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How fit do I need to be to trek in Nepal?

Many of the trekking paths used today are centuries old trails on trade and pilgrim routes across the mountains and remote areas where roads still barely exist. Although Nepal is best known for its famous challenging treks to Everest, we specialise in shorter private treks that are within the capabilities of most people in good health who enjoy hiking and hill walking at home. As well as comfortable treks in the foothills of the Annapurna there are also many lovely easy day walks in the valleys that still afford fabulous mountain views.

An important factor to consider is the altitude of your trek. Above 2500m (8200ft) there is less oxygen in the air and thus to your lungs and organs but given time to acclimatise your body can adjust to this. Everyone who treks above 4000m (13 123ft) is likely to experience some symptoms of mild altitude sickness.

Walking with your own private guide and porters to carry your luggage, you dictate the daily pace of your trek and you need only carry what you need for the day. The trails are well worn but can be steep, often with hundreds of steps cut into the hillsides. Walking downhill can be just as tiring as going uphill.

To prepare yourself for a trek we recommend you begin a programme of regular exercise at least two months prior to your arrival in Nepal. Step classes, running up and down stairs and jogging or cycling on an incline, together with stretching and toning exercises will ensure that you are fit and will enjoy your trek. 

Find out more about our tailor-made trekking experiences in Nepal or get in touch to plan and book your trip.

Posted by: Andrea Hulme

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