Trekking Grades In Nepal :
Trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal requires good health condition and a sound level of physical fitness. People suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems should consult to their doctor before booking their trip. Morning and evening walks, jogging, stretching, meditation and regular exercise can prepare you for the strenuous geography of the Himalayas but not for its altitude. Altitude is the deciding factor on every trip in the Himalayas that goes higher than 3,500 meters. Taking it slow and easy with a properly planned itinerary is the best way to tackle it. It is essential to choose a trek that fits your capabilities if you are totally new to altitude.
Depending upon the terrain, average distance of each days and altitude, Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd has four different trekking grades in Nepal.
Treks with walking days not exceeding more than 5 hours (depends upon your pace) and staying below 3500 meters for 4 to10 days is graded under easy category. It is suitable for people of all age groups with sound health. These treks have well maintained trails and have better lodges with most of the comforts that are available on the mountains. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Ghale Gaun Ghana Pokhara Home Stay Trek and Helambu Trek are the best easy treks around. They are also the best options for a family trek, with both the children and elders.
On a moderate trek, couple of nights would be around 5000 meters and would include around a week’s trekking above the 3500 meters. Paths can be rough, steep and have many ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ with some exposure and some days in particular might even be strenuous because of the high altitude. Good level of fitness along with good physical and mental health is essential. Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek are the best moderate treks available.
Demanding treks are combination of strenuous and moderate walk which are normally 6 to 8 hours a day at an altitude up to 5000 meters with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill – defined trails, away from habitation. Therefore, one must be very fit for this sort of trip and people suffering from asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease or complicated medical conditions adversely affected by strenuous exercise should not participate. Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek and Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek are the best available demanding treks.
Extreme treks are limited to those with an excellent level of personal experience at altitude and outstanding fitness level. Extreme treks include technical high passes and easy climbing peaks leading the treks to go above the altitude of 6000 meters. This type of trek needs more than two weeks in the higher altitudes, away from the civilization in the most remote places. Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Ramdung and Parchermo Peak Trek, Mera Peak Climb and Amphu Laptsa Pass Trek and Nar Phu Chulu Far East Peak Trek are few of the challenging treks offered by Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd.