Below you will find walk grade specifications to assist you when choosing one of our walks. If you're unsure of your fitness level or are introducing a person to hiking, try a short and easy walk first which you will enjoy. You can then extend yourself further as your experience and fitness improves. You do need to bare in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain, the height and length of ascents and descends, heat and the possibility of bad weather; all factors which can make a walk more difficult than anticipated.
Fitness is really important for these kinds of tours. Extended walks at home are a great example for these tours. Technical terrain is a plus for these tours, but also remoteness and altitude will play a significant role determining the level of difficulty. Walking days may extend as much as six and eight hours, crossing narrow passes or high peaks, with daily ascends of 900m to 1000m.
Taking part in Level E tours means you are fully aware of harsh conditions and high elevations. These tours tend to be multi day or specially and technically challenging. Level E Tours will most likely be rope assisted climbs, you will need ice axes or crampons. Fitness level must be outstanding in order to keep up with these tours. You can be on your feet for more than ten hours.