Denoted as level 1, these trips involve walking for four to five hours per day or cycling for 15-50 kms per day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health.
Overall, our introductory trips enable you to meander throughout the regions at a comfortable pace and take plenty of time to explore the sights.
Preparation – 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise (either road cycling or jogging), three times a week for three months leading up to your trip.
Denoted as level 2, these trips involve a combination of what is described in our Introductory and Moderate levels. The emphasis is on introductory activity with several moderate stages.
If you’re seeking a good balance of activity and would like to explore more of the countryside, our moderate trips are ideal. Our moderate walking trips, denoted as level 3, generally involve four to six hours of walking per day over mountainous terrain or six to eight hours per day (20-25km) on well-marked trails over undulating terrain. Our moderate cycling has you covering up to 65km of undulating terrain with some step hills. Yet the rewards for the extra bit of effort are definitely worth it!
Preparation – 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise (either road cycling or jogging), three to five times a week for three months leading up to your trip.
This is a combination of the moderate and challenging grades and is denoted as level 4. Refer to the individual gradings for further details.
These level 5 trips are for very fit and adventurous travellers who want to experience either truly remote regions and/or maximum sights on their tour – yet of course, still with plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere. Our challenging walking trips generally involve up to nine hours of walking per day, often over mountainous terrain with steep ascents and descents, as well as pass crossings, sometimes in alpine weather conditions. In addition, contour map reading skills are usually required. Expect to cover up to 80kms per day of undulating terrain with some steep hills on our challenging cycling trips.
Preparation – 1 hour of aerobic type exercise (either road cycling or jogging), four to five times a week for three to six months leading up to your trip. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions or road cycling in hilly terrain is also recommended.