Top Trekking Tips
All of our treks vary in terms of heights, distances, times-trekking, temperature and more. But what they do have in common is that they'll all be more enjoyable with a bit of training. So how do you train for a trek? Here are our top tips:
1. Start your training early
You should look to build your trek fitness and strength gradually over time. Making a plan early, and easing yourself into it is the best way to develop something you'll actually stick to. By gradually adding training into your routine, you'll find everything more enjoyable and will avoid injury too.
2. Add strength work in to your training plan
Yes, you need stamina, but you'll need strength to keep going too! Strength work will mean that your body will be able to push through the point of exhaustion on those final few steps at the top of the mountain. It'll also make carrying a weight on your back easier and it'll all prevent injury too.
3. Build up to longer walks
Ultimately, you need to practice walking - as that's what you're going to be doing. The best training we've found tends to be rehearsal walks whether that be outdoors or on the treadmill. Walking on the treadmill at a steep incline can help train for the trickier aspects of the trek.
4. Get the right kit
Good quality walking boots and socks are a must to take on your trek - but to train in too. A supportive boot will provide the right ankle support for you on your long training walks - just make sure you break them in before a long hike to prevent blisters. But, the right boots with the wrong socks won't be a great match! There are some great blister-preventing socks that will be comfortable on your walk.
5. Train on similar terrain to your trek
Training on a similar terrain will help prepare your body and more specifically your joints for the trek itself. If you know you'll be walking on a dust/rock path it's best to practice hiking on a similar ground. Treadmills are a much softer surface, so if you do all of your training on this and then head over to a harder path to do the trek it could have a much greater impact on your knees and ankles and could make the trek much harder.
6. Practice carrying a weight
On your trek, you'll be carrying a camelback of water to fuel your walking. You should practice carrying something heavy for a long time whilst you train to ensure your back, body and stamina will be ready for it!