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Trip Themes & Ratings

Detailed Physical Rating for Adventure Tours

Pamir on the Silk Road

To show the relative difficulty of our Trekking, Climbing, Biking and Other Adventure holidays, EYT TOURS gives each of them a detailed grade. Rating tours is always difficult as everyone's idea. Clearly, there are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip, including, length of day, terrain, altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors are necessarily changeable, any system of grades can only provide a general indication. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us for more details.

Trekking Grades

All of our holidays which include a significant element of walking are considered to be treks. These range from extended trips into wilderness areas, with a full trek crew and porter or pack-animal support, to short hotel-based holidays involving a series of day-hikes. The following grades should be considered in conjunction with each individual holiday description.

Our toughest treks, involving many long days, often in isolated areas and at extreme altitude. These treks might also include difficult high-pass crossings, requiring basic mountaineering skills and equipment. A high level of fitness and previous trekking experience is essential.

Physically very challenging, but suitable for regular active travellers who are used to extended days. These treks can involve difficult and sometimes glaciated terrain, as well as lengthy periods at high altitude.

Suitable for most active travellers and generally involving shorter days at moderate altitude, on good paths and tracks. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required as these treks can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day.

Suitable for most people in good health, these trips include only a short element of trekking which is predominately on good paths and at low altitude.


Shixiabangma(8201m) in Tibet

Climbing Grades
Some of our holidays include an element of climbing, usually on snow, where ropes and other items of mountaineering equipment will normally be used. Each of these trips has a climbing grade which is intended to indicate the technical difficulty of the ascent (s) involved and takes into account factors such as overall steepness, exposure and objective dangers.

Applied to our toughest climbs - involving long climbing days, possibly at extreme altitudes, with steep snow slopes, exposed ridges and crevassed sections. Full mountaineering equipment and previous winter climbing experience required.

Elements such as crevasses and steep snow slopes may be encountered. A mountaineering ice-axe and crampons will be used. Ropes may be fixed on steeper sections of the climb and group members may need to climb roped together at times.

Our easiest climbs, which are generally on easy angled snow-slopes, with no objective dangers. A mountaineering ice-axe and crampons may be used, depending on the prevailing conditions. Ropes may be fixed on short, steeper sections of ascent.


Pamir on the Silk Road

Biking Grades
Our rides are separated into 3 ‘Trip Types’ based on terrain, type of bike and tyres needed. For each of these trip types there are 3 categories of grade: Moderate, Intermediate and Difficult.


Mountain bike routes which require off-road knobbly tyres; these holidays tend to stick to dirt tracks, jeep road and single track.


Moderate trips are suitable for mountain bikers with limited off-road experience. Routes include a mix of quiet roads and forestry tracks, rocky paths and easy singletrack. A support vehicle is usually available.


Intermediate trips will provide a fun challenge for regular weekend bikers with reasonable off-road skills. Longish days and some technical riding with fast and narrow singletrack. A support vehicle will not always be available.


Difficult trips are real challenges for fit and experienced bikers, with some technically demanding single track ascents and descents and sections where we may have to push or carry our bikes. Biking in remote areas, you need to be confident in your ability.


A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres is ideal for these routes. These are journeys with no real technical off-road sections, but vary in difficulty from easy to epic. A support vehicle is usually available.

Moderate trips are suitable for cyclists who are used to paved roads, forestry roads and easy double track. Distances and days will be relatively short and vehicle support is always available.


Intermediate trips are for regular bikers in search of adventure rides in remote locations. Several long days with climbs and descents, some at high altitude, will demand a reasonable level of fitness.


Difficult trips include some of our toughest biking holidays and will provide a real sustained workout. Constant long days, lots of climbing and usually in very remote locations. These are true epic rides.

Tours requiring a road or standard touring bike. A guide will lead all our trips and your baggage is transported in a support vehicle. You are free to cycle within groups of your own pace, but the support is never far away in case of emergencies.

Moderate trips are for cyclists comfortable on rolling terrain and used to riding an average of 50-70 km per day. There will be the odd longer climb and distance.


Intermediate trips are for regular cyclists with slightly longer days and much hillier routes. Average 75-95 km per day.


Difficult trips are really for regular sportive and club riders and will follow classic Alpine routes with major climbs and descents. Average 100+ km per day.


Mt.Everest(8844.43m) from Tibet

Other Adventures
The remainder of the holidays in this website includes our collection of Other Adventures, which range from leisurely touring trips to a quite demanding mountaineering expedition. To provide an indication of the overall difficulty of these very varied trips, each has been given a trekking grade 

**Rates published on this website are for information purposes only and are not legally binding (since departure dates are not given). If you need further help, please contact us for update info. TEL:0086-13688000876 FAX:86-28-85510272