All visitors willing to undertake trekking in Nepal or elsewhere are advised to know beforehand about the grading of trek so that one can choose the trek with the right grade as per their ability and experience. Otherwise, it may invite problem during the trek on the way. An idea about the grading of trek has been given below. Please read it and if any questions, feel free to write to us.
EASY (GRADE I)
Short treks of 4 to 6 hours in average a day for a period of not more than 10 days duration with a gain of maximum altitude of 3,500 m are categorized as an easy trek. It can be easily undertaken even by those people who do not have any previous trekking/mountaineering/rock climbing experience. Especially in Nepal, magnificent view of the high Himalaya with a direct exposure to the rural people and culture can be enjoyed without crossing the height of 3,500 m.
MODERATE (GRADE II)
Short treks of 6 to 7 hours in average a day with a length of 10 – 14 days involving a maximum altitude gain of 4,500 m are categorized as moderate treks. Obviously, it is a little harder than the easy one. However, it can be undertaken by the people of all ages with a good physical fitness. This trek also does not require any prior trekking or mountaineering or rock climbing experience. Even the aged people, but physically fit can do this trek in Nepal.
DIFFICULT (GRADE III)
Long treks with a duration of 2 to 3 weeks or even the shorter treks involving some steep ascents and descents requiring one to cross over the high passes and glaciers are categorized as a difficult trek. Usually, the grade III trek requires one to walk for 6 to 8 hours a day in average. The trek may pass the highest elevation of around 5,500 m maximum.
STRENUOUS (GRADE IV)
The strenuous trek involves trekking in the high altitude area ranging from 5,500 m to 6,000 m with an average walking of 7-9 hours a day. The trek may pass through the remote areas with steep ascents and descents, dense forest, snowy high passes, glaciers, moraines and so on. So, the trekkers willing to undertake this trek should be physically fit and trained in climbing with a prior trekking experience in the high altitude mountainous area. The trek may require climbing equipments as well.