‘A Season Of Mountains‘ rating system for grading of treks based on the required endurance & skill as well as risks associated with them.
A 6-point scale based on stamina required to complete a trek comfortably.
|1||Short distance (<5 km) treks involving little elevation gain/loss.||Sondai fort trek|
|2||Medium distance (5-10 km) treks with gradual elevation gain/loss.||Karnala fort trek|
|3||Medium distance (5-10 km) treks with sharp elevation gain/loss.||Chanderi fort trek|
|4||Long distance (10-20 km) treks with gradual or sharp elevation gain/loss.||Katraj-Sinhagad (K2S) trek|
|5||Very long distance (20-50 km) treks with gradual or sharp elevation gain/loss||Rajgad-Torna-Raigad (R2R) trek|
|6||Ultra long distance (50 km+) treks with gradual or sharp elevation gain/loss||Naneghat-Bhimashankar (Na-Bhi) trek|
A 5-point scale indicating the skill level required for a trek.
|Easy||No specific skill required.||Korlai fort|
|Medium||Elementary knowledge of foot placement will be preferable. Beginners can comfortably attempt these treks.||Asherigad trek|
|Medium+||Should be familiar with climbing easy rock patches. |
Prior experience of easy treks is preferable.
|Tough||Should be comfortable negotiating unstable terrain. Familiarity with using ropes and knowledge of basic knots preferable. |
Prior experience of Medium treks is a must.
|Alang-Madan-Kulang (AMK) trek|
|Technical||Should be led only by certified rock climbers/guides with considerable experience of lead climbing. |
Industry standard safety equipment (ropes, harnesses, etc) is a must.
|Pinnacle climbing at Vanarlingi, Vazir|
3. Risk Factor
A 3-point scale that takes into account a combination of natural risk factors and documented incidents on the trek.
|Low||Negligible chance of injury/ no account of injuries suffered by trekkers.|
|Moderate||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 the most mundane of treks interesting but newbies and beginners are recommended to start with easier treks so as not to get dissuaded from future adventures. Trust me, Sahyadris 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 the perceived ratings of a trek.
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Last updated: August ’20
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