Owning to the geographical variability and topographical difficulty of Nepal, Nepal has different kinds of trekking trails to cater to the need of amateur to novice trekkers. There are many routes that vary from easy, moderate and difficult to the strenuous ones. You can choose any of them based on your fitness level and endurance capacity. Some treks can be highly demanding while some can be easily suitable for people of any age group. When it comes to trekking, there is a bit of physical exhilaration even in easy treks. You will have to walk for a few hours for a few days when you opt for any kind of trek. Hence, make sure that you can walk for a while if you are looking forward to any kind of treks in Nepal. If walking is not for you then tour in Nepal can be the best option.
Based on the altitude gain, walking hours, trekking days and endurance capacity, we have classified treks grade mainly into four categories.
1. Easy Trek
Easy treks are the easiest treks available in Nepal. Some of the features of easy treks are:
- The easy treks are very simple and easy
- One has to walk for around five hours a day
- The walking days of the trek are not more than a week
- The altitude during the trek is not above 3000 meters.
- It is generally designed for people from any age groups
- Suitable for the amateur trekkers
- GhorepaniPoonhill Trek, Everest view Treks, hiking around Kathmandu valley, etc. are some of the examples.
2. Moderate Trek
Moderate treks are a level up than the easy treks. Some of the features of moderate treks are:
- The easy treks are comparatively a bit difficult than the easy treks.
- One has to walk for around six to eight hours a day
- The walking days of the trek extend from one to two weeks.
- The altitude during the trek ranges from 3000 to 5000 meters.
- It is generally designed for the people who look forward to a challenging trip amongst the easy treks.
- It is also suitable for the amateur trekkers
- Some level of physical fitness is necessary
- Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang valley trek, Helambu trek, etc. are some of the examples.
3. Difficult Trek
Difficult treks are the challenging treks that require some level of physical fitness and endurance capacity. Some of the features of the difficult trek are as follows:
- Difficult to moderate walking for around six to eight hours a day
- Altitude may rise up to 5000 meters.
- The trekking days is longer than that of moderate kind of treks
- Trekkers should be physically fit and in good health condition
- One should have some level of endurance capacity.
- Trekkers suffering from asthma, high pressure and cardio disease are bot advice to opt for this trek. They should consult a doctor prior to this trek.
- Everest Base Camp Trek, High pass Trek, Kalapatthar, Annapurna Circuit Trek, etc. are some of the examples.
4. Strenuous Trek
Strenuous treks are the most difficult kind of treks. They are suitable only for novice trekkers with high endurance capacity, physical fitness and a level of trekking experience. Some of the features of the strenuous trek are as follows:
- Strenuous walking for six to eight hours a day
- Altitude may rise from 4000 – 6000 meters.
- It’s highly challenging with risks involved
- Trekker should have good knowledge of mountaineering skills
- Knowledge of use of equipment like ice ax crampons, ropes, etc. are essential
- One should be physically fit.
- High endurance capacity is required
- The trekking may extend up to one month or more
- Mountaineering and expedition journey are some examples of strenuous treks.