Most treks will be suitable for anyone in good health who possess a good fitness level and a matching level of confidence and spirit of adventure. Nonetheless, we recommend that you be realistic in choosing your trek. To assist you in choosing a trek that is appropriate for your fitness level, we utilize a grading system with five levels, based on the length, climate, elevation, and particular challenges of each trek.
If you can walk 4-6 hours a day, you should not have any problems with this level of the trek. You should be reasonably fit and healthy, but no prior trekking experience is needed. You will only be ascending 300-600m on any day, over well-maintained paths that are well-served by local amenities. You will not be trekking above moderate elevations or under extreme weather conditions.
Moderate treks involve daily hikes of up to 7 hours. While not required, some previous hiking or camping is beneficial. Terrain can be hilly and trails can be rough, but the weather is normally not extreme. We may ascend between 400-700m each day, reaching a maximum elevation of about 5500m. Good fitness and attitude will be needed since you will be dealing with thinner air at the higher altitudes reached on certain days of your trek.
For adventurers with previous hiking experience, a very good fitness level, and a confident and positive outlook, these treks offer an exciting opportunity. They may involve steep climbs to high passes, with daily walks between 6 and 8 hours. The daily elevation gain or loss may be as much as 1000m, and will typically be at least 500m. You may be trekking in remoter regions that offer only basic facilities, and you will need to be prepared for extreme weather.