Trip Grades of Difficulty

Trekking and Alpine Mountaineering Grades in Nepal   

Trekking and alpine mountaineering grade are explained on the basis of geographical location, topographical diversity, altitude level, duration of trekking, walking time, type of activities as well as route features and technical difficulties. Grading system on trekking, peak climbing, and expedition in Nepal is very subjective and therefore may vary while experiencing in the real world. Various factors like individual fitness level, weather conditions affect the difficulty level of any trekking and alpine mountaineering in Nepal. So that difficulty can increase due to the bad weather.

High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. Trekking and alpine mountaineering in Nepal can be done by all levels of trekkers; if they think themselves fit and have a strong desire and dream. Based on the region and trips, the trip grade can be divided into five different categories. Basically, it applies to trek, peak climbing, and expedition. If you need help choosing a trip, please consult with our experienced team of Mera Alpine Treks, who are happy to suggest which trips would be suitable for you.

Level 1 - Easy

Time Period: Around one week tours

Altitude: Below 3,000 meter of elevation.

Activities: Tours, Hiking, Excursion, Sightseeing in cities.

Fitness: Suitable for any age group and family trips, do regular activities and works.

Technical Difficulty: You do not find any difficulties during the trek.

Level 2 - Average

Time Period: 10-30 days, about 4-6 hours walking capabilities per day.

Altitude: Reach around 5,000 meter of high altitude range 

Activities: Trekking and High Passes. Trails will nor easy nor tough.

Fitness: Needed basic physical fitness by walking and regular activities.    

Technical Difficulty: You need to have acclimatization over 3,000 meters.

Level 3 - Moderate

Time Period: 10-30 days, generally 4-8 hours walking capabilities per day.

Altitude: Around 6000 meter elevation, normal knowledge about high altitude sickness.

Activities: Trekking and Peak Climbing. Traveling over snow-covered mountain.

Fitness: Required acclimatization with average physical fitness by walking, running and regular activities.

Technical Difficulty: Using basic equipment like rope, ice axe, climbing boot and crampons. Previous trekking and climbing experience is not necessary.

Level 4 - Strenuous

Time Period: 30-50 days and around 4-10 hours walking capabilities per day.

Altitude: Altitude ranges around 7,000 meter, good knowledge on high altitude sickness.  

Activities: Trekking and Climbing Expedition. Adventure mountaineering on snow. 

Fitness: Required enough acclimatization. You must have Good physically and mentally fitness by physical fitness training, running and cycling.

Technical Difficulty: Basic climbing training or ability to use all climbing gear. Required previous trekking or climbing experience.

Level 5 - Challenging

Time Period: 30-90 days and 4-12 hours walking capabilities per day.

Altitude: Around 8,000 meter altitude range and perfect knowledge about high altitude mountain sickness.

Activities: Trekking and Climbing Expedition. Extremely adventure mountaineering on snow.

Fitness: Required excellent physical and mental fitness by physical fitness training, running and cycling. And required enough acclimatization.

Technical Difficulty: Climbing and mountaineering skills are required with previous climbing experience at high altitude level.