Tourism License No. 1791

Trip Grading

Our grading system applies specifically to our trips in the Himalayas, and so is relative for the trip programs listed on www.iciclesadventure.com. We have classified our Himalayan treks, tours, and peak climbing trips based on their expected level of difficulty depending upon altitude, terrain, and daily walking time, remoteness as well as length of trip. In the Himalayas trek distance is generally measured by the length of time it takes rather than mileage or kilometers, as the altitude and terrain are more significant than the actual distance of a journey. Please be aware that the altitude and daily walking figures are provided as a guide only. Detailed walking time and daily statistics for each trek can be attained in each of the detailed day to day itinerary. We have classified our trips as Easy, Gentle, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous and challenging based upon the altitude, terrain, daily walking time, remoteness and infrastructure, and length of trip.
Fitness Required
To take most out of our trips, a good level of overall fitness and health is required but you do not need to be an athlete. As an example, in most of our treks (not tours) you should be able to walk 8km/5 miles with a height gain of 600m/2,000ft with an 8-10kg rucksack in 2-3 hours. For all treks in Nepal you should be able to do better than this, and be able to repeat it over several consecutive days.

Please choose the appropriate trip for you after reading the detail day to day program and the trip grading

“Easy” Graded Trips
1) Walking time: transport by private vehicle to various places of interest then sightseeing on foot at each location, may involve few hours hike
2) Altitude: usually less than 3,000m.
3) Terrain: sightseeing in cities and some optional day walks on well-trodden trails.
4) Remoteness: City area, good level of infrastructure such as hotel accommodation and accessibility mobile phone network.
5) Appropriateness: most people in good health.

“Mild” Graded Trips
1) Walking times: average 4 to 6 hours walking per day for up to 8 days often including one acclimatization day
2) Altitude: up to 4,000m.
3) Terrain: for most of time following well-paved trails through villages with some daily ascents and descents.
4) Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as local lodge/teahouse accommodation and accessibility of mobile phone network.
5) Appropriateness: most fit people in good health who exercise regularly.

“MODERATE” Graded Trips
1) Walking times: average 5 to 7 hours walking per day for up to two weeks usually with some rest days included.
2) Altitude: up to 5,000m.
3) Terrain: for most of time following well-travelled trails, there will be daily ascent and descent, rough and rocky trails and likelihood of walking through seasonal snow patches
4) Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as lodge accommodation and accessibility of mobile phone network in most places.
5) Appropriateness: a good choice for active hill walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.

“DEMANDING” Graded Trips
1) Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with some longer days up to 10 hours) for up to two weeks with few acclimatization days included.
2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.
3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent. Occasional walk on glaciers and snow patches.
4) Remoteness: frequently in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city. Local Lodge/teahouse accommodation. Accessibility of mobile phone network in most places.
5) Appropriateness: a good choice for active, regular long distance hill walkers,  average level of fitness required.

“STRENEOUS” Graded Trips
1) Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with some longer days up to 10 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.
2) Altitude: 5000m up to 5,500m.
3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.
4) Remoteness: typically in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city. Local Lodge/teahouse accommodation Accessibility of mobile phone network in most places.
5) Appropriateness: a good choice for regular, active long distance hill walkers. Above average level of fitness would be required for our strenuous treks and climbs. Previous trekking experience at high altitude is preferred although not mandatory given adequate experience, preparation and training.

“Challenging” Graded Trips
1) Walking times: average 7 to 9 hours walking per day (with some longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.
2) Altitude: 500m up to 6,500m.
3) Terrain: you will experience a wide variety of mountain terrain from reasonable trails to crossing technical mountaineering passes and climbing to summits sometimes including use of fixed ropes.
4) Remoteness:  usually in more remote and isolated areas and a long distance from nearest road and facilities. Local Lodge/teahouse and camping accommodation. Accessibility of mobile phone network in most places.
5) Appropriateness:  Good for regular, long distance experienced walkers. A very high level of fitness would be required for our toughest treks and peak climbing. Previous trekking experience at high altitude is preferable although not mandatory given sufficient experience, preparation and training.

“Adventurous” Graded Trips
1) Walking times: average 7 to 9 hours walking per day (with some longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.
2) Altitude: 5500m to 7,000m.
3) Terrain: you will experience a wide variety of mountain terrain from reasonable trails to crossing technical mountaineering passes and climbing to summits sometimes including use of fixed ropes and technical climbing equipments.
4) Remoteness:  usually in more remote and isolated areas and a long distance from nearest road and facilities. Local Lodge/teahouse and camping accommodation. Accessibility of mobile phone network in some places.
5) Appropriateness:  Good for regular, long distance experienced walkers. A very high level of fitness would be required for our toughest treks and peak climbing. Previous trekking experience at high altitude is preferable (depends upon trip’s technical demand) although not mandatory for all trip listed as “adventurous” grade given sufficient experience, preparation and training.

The situations on the trekking/climbing trails can differ each year and each trip can be different. We update our trip grading according to the changed circumstances and make sure our valued clients get the best updated information. Write us or call us if you have any question about our trip grades or if you need any help selecting the right trip for you.

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