• Difficulty ratings

    Find an explanation of the various difficulty ratings below.

  • Summer

    Our summer hiking and trekking tours range from T1-T3 rating of the SAC difficulty scale.

    The ratings have been translated from the Swiss Alpine Club scales and may be subject to change.

    T1

    Hiking

    Terrain:

    Paths are paved and well prepared. If present, exposed areas are secured well. Danger of falling/accidents can be highly prevented with normal behavior. If marked according to SWW standards: yellow signage.

     

    Requirements:

    None specific, possibly suitable with sneakers. Orientation is easy, usually also possible without a map.

    T2

    Mountain hiking

    Terrain:

    Path with continuous track. Terrain partially steep, danger of falling can not be excluded. If marked according to SWW standards: white-red-white signage.


    Requirements:

    A good foothold / safe walking in difficult terrain. Trekking / Hiking shoes are recommended. Elementary orientation skills required. Tours are evaluated under the assumption of favorable conditions, i.e. good weather conditions and visibility, dry terrain etc.

    T3

    Demanding mountain hiking

    Terrain:

    Path on ground is not always visible. Exposed areas may be secured with ropes or chains. Hands may be required for balance. Partly exposed areas with danger of falling, scree / gravel plains, trackless rocky ledges. If marked according to SWW standards: white-red-white signage.

     

    Requirements:

    Very good foothold / safe walking in difficult terrain. Good trekking / hiking shoes required. Average to good orientation skills required. Basic alpine experience required. Tours are evaluated under the assumption of favorable conditions, i.e. good weather conditions and visibility, dry terrain etc.

  • Winter

    Our winter hiking and snowshoeing tours range from WT1-WT2 rating of the SAC difficulty scale.

    The ratings have been translated from the Swiss Alpine Club scales and may be subject to change.

    WT1

    Easy snowshoe hike or tour

    Terrain:

    Paths with a steepness of less than 25°. Typically flat or low steepness. No steep slopes in the vicinity.

     

    Hazards: No avalanche danger. No danger of slipping or falling.

     

    Requirements:

    No prior avalanche knowledge necessary.

    WT2

    Snowshoe hike or tour

    Terrain:

    Paths with a steepness of less than 25°. Typically flat or low steepness. Steep slopes in the surrounding vicinity.

     

    Hazards:

    Avalanche danger. No danger of slipping or falling.

     

    Requirements:

    Basic knowledge in avalanche analysis required.