Trip Grading


Our trips are graded from Challenging (1) to Extreme or exploratory (5). It’s important to take into account your current fitness level and how much training you will be able to commit to before trip. In addition, for tougher trips in mountainous terrain we expect some training on rougher, more rocky mountain terrain, preferably taking into consideration a similar amount of height gain that is expected on the hardest day of your itinerary. We supply a thorough training guide when you register on the trip.



CHALLENGING – Trip Grade 1
This is our entry-level grade. Trips are designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but achievable for most people with a commitment to training and a can-do attitude. Please note this is called Challenging for a reason. It may be the lowest grade on our scale, but it is still not easy!
Expect to be trekking for an average of 6-7 hours per day, in a range of terrain, some of which could be exposed. It could be hot, humid, cold, windy, or rainy. Examples: Peak district 9 edges challenge


DEMANDING – Trip Grade 2
Some long days over tough terrain which require good stamina, fitness and a determined attitude. They are usually hillier than Challenging trips, have some longer days, or present other challenging aspects.
Examples: Coastal Freedom Trail


TOUGH – Trip Grade 3
Tough trips involve tough terrain. Weather, altitude, and/or basic living conditions are expected. They demand good fitness and a determined attitude. Trips with a significant time spent above altitudes of 3000m are usually graded Tough or higher.
Example: Annapurna sanctuary


INTENSE – Trip Grade 4
Intense trips involve exposed terrain and tough conditions, usually at altitude. As well as good fitness and stamina, they demand a determined approach and total commitment.
Examples: Pyrenees Freedom Trail, Wadi Rum & Petra


Extreme trips involve highly taxing terrain and conditions for the majority of the trip, often with extremes of temperature, at altitude. They may be exploratory to a new area or mountain range.
Examples: Kilimanjaro Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Basecamp trek