Treks & Hikes are graded for Endurance, Difficulty & Risk factor as follows:

  • Endurance: Stamina required to complete the trek in a reasonably good condition.
    A 6-point scale divided as follows-

ONE: No substantial elevation gain/distance covered. eg- Treks to sea forts.
TWO: Short climbs with scope for breaks. eg- Karnala fort trek.
THREE: Prolonged climbing with scope for breaks. eg- Vikatgad trek.
FOUR: Considerable elevation gain in a short distance OR long-distance treks with moderate elevation gain. eg- One day trek to Visapur & Lohgad via Bhaje caves.
FIVE: Range treks eg- Alang- Kulang- Madan (AMK) trek.
SIX: Trans-Sahyadri treks— combining two or more range treks. eg- Salher-Salota-Mulher-Mora-Hargad-Nhavi-Mangi-Tungi.

  • Difficulty (Skill required to complete the trek safely): A 6 point scale divided as follows-

Easiest: No specific skill required. Kids can be taken along for these. eg- Sea forts.
Easy: Simple climbing. eg- Matheran (Sunset point) via Dodhani.
Medium: Rock patches & exposed paths. eg- Matheran via Garbett point (Ascent from Bhivpuri road).
Tough: Exposed rock patches and scree slopes. Some Rock climbing skill preferable. Ropes could be taken for safety. eg- Harishchandragad via Junnar Darwaza.
Very Tough: Extremely exposed patches and rock climbing skill required. eg- Alang-Madan-Kulang Trek.
Technical: Pinnacle climbing. eg- Lingana Pinnacle.

  • Risk Factor (A combination of natural risk factors and documented accidents on the trail): A three point scale divided as follows-

Low: Negligible chance of injury/ No account of injuries suffered by trekkers.
Medium: Exposed paths/ Rock patches/Scree slopes. No account of fatal injuries.
High: Treks where fatal incidents have been documented in the past. Recommended only for experienced trekkers.

Seasoned trekkers will find even most mundane of treks interesting but newbies and beginners are recommended to stick to easier treks so as not to get dissuaded from future adventures. Trust me, Sahyadri has a way with people. A couple of treks and you are hooked for life! 😉

Please bear in mind that this is a subjective evaluation and varying weather conditions along with the physical fitness of the trekker can have a bearing on how difficult a trek feels like.

NOTE:The information provided in this post is for informational purposes only. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore, strictly at your own risk.

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