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China Travellers' Hiking Level (How difficult are the hikes?)
 

We grade the hikes according to their difficulty from 1 to 5. So that you can choose the hikes that are suitable for you.

1. Level 1: Relaxing Hikes 
We also call these hikes "Mingle with Nature" or "Commune with Nature". These hikes are the easiest ones without much climbing. The hiking usually takes about one hour and the trails used are all in very good condition. 

After the hiking, we will have a tranquil and serene place for you to relax, reflect and recharge. We will have a good lunch. After lunch you can get some sunshine, read books, take a nap without any noise, do some meditation...The relaxing time is about 2-3 hours.

For whom are Level 1 hikes suitable?
Level 1 hikes are suitable for children, elderly people, people who just want to relax, recharge and meditate in rural area.

2. Level 2: Easy Hikes 
These hikes usually involve some easy walking and climbing at a slow pace. They rarely exceed 500 meters in elevation and 6 kilometers in length. The hiking time is about 3 hours and we usually have a picnic or lunch at a local restaurant afterwards.

For whom are Level 2 hikes suitable? 
Level 2 hikes are suitable for children, elderly people,  people who just want to do sightseeing and slightly physical outdoor activities.

3. Level 3: Moderate Hikes 
The level of these hikes are moderate and suitable for most people. The hiking time is usually 3-4 hours and the hikes usually include some more steep trails. They tend to 6-12 kilometers in length and approximately 500-1000 meters in elevation. However Level 3 hikes aren’t tough and most people can make it without trouble as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness and are in good health.

For whom are Level 3 hikes suitable? 
Level 3 hikes are suitable for people who are fit and healthy. It is better to have a bit of prior hiking experiences.

4. Level 4: Challenging Level 
These hikes usually involve a lot of walking, climbing and descending over varied terrain, and sometimes also camping. The elevation is about 1000 meters and the length ranges from 10 to 15 kilometers. Some roads/trails can be a little rough. The hiking time is usually somewhere between 4 and 5 hours. People with acrophobia shouldn’t join these kinds of hikes.

For whom are Level 4 hikes suitable? 
Level 4 hikes are suitable for people who are fit and healthy, do aerobic type exercise regularly and have prior hiking experiences.

5. Level 5: Tough Hikes 
These hikes are our most difficult and challenging hikes. Level 5 hikes involve long trips and rough roads for up to 5 or 8 hours hiking a day at a steady pace. Level 5 hikes tend to range from 15 to 20 kilometers in length and about 1200-1500 meters in elevation, and sometimes involve load carrying, setting up tents, outdoor cooking skills and campcraft. People with acrophobia shouldn’t join these kind of hikes.

For whom are Level 5 hikes suitable? 
Level 5 hikes are suitable for people who have a good level of fitness and are in good health. Prior mountaineering experience and good climbing skills are required.

 
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