Grade 1 – Easy
These trips can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a
reasonably active life. Experience is not necessary at
this level. Please note, however, walking always involves some exertion.
Trails in Ladakh are seldom flat, and you must still expect to have a reasonable
amount of ascent and descent.
Duration per day : 3 - 5 hrs
Altitude : 3000 - 4000 meters
Grade 2 – Moderate
You need to be in good health and reasonably fir,
and taking regular exercise. These trips are a mixture of some longer and
Duration per day : 4 - 6 hrs
Altitude : 3000 - 4000 meters with
some high altitude climb, which require a higher lever of
stamina than Grade 1 trips.
Grade 3 – Strenous
For any trek at this level, a high level of
physical fitness is required. Previous trekking
experience, although desirable, is not essential, if you are confident of your
Duration per day : 5 - 8 hrs
Altitude : 4000 - 5000 meters
Grade 4 – Tough
You would require previous experience of
trekking, preferably at altitude and some degree of
mountaineering skills. You also need complete confidence in your physical
condition and have the ability to trek for many days without a break and be able
to cope with difficult terrain and difficult paths of
steep mountain sides. Extremes of altitude and weather
may also be encountered, and on some treks, it may be necessary to use ice
axe and crampons. Stamina is very important as walking days are long.
Duration per day : 6 – 9 hours
Altitude : 5000 meters