Our Grades Explained

To show the relative difficulty of our trekking, climbing, discovery, cycling, family and other adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. In turn these grades are divided into YELLOW (Leisurely), GREEN (Moderate), BLUE (Challenging) and RED (Tough). Our simple, colour-coded grade symbol provides an indication of the difficulty of each trip.

Clearly, there are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including, length of day, terrain, type of accommodation, altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors are necessarily changeable, any system of grades can only provide a general indication. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the detailed Trip Notes and if you are still unsure please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please refer to the specific Trip Grading pages found under the 'Holiday Types' menu for specific grade wording for your chosen activity e.g. Our Trek & Walk Grades.


Yellow 1 - 3 leisurely

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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Green 4 - 6 moderate

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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Blue 7 - 9 challenging

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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Red 10 - 12 Tough

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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