It is possible to distinguish different levels of hiking. When you want to go for a walk or a hike, it is wise to take a good look at the level of the hike. You don't want to start a hike on a level that is too high or a walk that is a bit too easy. The level of the hike is often based on various elements like the length, elevation gain and the way types. All these elements determine the level of the hike. We distinguish hikes on five different levels.
The easiest among all the hikes we call walks. Walks at this level are suitable for people of all ages who have a basic condition. This means that you have enough energy to be able to exercise on a non-intense level. Walks in this category cover no more than 10 kilometers and have fewer than 500 meters of altitude. They guide you over well-maintained hiking trails where you can enjoy the view and there are plenty of places to take a break. This often involves one-day walks that cost you up to a maximum of 3 to 5 hours (depending on the walking speed).
An intermediate hike is suitable for hikers who go for a middle length hike of at least 15 kilometers at least once a month. These are hikers who walk on a regular basis or undertake activities based on fitness. Hikes in this category often have around 800 meters of altitude and can go over unpaved roads (where no additional technical skills are needed). These one-day hikes take around 4 to 6 hours (depending on your speed).
*Incidentally, this may also concern hikes that cover somewhat longer distances and fewer elevation gain.
On hikes of this level experience with hiking is advisable, as well as a good physical condition and some stamina. These hikes are intended for people who practice an endurance sport. You often need a whole day for the hikes in this category. They contain more than 1,000 meters of altitude and are usually longer than 15 kilometers per day. They therefore certainly take 5 to 7 hours to complete. In addition, these hikes lead you over trails, unpaved and difficult to walk on surfaces. The combination of a significant rise and the longer distance make these hikes challenging.
A hike is considered difficult when it goes over mountain paths, rocks, rougher trails and steep paths with differences in height from 1,000 meters. Technical necessities are sometimes used during these hikes, but knowledge of these products is not necessary. An optimal physical condition and stamina are essential for practicing these hikes. In addition, experience with mountain hiking is necessary. Because, these hikes can take a full day up to 6 to 9 hours of walking time. They are also intended for people who practice endurance sport. When undertaking hikes in this category, also think carefully about your equipment and any places where you could spend the night.
In this category we talk about hike expeditions on extremely difficult terrain. They go through remote and rugged landscapes that require the hiker to be in optimum physical condition. In some cases a basic knowledge of mountaineering and securing techniques are necessary. It must be possible that you need to submit a record of climbs when you want to undertake expeditions like these. The hikes usually cover several days, longer distances and have a challenging number of altitude.
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