CHOOSING THE RIGHT HIKING TOUR
We want you to have the best possible time during your hiking tour in Japan with us, and matching your experience level, and current physical conditioning to an appropriate adventure is the most important part of ensuring you have a truly enjoyable trip. With that said, it is incredibly hard to create a one-size-fits-all system that accurately portrays the difficulty and challenges of each unique hike within the context of its particular environment, trail conditions, technical aspects, distance, duration and elevation gain. Perhaps this is why there is no universal standard for rating the difficulty of hiking trails.
We have drawn largely our own experiences, and have also consulted with other hiking organizations and professionals in the industry to come up with a scale that we feel does the best possible job of boiling all the variables down into a relatively simple, accurate and easily understandable ranking. This is a two-part system that assigns a 6-level number scale to describe the necessary level of fitness, and combines it with a 3-letter scale to grade the technical difficulty. Please see the detailed explanation of each system below.
When choosing a tour, be honest when evaluating yourself - and if you are unsure whether you could realistically handle the demands of a particular hike on offer, just ask! Send us a message or give us a call and we will be happy to talk you through it.