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China Travellers' Hiking Level (How difficult are the hikes?)
 
We grade the hikes according to their difficulty from 2 to 5, so that you can choose the hikes that are suitable for you.

1.  Level 2: Easy Hikes 
These hikes usually involve some easy walking and climbing at a slow pace. They rarely exceed 200-500 meters in elevation and 3-6 kilometers in length. The hiking time is about 2-3 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 and people who just want to do sightseeing and slightly physical outdoor activities.

2.  Level 3: Moderate Hikes
The level of these hikes is 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 5-10 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.

3.  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 800-1000 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, doing aerobic type exercise regularly and having prior hiking experiences.

4.  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 and outdoor cooking skills. People with acrophobia shouldn’t join these kinds 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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