Nepal is the best trekking destination in the world with the vast altitude variation from 600m to 8848m. Nepal grades treks to provide information about the difficulties of trek. This system is based on a variety of factors such as remoteness, time spent above 3,000m, highest altitude, condition of the trail, altitude gained each day, distance and technical ability. The reason for the grade is so a trekker can select a route that fits their ability. Treks are graded from easy to adventurous. Royal Nepal Group suggests you to choose a grade according to your health, physical fitness and experience trekking in remote and high altitude. Judge yourself to match your fitness level and decide which trek would be best for you.
Grade 01 (Easy)
In this trekking grade, any person can trek these routes that lives a reasonably active and fit life without prior experience. Easy trekking is generally between 900m to 2500m above sea level. Walking sections must not exceed 5 to 6 hours a day. Mostly, easy trekking is suitable for couples with young children as well as aged people.
Grade 02 (Moderate)
Moderate trek is quite harder in comparison to easy trek. Moderate trek include 5 to 7 hours walking each day between the altitudes of 1500m – 3200m. Grade two requires some previous hill walking or moderate walking experience. Even an elderly person or a child who are fit and have hiking experience are fit enough to do this trek.
Grade 03 (Strenuous)
Strenuous treks require previous experience of some moderate or easy trekking. People who suffer from high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease and complicated medical conditions should not try this trek. Strenuous treks include 5 to 6 hours hiking each day up to an altitude of 4000m. This trip can be operated according to the client demand. Only physically and mentally fit persons should attempt this level.
Grade 04 (Very Strenuous)
Very Strenuous treks require some previous mountain hiking experience. The elevations range from 3500m to 5500m and approximately 5-6 hours walking per day. Trekkers must be fully supported by the trekking agency. Some of the trekking days are slightly more difficult and longer. Persons who wants to do this trek must be fit to walk in remote, snow covered passes.
Grade 05 (Challenging)
Challenging treks are limited to a person who has an excellent health, capable of carrying backpack, able to cross glaciers and snow, and have mountaineering skills. Furthermore, the trekking must have knowledge and experience walking in remote wilderness. Trekkers must be fully supported by a trekking agency. The elevations range is higher than 5500m and approximately 5-6 hours walking per day. Challenging treks can also be peak climbing and mountaineering.