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Trekking Grading

Through Nepal Mother House Trekking’s standards and experience, we divide trekking into five types; namely Easy, Moderate, Moderate to Strenuous, Strenuous and Very Strenuous. The challenge is in terms of both technicality and geography. Trekking grading can help you choose a trek to climb in Himalayan that best suits your fitness level and experience. Please keep in mind that this is a general guide only. A variety of factors that including weather, may effect on our journey.

[I] Easy: Grade (*)

This type of trek can do who have neither previous trek experience nor any physical preparation. Such trips usually vary from 2 day hikes to 5 day trek and can reach up to an altitude of 3000m. During this trek generally well maintained paths pass through ridges and involve walking up to 5 hours each day.

[II] Moderate: Grade (**)

Moderate Treks will need at least 6-7 hours of walking a day and exhausting long distance walks, often through rough trails, rocks and boulders, crossing 4000m high altitude passes. Therefore, you will need some degree of physical and mental fitness, a positive attitude and interests, as well as previous hiking or camping experience. You should prepare to face high altitude for this trekking grade.

[III] Moderate to Strenuous: Grade (***)

This trek requires previous trekking experience and some technical knowledge. Besides walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours and crossing high passes around 5000m, you will also be crossings glaciers and snow/ice. You will face high altitude air with low levels of oxygen and continuous walking over huge High Himalaya valley. You will be required to have a positive attitude and determination.

[IV] Strenuous: Grade (****)

This is long hours of challenging walks in high altitude passes above 5000m, difficult terrain, and glaciers and snow make for long days. You need to be mentally and physically fit and health fitness. Really, this is part of technical requirements; it will be best have experience for rock and ice climbing and be able to use of ice axes and crampons. You should consider joining one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes before heading out for this grade of trekking.

[V) Very Strenuous: Grade (*****)

This category of trekking is best described as Alpine. This is suitable for those people, who have perfect physical fitness for high elevation trip and able to carrying a backpack themselves. It would be best, if you have basic knowledge of climbing. It covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6,500m. You will need to use axes and crampons including other good equipments.

Client Reviews

Tom Beavers, Seattle, WA (USA)

Karna, thank you so much for another wonderful trek. This is my 3rd trek with you - the first being the Annapurna Circuit and then a tour of the Everest region, starting at Jiri and then trekking up to Gokyo, going over Cho La, up to Kala Pattar and then up the Chukhung valley. I continue to learn so much about Nepal from you,..........

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