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. Therefore, it should only be taken as a reference before embarking for adventure in Nepal.

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. It is essential to choose a trek in Nepal that is fit to your capabilities and present health condition. 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.

Easy

Time Period: Around one week tours, short and easiest treks, around 4 hours walking in a day.

Altitude: Below 3,000 meters of elevation.

Activities: Tours, Hiking, Excursion, Sightseeing in cities. Transport by vehicle to places of interest than sightseeing on foot at each location and optional day walks on well-traveled trails.

Fitness: Highly suitable for any age group and family trips, do regular activities and works. Average rucksack weight 4-6 kg.

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

Average

Time Period: 8-15 days trekking itinerary, about 4-6 hours of hiking capabilities per day.

Altitude: Reach around 5,000 meters of high altitude range, little know about high altitude sickness  

Activities: Only Trekking. Well-traveled trails through villages and forests.  Trails will nor easy nor tough.

Fitness: Suitable for most people, needed basic physical fitness by walking and regular activities. Average rucksacks weight 6-8 kg.    

Technical Difficulty: You need to have acclimatization over 3,000 meters. If some problems appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup. You may get affected fast if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions.

Moderate

Time Period: Trekking activities 8-25 days routes, generally 4-8 hours walk every day.

Altitude: An elevation around 5,500 meters, normal knowledge about high altitude sickness.

Activities: Trekking and Cross High Passes. Well-traveled trails, ascend more on steep paths, hiking on a mix of rough steep paths, and traveling over snow-covered passes.

Fitness: Suitable for most people, required acclimatization with a good physical condition that can be achieved by some fitness training and regular activities. Average rucksacks weight 8-10 kg.

Technical Difficulty: Using basic equipment like rope, ice ax, and crampons to cross Himalayan passes with a guide when there is heavy snow. Previous climbing experience is not necessary for this. This level is beyond the basic, with some glacier travel and low angle snow or ice slopes which is an entry level climb.

Strenuous

Time Period: 10-30 days trekking or climbing and approximately 4-10 hours walking per day.

Altitude: Altitude ranges around 6,000 meters, good knowledge on high altitude mountain sickness.  

Activities: Trekking, High passes, and Peak climbing. The trail will be steep, slippery, rough, and rocky. Includes significant amounts of ascent and descent with some difficult snow passes and adventure peak climbing.

Fitness: Suitable for fit people. No doubt, you must be physically fit with ample stamina and good health conditions for this trip. The altitude becomes an obstacle, and it is really tough to walk that much. Average rucksacks weight 10-12 kg.

Technical Difficulty: Basic climbing training or ability to use all climbing gear to climb the peak with a climbing guide. These are serious climbs, which are likely to involve short sections of snow or ice up to 50 degrees and many pitches of ice or low-grade rock climbing. The difficulty can increase due to weather.

Challenging

Time Period: 30-73 days trekking on the higher altitudes and trek needs 4-12 hours walking per day.

Altitude: Around 7,000 meters to 8,000 meters and perfect knowledge about high altitude mountain sickness required.

Activities: Trekking, High Passes, Mountaineering climbing, and expedition. Trails include very rough, rocky, and hard routes with a long steep section on snow. Needed to be tackled professionally in a safe way and claim to be daredevil extreme adventure enthusiast.

Fitness: Challenging grade is for those who really love to do extremely adventurous trekkers and for seasoned mountaineers. Suitable for the extremely high-level excellent fit physically and mentally people. A person may suffer long-term fatigue after the trip.

Technical Difficulty: Extensive climbing and mountaineering skills are required with previous climbing experience at high altitude level. The most technically difficult climb in the world. Extremely danger pitches on steep ice or rock in extreme cold. High levels of the objective with the flawless technical ability to face sustained.