The question we get a lot is “How fit do I have to be for my trek?”
It’ll come as no surprise that the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy your adventure. We want you to not just “make it” to Everest Base Camp, but to arrive there fully enjoying and embracing the experience.
As you probably know, a “one-size-fits-all” approach doesn’t work when it comes to training. The good news is, there are many different ways you can prepare physically for an Everest Base Camp Trek. Running, jogging, walking with a pack, cycling and climbing stairs are all great ways to build your aerobic fitness. These will also help condition your legs for all the up and down you’re going to encounter on the trails.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) and boot camp sessions are also great ways to build your trekking fitness and aerobic capacity. 3 – 4 sessions a week will pay dividends when you get to Nepal. If you’re starting from fresh then build it up slowly. Maybe a couple of gym sessions a week mixed with a couple of 2 – 3 kilometre walks. Try to go for a longer walk and hit some stairs at least once a week. When you’re trekking, you’re never going to need to carry a heavy pack. But if you can wear a pack during your training walks carrying up to 7 – 10kg, you’ll feel very comfortable carrying your daypack in Nepal.
The key is to stay consistent with your training. Training in a group environment is a great way to keep up your motivation and enthusiasm. If you can commit to a regular training schedule for at least 3 – 4 months before you go, you’ll reap the rewards out on the trail.