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.

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

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