Grading of walks is essential in order to indicate to you whether the trip is suitable for you or not. However grading is a subjective analysis and these grades should be taken as a guideline only. Our grades take into account a combination of the distance walked, the toughness of the terrain, the altitude, the remoteness, climate, the overall length of the whole tour and the degree of comfort to be expected. Please do consult us if you have specific concerns about any aspect of our tours.
A is easy – for anyone of any age. Plenty of rest stops and time to enjoy the local scenery. The trip will not solely consist of walking each day, allowing time for sightseeing and touring the area using other forms of transportation.
B is moderate – for anyone who is a ‘regular’ hill walker. As above but offering longer stretches of walking on more rugged terrain.
C is fairly strenuous – for the keen hill walker. Trekking is sustained, often involving high ascents, but still with plenty of time for rest and relaxation at the end.
D is strenuous and at times challenging – A pre-trip ‘fitness regime’ will certainly aid the enjoyment factor. Certain trips do involve an element of ‘mountaineering’ or gentle scrambling – training will be given but previous competence is recommended. It is important that you do not ‘bite off more than you can comfortably chew’!
Please be aware that on some tours the above categories do overlap.