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Annapurna Circuit - Fitness Preparation

How fit do you have to be to trek the Annapurna Circuit?

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So you have signed up for a summer adventure trekking the Annapurna Circuit. Now is the time you make sure you are fit and ready in order to get maximum enjoyment out of your trek. Annapurna Circuit is a great challenge and preparation is the key to achieving your goal.

The Annapurna Circuit is for sure a stunningly beautiful trek but it isn’t easy and each day you will experience some challenging terrain. The Annapurna Circuit is physically demanding, you will be travelling over rugged and mountainous terrain with a sustained amount of ascent and descent on a daily basis. Make sure you are aware of the daily distances travelled and the height gain and descent so you know what to expect.

THE ANNAPURNA CUIRCUIT IS A GRADE 9 TREK:
Extreme, an excellent level of fitness is needed for mountain walking with a substantial daily height gain and descent and sustained trekking over 8 to 10 days without a break.

NUTRITION AND HYDRATION
One of the most important things in addition to fitness is your nutrition and hydration during the trek. Poor nutrition and hydration can severely affect your physical performance and it is important to get your nutrition and hydration right, you will be burning lots of calories and losing essential fluid each day so it is imperative you carry the right kinds of food and enough water with you to avoid dehydration and malnutrition.

It is advisable to drink plenty of water before you sent off on each days trek so you are fully hydrated. A pack lunch can be bought from local supermarkets when staying in villages or from the accommodation if ordered the night of arrival. If you are not familiar with the kinds of food and drink that would be good when exerting yourself on a daily basis do some research beforehand and trial what works best for you.

Level of fitness, which best describes you?

Training required

You exercise on a daily basis. You regularly walk in the mountains in your home country. You take a trekking holiday every year.

If this is you then you will have absolutely no problem, keep up the good work and enjoy!

You exercise a few times a week. You regularly walk, sometimes in the mountains. You have taken trekking holidays in recent years and coped well.

The same applies if this is you then you will have absolutely no problem, keep up the good work and enjoy!

Possibly do some more walking in the mountains and carrying a rucksack to get used to the extra weight.

You do some exercise but not on a regular basis, you do some walking and have walked in the mountains before. You have taken a trekking holiday before but not for many years.

You do some exercise so that’s a good start, from now until the trek start date make sure you get out at least a couple of times a week.

To build up endurance skills get out walking building up to 15 - 20k in distance. You need to make sure there is height gain and descent to build up leg strength.

By the time the trek date arrives you need to be comfortable walking 15 - 20k per day with 1000m of height gain and descent. You also need to carry a rucksack to get used to the extra weight.

You don’t take regular exercise and haven’t walked in the mountains for a number of years. You have never taken a trekking holiday before.

All is not lost although there is no time to lose in terms of starting your training!

Maybe enlist the help of a personal trainer and let them work out a program for you. Start easy, get out walking on flat easy routes, and build up the distance over a number of weeks. Once the distance has increased and you feel fitter start to introduce some hill walking.

By the time the trek date arrives you need to be comfortable walking 15 - 20k per day with 1000m of height gain and descent. You also need to carry a rucksack to get used to the extra weight.