All of the trips listed on our website have ‘Activity Level’ icons outlining the level of challenge our travellers can expect on their tour. When you hover over the icon it will ‘pop up’ a brief explanation of the level of activity/culture shock. The information below provides you with a more detailed outline to help you decide whether the trip is suitable. Don’t forget … if you have any questions you can always contact a member of the We Are Travel Team.
level one – Leisurely
Designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip packed with interest.
- Walking/Trekking Tours – Trekking experience is not necessary for these trips. Anyone fit and healthy enough to complete a weekend walk can manage this departure. Walks are often optional; but trails are seldom flat, so expect a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. You would normally walk for two to five hours during the day and daily ascents will likely be around 300m to 500m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 600m.
- Cycling Tours – If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these tours are an excellent introduction to a cycling trip. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Expect up to 250 metres daily height gain and daily distances rarely exceeding 50kms (32 miles).
- Winter Activities – Easy activities requiring a little physical effort for a short length of time. Previous experience is not necessary at this level, anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy enough to complete a weekend walk will manage. A week for complete beginners.
level TWO – Leisurely/Moderate
Designed for those with a good basic fitness and a spirit of adventure. No preparation required.
- Walking – Level 2 departures are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks. No experience is necessary, but good health and a reasonable fitness is important. Some walking at higher altitude and occasional longer/harder days may be involved, but general underfoot conditions will be fair.
- Cycling – Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Level 2 trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.
- Winter – Relatively full days, with 4-5 hours of activity, although occasional longer,harder days may be involved. Previous experience is not necessary, but you should be confident of your fitness level. For skiing activities – typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours.
level three – Moderate
Designed to raise your heartbeat. A good level of fitness and a mind open to new cultures is required.
- Walking – Some walking at higher altitude and longer/harder days may be involved, but general underfoot conditions will be fair.
- Cycling – You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. There will be some longer days in the saddle and challenging terrain to negotiate so some preparation of undertaking consecutive days activity ay be required.
- Winter – Some longer (5+ hours) days may be involved. Previous experience is not a necessity, but you should be confident of your fitness level and have a basic understanding of the activities. For skiing activities – typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours.
level four – challenging
Be prepared for some serious activity and adventure. Preparation to build fitness is strongly recommended.
- Walking – Fitness is imperative at this level, as the environment may be more remote and challenging. Fitness is important at this grade, which compares to extended walking in mountainous terrain such as the Lakes or Snowdonia. High altitudes, climate and remoteness can also play a part. Previous trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident of your physical condition. Walking days can be between six and eight hours, although they may be longer for passes or peaks.
- Cycling – For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.
- Winter – Generally 4-6 hours a day activity. There may be more challenging sections/activities throughout the week and/or more basic accommodation in the evening. Previous experience and a good fitness level required are required. For ski-ing trips Level 4 is for experienced, very proficient skiers looking for long, steep ascents and descents, including off-track skiing over variable snow. Good fitness, stamina and sound and controlled technique is required.
level five – tough
Heart pumping adventure. Prepare for demanding physical activity and/or extreme conditions.
- Walking – We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude, at this level. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain. Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered, as may the use of ice axes and crampons. Stamina is essential as walking days last six to nine hours or more. For some our our more active Level 5 trips this may include tough itineraries, such as climbing a glaciated mountain peak. Specialist equipment, like ice axes and crampons may be needed and you should have experience of them. Please check the Trip Notes carefully to ensure that your experience and equipment meets the demands of a Level 5 trip. When climbing, the peak days can be very long and you may be on your feet for eleven hours or more.
- Cycling – Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!
If you have any questions about activity levels or whether a specific trip is suitable for your needs then please contact a member of our team.