You must first make a realistic assessment of your fitness level and experience before taking on any trek. The table below shows how we grade our treks, but you should note that taking longer to do a particular trek may well reduce its difficulty. You must also consider altitude as a serious factor, as fitness levels are not necessarily an indicator as to ability to cope with high altitude. All treks to altitude contain acclimatisation days to help you achieve your goal.
Easy trekking involves walking for 4 to 5 hours a day, for 3 to 7 days, and at altitudes of no more than 2,000m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trek is best suited for first-time trekkers who lead a reasonably active life.
These involves longer treks of 5 to 10 days on maintained trails. They include day excursions to higher elevations but below 3,500m. It is desirable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks we climb from around 900m to 3,000m.
It is a reasonably demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. These are generally on defined trails. We walk around 6 to 7 hours a day for 10 to 15 days.
These treks must be fully supported. The altitude attained between 3500 to 5000m. & this trek also involves several night stays above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit & enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.
This trek is best described as Alpine Trek. This trek is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack as the treks sometime will be in very remote areas reaching crossing. During trek, you have to cross snow - covered passes in very remote areas or climb up to 6500m. There it is normally desirable to have some previous experience of handling axes & crampons. It is essential to accept medical certificates prior to start the trek.