Your fitness level.

Most healthy people can come on a trek. If you are a regular walker or active person you ‘ll be fine. Eighty year olds trek.  Obviously it’s better to have UK hill walking experience in, say, the Lake District or Snowdonia and it’s important to realise that you’ll be walking between 3 and 7 hours a day – every day. There are plenty of rests though. If you can comfortably walk carrying a small rucsac for 5 hours on both Saturday and Sunday and not be too tired afterwards it’s OK.

It does pay to do some training, walking uphill is good! So is cycling and going to the gym. Concentrate on leg, knee and core strength. Bending the knees into a squat position and rise without aid is a good idea as most loo’s are squat type so you’ll have do that and not overbalance! Join the Ramblers and walk with them.

You do not have to be super fit or fast! In fact slow and steady is better as fast walkers ascend too quickly therefore are more prone to altitude sickness. It may come as a surprise when an older and slower trekker passes you as you gasp for air. Plodders win out. Having said that the fitter and stronger you are the easier the first few days will be.

It’s important to have good knee strength as they take a pounding but trekking poles really help take some of the strain. We recommend Pacer Poles, designed by a physiotherapist and made in the UK.

If in doubt just ask.

Annapurna dawn
Mule train
A suspension bridge bedecked with prayer flags over the Dudh Kosi gorge.
Everest from Kala Patthar, 5645mts
Balanced stones at Gokyo Lakes
Mother & daughter from the Tibetan people in Langtang.
Chorten In Helambu
Everest & Lhotse from above Namche Bazaar.
Yak train in Gokyo valley
Trekking towards Pumori.
Manang mules
Porter in Annapurna region
Machapuchare ' Fish Tail' mountain. Annapurna trek
Lantang lodge owned by friends
Mani Wall
Zopkio - Cross between a yak and a cow
Annapurna Sanctuary
Wealthy Sherpa girl
Langtang traditional wooden house
Trekking in Helambu
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit
Kanjin Gompa
Om the summit of Goyko Ri, 5360mts
In a basic lodge
trekker & porters
Cho La glacier looking east
In the upper Khumbu near Everest
Braga Gompa
Afternoon in a Tea house
Thulo Syaphru, a village on a ridge.
Many sheep come looking
Yak bells in Namche Bazaar.
in Helambu
Dying light on Ama Dablam
Trekkers on suspension bridge
Looking up the Khumbu valley . Tengboche is on the wooden hill.
Looking east from near the Cho La pass.
On the Ngozumba glacier in Goyko. Look very closely at the bottom right. Spot the figures and see the scale!
Sleeping Yak - a rock for a pillow.
Trekking near Everest
Nare Magar and Everest from Kala Patthar 5643mts

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