Grading is always subjective, but we have taken the following into consideration when we graded our trips: altitude, speed of altitude gain, terrain, gradient of ascents and descents, length of trekking days and remoteness of the trek.
Involves only a few days of trekking and is suitable for anyone in good health who enjoys walking. Low altitude and broad, well travelled trails are characteristic. Expect some stretches of ascent or descent.
East Africa: Safari extension
Morocco : Essaouira Coastal Extension
Morocco: Merzouga Camels & Sahara Extension
Morocco: Southern Desert Trek
Morocco: Zagora Camels & Sahara Extension
Nepal: A Taste of Bhutan
Nepal: A Taste of Tibet
Nepal: Chitwan National Park Extension
Nepal: Nepal Explorer
Nepal: Pokhara Extension
Nepal: White Water Rafting Extension
Suitable for fit walkers used to full days in hilly or mountainous terrain. Such treks generally involve some steep stretches of ascent and descent. Altitude mostly below 4500m with not usually more than 1000m of ascent or descent in a day. Daily walking typically 5-7 hours.
Bhutan : Druk Path
India: Nanda Devi – Milam Valley
Morocco: Mt Toubkal Tour & Ascent
Nepal: Annapurna Sanctuary
Nepal: Arun Valley
Nepal: Bhairav Kund
Nepal: Bhara Pokhari
Nepal: Dudh Kund
Nepal: Everest Luxury Lodge trek
Nepal: Gompas & Sherpas of Everest
Nepal: Helambu Skyline
Nepal: Kingdom of Mustang Nepal: Korchen
Nepal: Korchen & Siklis
Nepal: Langtang Valley
Nepal: Poon Hill
Nepal: Tamang Trail
Longer treks which may include more difficult terrain or longer trekking days, or may be more remote. May spend one or more days above 5000m. Suitable for regular mountain walkers.
Bhutan : Laya Trek
India: Ladakh: Lamayuru to Alchi
India: Ladakh: Markha Valley & 3 Passes Trek
Kenya : Mt Kenya
Nepal: Annapurna / Manaslu Panorama
Nepal: Annapurna Circuit
Nepal: Around Manaslu
Nepal: Everest Base Camp & Kalar Pattar
Tibet : Lhasa to Kathmandu via Rongbuk
Tibet : Mt Kailash – Sacred Peak
Longer treks with steep ascents and descents and several days above 5000m. Trails may be rougher, and more time is spent in remote, uninhabited areas. Some days of walking may be 8 hours or more.
Challenging trekking with many days above 5000m crossing high passes and steep ascents and descents. Many of our trekking peaks are in this grade. Winter mountaineering skills required.