Physical Ratings Explained

Physical Ratings Explained

Each of our trips and courses has a physical rating. To determine this, we consider a number of factors to help you find the adventure that best suits you. This includes factors such as the length of the trek, available support (such as porters), the technicality of the day and the altitude reached. Physical Rating : Moderate

All of our trips are active and include walking each day, however some courses, such as our navigation courses, involve a lot of stop and start. This helps to make the day less physically demanding. Anyone fit & healthy enough to complete a day walking can manage a Moderate rated trip or course. We will likely spend around half of the day walking, with as ends not exceeding 300-500m Physical Rating : Challenging

Challenging rated days or trips will often have either longer days or shorter more difficult days. A reasonable level of fitness will be needed, and in some cases, we may be carrying heavier packs with camping equipment, such as our Discover Wild Camping course. Ascents on these days could be up to about 600-1,000m Physical Rating : Tough

It is important to have good fitness for these days. Our 'Tough' rated treks often involve long days, usually in remote areas and at a higher altitude, such as our Everest Base Camp trek. Some previous trekking experience is ideal, but, as long as your confidence in your fitness, it isn't compulsory. Ascents can be up to 1,200m in a day, and can involve long days out on the trail. Physical Rating : Demanding

A physically Demanding rated trip requires experience at trekking, and ideally at altitude. There may also be the need for technical equipment such as ice axe and crampons, and we will be reaching high altitudes that can put a lot of strain on the body, such as our Mera Peak Summit trip. These trips are often very remote and with little access to the usual day-to-day amenities. You may be on your feet for about 11 hours, so a good level of fitness is needed for these trips.