You have decided to go on a trekking adventure, so being mountain fit is critical for your safety and success. It could be a trek to Everest base camp, Annapurna, Kilimanjaro or some where in South America. You have lots of questions, when should I make the journey? How do I train? Who should I go with? We have the experience and knowledge to help you get fully prepared for your specific trip so get in touch today. Ian has climbed Everest to the top, lead 35+ treks to Everest base camp, climbed Kilimanjaro 35+ times, Island peak 17+ times, Mera peak 6+ times and has led many more treks and climbs around the world.
Specific training for your trip is really important
Each trek or climb requires specific training and preparation each trip is different so you need to approach each trip with targeted training. You need CONTACT US straight away to start getting accurate information from professionals. We can help you build a training schedule that suits you as an individual, your time frame, work schedule, available facilities and other commitments you have to juggle.
How should you approach your training
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). Think about getting a vo2 Max test or fitness test
6). Visit your Doctor and get their advice
7). Stay well hydrated while training (1ltr for every hour of training)
8). Be specific in your training you are not running a marathon
9). Seek professional advice from us, as we know what it takes to be mountain fit
Build a specific training plan for your chosen trek
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. So you need to access a wide range of information that we have to get the right advice.
Build your training around Strength and Endurance
You need to have the correct physical and muscular conditioning and endurance 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.
Follow a Targeted Training Plan
You will need to follow a 3 phase plan:
1). Base phase
2). Build phase
3). Peak phase
The Bulk of Training should be Hill Work
The only way to do this, is build a specific training schedule around hill work. If you are running a marathon you need to run. If you are trekking you need hill work. If you are climbing you need to climb. You need to build a training plan specific to what you are looking to achieve. You also need to commit to building from 4 hours a week to possibly 10+ hours per week depending on our chosen adventure.
Daily Training is really important
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. This will depend on your chosen trip.
Remember you will be in a low oxygen environment
The KEY is to get a plan in place that factors in three things. 1). Lack of Oxygen 2). Elevation gains (up and down) 3). Daily distances. Remember Strength and endurance should be the two key elements of your preparation. If you want access to our team. 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. Get real results from our real experience. Read some reviews.