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Fitness Training Success Story – Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp Tina Trek Training Story

Our regular client, Tina, travelled to the Himalayas and trekked to Annapurna Base Camp. Here’s some facts, Tina’s story and some top tips for trekkers …

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

“The Annapurna Base Camp Trek reaches an altitude of approximately 4130 m/13550ft, with tough and varied terrain.  The fourteen day expedition started in Kathmandu, beginning with a long drive to Pokhara which is a truly beautiful place to visit! We then travelled for just under an hour before starting the actual trek. The term ‘Nepalese Flat’ is given to the continual and often very steep ascents and descents, usually crossing the same river many times a day. 

It must be some kind of Nepalese joke as the terrain was certainly not flat!, (but compared to the majesty of the surrounding peaks it must seem so!).  Our trek then reached the Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp –  a breath-taking and sacred mountain area.

My Story

I met Rachel at Peak Walking Adventures around five years ago after I had decided to book a ‘bucket list’ trek to Everest Base Camp. However, I then changed the trek to Annapurna as I wanted to explore somewhere I felt was more spiritual and traditional.

I am in my fifties and have hiked on and off for a few years, starting in my early forties.  I had booked Everest Base Camp and set about working on my fitness again (from scratch). This is when I met Rachel, and then more recently Richard, travelling to the Peak District from Lincolnshire to join in the trek training, challenge walks.  I also achieved my NAAS Silver Navigation Award with them.

I continue to hike with Peak Walking Adventures and arrange peer-led hikes with friends in preparation for our many planned treks (UK and abroad).  Plans have included treks to Upper Mustang, Langtang and Annapurna Circuit  – such is my love for Nepal and the Himalayas!”

Tina’s Top Tips for Trekking

  • Training is vital. I would absolutely recommend attending the Fitness Walks with Rachel and Richard as the stamina needed to ascend and descend several times a day is critical to most treks.  Peak Walking Adventure’s challenge walks also help with stamina building.
  • Build your navigation skills and confidence in your surroundings. Again, I have learned so much through talking and hiking with Rachel and Richard;  their calm approach and encouragement has boosted my confidence in myself.
  • Test your equipment.  Hike using your planned trekking equipment, such as your backpack, day pack and boots, to get used to them and to ensure you have what you need.
  • Hike in all weathers as you never know what you will face.  It will help  test you and your equipment.

Planning a Trek or Charity Challenge?

See our Trek Training Advice here >

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