Rating a trek is not easy considering the fact that there are so many external factors (climatic) at play. However imperfect it may be, but we decided to at least put some structure to it. So we listed the factors that mostly constitute in determining difficulty of a trek.
- Geographical Features:
Total duration of the trek
Highest altitude to be gained
Gradient of incline & decline on trails
Availability/Non availability of vital resources like water, vegetation, etc.
Technical Mountain Features like hard snow patches, ice sections, etc.
Caveat - Remote mountain regions are prone to incidents impacting the geographical features or trail on the treks. So, while we have considered the features as they exist as of now, sudden changes may affect the trails on any trek directly impacting the rating of the trek.
- Climatic Conditions:
Average Wind speed encountered (if high wind areas are part of the trail)
Caveat - The rating scale below has considered the typical climatic conditions during the typical season of a trek. The climatic conditions in the high altitude regions are very volatile and drastic change in the parameters listed above can seriously affect a trek’s rating.
- Relativity – No rating scale can be absolute. As the age old game of shortening a line without touching it suggests, a bigger line in front can always be there to make the other one look smaller! Important thing to note here is that for Bikat, trekking is no leisure travel but a stepping stone to the bigger thing – Climbing real mountains and peaks.
The table below shows a compilation of all treks and expeditions we have in our range as of now:
|Activity Name||No.of Days||Typical Season||Max. Altitude(M)||Grade||Grade Classification|
|Nag Tibba Trek||3||Dec – Apr||3000||1||Easy|
|Bali Pass Trek||8||May,Sept,Oct||4950||6||Difficult|
|Friendship Peak Expedition||8||May, Jun, Sep||5289||7||Difficult|
|Beas Kund Trek||3||May, Aug-Sept||3700||2||Easy|
|Tirthan Valley Trek||3||May,June,Sept,Oct||3100||2||Easy|
|Khauli Pass Trek||3||Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov||3750||4||Moderate|
|Chandrakhani Pass Trek||3||Apr-June||3540||2||Easy|
|Panwali Kantha Trek||4||March-Mid April||3500||3||Easy|
|Bhrigu Lake Trek||3||May, Aug-Sept||4260||2||Easy|
|Kuari Pass Trek||4||Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar||3876||3||Easy|
|Dayara Bugyal Trek||4||Apr, Aug, Sep||3000||1||Easy|
|Dodital & Darwa Top Trek||4||May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec||4150||3||Easy|
|Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek||4||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr||4000||2||Easy|
|Hampta Pass Trek||5||June, Aug, Sep, Oct||4300||4||Moderate|
|Har ki Dun Trek||5||Feb - Nov||3500||3||Easy|
|Roopkund Trek||5||May, Jun, Aug, Sep||4785||5||Moderate Plus|
|Valley of Flowers Trek||5||June,July,Aug||4390||3||Easy|
|Pangarchulla Peak Trek||6||Apr, May, Jun||4510||4||Moderate|
|Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek||6||June, Aug, Sep, Oct||4480||4||Moderate|
|Vasuki Tal Meru Glacier Trek||7||Sep, Oct||4800||6||Difficult|
|Rupin Pass Trek||8||May – Jun, Sep – Oct||4650||5||Moderate Plus|
|Kashmir Great Lakes Trek||8||July, Aug||4200||4||Moderate|
|Markha Valley Trek||8||Jun, July, Aug||5200||5||Moderate Plus|
|Stok kangri Trek||9||Jun, July, Aug||6152||7||Difficult|
|Goecha la Trek||9||Mar – Dec||4950||5||Moderate Plus|
|Pin Parwati Pass Trek||10||July –Sep||5320||6||Difficult|
|Gangotri III Exploratory Expedition||16||May, Sep||6577||8||Difficult|
|Manali Chandratal Cycle Expedition||5||July – Sep||4300||5||Moderate Plus|
|Manali Leh Cycle Expedition||11||July – Sep||5360||7||Difficult|
|Ladakh Multi Activity Adventure||6||Jun, July, Aug||4971||4||Moderate|
|Ruinsara Taal Trek||6||Feb - Nov||3500||4||Moderate|
|Sandakphu Trek||7||Mar – Dec||3636||4||Moderate|
|Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek||10||May,June,Sept,Oct||3900||5||Moderate Plus|
|Auden's Col Trek||14||June||5400||7||Difficult|
|Borasu Pass Trek||9||May,Sept,Oct||5250||6||Difficult|
|Dharansi Pass Trek||8||May,Sept,Oct||4190||5||Moderate Plus|
As you can see for yourself, we don’t have any 10 here! That is because a 10 for would be something like an expedition to Mount K2. So, we are growing up still for perfecting our 8s as of now and exploring our 9s. The list will soon grow :)
Now what is easy for me is difficult for many and what is a cake walk for them proves very difficult for me. So, it is important to consider yourself into this scale. What we have compiled is based on our calibration based on averages but you are not equal to average. You might be right/left/center/above/below the mean! The point is that the rating in any table is like a pair of boots that can never climb anything on its own, it’s only the feet that go inside them that start climbing. So, read the rating for yourself and assess them based on your experience.
Those who are beginning their journey of exploring mountains on feet, may choose to start at the bottom of the scale, test the waters there and form an experience before they start to plan for bigger things ahead.
How to read the rating table above
Don’t just look at the rating of your planned trek. Look a notch above and below to compare for yourself. Read not just about your planned trek but also about some of the treks defined easier or more difficult than that. This would give a much better context.
It is very important to prepare yourself for one or two notches above so that what you have planned becomes truly easy for you.