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Challenging grade walking tours

A challenging grade walking tour is physically demanding but highly rewarding. You’ll want to make sure you’re fit and prepared - we recommend having prior trekking experience as they're a big step up from leisurely walking tours. Challenging treks can involve long, steep ascents on rocky, uneven terrain, with an average hiking time of 6-8 hours. You may be trekking on routes with altitudes above 3,000m, where hiking can be trickier due to there being less oxygen in the air. Many challenging grade hiking trips are supported by expert mountain guides, porters and staff, but you will need to be fit and healthy to go on these trips.

Though these trips are tough, they are truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, whether you're climbing to the summit of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal, or trekking the unique Annapurna Sanctuary. These destinations are often vast and rural, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of modern city life. While accommodation and facilities can be basic due to their remote locations, you’ll be delighted by the warm hospitality and comradery of fellow hikers. There’s nothing quite like reaching the summit of a mountain, surrounded by newfound friends and unforgettable views.

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What can I expect?

Think conquering a bucket-list-worthy peak, with an experienced trek crew to lead the way. You’ll gradually acclimatise to new heights thanks to the steady climb, and will usually settle into bunkhouse or campsite accommodation. It's a step up from moderate grade treks, but you'll be supported along the way by both fellow travellers and crew.  


What is a challenging and tough grade walking tour?

A challenging and tough grade walking tour can involve demanding trekking days of 9 hours or more, as well as altitudes of over 3,000m. You should be an experienced trekker, as well as physically fit to comfortably walk at these high altitudes.


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