Adrift Adventures


Trekking in Nepal
Trekking Information
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P. O. Box.: 19538, Thamel, Kathmandu , Nepal

Tel.: 977-1-4255715, 4255702
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 Trekking in Nepal   • Trekking Grade

The trekking difficulty may vary with every person. To enjoy trekking in Nepal, you need to be reasonably fit even though no mountaineering experience is required. Fitness level could be enhanced by pre – trek training of hill – walking, jogging or cycling and other sports. It is essential to choose a trek that is well within your capabilities. To simplify trekking grade system, we have taken the following factor in account:

Type of terrain
Maximum altitude and the time spend in high altitude
Weather factor
Length of trekking

Grade I
Trekking to altitudes of about 3000 m/10000ft or less, easy walking holidays with
the occasional longer walk falls in Grade 1. These trips can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life. The trek (walking part of the itinerary) is eight days or less. The degree of vehicle support is high, and there are opportunities for rest days. Up to 5 hrs and 12 miles per day.

Grade II
Easy to moderate trekking to altitudes between 2000m/6500 ft and 3500m/11500 ft for up to 6 hours a day. Grade 2 tours involve some longer walks. Some previous hill-walking experience is desirable. They may best be described as mild. Up to 6.5 hours / 15 miles per day.

Grade III
Moderate trekking to altitudes of 3000 m/10000 ft to 4000 m/13000 ft for up to 7 hours a day, sometimes including excursions or pass crossings up to 5000 m/16500 ft.
Some pre-trek training is advisable. Hill walking experience, a reasonably fit body and good stamina are essential for these kinds of treks. Walking will be up to 8 hours / 20 miles per day. These treks are generally longer (minimum 2/3 weeks) and more strenuous (long ascents/descents, steep gradients, rough ground, some backpacking).

Grade IV
strenuous trekking to altitudes predominantly above 4,000 m/13,000 ft. with excursions and pass crossings of between 5,000 m/16,000 ft and 6000 m/19,200 ft. Pre-trek training is essential. You need to be very fit for these tours, be familiar with mountain walking, be capable of carrying a backpack, and possess a fair degree of stamina. We include treks which involve river, moraine, glacier and snow crossing in this category.

Grade V
A high level of fitness and experience of walking on scree, snow, ice and packed snow is required. There will be ice axes, crampons and, in some cases, ropes used. Climbs however are non-technical. The altitude would be predominantly above 4,000m/13,000ft with quite a few nights above 5,000m/16,000ft. Some climbing experience and elementary knowledge of the use of crampons and ice axe are essential.