Three Months Until your Trek? Get Training
There’s the man with the vision and the all the plans. Trek to Everest Base Camp, Nepal. He had been to trek the Annapurna circuit in the 80s and he knew there is a lot of uneven ground so he insisted on finding uneven hills to train on and lots of stairs too.
And stairs there were in abundance …..
Donkeys making their way down these stairs – wait for them to pass.
Kids an their way home from school running down the stairs. October 2015
An eighty plus year old woman with 40 kilos plus of cabbages, beating me down these stairs. November 2013
Base Camp Marathon runners after Tengboche heading to Namche Bazaar. October 2015
So you are planning a trek on the Annapurna circuit or to Everest Base Camp and you will be there in three or months you need to start in earnest on your incline training, or hill training. Find some good hills close to home to start doing walking them twice a week with a more intense session on the weekend. All you need is one good hill with some uneven ground. Go up the hill turn around and go back up. Turn around and do it again and again. Ad nauseum.
Find Some Stairs to Train on
We did stair training for the last two and half months once a week and twice a week for the last six weeks. We started off at ten or twenty minutes building up to 45 minutes to an hour. Up four flights , down four flights. You get the picture.
Oh course you will be rewarded by fabulous views at the top … before you go down hill to go up again…
Practice with your boots and all your gear. Buy trekking poles they will help your knees, especially going down hill.
The photos of me with the orange pack are our 2013 trek without a porter. The shots with the small purple pack were taken on the 2015 trek when we took a porter guide, which we would recommend.