Trekking Grades

The grading system for all our treks is that most commonly used on the Himalayan trails. However, it may be very different from any system you have come across before. Also, it is virtually impossible to have a fool-proof system, as everyone has different expectations and perception of their own fitness levels, as well as coming from different cultures and countries where words and labels may have very different connotations. While it is certain that you will return home both physically and mentally refreshed from your yoga trek, no trek or walk in the Himalayas is an afternoon stroll, they all involve going up & down at altitude. Spending extended periods of time at altitude, particularly when it's a new experience, affects everyone differently. Please visit our Altitude Sickness page for more information.

Grade I and II treks do not require any previous experience but you will benefit from some preparation before you set off. Any aerobic activity like cycling, running, swimming or brisk walking is a great preparation for a trek in the Himalayas. Grade III treks require good fitness level and some previous experience with altitude would be beneficial but not essential.

Grade 1 : Easy Trek

Grade I treks are designed to be enjoyed by anyone. For trekkers who do not have any previous experience or who just want a taste of trekking in Nepal, we offer a range of destinations. Grade I treks still involve walking up and down gradual hills, on well-defined trails and daily walking of 3 to 5 hours along good passable trails, at your own comfortable pace. Up to 3000 meters in altitude about 10 km per day, usually for 3-8 days. These treks are suitable for most people including younger children. Trekking in this category is also well suited to family groups or those with limited time. These lower altitude treks often provide a combination of the cultural aspect with trekking through villages, some forests, paddy fields and great mountain panoramas. Examples are Panchassee, Sirubari and Sikles yoga treks.

Grade 2 : Moderate Trek

Grade II treks present more of a challenge to first time trekkers and are a bit tougher than Grade I but still it is not essential to have previous experience. In this sector, we have included trekking at the higher altitudes in Annapurna and Langtang regions. The treks will reach elevations up to 4,500 meters and they involve more walking up and down, may be steep and sometimes slightly higher, where you will be rewarded with close-up views of great mountains. The treks in these categories are still suitable for people of all ages although smaller children may find them a bit challenging. Average fitness level is still appropriate for this trek grade but some preparation prior to the trek would be very beneficial. Examples are Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp, Kopra Ridge, Mardi Himal, Jomsom and Upper Mustang.

Grade 3 : Strenuous Trek

Grade III treks present a physical challenge as well as altitude challenge. Appreciation of adventure travel is also important, as traveling conditions can be tough and strenuous at times. Trekking involves some steeper up and down on well-defined trails and altitudes may exceed 5,500 meters. Previous trekking experience or altitude experience is of great benefit here but may not be necessary if the person is in good physical condition and good fitness level with pre-trek aerobic preparation. Examples include Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit and some Langtang region treks.

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