So you have signed up for one of our worldwide treks it's now is the time you make sure you are fit and ready in order to get maximum enjoyment out of your trek.
Trek grades explained for our treks worldwide
THE BEST OF ANNAPURNA IS A GRADE 4 TREK: TOUGHEST
The Best of Annapurna is described as toughest, 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. The trek grade is mainly due to the altitude you will be hiking at, it makes it feel more difficult even if the trail is fairly easy.
ATLAS MOUNTAINS IS A GRADE 4 TREK: TOUGHEST
Our Atlas guided trek on most days can be classed as a grade 3 trek (see description on our trek grade page). However, as we do hike at altitude at the end of the trek when we summit Mount Toubkal this makes it harder.
PATAGONIA IS A GRADE 3 TREK: DIFFICULT
Our Patagonia trek is graded level 3, the trek has a mixture of days that are challenging and fairly easy. You will be trekking at sea level most of the time so there is no problem with altitude. On the day over the John Gardner Pass you will have an elevation gain of 800m with a much longer descent.
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 packed 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.