Pacing at High Altitude

The pace we set on our trips is critical for your safety and success. You might consider pacing irrelevant and something that is not that important on a long distance high altitude trek or climb. I can assure you that the correct pace and heart rates can make all the difference between success and failure.

Maintaining the Correct Heart Rate at Altitude

Think about heart rates when you are exercising if you were to push even 10 beats per minutes faster in each hour of exercise on your adventure you would be under so much more pressure, you would waste a lot of energy, fatigue your muscles and have less energy to recovery on your multi-day walking adventure.

No matter what the adventure, getting the pace right and managed correctly is so important. When you consider you will be joining other people on this trip who you may or may not know and the team needs to stay together at all times.

We Manage the Pace on all our Trips

We will set the pace. We will set the pace that will best work for the team and we will manage longer hill climbs at a certain and very specific pace. We have put over 3,600 people in Everest base camp with a 95% success rate. Our highly qualified guides will evaluate the team on the first day of trekking and will be able to work with the team to get everyone in sink.

We know the right pace to get you safely into camp and you must trust we know the best way to manage the distances and terrain.

Managing Summit Night Climbs

Depending on the trek or climb and usually on summit nights you will need to be able move consistently for an hour at a time, resting only for 2 to 5 minutes per hour.  This means you need to be able to manage consistently higher heart rates for long periods of time and you will need to move and train at the same pace as you will on the summit night. We can help you with this information.

We know the pace to reach summits, and destinations at the appropriate time of day.  We know who will make it and who won’t.  We will give people every opportunity to keep up with the minimum pacing that is required to manage a safe and successful trip.

Learn More

Why not get in touch with us and we can chat about how we manage our trips for safety and success. Learn from our mistakes so you can apply knowledge to your training and trip to high altitude. We look forward to helping you in your mountain adventure.

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