How fit do you need to be to go on treks in Nepal? Posted on April 10, 2023 by Anonymous How fit do you need to be to go on treks in Nepal?
regular through hiking level of fitness + acclimated to low oxygen due to altitude
if you exercise and sea level and go to nepal to trek, you will have a bad time
you need to go spend a few months at alpine height and be active
Depends on how much time you are willing to invest. If you can walk 10k and ascend 500m in a day, you're sufficiently fit. Don't push it with the altitude though, ascending too quickly will cause discomfort and may turn out to be dangerous. Walk slowly, keep your heart rate in check, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration (which is what causes the typical high altitude headache) and don't forget enjoy the scenery.
>you need to go spend a few months at alpine height and be active
Nonsense, most people will be reasonably comfortable at 3500m after a couple of days, and will tolerate brief spells at 5000m after 3-6 days. Might not be fun, being comfortable at 5000m will typically take 7-14 days.
>nah you'll be fine bro trust me
recommend training for treking in nepal is a couple months at similar altitude if you can do it
don't misinform people
I think you're confusing hiking in the hills with scaling mount everest
Riddle me this: how does one prepare for that? Also trekking at similar altitude for several months? For which one also presumably prepares by trekking at similar altitude for several months? Evidently with only roughly two weeks between each hike, because that's how long it takes to lose the effects of acclimatization. Tl;dr: no.
Yes, you need to be aware of the effects of high altitude as well as the inherent risks and how to handle all of this, but spending several months at altitude in order to acclimatize for a trip that will, at most, last several weeks is excessive. I climb and have lost count of how many times I've been above 4000-6000m, and even 6000 I hit within a week of starting at sea level. Worst I ever had was headache and high resting heart rate - the latter of which only happened during my first 5000m peak - because I've always been smart about it and erred on the side of caution. Also hiked the entire Three Passes trek including Island Peak in 17 days. Took a while to get used to hauling a heavy pack above 5000m, but never got into problems due to the altitude.
That's reassuring because I'm going to the EBC next week and never went above 1000 meters.
Take it slow, be prepared for discomfort, drink lots of fluids, eat even if the altitude causes loss of apetite and you'll most likely make it. EBC itself isn't all that amazing, but the views just before certainly are.
I went skiing at 3.5k meters (which is higher than usual for me) and I was out of breath after climbing a small hill. The air is noticeably much thinner up there.
Yes. That’s why athletes blood dope.
>I went skiing at 3.5k meters (which is higher than usual for me) and I was out of breath after climbing a small hill. The air is noticeably much thinner up there.
Definitely is, but most people are fine at 3500m if they acclimatize for a couple of days, and once you've acclimatized at that altitude, short jaunts at 5000m are possible. Actual acclimatization at 5000m obviously takes longer.
Also, taking a ski lift up to 3500m will fuck you over when compared to walking up to the same altitude over the course of one or two days, which is fairly typical when dealing with altitudes.
Thanks, sounds like I could do basic stuff then, just need prep and research (obviously). I was thinking of going in maybe 12 months or so if money works out, so hopefully sufficient time to get some local hikes in.
If I get climitised and get fit that high will it be inverse if I return to sea-level will I be a fitness God?