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Trek Training Advice

A World of Opportunity

There are some wonderful treks around the globe. Some of the most popular include Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Or even our great British challenge walks such as The Pennine Way or Coast to Coast path.

Wherever you go, you can look forward to stunning scenery, challenging walking, the experience of different cultures, and making good friends along the way.  

Good Preparation Essential

Joining Trek Training Walks with Peak Walking Adventures is valuable way to train and prepare. We’d also like to share some tips we’ve learnt along the way…

Our Top Ten Tips

Overseas Trek Training and Preparation

  1. Start early!  If you are not a regular hill walker, then start your training and preparation at least six months before your trek.
  2. Find out what is expected of you and plan that into your training. Find out how much weight you will have to carry, what distance you will walk each day, how much ascent and descent during a day, what type of terrain you will be walking over, and whether you will be camping. 
  3. If you don’t exercise regularly or have doubts about your health, then seek medical advice before starting your training programme.
  4. Once you have started training, do it regularly. Build exercise into your daily routine. Walking, cycling, going to the gym, running up and down stairs and active sports are all useful.
  5. Hill walking is an essential part of your trek training so get out in the hills or mountains if possible. Try trek training hill walks in the UK that are more challenging than the trek you are preparing for – especially if you will be trekking at high altitude where walking is difficult due to the lower oxygen levels in the air that you breathe. 
  6. Research the clothing and kit you will need in good time. If you need to buy anything, do so well in advance of your trek. Wear it and carry it on your trek training walks for at least a couple of months before your trek.
  7. Ensure that your walking boots are comfortable and a good fit. There should be a gap between the end of your toes and the end of the boot. Wear them regularly for walks up and down hills for several months before your trek.
  8. Seek medical advice regarding the vaccinations and medicines you need. Some diseases may require a course of vaccinations over a period of time. You may also need to think about budgeting for them as many are not available on the NHS and can be expensive! 
  9. Rest for a few days before you go – invest the time finding out about the culture, customs and sustainability practises associated with the area you are visiting.
  10. Enjoy your training, and have a great time trekking!  When you come home, we’d love to hear your story. See our Trek Training Success Stories!