When you are going to choose a tour, it is important to join a tour that is suitable to your physical abilities. Our tour grading system is meant to give you an idea of the level of fitness and skiing or hiking experience required for each tour. if you follow our guidelines, you will get a holiday that best suits your ability and needs. We believe we have a tour to suit everyone, choose from our easy going through to the more challenging tours.
When grading a trip, the following factors are considered;
Length of trek and walking day
Weather conditions and temperature range
Remoteness of local services and general level of comfort
Average altitude, maximum altitude and average gain/loss per day
We rate each tour from 1 to 5 stars based on the level of physical exertion involved. Below is a guide to our technical gradings for trips.
COMFORTABLE /EASY THROUGHOUT / BASIC / LEISURELY
Not physically challenging. These are relatively straightforward and not technically difficult. Accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and average mobility. Tours may involve sightseeing on foot, some climbing of stairs. Treks are short in duration and at lower altitudes. Designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip packed with interest.
MODERATE /NOT DIFFICULT
Still pretty easy. Tours require a higher level of fitness and may include longer periods of sightseeing. Requires a spirit of adventure and some fitness, as the trip may involve more activities or longer journeys. You should be able to comfortably participating in up to three hours of physical activity per day on most days, including walking at an easy pace, sometimes on uneven terrain, climbing stairs etc.
Some physical activity (Walkers of average fitness, Basic skills.) required, Tour is designed for people who lead active lives and can comfortably participate in up to five hours of physical activity per day on most days, including longer walking tours. Fitness is important at this grade and you may have to improve yours before departure. Tours require a good level of fitness, as they are physically more demanding. They may involve hiking, and some travel to remote, high altitude areas where facilities are less developed.
Good fitness recommended. We recommend previous experience of trekking. A more serious and technical undertaking involving long and exposed climbing on snow, rock and ice. Competent rope work, efficiency of movement and good technical skills are required. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain. Walking days are usually between six and eight hours, although they may be longer for passes or peaks. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain. designed for the experienced hiker or those walkers who love a good challenge. They offer the longest daily hikes with more elevation gain and will often test your endurance by having you walk all day.
A more serious and technical undertaking involving long and exposed climbing on snow, rock and ice. Competent rope work, tricky river crossings, very high or difficult passes, glaciers, or trekking peaks, efficiency of movement and good technical skills are required. Specialist pieces of equipment like ice axes and crampons will be needed, and you should have experience of using them.