Day Hikes

Difficulty Levels

Easy

For most people, young and old in good health. No more than 300 m (1000 ft) of elevation gain and no more than 10 km (6 mi) hiking. The trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light daypack (less than 5kg, 11 lbs) with snacks and lunch and raingear. Up to 5 hours on the trail.

Moderate

For most people in good health that do some exercise regularly. Hiking is no more than 16 km (10 mi) and elevation gain no more than 500 m (1500 ft). Trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light (less than 5kg, 11 lbs) daypack with lunch and snacks and rain gear. Minimum of 5 hours on the trail and up to 8 hours can be expected

Challenging

For someone in good physical health and in good hiking condition. The hiking day has up to 20 km (12 mi) of hiking and/or significant elevation gain, but usually no more than 1000 m (3280 ft) of elevation gain. The trails are mostly in good condition but some parts could be on poor trails. The backpack should be a light (less than 7 kg, 15 lbs) day backpack with lunch, snacks and water, also rain-gear and possibly some other equipment issued by the guide if necessary (for example crampons, headlamp, ice axe or other equipment). Usually 8 hours on the trail, but up to 10 hours can be expected.

Demanding

For someone in good physical condition with prior hiking experience. Hiking can be in excess of 20 km (12 mi). Elevation gain can be up to 1000 m (3300 ft). The trails are mostly in good condition but some parts could be off trail. Steep or exposed sections can also be expected. The backpack should be adequate for food, water and extra clothing for the day and also additional equipment provided by the guide such as crampons, ice axe or other equipment. Weight of backpack should not exceed 10 kg or 22 lbs. Days can be long but should not be in excess of 10 hours on the trail.

Extreme

For someone in very good physical condition and with prior hiking experience. The day can be but not necessarily in excess of 20 km (12 mi). Elevation gain can be but not necessarily in excess of 1500 m (5000 ft). Hiking is usually off trail or on poor trails. Steep or exposed sections can be expected. The backpack should be adequate for food, water and extra clothing, also additional equipment provided by the guide such as crampons, ice axe or other equipment. Days can be long but should not be in excess of 15 hours on the trail. This can be a glacier hike so check equipment list carefully.