Training Tips for Trekking

At Ian Taylor Trekking, our aim is to be your number one resource in preparation for your trekking or climbing adventure.  We are here to help our clients get the RIGHT information on their trip.  Going on a multi-day trek or climbing trip takes dedicated preparation and we want to make sure our clients know this.  Therefore, if you are looking for an easy way out of doing the hard work it takes to prepare, then you are in the wrong place.  If you follow our advice and do the training and preparations that are necessary, then you will put yourself in the best chance of being successful.  Also, we promise to have the best itineraries and teams out there to help you make your trip a success!

Training Tips for our Core Adventures

We have people joining our trips from all over the world.  Our clients come from different countries, are of different age ranges and also have diverse abilities. Therefore, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to training.  We are here to talk through what you need to do to be successful.  Just CALL US and we will get you moving in the right direction.

We are constantly updating our BLOG POSTS on the different trips we offer around the world, making sure all the information is up to date. However, the best way to get the information you need, is to pick up the phone and CALL US or E-MAIL US today!

1). Everest Base Camp Trek

Here is our advice for trekking to Everest Base Camp. This link will help to explain how you should be training and preparing for this amazing adventure. All our trips have three nights in Namche Bazaar, on the way to Everest. This added acclimatization on the way up the trail can make all the difference in your trip.

2). Kilimanjaro Trips

Kilimanjaro requires a very high level of strength and endurance. Here is our training advice for our Kilimanjaro ClimbsRemember, 8 days spent on the mountain offers you a safer and more enjoyable experience on this life changing and challenging, journey.

3). Climbing Island Peak

Here is our training advice for our Island Peak ClimbsIsland Peak is not a trekking peak and requires very specific technical skills to be safe and successful. We have developed the best itinerary and service for climbing Island Peak.

4). Mera Peak

If you are thinking of joining one of our Mera Peak Climbs you will need to be training in very specific ways. We have developed a unique itinerary to Mera Peak, which offers you a more interesting trek on a circuit we know you will enjoy. We also have 2 nights in Mera Peak Base Camp before moving to High Camp.

5). Climbing Mount Elbrus

After years of leading Elbrus trips we have developed an itinerary to give you the best chance at reaching the summit. Here is the training we recommend for our Elbrus Climbs

6). Inca Trail Treks to Machu Picchu

Trek along the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! There are hundreds of Incan Trails, however the trail we use is the traditional route to Machu Picchu.  The trail has a lot of up and down on steep stairs, therefore you need to be training on stairs for this trip.

7). Denali Climbs

Climbing Denali is one of hardest trips we run. You will be carrying and pulling a weighted backpack. Therefore, it will be important to keep this in mind when you build the correct training plan for Climbing Denali.

8). Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp is one of our favorite treks in Nepal! Here is our training advice for Annapurna Base Camp and any trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

9). Aconcagua

If you are thinking about climbing Aconcagua, then you need to consider our Vacas Valley Traverse Route. Aconcagua has a Base Camp and three higher camps. You will also be load carrying team gear and your own personal equipment higher on the mountain. Here is the training we recommend for your Aconcagua Expedition in Argentina.

Learn From our Experience

We have developed complete Dossiers on all of our key trips that we offer. Once you sign up to one of our trips, then we will send over the trip Dossier to you.  These documents will have links to video diaries for training, diet plans, the itemized kit list, in country and arrival information, and so much more. All these documents have been prepared with years of experience to back them up, therefore giving you the highest quality of preparation and advice prior to your trip.

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Be Realistic in Your Training

Remember there are two key elements to all high altitude adventures. Firstly, you need more acclimatization in your itinerary, which we will take care of! Secondly, you need to be mountain fit, which we can help you achieve. You need to give serious consideration to your training for the specific adventure you are looking to undertake. And remember, we are here to help!  We have the team in place to help give you the best information available!

We know you live a busy live. It can be difficult to set aside a few minutes a day, much less one hour, for a workout. If you are signing up to one of our trips, it is so important to rearrange your schedule to leave time for specific cardiovascular exercise, five days a week.  This will improve your health, quality of life and help you enjoy your trek.

Make Cardio a Priority

A one hour+ cardio session carrying weight does not sound that appealing but critical for your safety and success.  Building a weekly and monthly routine is important to build the correct level of fitness. Get up earlier each day and exercise before work, exercise in front of the TV. Recruit friends and family to work out with you and if you can walk or cycle to work do it.

Picking Your Cardio

Yes, weight training and flexibility are important elements of a well rounded training plan. Cardio exercises provide a multitude of physical and emotional benefits, but picking specific exercises that you both enjoy and help you achieve your trekking goals are important. You really need to enjoy your daily training sessions. You also need to ensure you are training in the correct zone. Learn more. Making sure your heart rate and breathing rate are elevated while using multiple large muscle groups together. Examples of this type of exercise, which is also called aerobic exercise, include swimming, hiking, walking, riding a bike and jogging.

You Have to Start Somewhere

Dedicating 30 minutes to cardio, five days a week is a start. You will need to keep building over time. Depending on your trip you might need to build up to 2 hours per day.  You should be training a minimum of 4 hours per week for most of our treks and trips.  You can determine your workout pace by trying to say a short sentence. If you can say it successfully, your pace is moderate. If you can only muster a few words before taking a breath, your pace is vigorous. Remember you need to understand your specific heart rate zone. Learn more.

Benefits of Cardio

Stay with it! It shouldn’t take you long to note the physical and emotional changes you experience upon devoting 4 hours a week to cardio exercise. Cardio exercise is an effective way to improve your mood and can even lift the symptoms of some cases of depression. You are improving your health which is great, keep working hard and pushing towards your goals. We will help you and look forward to hearing from you.

Some Additional Pages to Review

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Trekking to Everest

Climbing Island Peak

Climbing Mera Peak 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek