included here will,
in part, be well away from villages
on ill- defined mountain trails.
Grade 4 - Strenuous
Treks of a demanding nature, requiring
all participants to be fit and
in excellent health, often in
remote alpine areas and sometimes
reaching altitudes in excess of
5000m/18,000ft. Here we include
all Tibet trips primarily because
of the rigors of the climate and
overall altitude, varying between
Lhasa, at 3,700m/12,000ft., to
high pass crossing, by vehicle
or on foot in excess of 5,000m/16,000ft.
Extremely demanding treks sometimes
in very remote areas on rough
terrain and perhaps including
( in Nepal) one or more of the
so called 'trekking peaks' - maximum
altitude, Mt. Mera at 6,461m/21,192ft.
Participants should have at least
a basic knowledge of use of crampons
and ice axes, though first time
climbers may be accepted on some
of the so-called 'easy' routes
on these peaks. Medical certificates
are required prior to acceptance
on any climbing treks.