Hiking Trail Grading System
We hope this illustration will help you better understand the terrain of our hiking trips and experiences.
Grade 1 – Novice
No hiking experience required. Suitable for all fitness level and ages. The trail surface is either firm gravel or sealed (e.g. concrete or asphalt) with little steps or low gradient hill sections. Sport shoes are okay for this level. Walks no greater than 5 KM.
Grade 2 – Beginner
Suitable for basic fitness level. For reasonably fit hikers who at least try hiking once. The trail surface is either firm gravel or sealed (e.g. concrete or asphalt) with gentle hill sections and occasional steps. There is possibility of occasional use of the hands or ropes to move up the route. Little potential danger is encountered. Hiking Boots highly recommended. Walks no greater than 10 KM.
Grade 3 – Intermediate
Some hiking experience required. Trails may have short steep hill sections, rough surface and many steps. There is use of the hands or ropes to move up the route. Hiking Boots highly recommended. Potential danger is present. Walks up to 20 KM.
Grade 4 – Advanced
Regular hiking experience needed. Trails may be long, rough, almost vertical gradient and steep steps. Handholds are necessary. Chains, ladders, and other aids may be in place on the route to navigate safely. Danger is present, and falls may result in serious injury or death. Walks can be more than 20 KM.
Source : National Parks, Australia
What is the difference between Hiking and Trekking ?
Hiking is the act of walking. It is normally organised mainly as a leisure activity and as a day trip. Hiking is done by walking on well-made marked trails and man-made roads. It can also involve taking a trail to the top of a mountain, or just a gentle trail that winds along a river or creek. However, one can also hike for many days. The routes can be from simple flat trails, to steep slopes that seem to go up and up forever. It may become steep enough to require the use of hands as well as feet.
Trekking is walking for long distances as well. It is always a multi-day affair. The other key detail is that treks have substantial infrastructure such as wide trails, guest houses, and food stops. Because of this, trekking is much more commercial. Trekkers often have porters. While having snack stops along the way makes the experience seem a little less strenuous, many famous treks are still pretty high altitudes and makes them more rigorous and challenging. It tests one’s physical ability, endurance, and even their mental or psychological capacity.