Trek grading for Sherpa Heritage Trails
This trek grading should be considered as a guideline only and is designed to give you an idea of the participation required.
These treks can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life. Generally these types of trekking are between 4 and 9 days long, the maximum altitude is 4000 m, and an average of 5 walking hours in a day. Accommodation is teahouse.
For Example: Pikey Peak Sherpa trail, Helambu and Poon Hill.
During these treks hill-walking experience is desirable. Generally these types of trekking are between 9 and 17 days long and the maximum altitude is 5000 m. These trips are a mixture of some longer and shorter day walks. The walking hours are usually no more than 7 hours a day. Accommodation is mostly teahouse, but in a few occasions camping.
For example: Everest Base Camp & Kala Patar, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang & Helambu and Mardi Himal.
This grade demands previous experience in trekking. Generally these types of trekking are between 16 and 20 days long, the maximum altitude is 5700 m. During trek you cross one or more mountain passes of 5000+ m. The walking hours are between 6 and 9 hours a day. Accommodation can be teahouse or camping, or a combination..
For example: Everest three passes trek, Annapurna circuit, Manaslu circuit and Makalu Base Camp.
These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you should be capable of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5000 meters. Generally these types of trekking are between 19 and 30 days long, the maximum altitude is 6000+ m. Daily walking is approximately 7 hours, but in some occasions can be more than 9 hours. Accommodation can be teahouse or camping, or a combination.
Peak climbing is also categorized adventurous.
For example: Island Peak, Kangchenjunga Base Camp, and Saribung.
Expedition simply more than trekking and peak climbing, which is for professional climbers or those who are experts in climbing activities. Nepal offers many popular mountains for mountaineering and expedition experience.