On Your Feet trips include a range of challenge levels and though many are very comfortable for people of all fitness levels, some are designed to satiate the human desire to achieve. Generally speaking the walking and hiking trips are easier than the treks and these in turn are easier than intense activities like skiing etc. However, what makes rating these trips is not just the distance and the terrain, but things like the weather, the duration of the trip and even the facilities en-route. For this reason our grades on this section are only an over-simplified guideline and we urge you to contact us if you are unsure.
Grade 1: Range of 2 to 4 hours of walking, on mostly flat terrain, on easy trails – good for people of all abilities and ages.
Grade 2: 4 to 6 hours of easy walking a day, at times on hilly terrains or through areas where paths are not well established. A reasonable level of fitness will serve you well.
Grade 3: Enjoyable challenge for the fit with some days of walking that can be over 5 hours, can include somewhat challenging climbs or are over rocky paths. You do need stamina, this is not for those who have fear of heights.
Grade 4: Strenuous, can include climbing to uncomfortable altitudes, 6 to 7 hours of being on your feet every day on mountainous terrain and can offer limited facilities en-route.
Grade 5: Very challenging and appropriate for those who are in excellent level of fitness, these are difficult treks may even need you to carry your own backpack through difficult altitudes. You may need special equipment and preferably experience.
Despite our best efforts to grade the trips, please remember that not all days will be alike on these trips – some will be more difficult or easier than the others. Speak to us if you are in doubt.