We have graded our walking and trekking tours in general terms of 'Easy', 'Moderate', 'Strenuous' and 'Challenging'. This enables us to group together various treks under the same categories which generally adhere to similar guidelines – length, altitude, hours walked each day etc…. However it is such a personal issue that it is vital you read the detailed trip notes to understand exactly what the trek involves. If you have any concerns then please do call and speak to one of our experts in the Sales Team.
These active holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life. No special training or skills are required, just a general level of fitness and a willingness to participate.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for this type of trekking holiday and you should be in good health. You must be able to cope with the rigours of walking for up to (and sometimes more than) four hours usually on tracks which are fairly steep. Any physical preparation will always be to your advantage.
On strenuous trekking tours you can expect to trek for up to six hours per day whilst on trek. The treks themselves can be long and difficult through some rough terrain and often at altitude. Physical preparation to build up your stamina, particularly walking on hills and stairs, before your trek will be a definite advantage.
These tours require you to be extremely fit. The treks usually involve steep ascents and descents at altitudes over 4000m. Physical preparation is essential and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential. It is imperative you read the detailed trip notes before booking any challenging trekking holidays.
This generally does not tend to affect people below 3000m. Our success rates on higher altitude treks are very high. Our itineraries around the world allow for a safe approach to high altitudes, following the guidelines set out by the Himalayan Rescue Association which is why we have one of the best safety records in this respect. Everyone reacts to altitude in a different way, at different times. Some can experience little more than discomfort, a general shortage of breath and a dull headache no matter how high they go. Others suffer from virtual migraines, nausea, difficulty breathing, eating, swollen limbs, dizziness etc….and the only way to recover is to descend. The best way to cope with altitude is to go slowly, walk high and sleep low where possible. The other requirement is rehydration. Drink water, water and more water – 5-6 litres a day. Which is of course a pain at night (especially where there is usually a lack of 'en suite accommodation'), but certainly helps with any altitude-related headaches. Avoid any medications which can act as a sedative. You must accept your guide's decision and instructions if symptoms become severe - impaired judgment can also be a symptom of altitude sickness!
Anyone with respiratory or cardiac problems, or over the age of 60, should consult their doctor prior to booking and we may require full medical clearance. On certain trekking holidays you will need to fill out a questionnaire.
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