Multi-day Hikes

Difficulty Levels

Easy:

For most people, young and old in good health. No more than about 500 m (1640 ft) of elevation gain and no more than about 10 -12 km (6 - 8 mi) hiking each day. The trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light daypack with snacks, lunch and raingear. Up to 5 hours on the trail each day

Moderate:

For most people that are in good health and exercise regularly. Hiking each day can go up to about 16 -18 km (10 - 12 mi) and elevation gain should not be more than 1000 meters (3280 f). Trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light day backpack with lunch, snacks and rain gear. Each day is usually a minimum of 5 hours on the trail and some days up to 8 hours on the trail can be expected.

Challenging:

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

Demanding:

For someone in good physical condition and with prior hiking experience. Each day can be in excess of 20 km (12 mi). Elevation gain can be up to 1000 meters (3300 feet). The trails are mostly in good condition but some parts could be off trail. Steep 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. 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. Each day can be in excess of 20 km (12 mi). Elevation gain can be up to 1500 meters or more (5000 feet). Hiking is usually off trail or on poor trails. Steep or exposed sections can  be expected. The backpack should be adequate for food, water, cooking equipment and extra clothing for multiple days and 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 12 hours on the trail