We provide to you a grading of each expedition on the basis of difficulty that might occur during trekking in the mountains. It is important to note that grades are simple an opinion given by mountaineers who have already completed the ascent to the particular mountain. Please remember that our grades give you a general indication about the trip and make comparison of difficult between the expeditions only and the actual climbing depends largely upon the fitness, experience and skill level of the individual climber.
Purpose of grading
The major purpose of the grading is to assist you in choosing an expedition that is suitable for your skill and fitness level. We, therefore, suggest you to choose a trip that is best for your fitness and skill so that you will have better chances at scaling the summit. Selecting a trek that is best for you not only maximizes the chances of successful summit but also minimizes the risk to your safety.
Bharal Adventure grading system
Grade range: 1A (easiest) to 5E (most difficult)
Technical difficulty: 1 (easiest mountain) to 5 (most technical mountain)
Fitness required: A (basic fitness) to E (high degree of fitness and skills)
|1||Low angle climb, equipments usually not required.||A||Good basic fitness required.|
|2||Ropes, ice axe, crampon are necessary.||B||Good cardio-vascular fitness required.|
|3||Steep sections of snow and/or ice.||C||High level of fitness required.|
|4||Vertical snow and ice slopes and/or low grade rock climbing.||D||Strenuous climbing. Previous climbing experience required.|
|5||Very steep ice and/or rock climbing.||E||A high degree of fitness required. Previous mountaineering experience at high altitudes essential.|
What do the grades signify?
The grade signifies the difficulty of the trip where higher the trip grade, more demanding the trip gets. Grade 1A signifies that the trip is easy and can be carried out with good basic fitness while grade 5E means that it is the toughest climb with steep snow slopes and demand high level of fitness and prior experiences for assuring the safety of the trekker.
Basic fitness and health is required before you go on in an expedition, however, it is only for the easier treks and higher the climb more demanding physically and in terms of health the trip becomes. To roughly assess your fitness level, see that you can easily walk about 8km gaining height of 600m/2,000ft with a 10kg rucksack in about two and half hours or less. Always remember that you should be able to follow the regime for several consecutive days.
Grade list for some of the expeditions
|Annapurna||5E||8,201m / 26,906ft||49|
|Makalu||5E||5E 8,463m / 27,765ft||60|
|Lhotse||5E||8,516m / 28,162ft||48|
|Kanchejungha||5E||8,586m / 28,162ft||48|
|Ama Dablam||5D||6,856m / 22,494ft||31|
|Everest North Ridge||4E||8,848m / 29,036ft||65|
|Everest South Col||4E||8,848m / 29,036ft||72|
|Cho Oyu||4E||8,201m / 26,906ft||44|
|Shishapangma||4E||8,027m / 26,335ft||44|
|Manaslu||4E||8,161m / 26,774ft||44|
|Dhaulagiri||4E||8,167m / 26,795ft||60|
|Pumori||4E||7,161m / 23, 490ft||35|
|Nuptse||4E||7,861m / 25,790ft||45|
|Himlung||4E||7,126m / 23,373ft||44|
|Pasang Lhamu Chuli (Nagpai Gosum)||4E||7,126 m / 23,375 ft||49|
|Baruntse||3D||7,129m / 23,389ft||36|
|Kyajo Ri Expedition||3C||6,186 m/20,290 ft||19|
|Island Peak||2B||7,129m / 23,389ft||36|
|Mera Peak||2B||6,461m/ 21,190 ft||19|
Note: The information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide only and the actual conditions may differ on the basis of season, region, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance in selecting a trip. We would be happy to discuss your situation with our experienced mountaineers and guides in order to find suitable suggestions and solutions to your problem.
Which trek suits you the most?
Trekking in Nepal has always been a topic of interest to the people around the world because of its beautiful landscapes and Himalayan panorama. The world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and the numerous magnificent mountains nestled in Nepal have always lured the trekkers to the country. Although trekking in Nepal is bliss for nature lovers, it is not always easy and the trail and the trip could become more demanding as you proceed. Physical endurance required to accomplish a trek differs from one to another.
You need to make the right choice in consideration with the level of your physical endurance when choosing a trip for yourself. We have categorized three types of treks on the basis of physical endurance required. We hope the following details will help you in choosing the right trip for yourself.
The elevation in easy trek rises to 4000m and hiking hour increase to 7 hours per day so you will need to prepare yourself for longer walks in not so well leveled paths in a colder atmosphere.
In a demanding trek, the elevation rises over 5000m and the trekkers have to walk along unleveled trails up and down the hill. The ascent and descend will be steep and you also need to acclimatize yourself frequently. Normally, 7 to 8 hours of trekking for over 13 to 19 days is required.
Maximum physical endurance with the knowledge of climbing and dealing with difficult and challenging terrain is required for trekkers in this type of trek. The hiking elevation rises to 6000m and above which is why the trekker should be able to withstand cold. It is recommended that the trekkers undertaking this trek should have prior trekking and climbing experience.