Grade 1: Easy Trek
This includes the easiest trekking in Nepal, no experience required and there is no difficult climbing or snowy walks. It is just village walking, discovering the lifestyles and culture of rural communities of Nepal. You can see the panoramic views of mountains, exciting village life and do a beautiful jungle walk.
There are several easy treks in Nepal and High Himalayan Trekking and Expedition team organizes trekking from one day to 10 days treks. Usually the elevation goes up to 2500m above sea level is and is considered grade 1.
Grade 2: Moderate
It is slightly challenging, uphill and downhill, walking close to mountain views and walking through the beautiful mountainous forests. The elevation from 2500m to 4000m is considered grade 2.
Grade 3: Strenuous
From an altitude of 4000m to 5550m is considered a strenuous trek or grade 3. Most of the trekking of Nepal is in grade 3. You need some previous trekking experiences and have decent physical fitness. Climbing and descending are very usual experiences for these types of trekking and you may have to cross small glaciers as well. This kind of trekking gives you an experience of a lifetime, has very beautiful walking surrounded by spectacular mountains. Above 4000m, there are many settlements in Nepal with very different landscape. Yaks typically graze at this altitude.
Grade 4: Fairly strenuous
Above 5550m is known as grade 4 trekking route. There is high chance of AMS and you must be in a very good physical condition and previous experiences. Rope climbing and mountaineering skills are essential as you will be trekking in very rocky terrain, crossing glaciers, and going through wilderness. This is for those seeking a real adventure and challenge. There are many fairly strenuous trekking trails in Nepal.
Grade 5: Challenging
Above 6100m, it is considered challenging trekking or grade 5. Often in frigid conditions, this type of trekking involves the expedition of high mountains and serious climbing skills. Climbing snowy mountains is very challenging and you require high functioning equipment, advanced mountaineering knowledge, physical fitness, and beautiful weather conditions. Nepal is one of the best places in the world for challenging treks and expeditions as we have 8 of the tallest ten mountains in the world.