Tourdust Trek Gradings

When choosing your trek it’s vital to make sure you select a route that matches your abilities. To help you chose we have graded all of our treks as being either gentle, moderate, challenging or demanding. To see which category your chosen trek falls into take a look at the “Is it for me” tab on the relevant trek page.

If you’re still unsure or would like to further information please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we’ll connect you with a member of the team who has trekked in the area you’re interested in. Based on their experience they'll talk you though the route and give you the low down on what to expect. If it seems like the trek isn't quite right for you they'll suggest alternative options or, if possible, create a tailor made experience.  

GENTLE TREKS
For our gentle treks you just need to be reasonably fit and healthy and ready to enjoy a day out in the mountains. Before setting off you will discuss the route with your guide to ensure that the trek will be enjoyable and manageable for your fitness level. Some or all of the following conditions may apply:

- Typical trek length: Typically 2-5hrs per day

- Typical conditions underfoot: Mostly well-worn tracks

- Typical Altitude: Usually less than 2,500m. Most people will feel no real effects at this height although you may find you become short of breath quicker than usual when walking.

 - Flexibility: There are usually opportunities to shorten or lengthen the trek length on the day

MODERATE TREKS
Our moderate treks are perfect for those who are reasonably fit, healthy and are used to walking regularly (medium to long walks). You can expect some long days of walking and some steep ascents but these are accomplishable and will give you a great sense of achievement. Some or all of the following conditions may apply:

- Typical trek length: Typically 4-6 hrs walking per day

- Typical conditions underfoot: Mostly well-worn tracks. Some terrain tricky underfoot, loose scree and walking through fallen rock.

- Typical Altitude: Usually less than 3,000m. Most people will feel no really effects at this height although you may find you become short of breath quicker than usual when walking.

- Flexibility: There are usually opportunities to shorten / lengthen trek length on the day

CHALLENGING TREKS
Our challenging treks require a good level of participant health, fitness and determination. These treks are for those who are already used to trekking for successive days and are not likely to be put off by overnighting in locations with basic facilities.  Many of our challenging treks include some time at altitude (3000m +). Some or all of the following conditions may apply:

- Typical trek length: Typically 4-9 hrs walking per day with occasional longer days (10-12h)

- Typical conditions underfoot: Uses worn paths and occasional dirt roads. Terrain often tricky underfoot, loose scree and walking through fallen rock. Steep slopes and traverses.

- Typical Altitude: Treks go above 3,000m. Head-aches, sickness, loss of appetite and stomach upsets are possible. All symptoms should be reported and updated to your guide immediately. Drink lots of water and take it easy.

- Flexibility: Although short-cuts may be available, there may not always be opportunities to shorten walking days

DEMANDING TREKS
Our hardest treks require participants to be fit, healthy and very determined, used to strenuous mountain days and have prior (and similar) mountaineering experience. Technical knowledge is sometimes a prerequisite. Many of our challenging treks include some time at altitude (3000m +) and / or traverses with limited alternative options if you are struggling with the trek. Some or all of the following conditions may apply:

- Typical trek length: Long days of 6 - 9 hrs walking. Occasional longer days (10-12h)

- Typical conditions underfoot: Uses worn paths, off-path and occasional dirt roads. Terrain often tricky underfoot, loose scree and walking through fallen rock. Steep slopes and traverses. In some cases, steep snow and ice requiring crampons and ice axes

- Typical Altitude: Treks go above 3,000m. Head-aches, sickness, loss of appetite and stomach upsets are possible. All symptoms should be reported and updated to your guide immediately. Drink lots of water and take it easy.

- Flexibility: Some treks may be traverses with limited alternative options

 

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