Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru. If you are signed up to an Ian Taylor Trekking trip to this amazing region of Peru you do need to be training and preparing for our unique itinerary. This trek had a lot of up and down over high passes at high altitude.  you can contact Ian directly 5 days a week to get the best information for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek. Ian has climbed Mt. Everest to the top and Kilimanjaro 30+ times and trekked in the Huayhuash region many times. Join one of our teams.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek

Physical Conditioning: Despite being a trek which is accessible to most people and not just experienced mountaineers, trekking in the Huayhuash region of Peru should not be underestimated. There are a lot of steep passes up and down and all done at high altitude. We also hike up to a couple of summits which are serious trekking challenges which requires significant preparation and specific physical conditioning. Leg strength and endurance training are key to success.  With forward planning, the right acclimatization schedule and the right attitude to training, you stand the best possible chance of successfully and safely completing the Huayhuash circuit safely and successfully. We really want you to enjoying one of the most rewarding and spectacular experiences in the world. So come prepared.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

This information is designed to help you in your preparation for the Huayhuash Circuit trek. If you need to discuss how to fully prepare you need to CONTACT US as we can give your more specific training advice. We have the inside knowledge and it is always easier to talk specifically to your personal needs. We also want to make sure you have the right gear, best training advice so you come fully prepared for this trip.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Training and Fitness: Trekking the Huayhuash Circuit is a physical challenge which is well within the reach of most people who enjoy a reasonable standard of fitness. However, training specifically for the climb is essential to prepare you for the particular pitfalls posed by mountain walking.  You are strongly advised to seek medical advice before deciding to join one of our treks and before starting a training program, particularly if you have any concerns about your health. Remember the summit days and long trekking day are 9+ hours, with thousand of feet of ascent and decent into very high altitudes. This requires serious consideration and preparation.

It is important to start training as early as possible before your scheduled climb. Building strength, fitness and stamina.  The best physical preparation is activity which simulates, as far as possible, the demands on your body which will be happening during your ascent and descents all along this trip. In my opinion building endurance walking up and down hills, building up weight in your back pack is key to success. If you do not have access to hills you need to be using a stair master and treadmill to gain the required strength and endurance. I recommend training 6 to 10 hours per week.  READ SOME REVIEWS.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

You should therefore aim to make walking up and down hills as the main part of your training. Taking regular and increasingly long walks will help develop the muscles which will be needed when you arrive in Peru. Try to find some local hills to walk up and down if possible. Gradually increasing the duration of your walks will help to develop your stamina and also assist in preparing you for being on your feet over long distances.You should also we walking and training during the week.

When out on training walks, ensure that you always wear the boots you intend to take on the Huayhuash Circuit trek. Getting used to your footwear will help make you as comfortable as possible when it comes to your trek. It is also a good idea to wear your day pack that you will be taking with you on the climb so you feel at ease with it and gradually adding weight to the pack to build strength.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Being mentally prepared will also be crucial to your chance of a successful Huayhuash trek. Get out an sleep in the tent. Do some wilderness camping in the cold if possible. Progressively pushing the limits of your physical training will help develop your capacity to endure the strain. A positive attitude is also crucial. It is helpful to remind yourself when training and during this trek that many people have achieved this feat before you and that you can do it too. But do be prepared for setbacks and particularly difficult stages during the trek. Remember that your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you! Hopefully the mountains will also be a source of inspiration.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

These three points are key to making your training successful:

Give yourself enough time to build specific conditioning. It is no good trying to cram everything to the months before you depart.  Put training plan together and build on your fitness, conditioning and endurance over time 4 – 6 months (minimum). This will also help you avoid injury and pick the right itinerary. We can help you build a training plan that works for you.

Understand this trek and apply to your training. You will need to be training 4 – 5 times a week with heavy weight in your back pack and also doing interval training. Remember you will be walking up and down hills on steep and challenging terrain up to 6 hours most days and 9 to 11 hours on the bigger days. You will need to manage the distances and miles you are walking and getting the specific conditioning for the climb.  Make sure you have followed the base, build and peak format for your Huayhuash Circuit training.  Once your training is complete, you will need to Reduce your training before you depart on your trek a week in advance. Get some well-earned rest and start your trip feeling fresh and well hydrated.

Don’t ignore nutrition. You need a well-balanced diet to maintain a good level of health.  As your routine picks up and you train harder, more strain will be placed on your carbohydrate stores.  Before, during and after exercise you will need to supply your body with the fuel it needs!

Going on a trip knowing that you are fit,strong and ready gives you one less thing to worry about, it boosts your confidence allowing you to get the most out of the experience.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Mix up your training: It’s hard work, I have to drag myself out of bed now and go for a 10km jog. This training has to be done, not every day and not the same training is required everyday. You are training to climb up and down and across a mountain range so your training should be specific to the mountain hiking with weight. If you have access to hills or mountains and you have the time to get out walking up and down them that is great.  Hill walking for 3 – 6+ hours once a week, and additional gym training will get you mountain fit in no time. This is not always achievable and we can help you prepare based off a gym schedule. Training for Huayhuash Circuit trek is a must and we require you to come prepared for this long and challenging trek.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

The real key to success is this: The strength in the muscle is gained in the hold (slower movement) and forcing the leg to deal with the extra load with build that strength in the muscle.  So, if you are carrying a backpack with 8kg – 12kg (for your Huayhuash training) and walking uphill and around the hills for 3 plus hours, you will be putting the muscle under similar pressure as experienced at high altitude. So continued higher heart rates 130 – 145 (this needs to be tested and monitored with a professional)  with a heavier load will result in better strength, conditioning and endurance when your body has less oxygen to play with. (At the very least do a fitness test)

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

You have coached your body and muscles to handle more pressure walking up and down hills with extra weight in your backpack. So once you take most of that weight off when you get to Huayhuash region,  your body will know how to perform better under pressure. You will have to carry a backpack with 5kg – 7kg on a daily basis going up and down hills and passes and covering long distances. You need to be training with twice this weight in all your training sessions. This is really important.

Training advice for your Huayhuash Circuit Trek in Peru

Everyone is individual and there is no one size fits all in your preparation. So specific training as per your current condition would need to be assessed to maximize ones progress and potential. For more information get in contact. Or enlist the service of a personal trainer, conditioning and endurance coach or local gym instructor.

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