For Hiking, Trekking and Backpacking Tours (in accordance with Swiss-SAC Hiking Scale)
|T1||Hiking||Path well beaten and marked, terrain flat or moderately inclined, no danger of falling.||None. Suitable also for sport shoes. Orienting without problem, in principle also without a map.|
|T2||Mountain hiking||A continuous path, generally marked, terrain in sections steep, danger of falling not excluded.||Requires a safe step. Trekking shoes recommended. Basic orientation skills required.|
|T3||Challenging hiking||Trail not necessarilly visible, exposed passages can be protected with cables, to maintain equilibrium one eventually needs hands, usually marked, a danger of falling on exposed passages, gravel slopes, pathless rock slopes.||A very safe step. Good trekking shoes. Orientation skills required constantly. Elementary alpine experiences.|
|T4||Alpine hiking||Trail not present, on some places hands are needed to advance, terrain already quite exposed, tricky grassy slopes, steep rocky slopes, easy snow slopes or bare glacier passages.||Experiences with exposed terrain. Stable trekking shoes. Ability of terrain assessment. Good orientation abilities. Alpine experiences. If weather deteriorates, escape can become difficult.|
|T5||Sophisticated alpine hiking||Pathless, exposed and difficult terrain, on some places easy climbing sections, steep scramble terrain, snow fields or bare glacier passages where there’s danger of sliding.||Mountaineering shoes. Reliable assessment of terrain. Very good orientation abilities. A lot of alpine experiences. Easy climbing skills. Elementary skills of handling with rope and ice pick.|
|T6||Difficult alpine hiking||Pathless, not marked, very exposed and difficult terrain. Climbing passages up to UIAA degree II. Tricky, steep rocky terrain, glacier with a higher danger of sliding.||Excellent orientation abilities, mature alpine experiences and mastering of handling with alpine gear.|
For Snowshoeing Tours
Introductory. Full instruction is given on snowshoe technique and equipment. Designed for those who have done little or no snowshoeing, but who take regular exercise and have a reasonable level of fitness. This is ideal for walkers who want to explore the mountains in winter. Expect to walk on a variety of terrain from flat to undulating, on and off the beaten tracks. Expect to walk for up to 4-6 hours a day.
Intermediate. Suitable for most summer mountain-walkers, but generally involving longer days at a moderate altitude (up to 1,800m). Routes taken are mainly off the beaten track. A good level of fitness is required as these trips can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day. Expect to walk 5-7 hours per day.
Advanced. These holidays are very physically challenging and are suitable for regular mountain-walkers who are used to extended days. These treks can involve difficult and sometimes demanding days, as well as lengthy periods at higher altitudes(up to 2,500m). A high level of fitness and previous snowshoeing experience is essential. Expect to be walking 5-7 hours per day with the occasional longer day.