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Hunza Cultural Tour – Colors of Hunza

(3 Reviews)
  • Group Size : 2-12 pepole
  • Max Elevation 2400 meters (more)
  • Trip Type: Cultural / Soft
  • Difficulty Level 1 - Beyond The Valley Adventures
    Difficulty Level1/10
  • Join in Islamabad
  • Hotel (Nights)08
  • Hiking Mileage
    Camps (Night) No
  • MealsFull Board
  • Trip Length: 9 days

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the rich cultural heritage of secluded valleys.
  • The spectacular mountain scenery includes Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden Peak, Passu Peaks, Ultar Sar,
  • Ladyfinger, and many other Peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes, including Attabad and Borith
  • Glaciers including Hoper glacier, Passu glacier and Batura glacier
  • Karakoram Highway and ancient Silk Route
  • Multiple short/day hikes
  • Famous forts like Altit Fort, Baltit Fort and ondra
  • The traditional food of Hunza Valley and Yak dishes
  • Experiencing village life in pristine areas.

Description

Hunza is a stunning valley in the Karakoram range, renowned for its picturesque landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and welcoming locals. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks like Ultar Sar, Rakaposhi, Diran Peak, Golden Peak, and many others, the valley boasts lush greenery, terraced fields, and vibrant orchards. The Burusho community adds to the cultural richness with its unique language and traditions. Visitors can explore ancient Forts and traditional houses and join local festivals. Hunza also offers a delightful culinary experience featuring traditional bread, apricot-based treats, and local teas. The valley provides excellent trekking opportunities for adventure seekers, making it a top tourist destination in Pakistan.

 

This charming valley is located approximately 100 km from Gilgit city, and the journey takes around 2 hours via the famous Karakoram Highway, which remains open throughout the year. The drive itself on the Karakoram Highway is a fascinating experience for travelers. Each season in this valley brings distinctive features, showcasing a unique blend of scenic beauty and cultural events.

 

Photos - Hunza Cultural Tour

Trip Itinerary

Day 1Islamabad Arrival

Upon arrival at Islamabad International Airport, our guide will greet you and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Participants can use free time to relax and recover from the journey. Following lunch at the hotel, a tour briefing will be conducted. Later in the day, there will be a visit to the market for essential shopping and currency exchange. The itinerary also includes visits to the Lok Virsa Museum and the Shah Faisal Mosque.

 

Margalla Islamabad -Hunza cultural Tour
Islamabad Airport -Hunza cultural tour

Islamabad City -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel

Altitude:
540m/1770ft

Driving Duration
1-2 hours

Meals Included
Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 2Islamabad – Gilgit – Hunza

Take a 1-hour scenic flight from Islamabad Airport to Gilgit and enjoy breathtaking mountain views, particularly the majestic Nanga Parbat. Upon arrival in Gilgit, transfer to a local vehicle and drive to Karga Valley (30 minutes), where we will explore the ancient Rock Buddha dating back to the 7th century AD. Following this, we will drive to Hunza via the renowned Karakoram Highway.

 

En route to Hunza, make a brief stop to visit the historic Berano suspension bridge (30 minutes), recognized as one of the oldest in the region, and the Danyor tunnel. Additionally, take quick pauses for photography at notable sites, including the collision point of two tectonic plates, the ancient Silk Route viewpoint, and the Rakaposhi viewpoint, capturing the essence of the scenic surroundings.

 

Hunza is divided into three distinct parts: Lower Hunza, Central Hunza, and Upper Hunza. On our journey to Karimabad, we will explore the oldest settlement (Nasirabad) in Lower Hunza (2-3 hours). Walking along the village water channel, known as Bari Yap, which winds through traditional houses, we’ll have the chance to meet local storytellers and village elders. Additionally, we can pick organic fruits from farmers’ orchards and witness the authentic way of traditional village life. After engaging with a host family and gaining insights into their daily life, we will proceed to the Rakaposhi/Diran Peak viewpoint to relish the breathtaking views. Following these explorations, we’ll drive to Karimabad for an overnight stay in a hotel.

 

OR

 

In case of flight cancellation due to weather, drive from Islamabad to Naran/Besham (6 hours) with short stops at various tourist spots.

 

Karakoram Highway -Hunza cultural tour
Hunza Local people -Hunza cultural tour

Hunza Spring -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
2400m/7872ft

Driving Duration
3-4 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3Karimabad – Altit – Duikar

We will spend a full day in Central Hunza, and our morning begins with a delightful walk along Samarqand Kohl, a scenic water channel that passes through local houses and fields (1 hour). We then visit the historic 800-year-old Baltit Fort; it will take around 2 hours with a 30-minute walk.

 

Our exploration continues with a visit to Ganish village, the oldest settlement in Hunza (40 minutes). A drive to Altit follows, where a delicious lunch at Kha Basi Café, owned by Serena Hotels and run by local women, awaits us. Post-lunch activities include visiting the music school in Altit (if it is open), which provides an opportunity to observe local children learning and playing traditional music. Guests are also welcome to try playing regional musical instruments.

 

Altit Fort, with a history spanning 900 years, is our next destination, offering a unique chance to explore this iconic structure (1 hour). Subsequently, we drive to Duikar at 2800 m for an unparalleled sunset view. A beautiful 15-minute hike brings us to one of the world’s best sunset viewpoints, providing a panoramic view of the Hunza and Nagar valleys and splendid views of seven mountain peaks above 7000m. We then returned to our hotel in Karimabad for leisure time till dinner. Following this, a visit to Karimabad Bazar for dinner in a local restaurant and shopping featuring handicrafts, gemstones, and dry fruits.

 

OR

 

In the event of a flight cancellation, proceed with a 7-8 hour drive from Naran/Besham to Hunza, making several brief stops along the way.

 

Food at Baltit Fort -Hunza cultural tour

Hunza -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
2400m/7872ft

Driving Duration
2-3 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4Karimabad – Pasu - Karimabad

Today’s itinerary involves driving to Passu through various small villages in upper Hunza. After a stop at the Haldikish rock carvings for a briefing on their historical significance, we will proceed to Atabad Lake for a boating experience. Upon reaching Gulmit village, we’ll explore an old house, visit a local carpet center (meeting local women entrepreneurs), and visit a music school (Bulbulik Music School – if it is open). Following this, we will do a hike featuring Pakistan’s one of the highest and longest stairs, leading to Ondra Fort (a community-based tourism initiative in Gulmit village of Gojal Valley) – 1-hour hike. You’ll have free time to relish the beautiful views of Passu cones and upper Hunza.

 

Later, we’ll drive to Borith Lake, a beautiful lake in upper Hunza renowned for migrating birds, and embark on a scenic hike to Passu Glacier, an easy one-hour hike. We’ll continue our journey to Passu to enjoy a leisurely afternoon. Passu, one of the picturesque villages in the area, invites us for a village walk, allowing us to visit a local host family and engage with local elders.

 

As the day unfolds, we’ll relish the sunset from Glacier Breeze Restaurant, accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee and the famous apricot cake. If time matches/permits, we might have the opportunity to participate in a cultural event in upper Hunza. Yalk Grill, a renowned local restaurant specializing in Yalk dishes, offers unique culinary experiences that we may enjoy. Finally, we’ll drive back to our hotel in Karimabad for an overnight stay.

 

Passu Karakoram Highway -Hunza cultural tour
Atabad Lake -Hunza cultural tour

Gojal -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
2400m/7872ft

Driving Duration
4-5 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5Karimabad - Minapin - Karimabad

Nagar is a renowned tourist destination in the region, and Minapin is the gateway to the magnificent Rakaposhi and Diran Peaks. Today, we will drive from Karimabad to Minapin to immerse ourselves in the cultural insights of the valley and savor one of the best views of the mountain peaks and surrounding valleys. Enjoy leisure time in Minapin, engage with a local storyteller, and drive on an adventurous journey to the KHO meadows in a local jeep (2 hours). The jeep road itself is an exciting experience, and upon reaching the viewpoint, the area’s stunning beauty is sure to leave anyone amazed. Spend leisurely time there, enjoying a nature walk and watching the panoramic valley views.

 

After a beautiful time, we’ll return to Minapin and relish the delicious local food at Osho Thang, renowned for its Gurkun Karahi. Following this, we’ll drive back to Karimabad via the same route. If time permits, we will visit Haiderabad Khun and KADO Hunar Khun, a unique multipurpose project by a local NGO. Conclude the day with an overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Chapshoro Gurkun -Hunza cultural tour
Hunza -Hunza cultural tour

Passu Glacier -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
2400m/7872ft

Driving Duration
5-6 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6Karimabad –Hoper - Khanabad – Gilgit

Following an early breakfast, drive to Hoper Valley (1.5 hours and 2800 m). Along the way, stop at the confluence point of the Hunza and Nagar rivers, offering picturesque views. Further, explore Nagar Khas, a village in the Nagar Valley, and engage with locals to experience their unique culture. Continuing the journey, proceed to Hoper village, where a beautiful 2-hour hike to Hoper Glacier awaits. Immerse yourself in the experience of walking on the glacier, surrounded by the region’s natural beauty.

 

Nagar is renowned for its gemstones, and in Hoper, numerous shops offer gemstones and local handicrafts. You can explore and shop from these local stores, discovering unique and authentic items. Additionally, we will meet locals from Nagar Valley, who will provide insights into the rich cultural narratives of the region.

 

Following this, we will drive to Khanabad village in Lower Hunza and immerse ourselves in the local way of life. Spending most of the day here, we will witness village life with a host family and actively participate in the routine activities of the village people. Explore fruit orchards, stroll through the streets, meet locals, including artisans and storytellers, and relish a traditional lunch with a host family.

 

In the afternoon, we will drive to Gilgit via the same Karakoram Highway, concluding with an overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Khanabad -Hunza cultural tour
Khanabad Cricket Ground -Hunza cultural tour

Khanabad Hike -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
1500m/4920ft

Driving Duration
5-6 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7Gilgit – Islamabad

Take a scenic 1-hour flight from Gilgit to Islamabad. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy some leisure time. Explore notable attractions such as the Pakistan Monument and Saipur village after lunch. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner at Monal. Drive back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

OR

 

Drive from Gilgit via Karakoram Highway with short stops (in case of flight cancellation)

 

Nanga Parbat -Hunza cultural tour
Departure -Hunza cultural tour

Gilgit Airport -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
540m/1770ft

Driving Duration
2-3 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8Contingency day in case of delays

If flying is impossible due to weather conditions, we will take a road journey from Gilgit to Islamabad. However, if we proceed with the flight, we plan to visit Taxila. We will explore the renowned Taxila Museum and various archaeological sites there, including Dharmarajika and Sirkab. With its rich historical significance, Taxila provides a captivating experience as we delve into these archaeological sites, making the most of our time there.

 

Faisal mosque -Hunza cultural tour
Islamabad Bazar -Hunza cultural tour

Pakistan monument -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
540m/1770ft

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Driving Duration
2-3 Hours

Day 9Departure Day

After breakfast, transfer from Hotel to the airport for international flights.

 

Islamabad Road -Hunza cultural tour
Airport Departure -Hunza cultural tour

Airport Longue -Hunza cultural tour -Hunza cultural tour

 

Altitude:
540m/1770ft

Meals Included
Breakfast

Driving Duration
40 Minutes

Map - Hunza Cultural Tour

Holiday Information

What's Included

  • Airport transfers (on the first day and last day in Islamabad)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All hotel accommodations (twin/double sharing)
  • All meals throughout the holidays (8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners)
  • Licensed professional local guide
  • Sightseeing and all activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entry tickets (forts, parks)

What's not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Pakistan Visa (supporting documents will be offered)
  • International airfare
  • Personal equipment (clothes, boots, etc.)
  • Tips for guiding and supporting staff
  • Activities other than those mentioned in the trip itinerary
  • Miscellaneous expenses – drinks, refreshments/food other than meals, souvenirs, etc.

 

Joining Arrangements & Transfers

All clients arriving on day one will be met at Islamabad airport by the trip leader, who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Similarly, transfers will be provided back to Islamabad Airport on the final day of the holidays.

 

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the holiday price from arrival on day 1 to departure on the last day.

 

Food & Water

Food is a mixture of local/traditional and Pakistani dishes available in the area. We will provide clean drinking water throughout the trip. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.

 

Special Diets

We regularly accommodate vegetarian, vegan, non-gluten, and other specialty diets. We customize our menus depending on the group’s preferences. We never use pre-packaged meals – you can expect hearty, delicious meals that will optimally fuel and inspire you during your trip! If you have specific dietary requirements, please speak to our sales team.

Accommodation

During the holiday, the group will spend three nights in Islamabad at the Ramada Hotel or similar. The group will also spend four nights in Karimabad Hunza (Offto resort or similar) and one night in Gilgit (Serena Hotel or similar). In case of flight cancellation, the group will be accommodated in a tourist-class hotel (the best available option) on the way. Accommodations will be shared (twin/double), and a single room option is available at an additional cost

Internal flights

Gilgit Airport is weather-dependent. Since high mountains surround the valley, the planes only land here in good visibility. The planes do fly more than not, but cancellations can occur, and in these circumstances, we will travel by road.

Group Leader & Support Staff

The group leader will be a certified professional local guide. He/she will be knowledgeable and provide the necessary information about the history, culture, people, mountains, and areas you will visit.  

Altitude

The average elevation in Hunza Valley is around 2400 meters.

Spending Money

Approximately USD100 (or equivalent in Euros, etc.) changed into local currency should be enough for miscellaneous expenses. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Pakistan rupees) before your trip. Money can be changed reasonably at the airport or with authorized money changers. Since you will be changing most of your spending money into local currency soon after your arrival, we recommend you take it in cash. US dollars, Sterling, and Euros can readily be exchanged at the airport. US dollars will give you more flexibility to exchange in smaller towns or emergencies. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Islamabad or Hunza and are particularly useful for more expensive items such as carpets. It is possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines in Islamabad/Hunza/Gilgit using credit and debit cards.

Guidance on Tipping

It is usual to tip the supporting staff (guide/drivers) if you are happy with the services provided. We estimate that USD 40- USD 60 (in local currency equivalent) will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure. This is most usually done at the end of the trip.

 

Equipment List

The following checklist should help you with your packing. You do not have to bring everything on the list and should use your experience and judgment, but we ask you to ensure you have the items on the mandatory list. When selecting clothing for this holiday, please be culturally sensitive. Tight-fitting or reveaing clothing is not appropriate.

 

You must bring the following items:

 

  1. Warm jackets
  2. Sunhat
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Sun protection
  5. Warm hat
  6. Water bottle (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single-use plastic)

Packing Check List:

 

  1. Socks
  2. Underwear
  3. Shirts or T-Shirts
  4. Small towel
  5. Antibacterial handwash
  6. Travel clothes
  7. Camera
  8. Travel documents:
    1. Passport with a valid visa
    2. Travel insurance (if available)

Travel Insurance

It is recommended that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment during your trip. When taking out insurance, please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Health & Vaccinations

Severe Allergies

 

Please inform our office before you travel if you have a severe allergy. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on the trip. You will need to carry your treatment for the allergy with you, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not carried as standard by leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

 

Vaccinations

 

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require vaccinations or other medical preparation before your holiday. It would help if you were up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended, e.g., diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Hunza or Gilgit and the mountains, there is no malaria risk.

Passports and Visas

  • It is important to remember that you will need a passport for any BTV Adventure holiday, you will need a passport (generally with six months remaining validity after the trip). If you don’t have a passport, apply for one soon. If you do have a passport, check the expiry date.
  • You have to apply online for your Pakistani visa; this can be done via the official NADRA website. We provide visa guidelines, visa invitation letters & required supporting documents to all clients who book a tour with us.
  • NADRA website: https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/

Difficulty

The Color of Hunza is our most accessible yet very active holiday with more focus on cultural exchange & authentic experiences. We will have plenty of opportunities for short hikes and walks.

Electricity Supply & Plug

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

 

https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plug-voltage-by-country/

 

Recommended Reads

  • Hunza Matters by Hermann Kreutzmann
  • Hunza Adventure in Land of Paradise by John H. Tobe
  • Hunza-The lost kingdom of Himalayas by John Clark
  • Hunza by Jay Milton Hoffman
3 Reviews
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Daniela (Austria)

Family Traveller

It was a really great tour and holiday that will forever be etched in my memory! Each day surpassed the last. Despite our last-minute decision to book with Beyond the Valley, their outstanding organization had us set for our adventure swiftly. Our guide, Hina, and driver, Tahir, were more than just professionals; they enriched every site with additional insights. Contrary to some media portrayals, the Pakistan we experienced was both welcoming and secure, whether in bustling Islamabad or serene Hunza. The standout experiences? The genuine warmth and open-heartedness of its people”

October 11, 2023

Kathrin (Austria)

Solo Traveller

The Hunza tour was the perfect mixture of mountains, adventure and culture. Great trip in a stunning country with amazing people. 10/10 would recommend!”

September 13, 2023

James and Stella (UK)

Couple Traveller

Beyond the Valley provided us with an experience we will never forget. From stunning treks to Rakaposhi Basecamp and the majestic sight of Passu Cones to diving deep into local culture with visits to historical forts and even learning to make chapattis with a local family. Every moment was enriched by our guide, who not only shared his deep knowledge but also his excellent photography skills, ensuring we had memories to cherish forever. Islamabad was the perfect place to complete our tour, with its fascinating culture, friendly locals, and excellent cuisine. Every corner of Pakistan we explored left us in wonder. A heartfelt thanks to the team for making our experience seamless, flexible, and one of our most cherished adventures. We can’t recommend Beyond the Valley enough!”

March 9, 2023
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Max elevation

HYDRATION

There is a correlation between daily fluid intake and successful acclimatization and you must pay particular attention to hydration during trekking at high altitudes. On treks to 3000 meters and above most people will need to drink between 4 and 6 liters each day to achieve suitable hydration levels and you must adopt a responsible approach to achieving this target.

ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

Before embarking on a trek to high altitude it is important that you familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and that you report any illness to your tip leader straight away. See the links at the bottom of this page for further reading on AMS.

DIAMOX

There are a number of untested herbal remedies which claim to prevent mountain sickness. However, only one drug is currently known to have a useful role in preventing AMS and to be safe for this purpose: acetazolamide (Diamox). We recommend that you carry Diamox in your first aid kit for treks where you spend an extended period above 4000m. Diamox can only be obtained from a medical professional on prescription and it is important that you first consult your own doctor so that you know there are no contra indications with other medicines you may be taking and that you do not have an allergy to acetazolamide. Diamox commonly causes some minor side effects, such as tingling fingers and toes, or a metallic taste in the mouth, but more severe reactions are rare. On trek, the decision whether or not and when, you should take Diamox as with any drug, will rest solely with you. If you intend to take Diamox, you must familiarize yourself with the appropriate dosage and regime prior to coming on the trip. The links at the bottom of this page will provide further information on the use of Diamox as an aid to acclimatization.

Travelling to high altitudes is not something you need to be scared of. Every year thousands of people enjoy the most amazing experiences in the world's greatest mountain ranges. Altitude sickness is entirely preventable if you follow very simple rules and procedures. Please make sure you are aware of these before you travel.

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hike up to our campsite is a moderate 6 miles and 1400ft of elevation gain. The scramble up to Pyramid Ridge can be steep and difficult, but very adventurous and with just light day packs.Hiking

Distances
6-10 miBackpack Weight
25-35 lbsTerrain
Moderately RuggedMax Daily Elev. Gain
1950 ftHeights Exposure
Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Hiking uphill off trail with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure

To show the relative difficulty of our adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. 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. 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

GREEN 1 - 4 LEISURELY

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

YELLOW 5 - 7 MODERATE

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

RED 08 - 10 TOUGH

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

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hike up to our campsite is a moderate 6 miles and 1400ft of elevation gain. The scramble up to Pyramid Ridge can be steep and difficult, but very adventurous and with just light day packs.Hiking

Distances
6-10 miBackpack Weight
25-35 lbsTerrain
Moderately RuggedMax Daily Elev. Gain
1950 ftHeights Exposure
Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Hiking uphill off trail with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

To show the relative difficulty of our adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. 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. 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

GREEN 1 - 4 LEISURELY

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

YELLOW 5 - 7 MODERATE

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

RED 08 - 10 TOUGH

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