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 - the lighter, the better.
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.
Contrary to popular belief, altitude sickness is not related to your level of fitness. It can affect anyone, and stems from the body's failure to adapt to high altitudes, most often of more than 2,000 metres. The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to ascend and descend slowly, allowing your body to adapt to the new altitude. If you do get sick then it is important to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible, which will usually help you to feel better. Common symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Our Nepal trekking tours are designed to ensure there is plenty of time for adequate acclimatisation and cases of altitude sickness are therefore rare.