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TRIP RATINGS

Trip Ratings

Difficulty Ratings

Our Difficulty Ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a 1 rating being the least difficult, a rating of 5 being the most difficult. Please note that ratings are subjective, general guidelines, not exact criteria. It is inevitable that some people will agree and disagree with a trip's ratings due to the subjectivity. The below table offers a guide to our rating system and approximately what to expect on any trip with these various ratings.

Level Type* Backpack Wt Miles/Day Elevation Quality
1 Hiking* 5-15 lbs 3-6 mi < 2000 ft Well maintained trails
2 Hiking* 5-15 lbs 7-9 mi < 3500 ft
  • Larger distances and elevation gains/losses = good, maintained trails
  • Smaller distances and elevation gains/losses = more rugged trails
Backpacking 20-30 lbs 2-5 mi < 200 ft Well maintained trails
3 Hiking* 5-15 lbs 7-10 mi < 4500 ft Rugged and demanding trails
Backpacking 25-40 lbs 5-10 mi < 3000 ft
  • Larger distances and elevation gains/losses = good, maintained trails
  • Smaller distances and elevation gains/losses = more rugged trails
4 Hiking* 5-15 lbs 8-14 mi < 5000 ft Very rugged, possibly off-trail or semi-technical terrain
Backpacking 30-45 lbs 6-12 mi < 4000 ft Rugged and demanding trails
5 Hiking* 5-15 lbs 10-16 mi < 6000 ft Extremely rugged with off-trail sections and technical terrain
Backpacking 30-45 lbs 8-14 mi < 5000 ft Very rugged, possibly off-trail or semi-technical terrain

* The type "Hiking" refers to non-backpacking trips which include portered trips, llama treks, inn-based tours, basecamp tours and day hikes.


Solitude Ratings

Our Solitude Ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a 1 rating having the least amount of solitude, tours with a 5 rating having the most.

1 - Expect to be around other hikers and travelers most of the time.

2 - Expect to have some solitude, as much as an hour at a time without seeing other groups.

3 - Expect hours of solitude at a time.

4 - Expect to see no more than one or two groups per day.

5 - Expect to see only a group or two over the entire duration of your trip.