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trip difficulty explained

Trip Difficulties Explained

Our Trip Difficulty Rating

In order to better understand the ratings, please bear in mind that even a trip marked ‘easy’ entails several hours of walking every day, although no hiking and minimal elevation gain. All our trips are active holidays, and you should be fit enough to walk at least for 2-3 hours consecutively (of course with rest stops for a snack, lunch, taking photos, and stopping for things to see on the way)….this is not a race after all!

  

1: EASY

Easy walking on well-marked trails, mostly 2-4 hours of daily walking. City-tours of up to 3 hours, two days of 5-6 hours of walking . Some elevation gain, but no sustained uphills or downhills.
Example:Normandy & Loire Valley

MODERATE

Moderate walking on well-marked trails, mostly 2-4 hours of daily walking. City tours of up to 3 hours, up to two days of 5-6 hours of walking with some elevation gain. Moderate sea kayaking, snorkeling and fishing. Participants have to be able to swim, and feel comfortable in a sea-kayak.
Example:
Country Walks in Provence
Baja California – The Vermillion Sea

MODERATE to DIFFICULT

Moderate to difficult walking on well marked trails, some steeper sections, both up and down. 500m (1500ft) maximum elevation in the Alps on most days, 1-2 days can be up to 1000m (3300ft) elevation gain per day. Some narrow, rocky trails. Some scree slopes. Some trails are a bit more rugged, due to the regional geography. 4-8 hours of daily walking. Day-pack only.
Examples:
Coastal Walks in CreteChamonix Trails (difficulty can vary with the ability of our clients)
Slovenia & The Julian Alps
The Scottish Highlands.

DIFFICULT

*Difficult walking on some well-marked trails, but also some cross-country hiking. Scree slopes, some boulder-hopping, minimal ridge-walking with minimum exposure. 6-9 hours of daily walking, consecutively for 6-11 days. 1200m (3600ft) maximum elevation gain per day. Day-pack and occasionally overnight pack. Maximum altitude in the Alps of 3,000m (10,000ft), in the Himalaya, of 5600m (16,800ft).
Examples:
Tour du Mont Blanc
The Great Dolomites Traverse
The Annapurna Sanctuary
Haute Route Classic Hike.

STRENUOUS

*Very strenuous walking on unmarked trails with mostly cross-country hiking. Scree slopes, some scrambling, steep sections, both up and down. High probability of snow. Ridge walking with some exposure. Walking can be up to 10 hours a day, depending on conditions. Consecutive walking for a minimum of 6 days, 1500m (5500ft) maximum elevation gain per day. Day-packs and larger. Maximum altitude in the Himalaya 5600m (17000ft). Maximum altitude in the Alps: 3200m (10500ft).
Examples:
Tour de Monte Rosa
Everest Villages &Base Camp Trek.

 

*Early season alpine trips (June) could encounter deep snow pack from residual snows, icy sections from low nocturnal temperatures and landslides due to warming diurnal temperatures. We avoid cancelling trips due to trail conditions but if the guide deems the trail too dangerous, modifications will be made to the trip itinerary, which could mean using public transportation to skirt around sections of the planned route. The guide’s word is FINAL.

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