Hiking Level Descriptions

HIKE LEVEL INFORMATION

In order for all hikers to have a safe and fun time, it is essential that participants make informed decisions about hiking with us. Each level of hiking is strenuous and demands a minimum level of fitness.

The following descriptive summaries are designed to provide realistic descriptions of the challenge levels on the hike.

Note: Weather conditions can influence the route and hike performance (for instance, extreme heat of +40 degrees C). Each hiker will be carrying a backpack containing three to five litres of water and some food, which in total can weigh approximately 10-15 pounds.

Important: You will be placed by our hike guides into a group which will provide the appropriate level of challenge and safety for all.

ADVANCED

This level is for experienced hikers who are in excellent condition and seek a long, demanding set of physical challenges. The Advanced Level includes fast-paced steep technical ascents and descents. Obstacles include tricky footing over uneven wet and dry turf and rocky trails. Hiking will take place in potentially hot temperatures without shade for hours while carrying a heavy pack. This group may hike without stopping for an hour at a time. Hiking routes will generally take 6 – 7 hours to complete.

Advanced Level requires superior cardio, endurance, strength and agility.

INTERMEDIATE

Hikers in this group will enjoy a comfortable trek at a more moderate pace and a cover a shorter distance than those in the Advanced levels. There will still be plenty of extended ups and downs and challenges over uneven ground. Hiking will take place in potentially hot temperatures without shade for hours while carrying a heavy pack. Hiking routes will generally take 4 -6 hours to complete.

Intermediate Level requires good cardio, endurance, strength and agility.

MODERATE

This is the appropriate level for participants who enjoy trekking and exploring places of interest by foot in a less challenging and physically taxing mode. There will still be some uphill grades and obstacles, but the distances will be shorter and hikes will generally take 4-5 hours a day.

Moderate Level requires average cardio, endurance, strength and agility.

** Both Intermediate and Moderate, for the most part, feature uneven and rocky terrain.

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