Health & Fitness
Nepal offers some of the best trekking in the world, with stunning scenery and magnificent mountain ranges. You don’t need to be an athlete to undertake our Himalayan treks; you simply require a good level of fitness, gained from regular exercise and a sense of adventure! Greater fitness will allow you to adjust with ease, leaving you to enjoy yourself and your surroundings. We suggest you begin a fitness program at least 3 months before departure. Take part in regular activities such as cycling, swimming, jogging, tennis, walking and bush walking.
Whilst you are trekking the porters will carry your rucksack (up to a maximum of 15kg) and all the heavy gear, you’ll just need to carry a small day pack for your water, camera and essentials.
Our Annapurna Panorama tour is a perfect introduction to trekking, reaching a maximum height of 2830m, trekking at a relatively easy pace, with plenty of sightseeing and lodge accommodation. You’ll be trekking on average for 4 – 6 hours a day. Our Everest Base Camp and Everest & Gokyo Lakes treks are more challenging, reaching heights of 5400m, and trekking for up to 7- 8 hours a day. Nevertheless, everyone can walk at a steady pace and there is plenty of time during the day to cover the distances and the physical exertion, though strenuous, is not sustained. There will also be plenty of time to rest.
Altitude sickness is not related to your level of fitness; it occurs as a result of failure to adapt to high altitudes (usually over 2000 meters) and can affect anyone. The common symptoms are headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Treatment is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery. Our treks are designed to ensure there is plenty of time for adequate acclimatisation and cases of mountain sickness are rare.