What is the level of difficulty of the Camino?

Leg pain while walking on the Camino

What is the level of difficulty of the Camino?

We offer a range of walking and cycling holidays (on the Camino de Santiago, Via Francigena in Italy) to suit levels of fitness. The level of difficulty of the Camino is stated in the ‘Quick Facts’ box for each walking trip (see picture) to help you choose the right trail for you. As a general rule, each walker will find his own challenge.

level-difficulty-caminowaysOur holidays are graded in three categories: Easy (1,2), Moderate (3,4) and Challenging (5). This grading system will allow you to select the ideal holiday for yourself or your group. We aim to offer you the best experiences and unforgettable memories on a holiday where your desire for a challenge, comfort and safety are our priority. As the abilities of everybody are different, it’s important that you decide on a walking holiday which best suits your own needs and capabilities.

Have a look at our grading system that will assist you to decide which walking trip is best for you!

When grading our holidays, we take 3 main factors into consideration:
• Distance
• Gradient
• Trail Type (i.e. mountain track, forest road, surfaced road, etc.)

Our Easy walking and cycling holidays are best for families with young children. With older children, experience and fitness level should be considered when deciding on a holiday.

easylevel2Easy (1,2)
• Time: Under 5 hours per day on average.
• Gradient: Gentle, no steep climbs.
• Trail Type: Walking path, easily accessible.
• Suitable for: Everybody. Some easy preparation walks should increase your enjoyment.

moderatelevelModerate (3,4)
• Time: 5 to 7 hours / less than 20km per day on average.
• Gradient: Up to 1000m ascent per day on average, possibility of some steep climbing.
• Trail Type: Walking paths, mountain trails, not technically difficult.
• Suitable for: Moderate level of fitness required. Some weekend walks of around 3-4 hours should help your preparation.

challenginglevelChallenging (5)
• Time: Days can be over 7 hours / 20km.
• Gradient: Days can be more than 1000m, some steep climbing.
• Trail Type: Walking paths, mountain trails, can be technically difficult.
• Suitable for: Good level of fitness required. Previous experience would be best. Regular weekend walks of 4-5 hours or more are advisable in the months leading up to your holiday. These should include some mountain walks.

*You might also like to read our Preparing for the Camino de Santiago information.

*For more information about the Camino de Santiago or to book your holiday, please contact our travel specialists

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