How to chose my trip

Our walking and adventure trips are designed for people that love, enjoy and practise outdoor sports. Choosing the adequate level of fitness for each trip is essential for you enjoyment and group dynamics on your departure. Thats why we have this important section on our website with icons, colors and easy explanations, so you know whats the best for you.

However, our guides know how to adjust the itineraries and activities according to group abilities without compromising your or the group security. Of course some activity days will “feel “more challenging to some people, as we all have different perception and abilities. The grading system provided here is only a general guide, we recommend yo to read carefully the trip notes for each trip.

En ruta por el Tour del Mont Blanc

How fit I am?

In order to give a grade to a specific trip, we consider the following aspects:

 

Degrees of difficulty

Grade A: Easy

No previous walking experience required. Any person that makes some regular excersise on weekends will be able to do this trip without any difficulty.

Duration of the route

Type of terrain

Altitude

Weather and temperatures

Accessibility and comfort

Short walks to aces places of interest, 1 -3 hours of walking Clean footpaths, unmetaled roads, occasionally tarmac sections and generally clean underfoot Low altitude, no noticeable ascents or descents Generally good weather with no substantial changes Easy access to villages and many escape routes reachable by vehicles.

Grade B: Moderate

Not huge experience required, but some. Those who walk regularly at weekends and/ or run on week days can do moderate walks. Having general good health and fitness are important. The trips on this grade are for 5 hiking day trip (usually 3 hiking days, followed by a day off and 2 more hiking days) Or alternatively 4 consecutive hiking days of similar length and ascent.

Duration of the route

Type of terrain

Altitude

Weather and temperature

Accessibility and comfort

Occasionally longer days, with average of 5 to 7 hiking hours day (stops included) Generally footpaths on good terrain No major ascents/descents, from 5oo to 900 in a journey. Some chilly days at summits or mountain passes in winter Generally good access to the walks and places of interest, with vehicle transfers/ and /or bar at the end of the walks!

Grade C: Challenging

Being fit is important, you might even have to train or asses yourself before doing this trip. Trip with this grade means more than 5 hiking days on a row, with hiking days over 8 hours of activity, occasionally with mountain passes at altitude(over 2300 mt) and steep ascents and descents. You muxt be used to carry an 8-10 kg backpack for long days. It would be ideal to have previous experience o these kind of trips, but is not essential if you are aware of your fitness and stamina. You must be familiar with your mountain clothing and equipment and now how to use it perfectly.

Duration of the route

Type of terrain

Altitude

Weather and temperature

Accessibility and comfort

From 7 to 10 hours of hiking daily, including mountain passes and maybe rocky scrambling sections. Rocky terrain mostly, loose rocks or long scree descents. It may include sections where the use of hands is necessary to progress. It will include mountain passes at more than 1800 mts, or several of them and accumulated ascents descents of 1600 mts or more. Classic mountain journeys where weather can change suddenly, and rain/snow can be expected at any departure any time of the year, including july/august at Mont Banc massif for example. No shelted areas for rain/ bad weather on route. Access to roads are more than 2 hour walk.

Grade D: Tough

Designed for those used to long multi journey trekking trips on self sufficient basis, where you will be carrying all your personal equipment, food and water for days. There are our most ambitious trips. It is essential to have good experience on similar trips, where theres no external support. You need to be conscious of your physical and mental skills to complete (and enjoy) a trip of this type.

Duration of the route

Type of terrain

Altitude

Weather and temperature

Accessibility and comfort

Often more than 10 hours hiking a day. Difficult terrain including snow sections, ice, glacier crossing or scrambling around big boulders. The use of hands will be necessary in one or more sections, important to have good sense of balance an no vertigo to negotiate some passes. Ascents and descents of more than 1600 mt and long sections at altitude. You must be prepared for extreme low temperatures, being exposed in areas with no rain or wind shelters. Remote treks to places with no access to roads.

Intermediate grading

We have created this intermediate grading in order to offer a very precise grade, or when a trip can be found in more than one grade for several reasons. Sometimes it could be a variation on certain walking days, sometimes would be because the walk offered on the free day (maybe a summit). In any case the grade can vary substantially according to the time of the year. The info provided here wants to be a general guide. It is always better to see what the trip notes says for your specific trip, or even better drop us a line and let us know your concerns. Remember that the success and enjoyment on your trip starts here, by choosing the right trek !

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Technical trip

Viaje técnico

This means there will be sections of the trip where abseiling or being roped up will be necessary for the progress of the activity. Passengers must be used to heights and no suffer from vertigo in anycase.

Cultural

Viaje con un importante componente cultural

Strong Cultural context where the trip takes place: This will include heritage of any kind and we will take time during the trek to visit castles, old buildings, churches and will get proper explanations about the sites.

Trekking

Viaje de treking

Walking trip on footpaths and tracks. One or more hiking days. Variable difficulty.

 

Botanical

Viaje con importante componente botánico

Important Botanical content on the guided days. This means the itinerary will give priority to discover the botanical attractions off a specific area, and we will devote time to discover botanical species and learn about endemic plants, or monumental trees.

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