Three Months Until Your EBC Trek? Get Training
Do I need to include steps in my training ? You bet. By the end of your training you should be able to do 1 hour of steps with a ten minute break in the middle.
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 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
If you are planning a trek on the Annapurna Circuit or to Everest Base Camp and you’ ll be there in three or four months you need to start your incline training, or hill training now. Find some good hills close to home to start 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 down. 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…
Everest Base Camp Trek Tips
- Practice with your boots and all your gear.
- Buy trekking poles to protect your knees, especially going down hill. Train with them before you leave for Nepal. I mean for a few months at least. If you not used to them you will really feel the pain.
- We recommend taking a porter and or porter guide. 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.
- Remember your step training and then you will enjoy your trek.
- Go slow. Slowly, slowly. Bistari, bistari. It is not a race.
- And remember another reason you train and do all of the above – the elevation see Everest Base Camp Trek Elevation profiles and my comments.