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Hiking – Trekking Difficulty Grades-Levels

Hiking – Trekking Difficulty Grades- Levels

There are many details to calculate and put together to find out the difficulty grade of each trail for each member, easy for someone may be extreme for others regarding the health and fitness condition.

Trip Participants – please keep in mind that there are many variables when calculating trip difficulty so when in doubt, ask questions! Trip Leaders want you to enjoy your trip and they will happily answer any questions you may have.

The guidelines below should give you a general idea on what to expect from your walking or cycling holiday. Mind that hiking and cycling times and distances are strongly affected by the steepness of terrain and elevation change i.e. a 10 km easy hike may take 3 hours along a fairly flat route but a 10 km moderate hike up and downhill over steeper terrain may take 5-6 hours. Therefore if in doubt it is better to refer to both time and distance.


Easy – Hiking

For most people, young and old in good health. No more than 300 m (1000 ft) of elevation gain and no more than 10 km (6 mi) hiking. The trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light daypack (less than 5kg, 11 lbs) with snacks and lunch and raingear. Up to 5 hours on the trail.

Easy – Trekking

For most people, young and old in good health. No more than about 500 m (1640 ft) of elevation gain and no more than about 10 -12 km (6 – 8 mi) hiking each day. The trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light daypack with snacks, lunch, and raingear. Up to 5 hours on the trail each day


Moderate – Hiking

For most people in good health that do some exercise regularly. Hiking is no more than 16 km (10 mi) and elevation gain no more than 500 m (1500 ft). Trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light (less than 5kg, 11 lbs) daypack with lunch and snacks and rain gear. Minimum of 5 hours on the trail and up to 8 hours can be expected

Moderate- Trekking

For most people that are in good health and exercise regularly. Hiking each day can go up to about 16 -18 km (10 – 12 mi) and elevation gain should not be more than 1000 meters (3280 f). Trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light day backpack with lunch, snacks and rain gear. Each day is usually a minimum of 5 hours on the trail and some days up to 8 hours on the trail can be expected.


Challenging – Hiking

For someone in good physical health and in good hiking condition. The hiking day has up to 20 km (12 mi) of hiking and/or significant elevation gain, but usually no more than 1000 m (3280 ft) of elevation gain. The trails are mostly in good condition but some parts could be on poor trails. The backpack should be light (less than 7 kg, 15 lbs) day backpack with lunch, snacks, and water, also rain-gear and possibly some other equipment issued by the guide if necessary (for example crampons, headlamp, ice axe or other equipment). Usually 8 hours on the trail, but up to 10 hours can be expected.

Challenging – Trekking

For someone in good physical health and in good hiking condition. Each day has up to 25 km (15 mi) of hiking and/or significant elevation gain but no more than 1000 meters (3280 f) of elevation gain. The trails are mostly in good condition but some parts could be on poor trails. The backpack should be a light day backpack with lunch, snacks, water, rain-gear and possibly some other equipment issued by the guide if necessary (for example crampons, headlamp, ice axe or other equipment). Days can be up to 8 hours on the trail and occasional longer days can be expected.


Demanding – Hiking

For someone in good physical condition with prior hiking experience. Hiking can be in excess of 20 km (12 mi). Elevation gain can be up to 1000 m (3300 ft). The trails are mostly in good condition but some parts could be off-trail. Steep or exposed sections can also be expected. The backpack should be adequate for food, water and extra clothing for the day and also additional equipment provided by the guide such as crampons, ice axe or other equipment. Weight of backpack should not exceed 10 kg or 22 lbs. Days can be long but should not be in excess of 10 hours on the trail.

Demanding – Trekking

For someone in the good physical condition and with prior hiking experience. Each day can be in excess of 20 km (12 mi). Elevation gain can be up to 1000 meters (3300 feet). The trails are mostly in good condition but some parts could be off-trail. Steep sections can also be expected. The backpack should be adequate for food, water, and extra clothing for the day and also additional equipment provided by the guide such as crampons, ice axe or other equipment. Days can be long but should not be in excess of 10 hours on the trail


Extreme – Hiking

For someone in the very good physical condition and with prior hiking experience. The day can be but not necessarily in excess of 20 km (12 mi). Elevation gain can be but not necessarily in excess of 1500 m (5000 ft). Hiking is usually off-trail or on poor trails. Steep or exposed sections can be expected. The backpack should be adequate for food, water and extra clothing, also additional equipment provided by the guide such as crampons, ice axe or other equipment. Days can be long but should not be in excess of 15 hours on the trail. This can be a glacier hike so check equipment list carefully

Extreme – Trekking

For someone in very good physical condition and with prior hiking experience. Each day can be in excess of 20 km (12 mi). Elevation gain can be up to 1500 meters or more (5000 feet). Hiking is usually off-trail or on poor trails. Steep or exposed sections can be expected. The backpack should be adequate for food, water, cooking equipment, and extra clothing for multiple days and also additional equipment provided by the guide such as crampons, ice axe or other equipment. Days can be long but should not be in excess of 12 hours on the trail.


 

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