Many different factors contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including the daily walking distance, the terrain, the altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors can change, our grades can only provide a general indication. We have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible.
Each of our adventure holidays is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. These grades are divided into YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE and RED sectors on the grade symbol and described here. In addition to reading this information and the individual holiday description, it is very important that before booking any holiday you should read the appropriate holiday dossier. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular itinerary or its suitability for you, please contact the KE office.
Suitable for most people in good health, these trips include only a short element of trekking which is predominantly on good paths and at low altitude.
Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers, holidays at this grade generally include relatively short walking days at moderate altitude, on good paths and tracks. There can be the occasional more difficult day.
Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go. Holidays at this grade are suitable for regular hill walkers who are used to extended days and can involve difficult and sometimes glaciated terrain, as well as lengthy periods at high altitude.
Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas and at extreme altitude. May also include difficult pass crossings, requiring basic mountaineering skills and equipment. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.