Why we use the grading system
Travelling on foot in mountains and hilly terrain is better measured in hours than in distance, as the steepness of the terrain, the altitude and the quality of the path defines how fast – or slow – you travel. In most walking or trekking programmes it simply does not make sense to mention the distance. That is why we use the grading system for the walking hours. Please note that the walking hours mentioned in our grading system is only indicative. There can be longer walking hours than mentioned, if the terrain is less demanding.
Easy hikes that anyone with good health can do. Short hikes of 2-4 hours a day. The paths are in good condition and mainly flat, and luggage is transported. Requires no special equipment.
Easier walking at reasonably good paths. The walking time will be 4-6 hours usually in hilly terrain. Everyone in good health and normal physical fitness can participate. Luggage is mostly transported and you only go with a lighter backpack. Requires good footwear such as trekking shoes or hiking boots.
Walking in hilly or mountainous terrain, with longer ascents and descents. You will walk 5-7 hours a day. Requires good fitness and good health, but no technical experience. Requires good footwear such as trekking or hiking boots.
Trekking with daily walks of 6-8 hours, often in difficult terrain and higher altitude. There will be longer ascents and descents. Requires endurance and strong knees and ankles. Requires good hiking boots and “outdoor” clothing. There will be major fluctuations in temperature.
Longer treks of several weeks, involving sleeping in tents and with daily walks of 6-8 hours in demanding terrain. There can be longer climbs over high passes in altitudes around 5.000 meters/17.000 feet. Requires good fitness and endurance ability. Previous trekking experience is recommendable. Requires good hiking boots and regular “outdoor” clothing. There will be major fluctuations in temperature.