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.

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

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