You have decided to go on a trekking holiday. You need to be mountain fit. It could be a trek to Everest base camp, Annapurna, Kilimanjaro or some where in South America. When should I make the journey? How do I train? Who should I go with? We can help you get fully prepared for your specific trip. Ian has climbed Everest to the top, lead 16 treks to Everest base camp, climbed Kilimanjaro 18 times, Island peak 7 times, Mera peak 3 times and lead treks and climbs around the world.
Each trek or climb requires specific training and preparation. You need talk to us straight away to start building a training schedule that suits you as an individual, your time frame, work schedule, facilities and other commitments you have to juggle.
When you decide what training you want to do, you need to:
1). Start Gradually and build slowly
2). Know your heart rate training zones
3). Don’t push to hard to fast
4). Get a professional training program
5). Stay well hydrated while training (1ltr for every hour of training)
6). Be specific in your training you are not running a marathon
7). Seek advice from us as we know what it takes to be mountain fit
Each trek and climb has different acclimatization schedules. Some spend more time at high altitude, some have big summit days, some have challenging mixed climbing on mixed rock and snowy terrain.
What they all require is you being mountain fit. This means you need to have the physical and muscular conditioning to be able to walk up and down mountains while trekking with up to 50% less oxygen getting to your muscles. Everyone is starting from a different age and fitness level and you need to get a personalized training plan in place that will work for you. Don’t copy some online program, this can work but why take a chance you need specific training for your specific situation.
You will need to follow a 3 phase plan:
1). Base phase training
2). Build phase
3). Peak phase
The only way to do this, is build a specific training schedule around hill work. If you are running a marathon you need to train building from 4 hours a week to possibly 10+ hours per week.
If you are hiking for 6,10,14,20+ days back to back you need to be training each day back to back building from 3 days a week to 5/6 days a week depending on the trip. From 4 hours of walking up and down hills carrying 5kg/10lbs and gym work, building to 10+ hours walking up and down hills carrying 12kg/25lbs and gym work.
The KEY is to get a plan in place. Sign up to one of our quality treks or climbs and get access to us 5 days a week. We can get you trained up and will work with you on getting the right information and knowledge needed to make sure you achieve your goals. Don’t waste your time. Get real results from our real experience.