GRADING (Trek Difficulty)
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 on request.
2 - Moderate
Moderate trekking 900m/3,000ft. and 3,000m/10,000ft.
but possibly involving side trips to higher elevations.
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.
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.