Difficulty Ratings

Our tours have difficulty ratings to help you see if the tour is suitable for you. To help you, we've written some more information about each of the ratings and what you can expect on the tour.

 

Easy

Kayaking – Accessible to most people. Be able to paddle for 2 hours at a slow pace, with many breaks. The sea conditon is mostly calm with no waves and almost no wind. No experience necessary.

 

Moderate 

Kayaking – Accessible to most people in good condition. Be able to paddle for 4-5 hours at a fair pace, with breaks. There may be some swell, some small waves and a gentle breeze. Some experience is required.

Hiking – Need to be able to hike for 4-5 hours at an easy pace. Ascent is around 400m maximum. Terrain is mostly easy ground with some loose rock or snow. Must be comfortable carrying a small backpack with lunch and raingear etc.

 

Challenging

Kayaking – Long days of paddling up to 7-8 hours at a good pace. There may be some swell and waves and you may have to paddle into a strong wind. Experience is necessary on these tours.

Hiking – Long days of hiking up to 5-7 hours at a good pace. Terrain may include long sections of loose rock, soft ground or snow and maybe include long sections away from the trail. Ascent may be up to around 600m. May include multiple days in a row. Will have to carry medium sized backpack.

 

Demanding 

Kayaking – Multiple long days up to 7-8 hours of paddling in a row. Often involves wild camping. Exposure to open sea, big swell and waves. May have to undertake rocky beach landings. Considerable kayaking experience is necessary on these tours.

Hiking – Long days of hiking in the mountains. May include backpacking while carrying tent, sleeping/cooking gear and food. Up to 1000m of ascent over tough terrain including loose rock, soft ground and snow. Route may be all off-trail.